Heidi Blickenstaff and James Moye Will Celebrate Release of Meet John Doe CD at 54 Below
By Andrew Gans
A concert celebrating the release of the recording of the new musical Meet John Doe will be presented Nov. 26 at 54 Below.
As previously reported, Broadway Records will release the studio cast album of Meet John Doe, the Jonathan Larson Award-winning musical by Andrew Gerle and Eddie Sugarman, Nov. 19.
The upcoming concert, which begins at 9 PM, will feature two of the stars of the musical and cast recording, Heidi Blickenstaff and James Moye. Lyricist Sugarman and composer Gerle will also take the stage to give the inside scoop on the making of the musical, adapted from the classic Frank Capra film.
There is a $25-$35 cover charge and a $25 food/beverage minimum. Doors open at 8:30 PM. 54 Below is located at 254 W. 54th St. Visit 54Below.com.
The musical, based on the based on the 1941 Frank Capra film, had its official premiere at the Ford's Theatre in 2007.
Here's how the musical is billed: "When Ann Mitchell is fired in the depths of the Depression, she pens a prank letter to her own column from a 'John Doe,' who is planning to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge on New Year's Eve to 'protest the state of society.' When the letter is unexpectedly printed, 'John' becomes a citywide sensation, and Ann muscles her way back into her job, ghostwriting columns for him. To play John, she hires John Willoughby, who turns out to be much more than a handsome face. After John Doe creates a national movement of community organizations, newspaper owner D.B. Norton tries to cash in on John Doe's popularity, and Ann and the real John must decide how far they'll go to protect what they've created."
Meet John Doe began life with a concert production at the New York Music Theatre Festival (NYMF) and a presentation at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT), followed by workshops at Carousel Dinner Theatre in Ohio, the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, CT, and Goodspeed Musical's Norma Terris Theater in 2006. The world-premiere production at the Ford's Theater won the Ford's its first two Helen Hayes Awards, one for Blickenstaff and one for director Eric Schaeffer (Follies).
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