BROADWAY'S NEXT HIT MUSICAL
AN IMPROVISED MUSICAL COMEDY

Genre: Comedy, Musical
created on-the-spot by 'an A-list of seasoned improvisers'

Broadway’s Next H!T Musical is the improvised musical you love with a new name for ’09!

Broadway’s Next H!T Musical features improv superstars in a two-act musical created on the spot. As always, the show’s first act is an award ceremony spotlighting four “Best Musical” nominees based on audience-created song titles, and the second act is the entire musical based on the favorite nominee from act one.

Every melody, lyric, plot twist and jazz hand is made up on the spot!

Open:   10/09/09
Close:   10/30/09

Schedule:
Every Friday in October 2009
October 9, 16, 23, 30
10:00pm
Theater:   Triad Theatre
Address:   158 West 72nd St., 2nd Fl.
New York, NY 10023
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Cost:$15 plus 2-drink minimum
Buy Tickets Online or Call: SmartTix at 212-868-4444

DEB RABBAI (improviser) is a native New Yorker who's been performing professionally for the last twenty years. She was a co-creator and performer in the MAC award winning, critically acclaimed improvised musical comedy, "The Next Big Broadway Musical!". She's a performer in the national touring company of Chicago City Limits. She is also an experienced teacher of improvisation who has taught at NYU & Marymount Manhattan. She has led workshops on "Teamwork and Creativity" to executives with Revlon, Oxygen Network & Merck. She has created programs which teach curriculum through improvisation and has taught improvisation in the NY, NJ & CT public schools through Arts Connection, Theatre for a New Audience and Young Audiences. She's appeared on 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien' and in a national Mastercard commercial. She's done voice overs for products you love and created the voice for "Shenfa" in the SEGA Dreamcast game "Shenmue". She is well known as a voice actress among Japanimation/anime fans having voiced over 35 anime films. She's a customer service facilitator and standardized patient at Mount Sinai hospital. She's a tap dancer and can't resist a night of karaoke. Visit her at: www.misspeep.blogspot.com

ROB SCHIFFMANN (improviser) has been working as an actor / musician all over the U.S. for the past 13 years. As well as hosting many different corporate events, Rob is a resident cast member of Chicago City Limits, NYC’s longest running show. He is also a member of The Next Big Broadway Musical, at Don’t Tell Mama's. Rob has taught improvisation and musical theater extensively throughout the United States, including at Perry Mansfield Performing Arts School in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Rob is the writer / singer / guitarist / music director for the acoustic rock band, The Hillary Step, who are about the release their 2nd CD, "Note to Self". Rob is based in NYC.
 

CHRISTINE TURNER (improviser) has been performing improvisational comedy since 1986 when she founded her first improv comedy troupe "Brainwaves". "Brainwaves" performed the college circuit all over the West Coast. She also founded the first all-female improv group in the Pacific-Northwest, "Raging Hormones", before relocating to New York City in 1994. Christine Turner was a member of Freestyle Repertory Theater and taught improv throughout the Tri-State Area. She has worked with Theatersports and ComedySportz (International Improvisational Comedy Organizations) and co-founded the long-running musical improv comedy "The Next Big Broadway Musical". She has taught Improvisation at Wharton and Wall Street, as well as performing improv on her own at Don't Tell Mama and The Ice Palace.
 

ROBERT Z. GRANT is a New York based actor and improviser who has appeared at Center Stage NY, The York Theatre, American Globe Theatre, Caroline's on Broadway, The NY IMPROV, and on NBC and VH1, among others. Robert is a founding member of The Collective NY, and has performed in Ionesco's 'The Lesson,' '360, an original adaptation of La Ronde,' Brian Leider's 'Me Equals This,' Collective Comedy, and various readings. He spent two months performing and teaching in South Africa with The Glass Contraption in the Summer of 2007. The show he helped develop and perform, 'TED,' was named one of the "Ten Best of the Festival" at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival.

Robert performed for years with ComedySportzNY and is the artistic director of Codependent Theater Co., hailed as "one of the Top 3 Best Improv Groups in New York." Credits also include the hit improvised musical comedy 'Broadway's Next H!T Musical' (2007 MAC Award). Robert studied acting with Bill Esper at William Esper Studio (2007 graduate), dance at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, clown with Christopher Bayes at Juilliard, and improvisation with Ralph Buckley. Robert is a member of Actors' Equity, and a founding member of The Collective.

