Genre: Musical
Book and lyrics by Tom Attea, music composed by Arthur Abrams. Directed by Mark Marcante

THE FOLK SINGER is a new musical about contemporary times. It tells a story of a young musician who wants to write songs as relevant today as those of Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and Joan Baez were in their heyday.  Working with like-minded local musicians, he and the others stage a folk festival​ for the 21st century, highlighting contemporary issues and reaching out to the audiences through social media for more awareness.

THE FOLK SINGER begins previews on September 29th, opens on October 9th and will play a limited engagement through October 23rd. Tickets are $15 ($10 for seniors and students.) Box office: 212.254.1109, SmartTix: 212.868.4444 or purchase online at

The performance schedule for THE FOLK SINGER is as follows: Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm, with matinees on Sundays at 3pm.

“I wrote the book and lyrics to THE FOLK SINGER in order to create a character-based work for the theater that would comment on today’s times,” explains Tom Attea. “I believe that​, given the severity of the problems in America and around the world, new folk songs would be expected to have a greater presence than they do. The centerpiece of the show, ​"A Folk Festival for Today," ​provided ​the occasion ​​to write lyrics with contemporary substance.”

Featured in the cast are: Mary Adams (Queensboro Bridge), Matthew Angel (Young Benjamin Banneker), Larry Fleishman (Beau Jest; Maid In Manhattan), Olivia A. Griffin (NYC debut), Micha Lazare (Fuerza Bruta), Andy Striph (The Good Wife; I Love You…But I Lied), and Nick McGuiness (The Following).

Set design is by Mark Marcante, with lighting design by Alexander Bartienieff, sound design by Alex Santullo,​ and prop design is by Lytza Colon.  Danielle Hauser is the assistant director.​

The performance schedule for THE FOLK SINGER is as follows: Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm, with matinees on Sundays at 3pm.

Tom Attea (book and lyrics) has written thirteen other produced shows, beginning with Brief Chronicles of the Time, which was presented as a showcase by The Actors Studio, where he was a member of The Playwrights Unit for 10 years. Since then, he has written the book and lyrics for ten musicals and two plays that have been presented by Theater for the New City. Tom received a TNC/Jerome Foundation emerging playwright grant and is a member of The Dramatists Guild.


Arthur Abrams (composer) began his frequent collaboration with Tom Attea at The Actors Studio, while working with director Charles Friedman on the revue Brief Chronicles of the

Time.​ His last two collaborations with Tom were the musicals An American Worker and Heather Smiley for President.  A ballet score by Abrams, The Velveteen Rabbit, was given its first performance in July  of 2016, at the Hartt School of the University of Hartford. Abrams also composed and directed music for the Yiddish Theater documentary film, "The Golden Age of Second Avenue," often shown on Public TV.  He has been honored with numerous awards, including a DAAD music fellowship to Mannheim, Germany, a scholarship to the Orff Institute at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and a “Meet the Composer” grant for the score of The Golden Bear. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild.


Mark Marcante (director) has directed Rizzante Returns From The War, Benny’s Barber Shop, Promises Best Kept, British Music Hall, Strangely Wonderful and One Director Against His Cast, written by Crystal Field, which premiered in Italy. He worked and toured with The People's Theater Company, Theater East and The Guthsville Playhouse. Mr. Marcante was the theatrical and technical consultant for the Arts Connection. He is a graduate of Kutztown University, studied and performed Commedia Dell'arte with Alessandro Bressanello and Michael Conenna from the T.A.G Theatre of Venice. This is his twelfth collaboration with Tom Attea and Arthur Abrams.


PHOTO: L to R: Nick McGuiness , Mary Adams, Matthew Angel, Micha Lazare, and Andy Striph in THE FOLK SINGER.
Projection image of the Rusty Knot bar: photo © Chris Mottalini. Used with permission.



Open:   09/29/16
Close:   10/23/16

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The performance schedule for THE FOLK SINGER is as follows: Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm, with matinees on Sundays at 3pm. :

Theater:   Theater for the New City
Address:   155 First Avenue
New York,
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Cost:$15 geeneral audiences, $10 seniors and students
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