New Musical Pool Boy Will Have Workshop at Provincetown Playhouse; NYU's John Simpkins Will Direct

News   New Musical Pool Boy Will Have Workshop at Provincetown Playhouse; NYU's John Simpkins Will Direct
The NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development's Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions will present a workshop production of the new musical Pool Boy March 22-25 at the Provincetown Playhouse.

John Simpkins
John Simpkins

Directed by Steinhardt professor of musical theatre John Simpkins, Pool Boy features music and lyrics by Niko Tsakalakos with a book and lyrics by Janet Allard.

Here's how the musical is billed: "A young singer-songwriter from New Jersey lands a job as a pool boy at the Hotel Bel-Air. Trying to parlay his interaction with celebrities into his own dreams of fame and fortune, he encounters people who see him only as a servant — a lightweight, a pool boy. As he learns 'the game' and the lifestyle around him, he falls for the one other 'real' thing poolside — a girl named April. Nick must ultimately choose between ambition and love. He struggles with how this fake, material world might even give him what he never knew he needed, something to write about."

Pool Boy marks the 12th annual spring "new musical," with past productions going on to further development at the Eugene O'Neill Center, Barrington Stage Company, the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) and Kansas City Musical Theatre Festival.

Through a writer's residency grant from the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, Pool Boy is part of The Steinhardt School's Program in Vocal Performance's commitment to the development of new musicals. The musical received a world premiere staging at Barrington Stage Company's Musical Theatre Lab in 2010 and was further developed last summer in the inaugural season of the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat.

Other members of the creative team include musical supervisor Brian Usifer, choreographer MK Lawson, music director Greg Kenna, scenic designer Michael Schweikardt, costume designer Michelle Humphrey, lighting designer Craig Stelzenmuller and sound designer Kristyn R. Smith. The Provincetown Playhouse is located at 133 MacDougal Street. For more information and tickets, call (212) 352-3101 or visit

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