A matchmaker discovers Cupid's bow is pointed at herself.
Wednesday, Oct 3rd, 2007 at 1:00 pm
Thursday, Oct 4th, 2007 at 4:30 pm
Thursday, Oct 4th, 2007 at 8:00 pm
Friday, Oct 5th, 2007 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, Oct 7th, 2007 at 1:00 pm
Jane Austen's novel comes to life in this delightful musical comedy. In the twon of Highbury, Emma Woodhouse sets about matchmaking her protege to the town's vicar, but the scheme backfires. Mistaken notions of who loves whom turn Emma's world upside-downb until she discovers what she had long denied: Cupid's bow is pointed at herself, and love can be found from an unexpected source.
Approximate Running Time: 1:50; no intermission
Recently won the Los Angeles Elate award for his work as Librettist, Lyricist and Composer for "Emma." As Composer and Co-lyricist of "Tea and Crumpets," Mr. Adlen won the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Award for best musical score, and the Festival Theatre USA/USC Theatre Award for best original production, which toured in California and Edinburgh, UK. Other theater works as composer and lyricist include "Some Summer Night," "The Cry of the Banshee," "Tower of Babel," "Ball and Chain," "Speakeasy," "The Scarlet Letter," and as Librettist, "Facing East." As a composer for silent films, Mr. Adlen has been commissioned by the San Francisco Film Preservation for "Peter Pan" and "Rin Tin Tin," and has composed and performed for over 25 silent films for the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, California, including "Wind," "La Maison du Mystere," "Backstairs," Nana," "The General Line," "Dr. Mabuse," "The Fall of Usher," and "Battleship Potemkin." Currently Mr. Adlen's composing and librettist pursuits are concentrating on the Edwardian era, as he is adapting an early 1900s novel for the stage.
Broadway: "The Lion King," "The Tale of the Allergist's Wife," "The Sound of Music" and "The Red Shoes." Off Broadway: "Time and Again," "The Tale of the Allergist's Wife," "Captains Courageous," "Violet" and "Merrily We Roll Along." Other New York Theatre: "The Mercy Seat," Theatreworks Gala 2005, "Spine," seven seasons of the Drama Desk Awards Show and Allegro (Encores!). Regional: "Carmen," "The Mystery of Irma Vep," "Little Shop of Horrors," "Daddy's Dyin', Who's Got the Will?," "Urinetown," "A Little Princess," "Five Course Love," "Getting to Know You," "Theophilus North," "Phantom," "Love Letters," "Guys and Dolls," "The Fantasticks," "A Little Night Music," "A Chorus Line," "The Royal Family," "Once On This Island," "Gypsy," and "The Music Man" at such theatres as La Jolla Playhouse, McCarter Theatre, Geva Theatre, and Arena Stage among others. For 14 years Ms. Berliner has written, directed, and choreographed corporate theatrical events. In the spring of 2006 her six-part feature article on new musical theatre development, "A Game of Love and Chance," was published in American Theatre magazine and she wrote the script for the NYC Drama Desk Awards Show hosted by Harvey Fierstein. Recently she wrote the first annual Angie Awards Show for International Mystery Writers' Festival, guest lectured for the dance and theatre department at the University of Colorado, Boulder and served as the consulting artistic for Maui Onstage. Ms. Berliner is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.
Ms. Butkas is the Director of Development and Communications at TADA! Youth Theater, NYCÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s premier youth theater company. She was Managing Director at Bristol Valley Theater (BVT), a professional summer stock theater in Naples, New York, during four seasons of unprecedented growth. In 2002, she assisted the Resident Director on the Broadway production of "The Lion King." She serves as co-artistic director for Lexington Dance Collective (LDC), modern dance/theater company now in its 11th season. Most recently she co-produced "The Little Girls Have Grown Up" a world premiere of new work at LA TEA Theater in NYC. She is currently involved in The Love and Water Project with LDC. She holds two B.A.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s from the University at Buffalo in Dance Performance and Literary Journalism. She also serves as the Audience Development Coordinator for Creatively Speaking, a film/video series featuring works by artists of color.
