"The Battery's Down," with Goodwin, Weiss and Umphress, Hits the Web June 1

News   "The Battery's Down," with Goodwin, Weiss and Umphress, Hits the Web June 1
Broadway's Deidre Goodwin, Natalie Weiss and MAC nominee Alysha Umphress appear in "It Don't Make Sense," the latest episode of Jake Wilson's web series "The Battery's Down."

The June 1 episode, directed by Connor Gallagher, stars Jake Wilson as a young performer who, along with his friends, navigates the world of showbiz in New York City. Series regulars include Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Mary Poppins, Spelling Bee), Dani Spieler (Legally Blonde) and Nina Sturtz.

Goodwin, a veteran of Broadway's A Chorus Line, Chicago and Nine, guest stars with Weiss (Wicked) and Umphress (Green Day's American Idiot), as well as Jenna Coker Jones (Evil Dead), Brynn O'Malley (Wicked), Marla Mindelle (South Pacific), Sas Goldberg (Stunning) and Kyle Harris.

Ensemble performers in "It Don't Make Sense" include Carol Angeli, Kiara Bennett, Jennifer Bowles, Brian Collier, Sarah Jane Everman, Adam Fleming, Eric Sean Fogel, Ellen Harvey, Ryan Jackson, Clark Johnsen, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Beth Kuhn, Neeka Lanzarone, Susanne Layton, Alison Levering, Michelle Lookadoo, Lonna Marie, Joseph Medeiros, Michael Mindlin, Elizabeth Polito, Tera-Lee Pollin, Corbin Reid, Rod Roberts, Darryl Semira, Tom Souhrada and Danny Visconti.

The latest installment features two original songs: "Rowboat Twenty-Two" by Glen Kelly (The Producers) and Tony winner Lisa Lambert (The Drowsy Chaperone) and "Bonjour Paris," featuring music and lyrics by Eric Day.

The online series regularly features songs by numerous young theatre writers, including Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Edges), Laurence O'Keefe (Legally Blonde, Bat Boy!), David Kirshenbaum (Vanities, Summer of '42), Michael Patrick Walker (Altar Boyz), Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk (The Unauthorized Biography of Samantha Brown), Nick Blaemire (Glory Days), Josh Salzman and Ryan Cunningham (I Love You Because), Sean Mahoney (Factory Girls), Michael Weiner and Alan Zachary (Secondhand Lions) and Ryan Scott Oliver and Kirsten A. Guenther (Mrs. Sharp). Created by and starring University of Michigan graduate Wilson, "The Battery's Down" made its online premiere Feb. 1, 2008, with a slew of Broadway talent.

New episodes of "The Battery's Down" will premiere at 12:01 AM on the first of each month. To view the series, visit TheBatterysDown.

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