New Musical Last Smoker in America Takes Last Puff Off-Broadway Sept. 1

News   New Musical Last Smoker in America Takes Last Puff Off-Broadway Sept. 1
The Last Smoker in America, which officially opened in its New York premiere Aug. 2 following previews that began July 11 upstairs at the Westside Theatre, plays its final performances Sept. 1 at 2:30 PM and 8 PM.

Farah Alvin
Farah Alvin Photo by Joan Marcus

Director/producer Andy Sandberg said in a recent statement, "I am incredibly proud of the production and all of the extraordinarily talented artists who have given their time and talent to this show. We are tremendously grateful to the audiences who have supported this show throughout its run and shared their enthusiasm and laughter with us. We remain excited for the future life of The Last Smoker in America as we continue on with our journey."

Producers also announced that a cast recording of the musical is in the works for a future release date.

The four-member cast comprises Drama Desk nominee Farah Alvin (The Marvelous Wonderettes) as Pam, Natalie Venetia Belcon (Avenue Q) as Phyllis, John Bolton (A Christmas Story, "Gossip Girl") as Ernie and Jake Boyd (MCC's Carrie) as Jimmy.

The musical features book and lyrics by Tony Award nominee Bill Russell (Side Show) and music by Drama Desk nominee Peter Melnick (Adrift in Macao). Tony Award-winning producer Andy Sandberg (Hair; Gore Vidal’s The Best Man) directed the production with choreography by AC Ciulla (Footloose).

"In a world where smoking has recently been outlawed and the penalties are growing stricter by the minute, Pam is having an impossible time trying to quit," according to Smoker notes. "Her husband Ernie dreams of being a rock star and relentlessly practices his guitar in the basement, while their videogame-addicted son Jimmy listens to so much rap music he thinks he's black. As if Pam isn't pushed to the edge of reason already, her nosy, anti-smoking zealot neighbor Phyllis is on a mission to catch transgressors mid-puff. Will Pam kick the habit or fight for her right to light up?" The musical received a developmental workshop production at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in fall 2009. In fall 2010, The Last Smoker in America received its world premiere at CATCO (Columbus, OH).

The creative team included Fred Lassen (music supervision), Charles Corcoran (sets), Michael McDonald (costumes), Jeff Croiter and Grant Yeager (lights), Bart Fasbender (sound) and Jay Binder (casting). Roger Alan Gindi is the general manager, and Pamela Edington is the production stage manager.

The Last Smoker in America was produced in Manhattan by Andy Sandberg, Whitney Hoagland Edwards, Michael Palitz and Stephanie Rosenberg.

Tickets priced at $85 are available through, or by calling (212) 239-6200. For more information visit Westside Theatre is located at 407 West 43rd Street.

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