A native of Northern California, Mr. Moors has worn many hats in music and theatre. He has musical directed, arranged, and composed for several projects in the past twenty years, EMMA being his latest endeavor. He received his BA in composition and in jazz and commercial music from Sonoma State University in 1988, and his MM in voice from San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 1992. At the Conservatory, he also studied conducting and orchestration. He has written a full-length musical, as well as music for plays and film. He has also written and arranged several songs for cabaret and pop music projects, and is a member of ASCAP. Besides composing and musical directing, Len is an established singer and performer in the Bay Area. Mr. Moors is currently working on a project for acclaimed orhcestrator and composer Angela Morley.
Kristen Lee Rosenfeld lives in New York City and is currently music directing Zombie Prom at the Sargent Theatre in NYC and is thrilled to be making her New York Musical Theatre Festival debut with Emma. Ms. Rosenfeld works as a musical director and composer in New York City and regional theatre, and recently music directed the premiere of the school version of Avenue Q. In New York, she has worked with Prospect Theatre Company, Family Opera Initiative, Red Fern Theatre Company and others Her compositions have been commissioned and performed by the Second Story Rep and Sprouts Children's Theatre in Seattle, Franklin and Marshall College and the Atlantic Acting School in New York City. Recently, her new musical version of The Merry Wives of Windsor was premiered by Wooden O Theatre in Seattle. Her upcoming projects include continuing her role as resident musical director at JP Taravella High School in South Florida.
David Hegarty is a prolific composer / arranger / music editor, having served on the staff of Lorenz Publishing Company. He is also published with Broadman Press, Hal Leonard Publications, Sheet Music Magazine. As an Organ Performance major, he earned a BA at Loma Linda University, Master of Music (M.Mus.) at Andrews University, and continued with doctoral studies at the College-University of Cincinnati. He has appeared in concert at such venues as Washington DC's Kennedy Center, San Francisco's Davies Symphony Hall, and the Crystal Cathedral.
Chris Kong is excited to be making his New York debut with "Emma" at the NYMF. A recent graduate of the University of the Pacific, he served as Music Director for "A Little Night Music", as well as Assistant Music Director for "Assassins" and the West Coast premiere of "Heart's Desire." He was Chorus Master for both the world-premiere of Dave Brubeck's "Cannery Row Suite" at the 49th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival and its subsequent production at the 2007 Brubeck Festival. He spent three seasons at Summer Repertory Theatre in Santa Rosa, CA, most recently as Associate Conductor for "Seussical" and "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum".
Travis is the Production Manager for the Transport Group, The Cell Theater, and currently DIE MOMMIE DIE at New World Stages. He has also designed for The New Group, John W. Engeman Theater, Prospects St., and others. NYMF shows include, LOVE SUCKS, THE BRAIN FROM PLANET X, THE YELLOW WOOD, and of course EMMA. www.traviswalker.net
Recent Lighting Design credits include "The Lady in Question" at Bay Street Theatre and Cymbeline at Chicago Shakespeare. Other NYMF credits include "The Yellow Wood" and "Gemini the Musical." Philip has spent much of the last 10 years as an Associate Lighting Designer on Broadway. Associate Credits: "The Pirate Queen," "The Caine Mutiny Court-Marshall," "The Odd Couple," "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," "Spamalot," "Bombay Dreams," "The Graduate," "Man of La Mancha," "Hairspray," "The Crucible," "42nd Street," "The Rocky Horry Picture Show," "The Music Man," "The Civil War," "On the Town," and "Triumph of Love."
