Gary Goldfarb: Master Escapist

Book & Lyrics by Omri Schein, Music by James Olmstead

Gary Goldfarb: Master Escapist

at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre

  • Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 5:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 1:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Gary Goldfarb is a big kid with even bigger dreams. He’ll stop at nothing to win the heart of Cheryl Samatasinghar-Stein, the hottest girl in school… even if it means attempting Houdini’s most dangerous feat, the Chinese Water Torture Cell Illusion, at the high school talent show. Can Gary's classmate Penelope talk some sense into him before it’s too late? With a catchy pop-jazz musical theatre score, Gary Goldfarb conjures up the magic, foolishness, and hilarity of high school romance.

Running Time: 1 hour and 40 minutes with no intermission.

Omri Schein

Omri Schein (Book / Lyrics)

Many years ago, an even tinier Omri Schein scurried into a magic shop and spent half of his Bar Mitzvah earnings on magic tricks. Although his dabbling in the magical world was short lived, who knew it would resurface and be of service to him almost twenty years later? Along with his collaborator James Olmstead, Omri has written the musicals Bed Fellas and the upcoming The Humbug Holiday Spectacular commissioned by North Coast Repertory Theatre (premiering in December 2013). Their songs have been heard in concerts around New York City including at The Duplex and at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Other musicals in the works include an aspiring pastry chef Viking, a Weimar Republic era serial killer, WWII, and a schlocky horror flick. For information on Omri as a performer:

James Olmstead

James Olmstead (Music / Music Director)

James Olmstead is an NYC-based music director, composer, and arranger- most recently music directing South Pacific and Sweet Charity for the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport. He has also been the assistant music director for NYU (Marriage of Figaro, Most Happy Fella, Violet), North Shore Music Theatre (Footloose), Cape Playhouse (Legally Blonde, Footloose), PCPA (Ragtime, Hot Mikado), and the Arkansas Rep (Hello Dolly!). In addition, he music directs and arranges for several cabarets around the city including the Laurie Beechman (Perfectly Complicated), Don't Tell Mama's (Me Sing Pretty For you), and The Duplex (Another Cabaret). With his writing partner Omri Schein, he has written the musicals Bed Fellas and the upcoming The Humbug Holiday Spectacular (premiering December 2013 at North Coast Repertory Theatre), as well as other in-the works projects. His music has also been featured in the Broadway's Future Songbook Series at Lincoln Center.

Krista Buccellato

Krista Buccellato (Penelope)

Krista Buccellato is thrilled to be joining the cast of Gary Goldfarb: Master Escapist! Previous credits include Wendy in the national tour of Cathy Rigby is: Peter Pan, Johanna in Sweeney Todd at the Fulton Theatre, and Olive Ostrovsky in 25th Annual...Spelling Bee at the Lyric Stage Co. Thanks to IA, family, and friends. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Emerson College and is a proud member of AEA.

James David Larson

James David Larson (Kenny Krumholtz/Harry Houdini)

OFF-BROADWAY: Malvolio's Revenge. NATIONAL TOUR: Spamalot, Bunnicula (1st Nat'l), Twelfth Night. NEW YORK: Julius Caesar (Smith Street Stage), Dorian (Phillip Rudy, prod. Trouble NYMF 2012), Are You There, Zeus? It's Me, Electra (45 Bleecker Street), A Dead Man's Apartment (Neighborhood Playhouse). REGIONAL: The Buddy Holly Story, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Annie, The Odd Couple (Millbrook Playhouse), My Way (Smithtown PAC). FILM/WEB: Got No Gain, The Flowers of Fantastico, Cut to Black.

Jared Loftin

Jared Loftin (Gary)

Jared Loftin is thrilled to be a part of this show! NYC credits: The Velveteen Rabbit (DR2 Theatre), Gary Goldfarb: Master Escapist (West Village Musical Theatre Festival). Regional Credits: All Shook Up (Dennis), Joseph... (Issachar/Baker), and Fame (Joe) all at Artpark. He has a BFA in Music Theatre from Elon University. Thanks to Omri and James!

