Boys Will Be Boys

Book & Lyrics by Joe Miloscia, Music by Kenneth Kacmar

Boys Will Be Boys

at The Studio Theatre

  • Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 8:30 pm
  • Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 1:30 pm
  • Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 5:30 pm
  • Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 9:30 pm
  • Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 9:30 pm
  • Friday, July 26, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Ishmael Gonzalez suffers from Gay-D.D., a condition that renders gay men unable to stay focused on any trend for more than a few weeks. Before you can say “Barney’s Warehouse Sale,” Ishmael’s friends put on a charity revue exposing themselves and their views on loves won and lost (and borrowed!), in this comic musical romp that the Chicago Tribune called “a major hit!”

Running Time: 1 hour 35 and minutes with no intermission.

Joe Miloscia

Joe Miloscia (Book / Lyrics)

Joe Miloscia has written lyrics/dialogue for BOYS WILL BE BOYS, which enjoyed sold-out runs in NYC, LA and San Francisco, with special performances in Chicago and the International Oscar Wilde Festival in Dublin, Ireland. He has also written book/lyrics for IF THE SHOE FITS... (“Director’s Choice” Award, National Music Theatre Network; Lion Theatre, NYC; Cleveland Play House), which The Cleveland Free Times praised for having "truly accomplished songs that aspire to — and reach — Sondheim country.” Other credits include book and/or lyrics for HIGH HAIR & JALAPENOS, BARENAKED LADS TAKE OFF BROADWAY, BREAKTHROUGH and ROADKILL among others. He is honored to have had demos of his songs recorded by Cheyenne Jackson, Lillias White, Judy Blazer, Michele Pawk and John Dossett, to name a few. In addition, Joe is founder/artistic director of New Stages Musicals and served as executive director of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation.

Kenneth Kacmar

Kenneth Kacmar (Music)

Kenneth Kacmar's songs have been recorded by some of Broadway's finest performers including: Cheyenne Jackson, Michelle Pawk, Lilias White, Marty Thomas and Judy Blazer. His musical IF THE SHOE FITS was a feature selection of the inaugural New York Musical Theater Festival in a production starring Tony Award-winning actress Michele Pawk, and was selected for presentation as part of the Next Stage Festival at The Cleveland Play House. Ken has had several musical works for young audiences produced by The Cleveland Play House: ONCE UPON…THE BROTHERS GRIMM, JABBERWOCKY and THE NUTCRACKER-A WACKY HOLIDAY MUSICAL. His comic musical revue BOYS WILL BE BOYS has been presented at the New Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, Theater Out in Santa Ana and most recently at Lucid Stage in Portland, ME. As a musical director, Ken has worked at The La Jolla Playhouse, The Kennedy Center, Rainbow and Stars and The Cleveland Play House.

Courtney Cowart

Courtney Cowart (Jane)

Courtney Cowart is a Chattanooga, TN native, who made her New York theatre debut in the zany UNDERWEAR: A SPACE MUSICAL and her performance was called "delicious." She is a monthly regular at the Duplex and is featured in the hilarious viral videos by glam!smash productions. Recently, She appeared in the new musical PUNK, and worked with (The Beggars Group) on YIPPIE (as crazed undercover cop, Sunny Tits). Courtney is thrilled to be working again with Joe Barros and for the very first time, like a virgin, with Joe Milloscia and Kenneth Kacmar.

Jeremy Pasha

Jeremy Pasha (Bobby)

Jeremy Pasha is thrilled to be returning to the NYMF after appearing in the NYMF production of OUR COUNTRY. Other credits include THE MUSIC MAN (Ogunquit), and national tours of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR and SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL. Love to my family, friends and to the wonderful BOYS team.

