Mother, Wife, and the Complicated Life

Book & Lyrics by Amity Dry, Music by Mark Simeon Ferguson and Amity Dry

Mother, Wife, and the Complicated Life

at The Studio Theatre  [map]

  • Friday, July 19, 2013 at 8:30 pm
  • Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 1:30 pm
  • Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 5:30 pm
  • Friday, July 26, 2013 at 1:30 pm
  • Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 5:30 pm
  • Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 9:30 pm

A hilarious and heartwarming look at the juggle of doing it all. Join four best friends as they discover marriage is nothing like the movies, motherhood can push you to your limits and no one makes you laugh like your girlfriends do. Set to a rousing pop score, this is the musical comedy that tells the truth about marriage and motherhood.

"Like a musical version of Sex and the City, there are parts of this show that everyone can relate to on some level, and each character is identifiable in some way. The music is beautifully apt, commercial and catchy. I left the theatre feeling validated, heard, and thoroughly entertained." - Power Arts

Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes with no intermission.

Amity Dry

Amity Dry (Writer / Composer / Producer)

Amity Dry is an Australian singer, writer, composer and reality TV star. She has written and released two albums, The Lighthouse (Top 10 Australian album) and True To Me, and is well known in Australia for her role in hit TV show "The Block." She made her music theater writing debut with MWCL, after she realized there was a lack of theater focusing on motherhood. It began as a one-woman show, which extended to a musical that has played to sell-out seasons and rave reviews in Australia. Amity is an accomplished cabaret performer and writer, with successful seasons in the Adelaide Fringe and Cabaret Fringe Festivals for So You Want To Be Famous and Tapestry – a Tribute to Carole King. She was chosen to perform for Jason Robert Brown at his Australian masterclass and writes a parenting blog for Australian website Essential Baby. She dedicates this show to her husband and two children.



Mark Simeon Ferguson (Co-Composer / Assistant MD)

Mark Simeon Ferguson is an Australian-based pianist, composer and musical director. He co-composed many of the songs in Mother, Wife and the Complicated Life, has arranged all songs and been music director for all its Australian presentations. He has also worked on cabaret shows such as The Fabulous Singlettes, Trace Canini’s Gospel Groove and Andy Seymour's The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley. He was pianist for Irish Cabaret star Camille O’Sullivan, performing at the Perth Festival, the Auckland Festival, and was Musical Director for her Sydney Opera House season in 2009. He is musical director for six different corporate shows for Ding! productions and has toured extensively with leading latin dance band ensemble Salcedo and children’s entertainer Peter Combe. Mark leads latin/world jazz groups Marmalade Circus, Marmalade Jam and Marmalade Trio, performing at Carols by Candlelight, the Sydney Festival “Jazz In the Domain Concert” 2002, the Manly and Thredbo Jazz Festivals 2001 and sold-out houses at the Adelaide Festival Fringe since 1999. Marmalade Jam has performed over 400 shows across Australia for Musica Viva in Schools and an intensive tour of Singapore in 2008. In 2007 Ferguson was commissioned to rewrite Handel’s Messiah in a Gospel style for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, featuring James Morrison, Paulini and Doug Parkinson.Mark has recorded five albums and has seven original compositions included in the SA Real Book. He has lectured in the Jazz department at the Adelaide Elder Conservatorium since 1992 and teaches Jazz Improvisation.



Cicily Daniels

Cicily Daniels (Bec)

Cicily Daniels is a native of Potomac, Maryland. She is excited to be returning to NYMF and thrilled to join the cast of Mother Wife Complicated Life. Her credits include Broadway: Disney's The Little Mermaid (Ursula u/s, Alana, Original Cast), All Shook Up (Sylvia u/s, ensemble), Rent (Joanne u/s); National Tour: Caroline or Change (The Washing Machine), Rent (Seasons of Love Soloist, Joanne u/s); Off‑Broadway: Irrationals, Skin of Our Teeth; NYMF: My Mother's Jewish Lesbian Wiccan Wedding (Michelle), Lighter (Lulu); Regional: Once on this Island (Asaka), Little Shop of Horrors (Crystal), Into the Woods (The Witch); TV & Film: Boardwalk Empire (Jazz Dancer), Ugly Betty (Zelda), Across the Universe; American Gangster, Saturday Night Live, One Life to Live; Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra: A Cole Porter Celebration (Star Soloist), Christmas Spectacular w/ Sandi Patty (Guest Soloist). Cicily has also appeared in numerous commercials, and recorded voice-overs for companies such as Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Covergirl, Time Warner Cable, EA Sports Active, & Softsheen. Her solo concert "How High," premiered at the University of Southern Indiana, celebrating the history of the African-American soprano in musical theater. Cicily serves as a celebrity spokesperson for Nielsen TV. Most recently, she performed the role of Martha Ledoux in the first developmental reading of Gumbo the Musical. Cicily is a graduate of Yale University (B.A. Theater Studies, Performance Concentration). She would like to thank her mother, sister, agent & her fiancé for their amazing support.



