DATE OF A LIFETIME

Genre: Comedy, Festival
Book/Lyrics by Carl Kissin Music by ROBERT BAUMGARTNER, JR., Directed by JEREMY DOBRISH Musically directed by ROBERT BAU

 

The New York Musical Theatre Festival, in association with Ulmer Theatricals, is pleased to announce the world premiere production of Carl Kissin and Robert Baumgartner. Jr.’s DATE OF A LIFETIME, choreographed byWendy Seyb (Broadway: The Pee-Wee Herman Show, Off-Bway: The Toxic Avenger) anddirected by Jeremy Dobrish. DATE OF A LIFETIME will play seven performances only at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre (2162 Broadway, 4th Floor, between 76-77 Street.) Performances begin Monday, October 3 and continue Sunday, October 16.

One speed date.  Eight minutes.  Two entire lifetimes.

During their limited time togetheron a speed date, Marvin hypothesizes what his entire life with Katie might be like – from present day through death.  Then it’s her turn.  Will this awkward first encounter be another “looking for love” horror story replete with requisite nametags and whistles - or might it be the date of a lifetime?

The production stars Farah Alvin (Broadway: NineThe Look of LoveSaturdayNightFeverGrease! and A Christmas Carol. Off-Broadway: The Marvelous Wonderettes (Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress), I Love You Because, Cam JansenIf You Give A Mouse A Cookie..., and Kuni-Leml) as Katie, and Jamie LaVerdiere (Broadway debut in The Producers as Matthew Broderick’s understudy.  Broadway and Touring: Pirate Queen, Urinetown (First National), and A Chorus Line (Europe).  Off-Bway includes I Love You, You’re Perfect…, Cam Jansen, We the People, and This Side of Paradise) as Marvin.

The production is produced by Liz Ulmer and features scenic and props design by Susan Barras,and lighting design by Jeff Croiter. G. Alan Busch is the sound designer and Andrea Jo Martin is the production stage manager.

DATE OF A LIFETIMEplays the following schedule:

 

Monday, Oct. 3, 8:00pm

Thursday, Oct. 6, 8:00pm

Monday, Oct. 10, 4:30pm

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 4:30pm

Friday, Oct. 14, 8:00pm

Saturday, Oct. 15, 4:30pm

Sunday, Oct. 16, 4:30pm

 

Ticketsare $25 and are now available online at www.nymf.org and 212-352-3101.

 

Running Time: 75 minutes

 

Website: www.dateofalifetime.com

 

Date of a Lifetime was originally developed at the Davenport Theatrical Reading Series.

 

BIOGRAPHIES

 

FARAH ALVIN(Katie) has appeared on Broadway in NineThe Look of LoveSaturday NightFeverGrease! and A Christmas Carol. Her Off-Broadway credits include The Marvelous Wonderettes (Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress), I Love You Because, Cam JansenIf You Give A Mouse A Cookie..., and Kuni-Leml. Recent regional credits include the role of Ginnie in the world premiere of Sycamore Trees (Helen Hayes Award), Fanny Brice in Funny Girl (Gretna), Heidi in [title of show] (TheatreWorks, Silicon Valley), Mabel in Pirates! (Goodspeed, Papermill and Huntington Theater) and Mother in Ragtime (White Plains Performing Arts Center). Last year, she appeared in NYMF playing the role of Georgia in The Tenth Floor for which she received a Talkin' Broadway Festival Citation for Best Actress. Ms. Alvin has performed as a soloist with the National Symphonies of the United States and Canada. She can be heard on the original cast recordings of The Marvelous WonderettesI Love You Because, as well as Someday, an album of her original music.  Please visit www.farahalvin.com

 

ROBERT BAUMGARTNER JR. (Composer/ Musical Director) hails from the suburbs of D.C. In addition to Date of a Lifetime Rob’s musicals include Adam LivesAlone World (with Carl Kissin), Under Construction and The Money Show (with Heidi Heilig) Lullabies (with Will Brumley),  The Hole (with Joey Murray and Heidi Heilig), and Radiant Ruby (with Dante Russo). Rob serves as an assistant to composer Galt MacDermot (HAIR), and has also provided assistance to Debra Barsha (Radiant Baby) and Rob Reale (A Year With Frog and Toad). Rob has a degree in Composition from Catholic University, and is also a graduate of NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. Rob is a proud faculty member at Cap21.

