Nightmare Alley

Book, Music & Lyrics by Jonathan Brielle

Nightmare Alley

at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre

  • Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 9:00 pm

After the mysterious death of a sideshow mind reader, a Depression-era con man finds himself the carnival’s new star attraction and falls in love with its sexiest starlet, “the electrocution girl.” Fueled by an inflated belief in his powers, they leave to seek fortune and fame on the nightclub circuit – only to realize that their past is never far behind. Based on the 1946 novel that spawned the Tyrone Powers-Joan Blondell film noir classic.

Running Time: 2 hours 25 minutes with intermission.

Jonathan Brielle (Book / Music / Lyrics)

Jonathan Brielle is pleased to be back at NYMF. Nightmare Alley, based on the film noir classic, premiered at the Geffen Playhouse in 2010 directed by friend and mentor, the late Gil Cates before taken over by director Michael Bush. His other collaborations with Mr. Bush include: last year's NYMF production of Himself and Nora, the American Theater Group's critically acclaimed version and his new 40 Naked Women, A Monkey and Me (book, music, lyrics) with its world premiere last summer at The Eugene O'Neill Theater Conference. On Broadway: Jonathan wrote the songs for Foxfire staring Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn. Off‐Broadway: he served as Composer in Residence Circle Rep, NY. Regionally: An earlier version of Himself and Nora premiered at The Old Globe, San Diego, and at The James Joyce Center, Dublin. Las Vegas shows include: Enter The Night (book, music, lyrics) 12 years at the Stardust Hotel; Madhattan (book, music, lyrics) two years at the New York, New York Hotel. US and UK Tours include: Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus, Rugrats, and Jonathan is honored to serve as Vice President of The Johnny Mercer Foundation (JMF), Writer/Producer in Residence for the newly created Johnny Mercer Writers' Colony which he began last year at Goodspeed Musicals, and he helps oversee the JMF Songwriting Project at Northwestern University as well as continues to create songwriting programs for Title 1 schools in the Bronx, Los Angeles and Newark. He is the former National Projects Director of the Songwriters Guild of America and is a founding member of Tritone Productions. For more info go to:

Lianne Marie Dobbs

Lianne Marie Dobbs (Dr. Lillith / Tarot Lady)

Lianne Marie Dobbs is proud to be working with Mr. Brielle and Mr. Bush again after appearing in Himself & Nora at American Theatre Group this spring. Off-Broadway: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, City Center Encore's Stairway to Paradise. National Tour: Irving Berlin's White Christmas. Favorites: Emma in Jane Austen's Emma (Cincinnati Playhouse/ Repertory of St. Louis/ TheatreWorks), Lucy in Jekyll & Hyde (Westchester Broadway), Smokey Joe's Cafe (Florida Studio Theatre), SwingTime Salute (Virginia Stage Company) and How To Succeed in Business... at Goodspeed Musicals. Her first solo cabaret show Everything Old is New Again, had a successful four-night run at the Metropolitan Room in NY. Check iTunes soon for recordings of "forgotten" standards and her website for upcoming engagements.

Rose Hemingway

Rose Hemingway (Molly Cahill)

Rose Hemingway is so pleased to be able to take part in this reading of Nightmare Alley. Past roles include, Broadway: Debuted as Rosemary Pilkington/ How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, National Tour: Sophie Sheridan/ Mamma Mia!, Regional: Mary Phagan/ Parade, the Donmar Warehouse Production at the Mark Taper Forum, LA. Television: The Mob Doctor.

Christine LaDuca

Christine LaDuca (Tarot Lady)

So grateful to be part of this show! NYC Readings and workshops: Queen Mother (Goodspeed), Distant Thunder (Amas), The Piper (Irish Rep), The Countess of Storyville, Casanova (Amas). Many regional productions of A Chorus Line as Diana, West Side Story, and the national tour of Cats. Pinch-me moment: singing "What I Did For Love" with the late Marvin Hamlisch at the piano honoring his work for the Lighthouse Foundation.

Karen Mason

Karen Mason (Zeena)

Broadway: Wonderland (The Queen of Hearts), Hairspray (Velma), Mamma Mia (Tanya) (2002 Drama Desk nomination as Best Actress), Sunset Boulevard (Norma Desmond), Jerome Robbins' Broadway, Torch Song Trilogy. Off Broadway/Regional: A Christmas Story (Miss Shields), And The World Goes 'Round, Carnival. (Drama Desk Nomination for Best Supporting Actress). Concert/Cabaret: Carnegie Hall, Rainbow & Stars, Lincoln Center, Feinstein's, The Kennedy Center. A 10-time MAC Award winner, she has 6 solo CDs including Right Here/Right Now (2009 MAC Award for Best CD).

