Concert of Matchmaker… Musical, About Online Dating, Will Feature Omar Lopez-Cepero, Tommy McDowell and More
By Michael Gioia
Matchmaker Matchmaker I'm Willing to Settle!, a new musical described as "a musical guide to Internet dating," will be presented in a one-night-only concert Nov. 30 at Ars Nova in New York City.
The new musical features music and lyrics by Brandon James Gwinn (Speargrove Presents, Underwear A Space Musical, The Happy Prince) and a book by Kelvin Moon Loh and Nikki MacCallum.
Directed by Moon Loh, the 8 PM concert will feature MacCallum, Omar Lopez-Cepero (American Idiot, Evita national tour), Tommy McDowell (American Idiot national tour), Adam Lerman (Silence! The Musical) and Justin Anthony Long ("The Wolf of Wall Street").
Matchmaker Matchmaker I'm Willing to Settle!, according to press notes, "invites you to join'Nikki' as she plunges into the matrix of the world wide web to emerge as a guru of Internet Dating in this new original musical. Throw in accidental pornography, impromptu 24 hour trips to Europe, a video chat romance and you’ve got an honest, heartbreakingly uplifting story that will delight the single, the not, those wishing they were single again…and everyone in between!"
The evening is produced by Ars Nova in conjunction with Jared Fine of the A.R.T. and will include multimedia design by Johnathan Carr, musical direction by Liam Forde, and assistant direction and choreography by Sidney Erik Wright.
Matchmaker Matchmaker I'm Willing to Settle! is an adaptation of an original one-woman show under the same title, which was nominated for a 2011 MAC Award. The musical premiered at the American Repertory Theatre's Oberon in 2011 before transferring to the New York Music Theatre Festival (NYMF). Both productions featured direction by Allegra Libonatti. Matchmaker… will be featured as part of NYU's musical season this fall.
Ars Nova is located at 511 West 54th Street. For more information, visit ArsNovaNYC.com
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