Robert is probably best known for his anonymity.

www.robertzgrant.com

KOBI LIBII (improviser) New York and regional acting credits include Ohio State Murders (Theater for a New Audience), King Lear, Comedy of Errors (Yale Repertory Theater), The Cenci (Ohio Theater/Hotel Savant) and Angelic Faces (TheaterVision/Playtime). Other credits include the Fringe First award-winning European premiere of Rolin Jones' The Jammer (Edinburgh Fringe Festival) as well as Boiling Pot, a two-actor documentary theater piece about race and identity which Kobi co-wrote, and which has been seen at Yale University, Emerson College and the New York’s Cherry Lane Theater as part of the New York International Fringe Festival. As an improviser, Kobi has appeared all over the country with Yale’s Just Add Water and played to sold-out houses in Los Angeles and Edinburgh as a part of One Night Stand – an improvised musical. He has also improvised opposite Mike McShane of Whose Line Is It Anyway? and guested in Impro Theater’s Sondheim Unscripted. Kobi studied theater at Yale University (BA, Theater Studies) and improvisation at Second City Chicago.
 

STEFAN SCHICK (improviser) has been a member of Chicago City Limits since 2003, first with the National Touring Company and currently with the Resident Company. Growing up mostly in Massachusetts, Stefan followed the classic path to a comedy career: studying biochemistry (the most hilarious of the sciences) at Brown University and then going to law school (the most hilarious of the utterly un-hilarious things to do in life). In addition to CCL, Stefan currently performs with the improv group Stray, and has performed with numerous other improv troupes in NYC at the Magnet, PIT, UCB, etc. He has appeared in several plays, sketch shows and short films in NYC, most recently in the 2-person sketch show Deluded at Ars Nova. Television credits include Cut to the Chase (TBS) and Criss-Cross, a comedy pilot that was purchased by A&E. Stefan also teaches improvisation, leads corporate workshops, slices and dices. He would like to thank his talented mentors and friends at CCL, his wife Aielleen and the rest of his family for all their support.

GREG TRIGGS (host) also performs with Chicago City Limits, and the Bruised Fruits. Greg has also been a member of the ensembles at the Comedy Warehouse on Disney's Pleasure Island and the Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis. As owner of Strategic Entertainment NYC he has worked as a writer/director for Disney, the Disney Cruise Lines, SeaWorld, the Tribeca Film Festival and the NFL. He has taught improvisation for the American Council of Mayors, Microsoft and the United States Navy. Television credits include the BBC, ABC, TLC, Oxygen, the Discovery Channel and Nickelodeon. Greg's first novel "The Happiest Place on Earth" will be handed into the publisher soon. Whether the publisher cares remains to be seen.

www.GregTriggs.com
www.StrategicEntertainmentNYC.com

MATTHEW LOREN COHEN (musical director / pianist) is a classically trained pianist with a BA in music from Florida State University. His original musical, Jason & Ben, recently played to sold-out houses as one of 24 shows selected to be part of the 2008 New York Musical Theater Festival. He is co-creator of and music director for New York City's original, award-winning improvised musical, The Next Big Broadway Musical!, and he is music director for The Nuclear Family, an improvised musical that enjoyed an eight-month run Off-Broadway. He composed the music for the award-nominated original revue, Hello, Boys!, and he has improvised on piano everywhere from a Disney cruise ship to cable television. Matthew is also a published author and columnist whose stories and essays have appeared online and in print.

RICK HIP-FLORES (pianist) most recently conducted Singin in the Rain at Northshore Music Theatre. He was seen as musical director and bandleader for the Neil Sedaka musical, Breaking Up is Hard to Do. Other recent credits include Laugh Whore, Beauty and the Beast, Last Five Years, 8 by Tenn, Fame, Fame Forever, and A Christmas Carol. As resident musical director for Musicals Tonight, Richard interprets lesser known works by theater greats such as Jerome Kern and Cole Porter. He has written music and lyrics for Dido and Aeneas, Strega Nona, Hamlet Redux, Now That You've Seen Me Naked, and the Columbia University Varsity Show. He has also composed scores for Tartuffe and As You Like It, both produced by Worth Street Players. This year, his newest show Neon Mirage was featured in the Humana Festival at the Actor's Theater of Louisville. Richard is a composer/lyricist in the BMI Musical Theater Workshop, and has co-founded a theater composition program at AMDA.

ERIC MARCH (pianist) is a pianist, writer and composer whose work has appeared at FringeNYC (Granola! The Musical), Ars Nova (Songs About Real Life) and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (Jocelyn and Eric: Together at Last, Again!). His writing has been featured in The Onion, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, and Comedy Central's Indecision and Insider blogs, where he is a staff writer. He is a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop, the Chicago City Limits touring company and Tacos Nuevo Mexico's customer of the millennium club.

ANDREW RESNICK (pianist) is a graduate of Yale University where he majored in Music. He is a classically trained pianist as well as a poorly trained drummer/percussionist. He can fake jazz decently on the piano if he is hired for parties. He has served as music director/conductor for Yale productions of Into the Woods, Urinetown, Little Shop of Horrors, Sideshow and John and Jen, among others. He is the pianist/music director of the Yale improvisational comedy group Just Add Water and was the pianist for his high-school improv troupe Scene Monkeys.