Vanessa Lemonides

Vanessa Lemonides (Kate)

Vanessa Lemonides is thrilled to finally play a mother - a role very close to her heart. She was most recently seen as “Hope Springfield”, a role originated by Carol Burnett, in a concert staging of Fade Out, Fade In (Musicals Tonight!). She appeared as “Mimi Pollack” in the new musical Garbo and Me (The York). She also played the title role in the NYC revival of Irma la Douce (Musicals Tonight!). Just before that she finished a NYMF run of Jerusalem Syndrome in which she played “Mrs. Lowenstein” and nine others.  She was also seen Off-Broadway playing many people as the “Crazy Jewish Girls” in Jewtopia (Westside Theatre).  Other roles include: “Little Voice” in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Arvada Center); “Jeunefille” in The King of Hearts (Goodspeed); “Kathy Selden” in Singin’ in the Rain (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse); “Carlotta Walls” and six others in the World Premiere It Happened in Little Rock (Arkansas Rep); “Jacky” in Oh Boy! (York Theatre); “Fruma-Sarah” in the National Tour of Fiddler on the Roof (starring Theodore Bikel); “Judy” in Love from Judy; “Pickles” in Face the Music (Musicals Tonight!); and “Joan” in Dames at Sea (The Hangar Theatre). Vanessa is also a busy voiceover artist whose voice can be heard on cartoons, commercials, in feature films and even in some NYC tour buses. She graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Slavic Languages and Literature.  Best Productions: Paz, 7, and Violet, 3. www.vanessalemonides.com



Happy McPartlin

Happy McPartlin (Lily)

Happy McPartlin is thrilled to be a part of this U.S. premier of Mother, Wife and the Complicated Life!  She made her Broadway debut with Hands On A Hardbody.  This followed a critically acclaimed turn as Diana Goodman in the Regional Premier of Next To Normal at Stages Repertory Theater in Houston, Texas. She was awarded the BATEH award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for her work and the production named Best Musical of the year by The Houston Press. National Tours include: Memphis 1st National Tour, directed by Christopher Ashley (Clara, u/s Mama), The Full Monty (Georgie Bukatinsky), and Hairspray (Velma Von Tussle).  Other NY & Regional favorites: The Chaperone in The Drowsy Chaperone at Theatre By The Sea, Curtains (Jessica Cranshaw) at Paper Mill Playhouse & TUTS, Urinetown (Pennywise), Into The Woods (The Witch), The Merchant of Venice (Portia), Les Miserables & Sunset Boulevard at Ogunquit Playhouse, The Gig (Lucy), Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Putana) and The Black & White Blues Off-Broadway.  Happy is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and proud member of AEA.  She would like to thank the remarkable Dustin Flores and The Mine for their unending support, and her real life husband, the incomparable Brad Nacht. For more information, recordings & photos, please visit www.happymcpartlin.com



Mollie Vogt-Welch

Mollie Vogt-Welch (Jessie)

Mollie Vogt-Welch is thrilled to be a part of this show!  Broadway-A Tale of Two Cities, National Tours- Camelot (Guenevere), Peter Pan (Wendy) Off Broadway and Regional favorites- South Pacific (Nellie), Hair (Crissy), The Fantasticks (Luisa), Camelot (Guenevere) Ragtime (Evelyn Nesbit), Show Boat (Kim), Wuthering Heights (Isabella), Smile (Doria) Award winner at the 2012 Lotte Lenya singing competition, performer at the Metropolitan Opera (Parsifal, Les Troyens, Francesca da Rimini) BFA in musical theatre from Penn State University and a Potsdam NY native. 



Hilary Adams (Director)

Hilary Adams is delighted to be directing Mother, Wife and the Complicated Life – her fifth NYMF show! She is an award-winning theatre director, including a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Director of a Play (Works Productions' Moby Dick), four NYMF Awards for Excellence, two Honorable Mentions, and three Talkin’ Broadway Summer Theatre Festival Citations: Outstanding New Musical, Outstanding Ensemble & Excellence in Direction. Hilary is a Drama League Fellow, and has received five Manhattan Theatre Club Directing Fellowships assistant directing for Lynne Meadow (Collected StoriesMoonlight and Magnolias, The American PilotOur Leading Lady) and Mark Brokaw (Reckless). Also on Broadway, Hilary assisted Richard Jones (Titanic), David Henry Hwang (Flower Drum Song), and assistant directed for Robert Falls (Aida). Hilary has a Masters Degree in Applied Theatre from The City University of New York, School of Professional Studies. Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), League of Professional Theatre Women. www.hilaryadams.com



Stephen Purdy (Musical Director)