Dimitri Moise

Dimitri Moise (Tyler)

Dimitri Moise is a rising senior in the New Studio on Broadway at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Regional credits: Tim Wyatt in the Pre-Broadway Production of Johnny Baseball, Richie in A Chorus Line, Hud in HAIR, and Sailor in Anything Goes. NYU credits: Robert in Company, Youth in Passing Strange, Flick in Violet, Georg in Spring Awakening, Letter Quintet/Ensemble in Sweeney Todd, and Polynices in The Seven. Dimitri can be seen as a featured actor and singer on the popular YouTube series, AVByte, and is a member of the NYU N'Harmonics. He has performed solo at many venues such as Joe's Pub, Town Hall, 54 Below, Don't Tell Mama, The Daryl Roth Theatre, and most notably Radio City Music Hall. Special thanks to the entire production team of Gary Goldfarb: Master Escapist and to his incredibly talented cast with whom he has the honor of sharing the stage with!

Shoba Narayanan

Shoba Narayanan (Cheryl Samatsinghar-Stein)

Shoba Narayanan is originally from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. A graduate of The Boston Conservatory, she recently made her Off-Broadway debut in Bunty Berman Presents at The New Group. Other credits include: Carousel, Oklahoma!, West Side Story, and Les Miserables. She has appeared on the TV show Gossip Girl (CW). Shoba is also a professional Bharathanatyam (South Indian classical) dancer. She has performed in both ensemble and solo performances in the US and India and has given lecture demonstrations at many colleges, schools, fundraisers and community outreach events. She is thrilled to be playing Cheryl Samatasingher-Stein in Gary Goldfarb – her first NYMF show!

MaryAnne Piccolo

MaryAnne Piccolo (Gilda Goldfarb/ Ms. Salmonelli)

MaryAnne Piccolo is a home grown Long Islander and is proud of it... Favorite credits include: The Great American Trailer Park Musical: 1st National Tour/ U.K. Premiere/ Edinburgh Festival (Lin); Regional:The Full Monty (Georgie), Xanadu (Melpomene), Nunsense (Amnesia) and Jerry’s Girls.  MaryAnne received her B.A. from Marymount Manhattan College and is currently finishing her M.S. in ED Theatre at The City College of New York.  She is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.  A very special thanks to John Znidarsic, the creative team and cast.  Thank you to Naomi and Bohemia Group Management.  For Mom and Dad, Mike and Breedlove!

Todd Thurston

Todd Thurston (Alexander Hermann/ Coach Rimsore)

Broadway: Ragtime (Orig. Prod and Cast); Tours: La Cage(with George Hamilton), Little House On The Prairie (with Melissa Gilbert), Les Miserables (First National); Regional: Long Wharf, Goodspeed, Barrington, St. Louis Rep, Asolo, Berkshire, Pioneer, Wichita. Favorite shows/roles: Ragtime(Father), Follies (Ben), Gypsy (Herbie), 1776 (Dickinson) Sound of Music (Captain Von Trapp), The Music Man (Harold Hill).

John Znidarsic (Director)

John Znidarsic has dedicated a great deal of his theater career to the nurturing and development of new plays and musicals. The majority of his work is done through Arts and Artists at St. Paul (near Lincoln Center) where he serves as Artistic Director. There he has been able to institute a variety of successful programs – including the popular Songbook Series, free monthly concerts held at Lincoln Center's Bruno Walter Auditorium at the Library for the Performing Arts. Over the past 22 years, he has displayed the talents of well over 300 writers, including Gerard Alessandrini, David Friedman, Peter Cincotti, David Bryan of Bon Jovi, Portia Nelson, Joe Iconis, Steven Jamail, Nikos Tsakalakos, Will Van Dyke, Beth Falcone, Julianne Wick Davis, Dan Collins, Steve Marzullo, Bobby Cronin, Robert Lindsey Nassif, Richard Pearson Thomas, Andrew Lippa, Jason Robert Brown, just to name a few. For ten seasons he served as Director of the Broadway Close-Up series at Merkin Concert Hall, where he was fortunate enough to work with such musical theater legends as Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Cy Coleman, Jerry Herman, Alan Menken, Charles Strouse, Lee Adams, Jerry Bock, Richard Maltby, David Shire, Sheldon Harnick, David Zippel, and Maury Yeston. For the National Music Theater Network, he served as Producing Director and launched the extremely successful Broadway Dozen Series, where new musicals were workshopped at the Victory Theater. For seven years, he produced, directed, and hosted the popular In Celebration of Life concerts where Broadway's top writers and performers collaborated to debut new songs. Besides his work with Arts and Artists, he has participated in productions and workshops at Second Stage Company, SoHo Playhouse, Sanford Meisner Theater, American Jewish Theater, Village Theater Company, Manhattan Class Company. Regionally, he has worked at the Old Globe Theater, Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Two River Theater Company, Hampton Playhouse, Maine Stage Theater, and The New Hope Performing Arts Festival (where he served as Director-in-Residence for four years). He has also served on the faculties of New York University, Marymount Manhattan College, American Musical and Dramatic Academy, New York High School of Performing Arts, and Manhattan School of Music. He directed the Off-Broadway revivals of I Love My Wife, Mr. President at the Douglas Fairbanks Theater, Hell's Belles at the Midtown Theater, and This Life: The Songs of Portia Nelson (2000 Bistro Award Winner for Best Revue). John has also served as the Chairman of the annual Michael Stewart Musical Theater Foundation Awards.

