[title of show], With D'Abruzzo and Howes, Opens in St. Louis Jan. 15

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15 Jan 2010

Stephanie D'Abruzzo
Stephanie D'Abruzzo
Photo by Meredith Zinner
Tony Award nominee Stephanie D'Abruzzo battles her creative vampires in The St. Louis Repertory Theatre production of [title of show], opening Jan. 15.
Victoria Bussert directs the regional staging of the meta-musical that has music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen and a Tony-nominated book by Hunter Bell. [title of show] began previews Jan. 13 and runs through Jan. 31 in the Rep's studio space.

The cast features D'Abruzzo (Avenue Q) as Susan, with Benjamin Howes (original Broadway [tos] standby) as Jeff, Ben Nordstrom (Rep's Guys and Dolls) as Hunter and Amy Justman (White Christmas) as Heidi.

David Horstman serves as musical director on the production with scenic design by Scott C. Neal, costume design by Betsy Karusnick, lighting design by John Wylie and sound design by Rusty Wandall.

According to press notes, [title of show] is "a new musical about two hyper-talented young songwriters in New York trying to write a new musical about two hyper-talented young songwriters in New York. With a couple of actress friends in tow, they’re on a true Cinderella journey from the unemployment line to the Great White Way, picking up tips on defeating 'vampires' who'd sap your will to live and why it's more important to be nine people's favorite thing than a hundred people's ninth favorite thing."

The Tony-nominated little-musical-that-could premiered Off-Broadway in 2006 and made the move uptown to Broadway's Lyceum Theatre for a brief run in 2008. A cast album preserves the score.

For tickets phone (314) 968-4925 or visit The Rep's online box office at RepStl.