Librettist-lyricist-composer Jeremy Desmon has seen his show develop at several resident theatres, including the Theatre Building Chicago, the Bridewell Theatre in London and the Stoneham Theatre in Boston. The Girl in the Frame was seen in excerpt form at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s 16th Annual Festival of New Musicals in October 2004.
The musical was originally presented in 1999 as part of Goodspeed's inaugural residency in association with New York University's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. Now, the piece graduates to Goodspeed's Norma Terris Theatre, the Chester, CT, venue where new works are tested in full productions without the pressure of being reviewed by critics.
"In this fast paced musical comedy, a tricky situation turns comical when a tuxedo clad Adonis, a hunky fireman and the perfect girl next door help a young couple bring their fantasies to life," according to Goodspeed production notes. The title refers to the impossibly attractive woman who is seen in the stock photos that accompany picture frames in gift shops. She comes to life — and comes between — a loving couple in this musical rumination about seeking "perfection."
Jeremy Desmon is a recent Jonathan Larson Fellow at the Dramatists Guild. His productions also include It's Not You…It's Me (Seattle Fringe Festival) and Cabin Pressure (NYC's Turnip Theatre Festival).
Direction is by Jeremy Dobrish, artistic director for adobe theatre company in New York, which he co-founded in 1991. Choreography is by Dan Knechtges (Broadway's The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee). The musical director for The Girl in the Frame is Jana Zielonka. Sets are designed by Steven Capone with costume design by Mattie Ullrich. Lighting is designed by Michael Gottlieb. The Girl in the Frame is produced for Goodspeed Musicals by Michael P. Price.
Heidi Blickenstaff was seen in Broadway's The Full Monty and the national tours of The Full Monty and Jekyll and Hyde; Jim Poulos was in Broadway's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Rent and the national tour of Little Shop of Horrors; Allison Spratt was in Broadway's Good Vibrations and national tours of Cabaret and Grease; and Edward Watts was seen in Beauty and the Beast in Indianapolis and Camelot at Stages St. Louis.
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