Avenue Q's Jennifer Barnhart Stars in The Legend of Julie Taymor, Beginning Aug. 12

News   Avenue Q's Jennifer Barnhart Stars in The Legend of Julie Taymor, Beginning Aug. 12
Original Avenue Q cast member Jennifer Barnhart plays the title role in The Legend of Julie Taymor, or The Musical That Killed Everybody!, which makes its world premiere Aug. 12 at the Bleecker Theatre as part of the New York International Fringe Festival.

Jennifer Barnhart
Jennifer Barnhart

The cast also features Christopher Davis Carlisle (Off-Broadway’s With Glee) as "an unrelenting theatre columnist," with Clint Carter, Lynn Craig (national tour of Cats), Kiley L. McDonald, Johnnie Moore, Shaun Rice, Barry Shafrin and Michael Titone.

The musical by Travis Ferguson (book and lyrics) and Dave Ogrin (music and lyrics), press note state, "tells the story of the rise and fall of director Julie Taymor and the behind-the-scenes scandals of Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark which has since become a modern Broadway legend. ... This high-energy rock musical rips straight from the headlines and follows Julie's course through the most expensive Broadway musical of all time; facing financial problems, actor injuries, technical malfunctions, opening delays, scathing reviews, all while battling her arch-nemesis, an unrelenting theatre columnist."

Songs in the production include "Broadway's Burning," "Boy Falls From The Rafters," "65 Million!" "Julie, Julie, Why Did You Hurt Me?," "Tweet, Tweet, Tweet!" and "Julie's Turn."

The production features direction and choreography by Joe Barros (I Married Wyatt Earp at 59E59, Reefer Madness and Side Show at the Gallery Players). The creative team also includes Rachel Guilfoyle (costume designer), Michael Megliola (lighting designer), David Fletcher (music director), Stephanie Gandolfo (assistant choreographer), Caitlin Lyons (production stage manager), George Bernard (assistant stage manager), Steven Weinberg (graphic artist), Lexie Pregosin (conceptual consultant) and Danielle M. Falls of Daryl Eisenberg Casting (casting).

A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Travis Ferguson co-developed the "Be A Broadway Star" board game with Broadway producer Ken Davenport. Dave Ogrin has worked with the Beastie Boys, Paul Simon and Run DMC as a musician and engineer. Ferguson also currently works for Playbill.com and the Jerome Robbins Foundation. The Legend of Julie Taymor is produced by Myra Wong (Subway Train at FringeNYC, and a website associate for the American Theatre Wing).

The production is also using Kickstarter to fund the FringeNYC run; visit http://kck.st/mdTboN. 

Performances are scheduled for Aug. 12 at 5 PM, Aug. 16 at 2 PM, Aug. 18 at 8:30 PM, Aug. 21 at 3 PM and Aug. 24 at 7 PM.

Bleecker Theatre is located at 45 Bleecker Street. Tickets can purchased online at www.FringeNYC.org or by phone at (866) 468-7619. For more information visit www.LegendOfJulie.com.

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