Made-Up Songs From Never-Were Musicals Are Heard in Bombs Away! Starting June 4

News   Made-Up Songs From Never-Were Musicals Are Heard in Bombs Away! Starting June 4
Larry Bortniker and Sally Deering's Bombs Away!, a new musical by the creators of the Jeff Award-winning Dr. Kinsey musical Dr. Sex, premieres in a production by Bailiwick Repertory in Chicago June 4-July 18.

The show (opening June 5) is a "crazily comic depiction of Dr. Barry Mishkin, America's foremost Broadway musicologist, who has amassed an amazing collection of scenes and numbers cut from Broadway's classic musicals."

According to Bailiwick notes, "In Bombs Away! Mishkin and his troupe of actors dare to present his collection against the wishes of the writers of the classic musicals and despite a stop-order directive from a judge."

The songs and scenes are the original creations of Bortniker and Deering.

According to production notes, "Selections scheduled to be performed are 'Krakatoa,' which was the original island setting for South Pacific, 'I Own a Nail Salon' from the rarely-seen flash-forward ending of Miss Saigon, 'Too Fat To Dance' trimmed from A Chorus Line, 'I Shake Me Green Shillelagh' which at one point anchored Finian's Rainbow, and the catchy See Ya In Ikea from Mamma Mia! And of course, very few people remember the title song, 'Bombs Away!' was Mother Abbess' initial response to Maria's question about how to handle the Nazis in Sound of Music."

Bailiwick artistic director David Zak directs with musical direction by Jimmy Morehead, costumes by Jeff Jones and musical staging by Christopher Pazdernik. Bombs Away! features Bailiwick regulars Kate Garassino (Jerry Springer), Eric Martin (Thrill Me), Rus Rainear (A Man of No Importance), Brian Rabinowitz (My Favorite Year) and newcomer Anna Stevens.

Bombs Away! will be performed in Mary's Attic, the new cabaret theatre at 5400 North Clark, above Hamburger Mary's in Andersonville. Since opening in 2007, the Attic has housed various cabaret and comedy shows, many community benefits, and is the home to the long-running GLBT Soap Opera "The Ville."

Tickets are $15 for general admission. For tickets call (773) 883-1090 or visit


Up next for Bailiwick is the repertory presentation of a new play and musical as a part of PRIDE 2009 to be performed at the Hoover-Leppen Theater in the Center on Halsted, 3656 North Halsted, Chicago.

Beginning in 2009, Bailiwick is an itinerant troupe. "Realizing the demands of our former building for repair and upkeep had become too taxing, we have chosen to take projects to rental houses, focusing our energies and funds on artistic projects," according to a statement.

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