Nobody Loves You Musical Will Sing at Second Stage This Summer
By Kenneth Jones
Second Stage Theatre's 2012-13 season will climax this summer with the New York City premiere of Nobody Loves You, the new Gaby Alter-Itamar Moses musical that looks at the pitfalls of being on a reality-TV dating show. Mandy Moore ("So You Think You Can Dance") choreographs and Michelle Tattenbaum directs.
Dates, casting and additional creative team will be announced shortly. Performances will play Second Stage's Tony Kiser Theatre on West 43rd Street.
According to Second Stage, "The new musical comedy Nobody Loves You follows a philosophy grad student who auditions for — and surprisingly finds himself cast on — a reality TV dating show, all in an attempt to win back his ex-girlfriend. But when an unexpected on-set love connection threatens to ruin his plan, manufactured drama collides with real emotion in this original new musical."
Playbill previously reported about an upcoming Second Stage workshop of the show. Nobody Loves You had its world premiere at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre in summer 2012.
Alter (composer and co-lyricist) is a New York-based songwriter and composer. He wrote music and lyrics for Band Geeks! (with Tommy Newman, Mark Allen and Gordon Greenberg), which premiered at Goodspeed Musicals. His other shows include 29, a pop-rock song cycle (New York University), Young Zombies in Love (New York International Fringe Festival), The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Romantic Comedy with Negin Farsad (Edinburgh Festival Fringe) and Vapor Tales with Dominic Mah. A 2009 Jonathan Larson Grant recipient, Alter has won awards from the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle and the New York International Fringe Festival for his scores.
Moses (librettist/co-lyricist) is the author of the full-length plays Outrage, Bach at Leipzig, Celebrity Row, The Four of Us, Yellowjackets, Back Back Back and Completeness; the musical Fortress of Solitude (with Michael Friedman and Daniel Aukin); and the evening of short plays Love/Stories (or But You Will Get Used To It). On television, he has written for both TNT's "Men of a Certain Age" and HBO's "Boardwalk Empire." He holds an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from New York University and has taught playwriting at Yale University and NYU. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, MCC Playwrights Coalition and is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect.
Director Tattenbaum has directed Itamar Moses' plays Love/Stories (or But You Will Get Used To It) (world premiere, The Flea Theater), The Four of Us (Los Angeles premiere, Firefly: Theater & Films) and Szinhaz and Untitled Short Play (both world premieres, Naked Angels). She directed and co-produced The Sublet Experiment, a site-specific touring production that played to sold-out crowds in New York City for over six months.
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