McGinn Cazale Theatre

Todays Date: 06/25/22
Last Update: 10/07/11 05:18:56 PM
Address: 2162 Broadway
New York, NY    10024

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Date Of A Lifetime  | Open: 10/16/11 Close: 10/16/11

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 and 212-352-3101.


Running Time: 75 minutes




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




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


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.


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.


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.


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.


NYMF is the flagship program of National Music Theater Network, Inc., a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization. NYMF 2011 is presented in association with, Production Resource Group, and, and is supported by American Eagle Outfitters, Back Stage,,, Clear Channel Spectacolor, Disney Store Times Square, Fox 5/ WNYW-TV, King Displays, NASDAQ OMX, New World Stages, Next Magazine, PMD Promotions, The Port Authority of NY & NJ,, Season of Savings, Terra Fossil Wines, Thomson Reuters,, Times Square Squared, and Yelp. Major supporters include The ASCAP Foundation, BMI Foundation, Inc., The BWF Foundation, Con Edison, The Nathan Cummings Foundation with the support and encouragement of Jamie Ariel Phinney, Cameron Mackintosh Foundation, The New Musical Development Foundation, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, The Rodgers & Hammerstein Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and The Theater League.  NYMF is supported, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.


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 Single tickets for Festival events will go on sale September 1.


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Listings Information:


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 and 212-352-3101.


Running Time: 75 minutes



In the Daylight  | Open: 09/15/09 Close: 10/11/09
In the Daylight is a darkly comic tale about a well-known writer and his homecoming to a family he has been avoiding for many years. As the play unfolds we discover the true reasons for his extended absence and the dark secrets his family has been keeping.

Looking for the Pony  | Open: 01/21/09 Close: 02/08/09
VITAL THEATRE COMPANY is pleased to announce the rolling world premiere of LOOKING FOR THE PONY by ANDREA LEPCIO, directed by STEPHAN GOLUX and featuring J. SMITH-CAMERON, DEIRDRE O'CONNELL, LORI FUNK and DEBARGO SANYAL.

In LOOKING FOR THE PONY, a 2008 National Endowment for the Arts OUTSTANDING NEW AMERICAN PLAY finalist, Eloisa is finally ready to leave a lifeless career in finance to pursue a childhood dream when her sister Lauren is diagnosed with breast cancer. Lauren's perfect life and Eloisa's second chance collide as the sisters join forces to cure all that ails them. As funny as it is heart-breaking, LOOKING FOR THE PONY is a rollercoaster ride through treatment, ambition, loss and acceptance. This play was originally developed and produced by Vital Theatre Company as part of its VITAL SIGNS New Works Festival in 2002.


"…the play condenses five years of personal history into about twenty minutes of raw, emotional theatre… I don't know of a more affecting (and effective) testament to the precious human spirit than this gorgeous, compact drama." - review of the original short play

After its New York run, LOOKING FOR THE PONY will also be presented at SYNCHRONICITY PERFORMANCE GROUP in Atlanta in February.


Andrea Lepcio's plays include ONE NATION UNDER, ECLIPSE, HOOK & EYE and the musical THE BRONX CASKET CO, which have been produced and developed at Chashama, HERE, Women's Project, Hangar Theatre, Trustus Theatre, among others. She is a member of the New Perspective Women's Work Lab and the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Librettist Workshop, and an alumnus of the Lark Playwrights' Workshop and Women's Project Lab. Her screenplay, "A September Spring," won the Sloan Foundation Dramatic Writing Award. A two-time finalist for the Heideman Award, her work has been published by New York Theatre Experience, Estrogenius, lichen and Smith & Kraus. Andrea is the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program Director and is a visiting faculty member in the Graduate Dramatic Writing Program at Carnegie Mellon. Education: M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing, Carne! gie Mellon University. M.B.A., UC Berkeley. B.A. Human Ecology, College of the Atlantic.

Director Stephan Golux recently helmed productions of SYLVIA, THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF AMERICA (abridged), COPENHAGEN, JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS, TRUE WEST and WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOLF for Vermont Stage Company. He directed the world premieres of AMERICAN PASSENGER by Theron Albis, UNDERWORLD by Josh Ben Friedman, CRAWLING FROM THE WRECKAGE by Paul Rogalus, and NINTH STREET WATER by Michael Griffo. For The Rude Mechanicals he directed CAN CAN by Romulus Linney, and ENDGAME by Samuel Beckett. At the New Theatre in Boston, he directed SELF-TORTURE AND STRENUOUS EXERCISE by Harry Kondolean and THE POLICE by Slawomir Mrozek. Education: M.F.A. in Stage Direction, Yale School of Drama. B.S. in Philosophy of Language, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The design team includes sets by Adam Koch, lighting by Aaron Copp and costumes by Matthew Hemesath. Bernita Robinson is the Stage Manager.

The Klezmer Nutcracker  | Open: 12/06/08 Close: 01/03/09
VITAL THEATRE COMPANY is pleased to announce its family holiday offering, "THE KLEZMER NUTCRACKER." Based on the award-winning book The Golden Dreydl by ELLEN KUSHNER, the production features music by PETER ILLYICH TCHAIKOVSKY, arranged by MICHAEL McLAUGHLIN & DAVID HARRIS and performed by THE SHIRIM KLEZMER ORCHESTRA, a book by ELLEN KUSHNER, direction by LINDA AMES KEY, and choreography by DAX VALDES. 

