Courtney Balan, Bradley Dean, David Josefsberg Cast in Rated P, New Musical About Parenthood

News   Courtney Balan, Bradley Dean, David Josefsberg Cast in Rated P, New Musical About Parenthood
Rated P, a "sketch musical comedy" that looks at the experience of raising children, will premiere at South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), May 5-8 in South Orange, NJ.

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The musical features book and lyrics by Sandy Rustin and music by Dan Lipton and David Rossmer. The show is inspired by Rustin's experiences with parenthood and grew out of a poem she wrote on her older son's first day of kindergarten.

Jeremy Dobrish will direct a cast featuring Courtney Balan (Cry-Baby), Bradley Dean (A Little Night Music, Spamalot), David Josefsberg (Alter Boyz, Les Miserables) and Joanna Young (The Drowsy Chaperone).

Meg Zervoulis will serve as musical director with Rachel Bress providing musical staging. The creative team will also feature set designer Steven Capone, sound designer Bobby Pearce, lighting designer Michael Gottlieb and sound designer Jill DuBoff.

 "This sketch musical comedy," according to press notes, "explores the wonders and lunacy of raising kids from conception to college drop-off. Starring local Broadway veterans from SOPAC’s Midtown Direct Rep theatre company, Rated P brings the audience along with the actors on a hilarious and touching journey of both the joys and the drama of parenthood."

Rustin is an actress and writer whose stage credits include Modern Orthodox; I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change; Jolson and Company; Sarah, Plain and Tall; and Neil Simon's Hotel Suite. She regularly performs in the Upright Citizens Brigade improv comedy shows Gravid Water, and with Don't Quit Your Night Job and Improv Everywhere.

Lipton and Rossmer have collaborated on music and lyrics for The Blonde Streak, MariAnne and JOE!, among other projects. They co-created the popular comedy improv show Don't Quit Your Night Job with Steve Rosen and Sarah Saltzberg.

The production is co-presented by the Midtown Direct Rep theatre company.

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