Ryan Speakman

Ryan Speakman (Luke)

Ryan Speakman is thrilled to be returning to NYMF in this, his 3rd NYMF production. Previous NYMF credits include: Sam in WITH GLEE and Adam Hartwood in MADAME: THE MUSICAL. Other Credits.. Broadway Concerts: OLIVER! (with Brian Stokes Mitchell) and CAMELOT (with Jeremy Irons). Off-Broadway: PINKALICIOUS: THE MUSICAL. Favorite Regional: Noel Coward’s BITTERSWEET (opposite Golden Globe nominee Sian Phillips), Ernst in CABARET, Curly in OKLAHOMA!, Bobby in COMPANY. Education: B.Mus. Vocal Performance (Music Theatre) NYU. Much love and thanks to the BWBB team and to Paul Hardt for letting me be a part of this show. Proud member of AEA.

Seph Stanek

Seph Stanek (Tyler)

A fresh addition to the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players and also currently starring in Off-Broadway's NAKED BOYS SINGING!, Mr. Stanek's Off-Broadway credits include THE MIKADO, THE YEOMAN OF THE GUARD, LITTLE HOUSE ON THE FERRY AND 8MINUTE MUSICALS. Recent New York concert venues include Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, the Metropolitan Opera, Joe's Pub, and Carnegie Hall (four times!). Recent film work includes Boardwalk Empire, Mildred Pierce, Slummy Mummy, and international ad campaigns for Vitamin Water, Legos, and Lipton Iced Tea (a personal favorite). Opera credits include Les Contes d'Hoffmann (France), La Traviata (France), Figaro (N. and S. America), and recitals throughout Europe and North America. Many thanks to Mary-Mitchell Campbell for ruining his life.

Rance Wright

Rance Wright (Willson)

Rance Wright is excited to be making his NYMF debut in BOYS WILL BE BOYS. Rance was seen recently in the National Tour of JUNIE B. JONES as the role of Mr. Scary/Dad and Gladys Gutzman. New York credits includes Luis (Shark) in WEST SIDE STORY at the Fredrick Loewe Theater. Regionally: Robert in COMPANY, Greg in A CHORUS LINE, Pharaoh in JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, Sam in THE WILD PARTY, The Guide in WONDERFUL TOWN and Albert Peterson in BYE, BYE BIRDIE. Rance received his Masters of Music in Musical Theater from the Boston Conservatory and Bachelor of Fine Arts from Brigham Young University. Rance would like to thank the cast and production team for this amazing experience and Craig Holzberg of Avalon Artists Group, Paul Hardt, Alison Franck, Sarah Byrne, Steve Smith, his parents, family, friends and God for the continued love and support.

Joe Barros

Joe Barros (Director/Choreographer)

NYC Credits: I MARRIED WYATT EARP with Heather Mac Rae (59E59 Theatres, Prospect/NYTB), the critically acclaimed Stephen Foster musical HARD TIMES (The Cell, NY Times Critics Pick), THE LEGEND OF JULIE TAYMOR with Jennifer Barnhart (FringeNY), Michael John LaChiusa's MARIE CHRISTINE (Columbia Stages @ 3LD), REEFER MADNESS, SIDE SHOW, and LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS(Brooklyn's The Gallery Players), and recently served as associate director and choreographer on a workshop of the Broadway-bound musical RIDE (written by BARE's Damon Intrabartolo and Kenny Finkle). Regional/International: FALL IN LOVE (Seoul, Korea; score by Gihieh Lee), FALSETTOS and GUYS AND DOLLS (FIPAP), and served as associate director/associate choreographer (to Eric Schaeffer and Jodi Moccia) on the new Dempsey/Rowe musical BROTHER RUSSIA at the Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA. Film: "Mangus" with Leslie Jordan and Jennifer Coolidge, and "Petunia" with Thora Birch and Christine Lahti (both written/directed by Ash Christian). Consulting: NAMT. BFA: The Hartt School. Artistic Director: New York Theatre Barn ( Member: SDC Upcoming: Barcode @ FringeNY (by the band Gladshot and Hair's James Rado). Joe is the co-conceiver and director of the new musicals SMALL TOWN STORY (Sammy Buck/Brandon James Gwinn) and POLITICAL SPEECHES (Tim Rosser/Charlie Sohne).