Jill Gorrie

Jill Gorrie (Choreographer)

Jill Gorrie is a bi-coastal choreographer and teaching artist. Recently the director--choreographer-casting associate of the international production of Grease, which toured the world including Berlin, Vienna, Zurich, Istanbul, and Byblos, Lebanon. Credits include: Elton John's Aida and Hairspray (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), Gotta Get A Gimmick-Burlesque to Broadway (BB King's, NYC), The People Vs. Mona (Abington Theatre), Comden and Green's New York (Chashama Theatre), 24 Hour Musicals (Atlantic Theatre), and Oklahoma and Hello Dolly (associate choreographer) at the Westchester Broadway Theatre. Jill is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts (BFA in Dance), and is currently pursuing her MFA in Musical Theatre at SDSU. She is on the faculty at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) and CAP21 in NYC, and teaches master classes throughout the US as well as guest teaches world-wide. She is also the founder and artistic director of Common Ground Travel.

David S. Goldstein

David S. Goldstein (Scene/ Lighting Designer)

David S. Goldstein is happy to be back designing at NYMF for the 4th straight year. Enjoy the magic! Previous NYMF: STUCK, 2012. Ghostlight, 2011. The Most Ridiculous Thing You've Ever Hoid, 2010. NYC: Wearing Black, Kraine Theatre. MISS K!M, 45th Street Theatre. Jack and the Beanstalk, New Acting Co. Apollo and Daphne, Riverside Church. Assisted David Korins (BWY: Pee Wee Herman Show, Chinglish, Godspell) REGIONAL: Cohoes Music Hall (Hello Dolly, Five Guys Named Moe, My One and Only), West Virginia Public Theatre (9 to 5, Anything Goes, All Shook Up), Allenberry Playhouse (Smokey Joes Café, The 39 Steps) LA: West Side Story, ELEVATOR (Hudson Theatre) Boomermania!, Silent Roar (El Portal Theatre). Its Top Secret!, Noho Arts Center. The Playground, MET Theatre. Rocky Horror Show, Underground Theatre. Batboy, Whitefire Theatre. Frankie and Johnny, Santa Monica Playhouse

Emily DeAngelis

Emily DeAngelis (Costume Designer)

In New York Emily DeAngelis's designs have been seen off-Broadway for New Georges, Daryl Roth Theatrical, Prospect Theatre Company, and Classical Theatre of Harlem. Other New York credits include work for The West End Theatre, The Wild project, New York Musical Theatre Festival, and New York Fringe Festival, among others. Regional Highlights include Don Giovanni and Brigadoon for Ash Lawn Opera, Legally Blonde for PCPA Theatrefest and Soul Doctor for Le Petit Theatre of New Orleans. Emily's work has been seen in Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, and throughout the United States in national tours. Internationally her costumes can be seen touring with Parsons Dance Company in Round My World. Ms. DeAngelis received her MFA from UC San Diego.

