Spelling Bee Stars Keenan-Bolger and Fogler Appear on NY1's "On Stage," Feb. 26

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee stars Celia Keenan-Bolger and Dan Fogler will appear on NY1's "On Stage" television show, Feb. 26 at 9:30 AM. Check local listings.

Subsequent airings of the interview on the local New York station will be played Feb 26 at 7:30 PM, Feb. 27 at 9:30 AM and 7:30 PM, as well as Feb. 28 at 9:30 PM and 12:30 AM (/Feb. 29 morning).

Celia Keenan-Bolger (Summer of 42, The Light in the Piazza) and Dan Fogler (Joe Fearless, C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E) star with Jesse Tyler Ferguson (On the Town), Derrick Baskin (Memphis), Deborah S. Craig (WaVe, The Karaoke Show), Lisa Howard (Les Misérables national tour), Jay Reiss, Sarah Saltzberg (The Donkey Show) and Jose Llana (Flower Drum Song) in the new musical.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee pits ten contestants (six actors, four audience members) against each other in a battle for the championship of the local spelling competition. Among the pre-pubescent brainiacs are multi-lingual national finalist Marcy Park, Putnam Basin district second runner up Leaf Coneybear, Magna Magnet for the gifted and unusual representative Logainne Schwarzandgrubeniere, last year's finalist (eliminated for health reasons) William Barfee, newcomer Olive Ostrovsky and last year's county champion Chip Tolentino.

Tony Award-winning Falsettos collaborators — composer William Finn and director James Lapine — reteam on the work with newcomer librettist Rachel Sheinkin (Striking 12) on a concept by Rebecca Feldman. The new musical began performances Jan. 11 and opened Feb. 7 at Second Stage Theatre to positive critical and audience response.

Based on an original play C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E by The Farm, the musical made its world premiere production — under the direction of Michael Unger and Rebecca Feldman — at Sheffield, Massachusetts' Barrington Stage Company in July 2004. Featuring music and lyrics by Finn with a book by Sheinkin (Striking 12) from a concept by Feldman, the musical features choreography by Dan Knechtges. Vadim Feichtner handles musical direction and orchestrations are by Michael Starobin. The design team includes Beowulf Boritt (scenic), Jennifer Caprio (costumes), Natasha Katz (lighting), Dan Moses Schreier (sound) and Marty Kopulsky (hair and wig). The production stage manager is Andrea Testani.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee performs at Second Stage, 307 West 43rd Street (just off 8th Ave.). For more information, visit www.SecondStageTheatre.com.

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