FANTASY FOOTBALL: THE MUSICAL?

Genre: Comedy, Musical
written by David Ingber, directed by Adam Arian

September 1991, NYC. “The Golden Girls” and “Arsenio Hall” are duking it out for ratings supremacy, and stonewashed jeans and sideways ponytails are making everyone look “totally awesome.” Matthew Berry was the greatest sports journalist his college had ever seen. Unfortunately, he's finding adult life to be not nearly so accepting. Apparently an amazingly comprehensive knowledge of all sports statistics is not enough to land his dream job as an anchor on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.” Meanwhile, his old pal Bill Simmons is running a small, underground gambling operation and is barely able to keep it afloat. Together they find their salvation in “the ultimate sports fan experience” fantasy football. Fantasy Football: The Musical? features songs including “Sports Is My Religion," "Man Friends," and "The 1980's-Style Movie Montage Song About the Rules of Fantasy Football.”

 Fantasy Football: The Musical? - The Off-Season
Prior to the start of the '08-'09 NBA season, ESPN.com's "The Sports Guy" Bill Simmons and the "The Talented Mr. Roto" Matthew Berry announced their plans to organize a fantasy basketball league with eight fans. The application was simple: a one-paragraph email stating what you would do in order to get into this league. The applications, many of them hilarious, ran the gamut from the rights to name a first-born child to sob stories about how depressing it is to be a Seattle sports fan nowadays.

David Ingber’s application stated that he would write and compose an original piece of musical theater that paid homage to the fantasy culture, with Bill and Matthew as the main characters. The real Bill and Matthew spent a couple minutes on their podcast/XM radio show discussing the idea, pushing me through to the "final round." Ultimately, however, they decided to go with what they admitted had shades of affirmative action: one Seattle fan, one member of the US Military, one female fan, etc. David’s application was excluded on the grounds that they did not know me, and that it was entirely possible my musical would be an absolute train wreck. Fair enough.

Having been locked out of the "SimmonBerry Fantasy League," motivations changed. Ingber no longer cared about joining the celebrity league but rather to create a piece of theater that would celebrate the world of sports fandom, create a show that would open the world of musical theatre to the masses of sports-lovin’-non-theatre-goers that are out there and introduce the theatre-lovin’non-sports fans to the reasons being a sports fan is fantastic.

The cast includes: Nick Spangler (Winner of “The Amazing Race”, Off-Broadway: The Fantasticks! GIANT ) will star along with, Patrick Benedict (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Forever Plaid), Rob Hinderliter (Pinkalicious The Musical College: The Musical), Emily McNamara (starred and co-wroteThe Awesome 80’s Prom, My First Time), Jeff Nathan (film: Almost Normal), Ben Steinfeld (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Nick Sullivan (Bway: Footloose Off-Bway: Lone Star Love), Sam Tedaldi (Mrs. Sharp, Naked Angels’ The Black Crook) and Christine Pedi (Drama Desk nomination an LA Ovation award Forbidden Broadway, Broadway: Talk Radio). Creative team includes: Steven Kemp (Set Designer), Emily DeAngelis (Costume Designer), Christian DeAngelis (Lighting Designer), Toby Algya (Sound Designer).

Fantasy Football: The Musical? is produced by Kristin Johnson Productions LLC

 

Open:   10/01/09
Close:   10/08/09

Schedule:
Thursday, Oct 1st, 2009 at 8:00PM
Friday, Oct 2nd, 2009 at 1:00 PM
Saturday, Oct 3rd, 2009 at 5:00 PM
Sunday, Oct 4th, 2009 at 4:30 PM
Sunday, Oct 4th, 2009 at 8:00 PM
Thursday, Oct 8th, 2009 at 8:00 PM
Theater:   Barrow Group Theatre
Address:   312 West 36th Street
New York, NY
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Cost:$20
Buy Tickets Online or Call: New York Musical Theatre festival at 212-352-3101