New York: MASKED (DR2), DARK MATTERS (Rattlestick Theatre), THE DEAR BOY (Second Stage), HARDBALL (Summer Playhouse), THE FABULOUS LIFE OF SIZE ZERO (DR2), THE VOYAGE OF THE CARCASS (Soho Playhouse), CHRISTINE JORGENSEN REVEALS (Dodger Stages), HOLY CROSS SUCKS! (Ars Nova, sets and costumes), AS YOU LIKE IT (HERE Arts Center), DREAD AWAKENING (45th St. Theatre), SAY YOU LOVE SATAN (Fringe NYC), DIDO AND AENEAS (New York Chamber Opera). Regional: Trinity Rep, Indiana Rep, Geva Theatre, Studio Arena, Yale Rep, Weston Playhouse, Dorset Theatre Festival, Hangar Theatre, San Francisco Opera, Central City Opera, Berkeley Opera. MFA: Yale School of Drama (Oenslager Travel Fellowship Award). www.wilsonchin.com
Broadway: WICKED, CORAM BOY, THE LION KING (B'way & National Tour), THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, ALL SHOOK UP, THE FROGS. Off Broadway: WHITE CHOCOLATE, OPEN HEART, THE ARCHITECTURE OF LOSS. A graduate of Fordham University and a member of Actors' Equity.
Broadway: LES MISERABLES (Revival). Off-Broadway: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (NYSF). New York: Lincoln Center Theater, Lincoln Center Festival, HB Playwrights, and Primary Stages. Regional: Papermill Playhouse, Steppenwolf Theater Company, New Freedom Theater. A native Philadelphian, Ali holds an MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where her stage management credits included "WE WON'T PAY...," "THE LONESOME WEST," "ELLA," and "STONES IN HIS POCKETS."
David designed sound for MATTHEW PASSION and GREETINGS FROM YORKVILLE at the SoHo Playhouse. As an assistant, he worked with Brian Ronan on the Broadway and Off-Broadway productions of SPRING AWAKENING and GREY GARDENS, and with Dan Moses Schreier on GYPSY! at City Center and THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE national tour. David is also an engineer, whose work has been heard on such shows as MAGPIE and SPRING AWAKENING (Off-Broadway).
Miriam Tobin is a graduate of the Atlantic Acting Shool's conservatory program. Stage managing credits include "The Attic, the Pearls, and Three Fine Girls" and Harold Pinter's "The Lover." Recent production and technical credits include dre.dance's "Re." Clifford Odet's "Golden Boy," Susan Lori Park's "365 Plays in 365 Days," and John Patrick Shanley's "Savage in Limbo."
Springer Associates is a full service entertainment public relations firm, representing a range of clients from theatre, film releases, film festivals, personalities, and events. Among the shows they represent are the upcoming Broadway productions of TREASURE ISLAND, and CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF. Other recent credits include: Broadway's HOT FEET. Currently they represent GAZILLION BUBBLE SHOW at the New World Stages & Las Vegas, the Babel Theatre Project's YOU MAY GO NOW, NTDTV's HOLIDAY WONDERS (The Beacon Theatre) and CHINESE NEW YEAR SPECTACULAR (Radio City), IT'S A KIDS LIFE as well as several productions in the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Theatre companies include: The Actors Company Theatre, TADA! Youth Theatre, Broken Watch Theatre, Babel Theatre Company AMAS, Gotham Stage Company, Cell Theatre Company, and Our Time Theatre Company. For film, Springer has brought their PR expertise to the recently released documentary THE KING OF KING: A FISTFUL OF QUARTERS, THE TREATMENT, MACBETH, and the upcoming films RAPE OF EUROPA, O' JERUSALEM, as well as The Sarasota Film Festival, Hamptons International Film Festival, High Falls Film Festival, The Other Israel Film Festival, and IFP Gotham Awards.
is thrilled to play her favorite Austen character. Broadway: THE WOMAN IN WHITE (u/s Marian), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES (u/s ANNE) and THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE. Off-Bway/Regional: LES MISERABLES at St Louis MUNY (Cosette), PIRATES OF PENZANCE (Mabel), WEST SIDE STORY (Maria), MEET ME IN ST LOUIS (Rose) and readings of ETHAN FROME at the York A(Mattie) and ORDINARY DAYS for NYTB (Claire). International: Original cast member, ENCORE! (Tokyo Disney Sea), and NY TO BROADWAY (Euro. Tour). BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts (CAP-21). Proud member of AEA.