Julie DeVore

Julie DeVore (Stage Manager)

NYMF: Stuck. National tours: The Addams Family and Billy Elliot. Broadway: The Motherf**ker With the Hat and Nice Work If You Can Get It. Off Broadway: Caucasian Chalk Circle (Classical Stage Company), Jackie (Women's Project) and How the World Began (Women's Project). Proud member of Equity and graduated from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Form Theatricals (Anthony Francavilla & Zachary Laks) (General Management)

Form Theatricals, under the leadership of Anthony Francavilla and Zachary Laks, provides general management, consulting services, and a fully outsourced administrative office for small but growing nonprofits. Projects for the Summer 2013 include Rantoul and Die by Mark Roberts at The Cherry Lane Theatre, Handbook for an American Revolutionary by Matthew-Lee Erlbach at the Gym at Judson, and The Cheaters Club by Derek Ahonen at the Abrons Arts Center. Recent projects: The Pied Pipers of the Lower East Side and The Bad and the Better.

Kelly Burns

Kelly Burns (Assistant Stage Manager)

Previous NYMF: Stuck, 2012. New York: The Seagull (New York Classical Theatre); A (Tooth) Fairy Tale (Vital Theatre Company); Trevor (Lesser America); PS Jones and the Frozen City (terraNOVA Collective); Rough Approximation: A Devil's Tale (Tenement Street Workshop); Island, or To Be or Not To Be (New York Shakespeare Exchange). Regional: Mystery of Irma Vep, Dial M for Murder, The Sunset Limited (Triad Stage). Film/Television: Homer and Penelope (Cinema with Cinema LLC). Graduated with a BFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Jack DePalma

Jack DePalma (Dramaturg)

Currently Jack is a Creative Consultant on four Broadway musicals in development. Most recently he was Play Development Director at the Old Globe where he worked closely with the executive producer, Lou Spisto in planning the Globe's seasons. Among the productions were Matthew Lopez' The Whipping Man, Duncan Sheik's Whisper House, Leslie Bricusse's Sammy and the Broadway bound musicals The First Wives Club and Robin and the 7 Hoods. Prior to that, Jack was the Creative Director for the National Arts Management Company where he was involved in the productions of Chicago, Annie Get Your Gun, Seussical, Wonderful Town, Sweet Charity and This is Our Youth in addition to helping in the development of musical adaptations of The Band Wagon, Clueless and The Opposite of Sex. Jack started out in casting and was the casting associate for the feature films Nighthawks, King of Comedy, Author! Author!, Yentl, Once Upon a Time in America and The Last Temptation of Christ.

Paul Siebold

Paul Siebold (Publicist)

Paul Siebold is the managing director of OFF OFF PR, a firm dedicated to promoting developing theatrical productions through effective marketing communications. He has been a marketing, promotions and public relations executive for over 15 years. Paul's work has helped to achieve significant pre-press, sold-out houses and post-production success for his clients. Among his many successes, Paul was the publicist for the 2008 and 2009 winners of the New York Innovative Theatre Award's "Outstanding Production of a Musical." Paul works with performers, album releases, comedies, dramas, musicals, plays, dance and solo performances as part of festivals, theater company seasons, independently produced productions, and more. Member, AEA /AFTRA.

Michael Cassara, CSA

Michael Cassara, CSA (Casting Director)

Michael Cassara has cast over 300 theatre and film projects since 2003.  Recent credits include Forbidden Broadway: Alive & Kicking (off-Broadway/cast album), Barbie™ Live! (Mattel, Inc./int'l tour), Fat Camp (off-Broadway), Heat Wave: The Jack Cole Project (dir. Chet Walker), Kingdom (The Old Globe, dir. Ron Daniels), and countless regional theatre credits.  Michael has been the resident casting director of NYMF since 2007, and has cast over 50 musicals since the festival's inception in 2004.  Selected NYMF credits include The Yellow Wood (dir. Tony-Award Winner BD Wong), All Fall Down (dir. Lonny Price), Twilight in Manchego (dir. Tony-Award Winner Billy Porter), Max Understood (dir. David Schweizer), The Woman Upstairs (Kerrigan-Lowdermilk), Zapata! (dir. Elizabeth Lucas).  Upcoming: Carrie (LA premiere) and the 25th Annual NAMT Festival of New Musicals.  Michael is a native Clevelander and a graduate of Otterbein College.  Member, Casting Society of America. / @michaelcassara

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