New Musical Garage Band, Developed through Improvisational Rehearsals, Will Debut at George Street Playhouse

By Andrew Gans
April 3, 2013

George Street Playhouse will present the world premiere of the new musical Garage Band Sept. 24-Oct. 27.

A musical comedy celebration of the Garden State, the new musical features a book by Ken Davenport and The Grundleshotz, and music and lyrics by Mark Allen, with additional material by Sarah Saltzberg.

"We're getting the band back together!" press notes state. "Mitch Shapiro is 40... and he's fired. When Wall Street cuts him loose, he moves back to Mom's house (in Sayreville, NJ) and reconnects with the old gang for en epic high-stakes battle of the bands. Best buddies, old girlfriends, high school bullies that never grew up and one hot New Jersey momma make for fast times and a new start for this Jersey boy. Who says you can't go home?"

Casting and complete creative team will be announced soon.

The Grundleshotz is a group of performers and writers comprising Sebastian Arcelus, Fred Berman, Michael Hirstreet, Jenna Coker Jones, Craig Jorczak, Nathan Kaufman, Jay Klaitz, Emily McNamara, Jennifer Miller, Bhavesh Patel, Sarah Saltzberg and Fletcher Young, who helped develop Garage Band through a series of improvisational rehearsals.

Garage Band is performed by special arrangement with Davenport Theatrical Enterprises, Inc. and Roy Putrino.

Tickets will officially go on sale in the weeks ahead, but those interested can order a limited number of two-admission "Band Passes" for $80 ($40 per seat). For more information on the "Band Pass" program, call (732) 246-7717 or visit For more information visit