Alex LeFevre

Alex LeFevre (Musical Director)

Broadway: IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS. Off-Broadway: Naked Boys Singing(current MD), THE FANTASTICKS, NEWSical, NEO 5 &6 (York Theatre Company), THE 51st ANNUAL DRAMA DESK AWARDS (THRILL ME). National tours: HAIRSPRAY, IRVING BERLIN’S I LOVE A PIANO. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Maine State Music Theatre, and Northern Stage among many others. He has been on the staff of the New School University: School of Drama, NYU: Tisch School of the Arts (CAP 21, The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute), Applause NY, and the Rudolf Steiner School. As writer and composer, his song "Doors" was featured in the York Theatre Company's NEO 6 Concert celebrating new, emerging and outstanding musical theatre writing. His work has also been performed across the NYC and metro-Boston areas with highlights including a sold-out evening at Ars Nova entitled Q&A: SONGS OF ALEX LEFEVRE and opening for Shoshana Bean at the After Party at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Alex received his artistic training from the Eastman School of Music and New York University. Proud member of Local 802 American Federation of Musicians. Love to Brandon.


Mackenzie Meeks (Stage Manager)

Mackenzie Meeks is thrilled to be a part of the NYMF festival with this incredible team! She just finished working as a stage manager on PETER/WENDY at the cell, where she is resident artist. Other recent credits: TAMAR OF THE RIVER: ORATORIO (New York Theatre Barn), HARD TIMES (the cell), THE MERCHANT OF VENICE (First Folio Theatre), SPEARGROVE PRESENTS (New York Theatre Barn), 'TIL LOVE DO US PART (Frigid Festival), and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (Marymount Manhattan College).

Paul Hardt/SH Entertainment (Casting Director)

Stuart Howard and Paul Hardt have cast shows for Broadway, off Broadway, National touring companies and in London.

Katharine Pettit

Katharine Pettit (Associate Director/Choreographer)

Katharine Pettit is stoked to work with such a brilliant group of Boys and also a random lady here and there on BOYS WILL BE BOYS! Previous choreography credits include The Gallery Players Productions of THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE and TOP OF THE HEAP, as well as HOT MESS IN MANHATTAN: THE MUSICAL (The Araca Project). Regional works include: PIPPIN, BEEHIVE: THE 60’S MUSICAL and SWEET CHARITY. Upcoming Projects include the FringeNYC production of BARCODE: THE MUSICAL. Proud member of AEA! Happy 100th!



“Filled with the fun you get from a gay, underground sketch comedy troupe. The songs are hilarious. The audience erupts in an avalanche of laughs. As silly as this show is, it has a lot of tender moments, as in the heartbreaking song ‘Giant.’ Incredibly moving.” -Broadway World

“A delicious piece of taffy, a mouthful of cotton candy. And it is soooooo gay! This merry little romp is the rainbow-proudest production you will come across. It also has the world’s longest opening number. Purposely so. And filled with so many double entendres, you’re advised to leave the kids and your doddering Aunt Mildred at home.”San Francisco Bay Times

"The gayest show ever!" - SF Chronicle

“Chock-full of innuendo and Pride flags, BOYS sashays right over the top in 90 minutes of song, dance and skits. But, there are also some beautiful, quiet moments referencing what it's like to be gay and what is serious about our lives.” -SF Chronicle

"Hilarious. Naughty. Incredibly witty. After playing to packed houses for Pride, it should return soon.”-NEXT Magazine

“Miloscia and Kacmar are truly gifted writers. ‘Giant’ is one of the best songs I’ve heard all year. ‘Happy & Gay’ should be heard by everyone, whether gay or straight.” -TheatreMania

“A major hit. As upbeat and good-natured as anything at Second City.” -Chicago Tribune

“BOYS is a heck of a lot of fun. The songs are clever take-offs on musical theatre standards.  There’s not a weak link.”- StageSceneLA

“This show is hilarious! “It was great, great, great!” “Loved it!” -Gold Star Audience Member Reviews

 "It's a blast!" - Here! t.v.