Swimming Upstream to NYMF; River's End Makes NYC Premiere, Sept. 21-Oct. 1 | Playbill

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NY Musical Theatre Fest Swimming Upstream to NYMF; River's End Makes NYC Premiere, Sept. 21-Oct. 1 River's End, a new musical with book and lyrics by Cheryl Coons and music by Chuck Larkin at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, will take place Sept. 21-Oct. 1 at The TBG Theatre (312 West 36th Street, 3rd Floor).

Based on the real-life disappearance of Glen and Bessie Hyde who vanished on their daredevil river-rafting honeymoon to the Grand Canyon in 1928, River's End weaves together two completely different versions of their journey, with two pairs of actors playing the Hydes—and two surprising theories of what might have happened to them.

The cast features Evan Casey, Colby Foytik, Dani Marcus, Phyllis Somerville, Tempe Thomas, and Jonathan Weir.

River's End is directed by Rick DesRochers with musical direction by Laura Bergquist. The set is designed by Elisha Schaefer and the lighting is designed by Herrick Goldman. Costume design is by Brigid Brown and sound design is by Danny Erdberg.

The musical received a residency and staged readings at the 2004 O'Neill Music Theatre Conference of the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, Waterford, CT. It was the recipient of the following awards: Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards for Best Original Script and Best Original Score, ASCAP Foundation Harold Arlen Musical Theatre Award, and Finalist for the Edgar Award, given by the Mystery Writers of America.

(Playbill.com is a media partner of the New York Musical Theatre Festival 2006.)

For more information and to buy tickets, visit the
2006 New York Musical Theatre Festival website

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