Rated P for Parenthood, a New Musical Revue, Gets NYC Crib in 2012

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If you loved I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, the musical about dating, relationships and love, Off-Broadway producers are birthing a similar four-actor show called Rated P for Parenthood. The first-preview delivery date is Feb. 8 at the Westside Theatre, where the I Love You revue had a long run.

Songwriter Dan Lipton
Songwriter Dan Lipton

The two shows are not related, but would seem to play to the same audience. Opening night is Feb. 26.

Jeremy Dobrish directs the musical Sandy Rustin (book and lyrics), Dan Lipton (music and lyrics) and David Rossmer (music and lyrics).

Producers Andrew Asnes and Timothy Schmidt announced the New York premiere of the show on Dec. 9. No casting has been announced. Rated P for Parenthood had its world premiere at the South Orange Performing Arts Center in May 2011.

According to the producers, "Rated P for Parenthood chronicles every stage of modern-day parenting, from conception to college, with giant doses of heart and humor. A versatile cast of four takes the audience through the ups and downs of childrearing — from the sublime to the ridiculous — in a series of comic and musical vignettes in under 90 minutes. A hilarious, fresh, and decidedly irreverent look at an age old topic, Rated P provides all the wistful joy of childrearing…at a fraction of the cost of braces!"

Co-writer Rustin said in a statement, "Comedy greats will tell you to 'write what you know.' So when in a postpartum haze I accidentally sent a photo of my newborn son (and my own vagina) to everyone I know — naturally I wrote a show about it. This show is a quilt of parenting moments — the hilarious, the heartbreaking, and the humiliating — all based on real life moments from me, my family, and my friends. I am thrilled to share it with New York audiences." Rustin is an actress and writer who appears regularly at The Upright Citizens Brigade in Gravid Water (named "Best Improv Show" by Time Out, New York). A graduate of Northwestern University, she is now the co-artistic director of Midtown Direct Rep.

Lipton & Rossmer are longtime collaborators who write both music and lyrics together. Their original musical comedy The Blonde Streak is currently in development at Broadway Across America. They are also working for Araca Group on adapting a bestselling memoir. Rossmer & Lipton's dramatic fairy tale notes to MariAnne has been workshopped at the NAMT Festival, New York Stage & Film and the O'Neill Center's NMTC conference, where the team received the Holof Award for their lyrics. Their form-bending musical satire Joe! has been seen at the Kennedy Center's Theater Lab, Chicago's Equity Library Theatre and the NAMT Festival in New York. Joe! is currently in development as a 3D movie musical. Other projects include a historical project with television writer Janis Hirsch, a futuristic musical with Kirsten Guenther and a show about B-movies with Wayne Rawley.

The Westside Theatre is at 407 W. 43rd Street.

Tickets are $89.50 and can be purchased through Telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200. Rated P for Parenthood will play the following schedule: Tuesday-Thursday at 7 PM, Wednesday and Saturday at 2:30, Friday and Saturday at 8, and Sunday at 3.

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