is thrilled to be performing in EMMA. New York credits include Charles in EDWARD III (Hope Theatre Off Broadway Premiere), King Richard in RICHARD II and Jacques in AS YOU LIKE IT (Expanded Art's Free Shakespeare in the Park(ing) Lot). In the San Francisco Bay Area, he has worked with the Magic Theatre (THE 13 HALLUCINATIONS OF JULIO RIVERA), Marin Theatre Company (RIVER'S END, BEGGAR'S HOLIDAY), 42nd Street Moon (THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE, BY JUPITER), SF Playhouse (MAN OF LA MANCHA) and Central Works (SHADOW CROSSING, THE MYSTERIOUS MR. LOONEY & Chekhov's THE DUEL). Proud member of AEA.
Kara Boyer is excited to join the cast of EMMA at NYMF! She was most recently seen in WE TELL THE STORY at the LUCILLE LORTEL. Other regional credits include the title role in VIOLET, the Narrator in JOSEPH... and Mabel in FAME. Kara hails from North Carolina and is a proud graduate of Webster Conservatory in St. Louis, MO.
NYMF debut! Some credits include RENT (Steve, Mark u/s), TUESDAY (Danny), FOREVER PLAID (Jinx, Frankie), GODSPELL (Lamar), GREASE (Roger), and YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN (Charlie Brown). Ben holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Webster Conservatory. www.myspace.com/roseberrymusic
Terry Palasz is thrilled to be part of EMMA. An eclectic soprano-comedienne, she has performed extensively around the country in theater, cabaret and opera, most notably in her one-woman show, THE POLISH DIVA FROM MILWAUKEE. Favorite Regional includes Yeston's PHANTOM (Carlotta), LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (Charlotte), TEXAS CHAINSAW MANICURIST(Birdwoman), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Mrs. Potts), LA PERICHOLE (Perichole), HATS! (Princess) and Disney's TWICE CHARMED (Lady Tremaine). Recently she was seen in Fringe NYC's popular WILLIAMSBURG THE MUSICAL! as Polish Landlady, and at the Seattle Folklife Festival performing tunes from her polka CD, "The Polish Diva's Polka Party." www.polishdiva.com
Jesse Lawder is jete-ing for joy to be joining the cast of EMMA after two productions of SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN sandwiched around 10 weeks of WHITE CHRISTMAS. Previous credits include: Scarecrow in THE WIZARD OF OZ; the title roles in JEKYLL & HYDE; Ugly in HONK!; and dozens of others too infinitesmial to mention here. However, given the brevity of this biography, Jesse would also like to thank the St. Louis Cardinals for winning the world series last year. www.jesselawder.com
Brenda Jean Foley is thrilled to be working in her first NYMF show. Regional credits include leading roles at Fulton Opera House, Bristol Valley Theatre, New Harmony Theatre, Cohoes Music Hall, Downtown Cabaret Theatre, Forestburgh Playhouse. International credits: Jean Ann Ryan Productions and Tokyo Disney. National Tour: BIG. Guest soloist: Bijou Orchestra. Recent: PRINCESS SUNSHINE for Fringe NYC 2007. BFA Musical Theatre, University of Michigan. www.brendajeanfoley.com
NYMF debut. Regional: Five productions of FOREVER PLAID (Smudge); THE MOST HAPPY FELLA (Pasquale); THE THREEPENNY OPERA (Readymoney Matt); SATURDAY NIGHT (Clune/Singer); A CONNECTICUT YANKEE (Merlin); THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS (Brighella); Ensembles of THE APPLE TREE, SWEENY TODD; 42ND STREET, ANYTHING GOES, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR! Tours: THE WIZARD OF OZ; ANNE OF GREEN GABLES; BEYOND THE MIRACLE, a musical about Helen Keller (no, really). Concerts: H.G. WELLS, THE TIME MACHINE; CHILDREN OF EDEN; ONCE ON THIS ISLAND. Dan performs improv weekly at NYC's National Comedy Theater. Member AEA since 1993. Digitally www.danguller.com. In memory of Chris Jackson.
