Stuck, Arnie the Doughnut and Diamond Lion's Unscripted Show Play NYMF Beginning July 13
By Michael Gioia
Riley Thomas' Stuck, about six strangers confined on the subway; Arnie the Doughnut, based on a popular children's story; and Upright Citizens Brigade's musical improv team, Diamond Lion, play the 2012 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) beginning July 13.
Stuck, directed by Michael Berry (I Come For Love at NYMF), features Danny Bolero (In The Heights), Mel Johnson, Jr. (The Lion King The Rink), Beth McVey (42nd Street, Beauty and the Beast), Anita Welch (Avenue Q national tour), Tim Young (Next to Normal) and EJ Zimmerman (Avenue Q national tour). Performances continue through July 22 at the 45th Street Theatre.
Here's how the show is billed: "Moving on is never easy, as six strangers discover when trapped between stations on the subway. As tension builds, colorful characters clash as they recognize pieces of themselves emerging in one another. With book, music and lyrics by Riley Thomas, this poignant and tuneful contemporary musical takes audiences on a humorous and heartfelt ride as it explores exactly what it means to be Stuck."
Stuck had its world premiere at Chicago's La Costa Theater in 2008. A developmental presentation was subsequently produced at New York's Metropolitan Room.
The Stuck creative team includes musical director Joshua Stephen Kartes, scenic and lighting designer David S. Goldstein, costume designer Stephanie Alegado and general manager Zachary Laks.
Arnie the Doughnut stars Tom Deckman (Monty Python's Spamalot, Good Vibrations) in the title role. Directed and choreographed by Adam Arian, the musical, which features a score by George Howe and a book by Frances Limoncelli, also features Jane Blass, Jennifer Wren, Thomas Poarch and Stephanie Fritto. Performances continue through July 21 at the PTC Performance Space.
Based on the children's story of the same name by Laurie Keller, here's how the musical is described: "Arnie, a lovable chocolate-frosted doughnut, is the happiest pastry in the bakery when he’s finally selected to be taken home by a new owner. But when mild-mannered Mr. Bing tries to eat the unsuspecting Arnie, both are in for the surprise of their lives!"
Arnie the Doughnut's creative team includes musical director Daniel Feyer, scenic designer Ken Larson, lighting designer Greg Mitchell, costume designer Elizabeth Wislar and sound designer Victoria DeIorio.
Diamond Lion's show, an evening of improvised scenes and songs at the 45th Street Theatre, features Godspell's George Salazar and Julia Mattison (July 13 at 7 PM and 9 PM) and Bill English of Anything Goes (July 15 at 9 PM).
In the show, according to UCB, "Broadway actors will share their unprepared personal stories and Diamond Lion will use those stories as the basis for an evening of spontaneous comedy, culminating in the only unscripted show of NYMF. The show will be different every night; no song or scene will ever be seen again."
Diamond Lion features veteran improvisers Amber Petty, Ashley Ward, Michael Kayne, Winston Noel and Morgan Phillips. Diamond Lion is the only musical improv team regularly appearing at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, a comedy theatre and school whose alumni include cast members and writers of shows such as "Saturday Night Live," "30 Rock," "The Office," "The Daily Show" and more.
For more information and tickets, call (212) 352-3101 or visit NYMF.org.
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