Rowe, Simpkins and Bienskie to Discuss Political Musical The Fix

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Composer Dana P. Rowe, director John Simpkins and Helen Hayes Award-winning actor Stephen Bienskie will discuss the political rock musical The Fix Oct. 4 in Manhattan.

New York University's Program in vocal performance is presenting a New York City engagement of The Fix Sept. 30-Oct. 4 at the Frederick Loewe Theatre.

Simpkins will direct the musical that has a score by Rowe, and book and lyrics by John Dempsey. Rowe, Simpkins and Bienskie (who appeared in the U.S. premiere of The Fix) will take part in a pre-show discussion. The discussion is being offered during the "industry night" performance, which is free to industry union members (AEA, SDC, USA, Local 802, etc.).

Since the world-premiere staging, composer Rowe and book writer-lyricist Dempsey have made changes to the script and score of the musical, which will be represented in the New York run. Rowe and Dempsey will be on hand during the rehearsal process to work with director Simpkins (Bloodsong of Love) and the cast.

The Fix will be performed by a cast of NYU students, including Kristen da Costa, Danielle Gimbal, Blair Goldberg, Kanoa Goo, Natalie Hinds, Kevin Mueller, Wilmari Myburgh, Jared Nepute, Melissa Rapelje, Allison Robinson, Will Roland, Matt Savoca, Tim Shea, William Spinnato, Jordan Stanley, Matthew Tracey, Bryan Welnicki and Joshua Wright.

Designing the production are Michael Schweikardt (scenic design), Chris Dallos (lighting design), Michelle Eden Humphrey (costume design) and Craig Kaufman (sound design). Stan Tucker will musical direct with choreography by MK Lawson. According to NYU, "A hard-edged commentary on the American political machine, The Fix opens with sitting senator and presidential candidate, Reed Chandler, dying unexpectedly while in bed with his mistress. At Reed’s funeral, his widow Violet encourages her brother-in-law to mentor her son, Cal, so that he might follow in his father’s footsteps and make a run at the presidency. The scheming duo will stop at nothing to see Cal elected. The Fix will convince you of the power of spin in American politics past, present, and future."

First produced by Cameron Mackintosh at the Donmar Warehouse in London in 1997, The Fix follows the mercurial rise of a charismatic young politician and the political machinery that created him. The musical made its U.S. debut at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA, in 1998. At the time of its U.S. premiere, a New York debut for The Fix was considered, but never materialized.

Songs in the musical include "One, Two, Three," "I See the Future," "America's Son," "Mistress of Deception," "Embrace Tomorrow" and "Don't Blame the Prince."

Dempsey and Rowe have also penned the musicals Zombie Prom and The Witches of Eastwick.

For tickets to The Fix, priced $20, phone (212) 352-3101 or visit

The Frederick Loewe Theatre is located at 35 West 4th Street.

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