Tiffany just recently returned from the National Tour of CAM JANSEN directed by Gordon Greenberg and is psyched to be performing in NYC again! Past roles in New York are, Lynn Fontanne in CAFE COWARD, Madame Lebrun in THE AWAKENING, Beatrice in HELL'S KITCHEN, Daisy Hilton in SIDE SHOW, Sophia in LYSISTRATA THE MUSICAL, and Lucy in YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN. She is a proud member of Actor's Equity and graduate of Wilkes University. Feel free to email Tiffany at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gael Schaefer is delighted to be in the New York premiere of EMMA. Off-Broadway: COUNSELLOR-AT-LAW (2005 Lortel Award, Outstanding Revival). Favorite roles: Sister Mary in SISTER MARY IGNATIUS EXPLAINS IT ALL FOR YOU (Gallery Players), Miss Lynch in GREASE (Carousel Dinner Theatre), The Wicked Witch/Miss Gulch in THE WIZARD OF OZ (Allenberry Playhouse), Ouiser in STEEL MAGNOLIAS (Shadowland Theatre), Harriet in THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER with Tony Randall (Kenley Players) and Paulina in THE WINTER'S TALE (Wooden O Productions). Film: HOORAY FOR MISTER TOUCHDOWN. Television: LAW AND ORDER: SVU and SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE.
NYMF and New York debut. Regional: THE RAINMAKER (Starbuck), VIOLET (Leroy Evans), 42ND STREET (Abner Dillion), LUCKY STIFF (Vinnie Di Ruzzio), TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA (Duke/Antonio). Composer: TUESDAY written with Caroline Murphy, THREE FOR A MATCH, FISHING THE MOON, THE LAVATORY. BFA, Webster University (Musical Theater Performance), MFA, NYU (Musical Theater Composition). His show BENEATH THE SURFACE will receive a full production at the University of Colorado in March of 2008 directed by Terry Berliner.
Tiffan Borelli is a newcomer to NYMF and feels fortunate to share in the retelling of this wonderfully classic novel. Most recently she was seen as the title role in KISS ME KATE at the St. George Theatre with the Staten Island Philharmonic. Regionally, Tiffan appeared as Mrs. Nordstrom in A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (Maine State Music Theatre), Marty in GREASE (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma), Emma Crew in JEKYLL & HYDE (Cohoes Music Hall), and as the Leady Lady in IT'S A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING with the Ocean City Pops Chorale. She holds both her MM and BM Degrees from Oklahoma City University where she studied and continues to study under the legendary Florence Birdwell.
NYMF debut. New York credits: Judge Eric Von Chesty in TIMES SQUARE, THE MUSICAL, at Sophia's Theatre, Louis in WHOOP-UP at The Duplex, Dick Cheney/Ben Franklin in GLORY, GLORY HALLELUJAH! at the Theater for the New City; Judge Carter / Ed Peterson in FIORELLO! (with Tony LoBianco) at Snug Harbor Musica Hall; Doc in THE MOST HAPPY FELLA at the Acorn Theatre; Quincy in IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE MURDER at the Daryl Roth 2 Theatre. Regional: Major Metcalf in THE MOUSETRAP and Ralph/Mandiboy in AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS at the Fulton Theatre, PA. National Tour: Avram in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Troika Entertainment. TV: Dr. Phil in CHAPPELLE'S SHOW; The Waiter Who Looks Lke Janet in ALL MY CHILDREN; and Mr. Long in AS THE WORLD TURNS.
If I Loved You Less
In Act 2, A proposal from Knightley to Emma: whether there relationship is about friednship or something more. (Demo recording - Vocal: John Patrick Moore, Piano: Tim Hansen. Music/Lyrics: Joel Adlen)
Credit: From "Emma, A New Musical"