Stephen Purdy is on voice faculty of Marymount Manhattan College and founded and is principal coach at the New York Vocal Coaching Studio, a vocal and music services studio for musical theatre performers. His clients have been cast in the Broadway and touring companies of virtually every major Broadway musical of the last decade including Wicked, Mama Mia, Billy Elliot, Spiderman, Hairspray, Legally Blonde, Phantom, The Addams Family, Memphis and many others. His clients are also performing in regional theatres and on concert stages across the globe. As a musical director and conductor for the musical theatre stage, Stephen's Broadway, off- Broadway and National touring credits include Tarzan, Spelling Bee, Peter Pan(Cathy Rigby-both in New York and on tour), The Full Monty, The Fantasticks, and Frankenstein (Original cast recording). Stephen spent nearly five years touring Europe with Grease (Paris and European tours), A Chorus Line and 42nd Street, and My Fair Lady in Hong Kong (cast recording). Major regional theatre credits include Atlanta Alliance, Washington Arena, Joseph Papp Public Theatre and the York. Television includes work for A and E, PBS and the BRAVO channel. Stephen studied voice and piano at University of Mississippi, conducting at the Juilliard School, and Vocal pedagogy and coaching at Westminster. In 2011 he was artist-in-residence of musical theatre at the University of Shanghai and Shanghai Theatre Academy and has taught and given master classes at notable universities and colleges throughout the United States and Europe. His first book entitled "The Alchemy Of Theatre Song", a song preparation and audition guide for performers is due in bookstores late next year. Stephen lives in New York City and is married to actress and fellow voice pedagogue Kendall Kelly. www.Manhattanvocalcoach.com



Dax Valdes (Choreographer)

NYMF: Whatever Man, Smoking Bloomberg (as actor). Some credits include A Dream Play (NAATCO), Lonely Leela (Despina & Co.), 12N (Leviathan Lab), The Musical of Musicals (Walnut Street Theater), Microcrisis (Ma-Yi Theatre Company), EVERGREEN, Honor (Prospect Theatre Company), YBW – Yellow Brick Wall, John and Greg’s High School Reunion (FringeNYC), Pinkalicious (Vital Theatre Company), The Full Monty (Gallery Players), Triumph of Love, Once Upon a Mattress, Bye Bye Birdie (Millbrook Playhouse). As director/choreographer: Julius Caesar (Leviathan Lab), …Spelling Bee, ...Forum, How To Succeed…, Altar Boyz (Millbrook Playhouse). As actor: a whole other list. He is the Education Associate for the Vineyard Theatre, and member of Leviathan Lab. Education: BFA Musical Theater - Point Park College; Pacific Conservatory of the Arts.



Kathleen McDonough (Scenic Designer)

Kathleen McDonough is the ring master at KLAD, an Emmy award winning multi-disciplinary design firm. Recent adventures include environment and lighting design of the NYMF pop-up theatrical hub in Times Square, introducing the world to the magic of shapewear, juicing and abdominal machines, and building personal brands through social media, while investing on Broadway. Kathleen and her partner Kevin discuss their Life by Design through their astonishing, somewhat bewildered theatrical prism at klad.com/blog



Janell Berte

Janell Berte (Costume Design)

International credit for Central Avenue Breakdown at the Daegu International Musical Festival in Daegu, Korea. NYMF credits include Mata Hari in 8 Bullets, the award-winning Central Avenue Breakdown, Trav’lin, and Plagued – A love Story. Midtown International Theatre Festival’s award-winning Civil War Voices (winner, costumes). Off-Broadway, The Loves of Mr Lincoln (assistant costume designer to Carrie Robbins), Family Dinner. Also in production with Watson, Kiss Me Kate and Wizard of Oz at Gretna Theatre and Les Miserables in concert with The Historic Savannah Theatre. Regionally, Janell has designed costumes for the Historic Savannah Theatre, the Engeman Theatre, Gretna Theatre, Ephrata Preforming Arts Center. Five years ago she launched Looking4costumes.com, a national costume rental business for professional theatres and high school programs. BIG LOVE to my husband, mother, staff and fans who follow and support my adventures. Special appreciation to Isaac, Hilary & Amity.



Martian Entertainment (General Manager)

A Tony Award-Winning Producing/GM firm owned by Carl D. White and Gregory Rae. Credits: The Normal Heart, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Priscilla Queen of The Desert, Gore Vidal's The Best Man, [title of show], Potted Potter, BARE the musical, Naked Boys Singing!, Altar Boys, Immediate Family, I Hope They Serve Beer on Broadway By Tucker Max, The Banana Monologues. 2013 NYMF: Mother, Wife and The Complicated Life, Julian Po, and Legacy Falls. www.MartianEntertainment.com



"Great songs and outstanding voices, plus the total resonant truth behind it all, makes it universally appealing and entertaining." - Karen D'Onofrio, ELJNYC.com

07/19/2013 - TheWriteTeachers.com: Actors & Actresses Q&A Series: Happy McPartlin