"THE KLEZMER NUTCRACKER" tells the story of Sara, who is miserable at the family Chanukah party. But when mysterious Tante Miriam arrives with the gift of a Golden Dreydl, everything changes. The Dreydl is an enchanted princess in disguise and whirls Sara away on an exciting adventure through a magical world. "THE KLEZMER NUTCRACKER" is a delightful spin on the traditional story of "The Nutcracker," and weaves together threads of Jewish folklore with fantasy, humor and holiday cheer.


Season's Greetings  | Open: 11/20/08 Close: 12/07/08
It's the "bloody" holidays...when toys and marriages break down and in-laws become out-laws!

Alan Ayckbourn's SEASON'S GREETINGS makes its return to the New York stage for the first time in over 20 years as Hudson River Repertory Company brings this hilarious and cynical comedy to the McGinn/Cazale Theatre.

The witty and acerbic Ayckbourn delivers a full palette of rich and outrageous characters such as the crusty uncle who is a gun fanatic, the accident-prone sister who can always be counted on to ruin the lamb, and her husband who sets the stage for the dreaded annual puppet show. Throw in a mad midnight tryst under the Christmas tree and it all adds up to classic Ayckbourn humor that gets right under the skin of family dynamics.

New York audiences will rediscover this thought-provoking gem for the holidays with a fresh approach by veteran director Laurie Eliscu that will bring the humor front and center.

Francile Albright*
Lee Beebout*
Foster Davis
Karin de la Penha*
Jody Eisenstein*
Byron Loyd*
Morgan Reis
James Weatherstone*
Dan Via*

*Member of Actors' Equity Association
Equity Approved Showcase
Produced by special arrangemnt with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Director - Laurie Eliscu
Producers - Laurie Eliscu & Ilene Morgenroth
Set Designer - Kyle Dixon
Production Stage Manager - Britney McAden

The Happy Time  | Open: 03/06/07 Close: 03/18/07
A concert-style staging of Kander & Ebb's 1968 musical The Happy Time. Based on a play by Samuel Taylor, the musical tells the story of a French-Canadian family. The son, Bibi, a teenager, is having troubles at school; while the uncle that Bibi idolizes, Jacques, a photographer, has returned home after a long time away. Songs include "A Certain Girl" and "The Happy Time." George S. Irving, who played Bibi's father in the original Broadway production, now plays the grandfather (a role originated by David Wayne)
The Bully  | Open: 12/17/05 Close: 02/05/06
The Bully tells the story of Lenny the smartest kid in school and Steve the school bully. A bus mix up leaves the boys stranded at a different school where they both get picked on for being the "new kids." In order to get back to their own school and away from the cluthces of the terrifying "Mega," the boys have to work together and they begin to learn what life is really like for the other....and that they might not be so different after all.

Choreography by Marco Jo Clate

A Midsummer Night's Dream  | Open: 01/06/06 Close: 01/28/06
One of Shakespeare's early comedies, "A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM" explores the themes of love, dreams and the creative imagination. The play's complex plot involves two sets of couples-Hermia and Lysander, and Helena and Demetrius-whose romances are complicated when they find themselves in the enchanted woods ruled by King and Queen of Fairies. Thrown into the mix are the impish Puck and Bottom the weaver and his band, adding further mischief to the story.

Without layering an unnecessary concept on top of the show, director John Ficarra explores the flipside of the "dream," drawing inspiration more from the dark slumber of winter than an airy summer nap. Much like the Bard's play itself, Ficarra's vision is both lyrical and truly original.

Radiant Ruby  | Open: 10/29/05 Close: 12/04/05
Radiant Ruby is the smallest tall tale there ever was. The story of seven year-old Ruby Rubenstein and her younger brother Petrie comes to life as narrated by three goldfish called the Goldies. Ruby is on a quest to become the most popular and well-known girl in school...and the world! But will this be at the expense of losing her radiance and subtle grace? This new musical takes you on a wild ride from television sets and lemonade stands to the oval office and the edge of the world!

Directed and choreographed by Jason Summers

Suzu McConnell-Wood – 212-579-0528

Rebound & Gagged  | Open: 10/18/05 Close: 11/06/05
A comedy about getting older, getting over a broken heart, and getting over the fact that oldies radio stations have started playing "The Eurythmics."
Spurn  | Open: 04/13/05 Close: 04/30/05
A collection of surreal, subversive, comedic one-acts - incorporating staged and video segments

The show features sinister, otherworldly forces overtaking television networks, re-imagines the MTA as abureaucracy-driven group of super-heroes, and immerses the six-member cast in the delicious pathos of French toy store owners. And let's not forget the dead clowns!

Shakin' The Mess Outta Misery  | Open: 02/10/05 Close: 03/06/05
SHAKIN' THE MESS OUTTA MISERY combines storytelling, music and dance to recount a young black girl's coming of age in the South in the 1960's. Daughter, the 25-year-old narrator whose mother died when she was young, was raised by the women in the community. At the age of 12, she begins her journey to womanhood guided by these very diverse, non-traditional, older black women. As she reflects, Daughter becomes a child again reliving her vivid memories of growing up and recalling the lessons she learned.
Extraordinary  | Open: / / Close: 02/06/05
After meeting his deaf cousin Hope, nine year old Lester and his imaginary friend Fred take off on an adventure through the living room couch to search for her hearing. Their journey takes them to The Land of Quiet where after meeting The Girl with Legs of Stone, Peter the Chocolate Eater, Lonely Lucy and the melodramatic Dustmites, they discover that your differences are what make you extraordinary!