 

JEREMY DOBRISH (Director) RECENT OFF BROADWAY: Signs of Life (Amas), Judas and Me (NYMF), Spain (MCC), Election Day (Second Stage). REGIONAL: Barrington Stage, Goodspeed, Hangar, North Shore, NY Stage and Film, Old Globe, O’Neill, Village.  Jeremy is the Co-Artistic Director of Midtown Direct Rep, has served as an Artistic Associate at Second Stage, and was the Artistic Director of adobe theatre company for 13 years. He lives in Maplewood with his wife Beth and daughters Clea and Quinn. www.jeremydobrish.com

 

CARL KISSIN (Book and Lyrics) performed 4000 shows and was the head writer for the improvisation and sketch comedy group, Chicago City Limits.  He has performed his own material on the “The Today Show” and appeared in Eric Bogosian's play Talk Radio at the Public Theater as well as Oliver Stone's movie version.  Three-time winner of the Manhattan Monologue Slam.  Solo shows: No Solo MioEnd of the LineCarl Kissin: Reality TV- Live On Stage.  Musicals: Book and lyrics for Alone World (Winner: Best book and lyrics, West Village Musical Theatre Festival, 2011).  BMI Lehman Engel Advanced Musical Theater Workshop.  www.carlkissin.com

 

JAMIE LAVERDIERE (Marvin) made his Broadway debut in The Producers as Matthew Broderick’s understudy.  Other Broadway and Touring: Pirate Queen (Hilton Theater), Urinetown (First National), and A Chorus Line (Europe).  Off-Bway includes I Love You, You’re Perfect… (Westside Theater), Cam Jansen (Lambs Theater), We the People (Lucille Lortel), and This Side of Paradise (St. Clements). Recent credits: Nathan in Guys and Dolls (Riverside Theatre) and Pish Tush in Eugene Opera’s The Mikado.  Film/TV: The Producers, the award winning short film Hell is Other People, TV Funhouse, and The Place.  Jamie lives in NJ with his wife and daughter.

 

WENDY SEYB (Choreographer) creates and choreographs in theatre, dance and video. Broadway/HBO: The Pee-Wee Herman Show. Off-Broadway/International: The Toxic Avenger Musical (Lortel, Callaway and Dora Nominations), Click Clack Moo (Lortel Nomination). Regional: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (The Philadelphia Theatre Company, Paper Mill Playhouse), Harry Connick, Jr.’s The Happy Elf (First Stage). Tours: Nickelodeon’s Storytime Live (Radio City). New York Theater: But I’m a Cheerleader, Die Hard:The Puppet Musical, The Great Conjurer (Innovative Theatre Award Nomination). Dance Comedies: Dance Theater Workshop, Joyce SoHo, The Flea, 37 Arts and HERE Arts Center. www.wendyseyb.com

 

NEW YORK MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL (NYMF) Now in its eighth year, the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) is the largest annual musical theatre event in America and is widely regarded as the essential source for new material and talent discovery. NYMF provides a launching pad for the next generation of musicals and their creators to ensure the continued vitality of one of America's greatest art forms. Hailed as the "Sundance of Musical Theatre," NYMF discovers, nurtures, and promotes promising musical theatre artists and producers at all stages of development, and inspires a diverse audience through vibrant, accessible, powerful new work.

 

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NYMF Memberships, which combine charitable contributions with valuable, flexible ticket packages and perks like early seating, and tickets to individual events are currently available for purchase at (212) 352-3101 or www.nymf.org. Single tickets for Festival events will go on sale September 1.

 

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Listings Information:

DATE OF A LIFETIME

McGinn/Cazale Theatre (2162 Broadway, 4th Floor, between 76-77 Street.)

Monday, Oct. 3, 8:00pm

Thursday, Oct. 6, 8:00pm

Monday, Oct. 10, 4:30pm

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 4:30pm

Friday, Oct. 14, 8:00pm

Saturday, Oct. 15, 4:30pm

Sunday, Oct. 16, 4:30pm

 

Ticketsare $25 and are now available online at www.nymf.org and 212-352-3101.

 

Running Time: 75 minutes

 

Website: www.dateofalifetime.com

Open:   10/16/11
Close:   10/16/11

Schedule:
Monday, Oct. 3, 8:00pm
Thursday, Oct. 6, 8:00pm
Monday, Oct. 10, 4:30pm
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 4:30pm
Friday, Oct. 14, 8:00pm
Saturday, Oct. 15, 4:30pm
Sunday, Oct. 16, 4:30pm
Theater:   McGinn Cazale Theatre
Address:   2162 Broadway
New York, NY 10024
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Cost:$25.00
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