Michael McCarty

Michael McCarty (Clem)

Michael McCarty is happy to be revisiting Nightmare Alley, having appeared in the L.A. Geffen Playhouse production. A veteran of 12 Broadway productions including faves Mary Poppins, Amadeus, Sweeney Todd, Big River, 42nd Street, Oliver and Oklahoma!. Also Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, York Theatre, and last fall in NY premiere (Peccadillo Theatre St. Clements) as Sydney Greenstreet in Ten Chimneys. Seven national tours, nearly 100 plays at U.S. regional repertory theatres, Britain’s Royal National Theatre, Sir Peter Hall’s L.A. Shakespeare Repertory Theatre, and many other L.A. theatres. Over 50 TV series, including final 2 episodes of E.R., literally hundreds of commercials, 7 feature films including the Robert Redford directed Legend of Bagger Vance. Michael just completed playing Matthew Harrison Brady in Inherit The Wind at the Bristol Riverside Theatre in the Philadelphia area.

Marcy McGuigan

Marcy McGuigan (Mrs. Peabody / Tarot Lady)

New York: 40 Naked Women A Monkey And Me, The Divine Sister, The Piper, Meet Me in St. Louis, A Wonderful Life, Shanghai Moon, Swingtime Canteen (original cast recording), Box Office of the Damned. National Tour: Dorothy Brock, 42nd Street (Carbonelle Nomination). Regional: Marie, Lombardi-Human Race Theatre; Sara Goode, The Sisters Rosensweig- Capital Rep; Pamela, Fox on the Fairway- FRP; Miss Hannigan, Annie- Lyceum Theatre; Mrs. Cratchit, A Christmas Carol - Westport Country Playhouse; Natasha Navritolava, Rough Crossing-Portland Stage Company. TV/Film: GTA 4, The Centenarian, A Very Serious Person, Truth and Beauty, Ghost Stories, Conan O’Brien, Rock Star Games.  

Ken Prymus

Ken Prymus (Pete)

Ken Prymus started his professional career at the age of 16 with the Academy Award-winning documentary THE YOUNG AMERICANS. Ken appeared in many films, including IN COLD BLOOD, THE MODEL SHOP and M*A*S*H, in which he appeared and sang SUICIDE IS PAINLESS in the "Last Supper" scene. He has starred in several shows on Broadway, including THE WIZ (The Lion), AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' and 7 1/2 years of CATS as Old Deuteronomy. He now lives in Las Vegas. He has performed in London and throughout Great Britain performing THE GREATNESS OF RAY CHARLES, just returned from Vermont at Northern Stage where he starred as the Lion in THE WIZARD OF OZ and just completed working at Chicago's Goodman theatre in the production of MARY. He is thrilled to be portraying Pete, once again in NIGHTMARE ALLEY for NYMF, and hopes the world loves this piece as much as he does.

Cole Burden

Cole Burden (Stan Carlisle)

Himself and Nora (American Theatre Group) The 25th Anniversary Production Of Les Miserables (National Tour), Legally Blonde (Marriott Lincolnshire), Applause (City Center Encores!), Bonnie And Clyde, Warrior and The Piper (New York Musical Theatre Festival), Grey Gardens with Hollis Resnick (Philadelphia Theatre Company), Les Miserables (Houston Theater Under the Stars), Evita (Mason Street Warehouse), Red Eye Of Love, Becoming Tennessee (Eugene O'Neill Theater Center). Readings/Workshops: Fiction in Photographs by Dan Mills and Randy Redd, Yank! directed by David Cromer, Walker and Ewalt's Bromance, The Ballad of Little Joe. Concert appearances: Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's The Human Heart, We Are The Song: After The Storm (Joe's Pub) ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares, The Actors Fund's Nothing Like A Dame. Film and TV credits: "BEAUTIFUL CREATURES," "As The World Turns," "One Life to Live," "30 Rock".

Michael Bush (Director)

Michael Bush most recently directed the Off-Broadway productions of Psycho Therapy , Cactus Flower, and Based On A Totally True Story.  Regional Productions include:  Stormy Weather (Pasadena Playhouse, Prince Music Theatre), Himself and Nora (American Theatre Group), Heartbreaker: Two Months with Judy Garland (Adirondack Theatre Festival), The Sisters Rosensweig (Capital Repertory Theatre), Murderers (Philadelphia Theatre Company, City Theatre), etc.  He is the co-author and director of Leslie Uggam’s Uptown Downtown (Pasadena Playhouse, Capital Repertory Theatre) which won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for best solo performance.  He won the 2009 New York Musical Theatre Festival Award for Excellence in Direction for the world premiere musical Hurricane. He is the former director of artistic production and associate artistic director for the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City. He was associated with MTC for over 25 years and helped artistically guide more than 150 new plays and musicals, including the Tony®Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning Proof and Doubt,  the Tony® Award winning Love! Valour! Compassion!  He was instrumental in the rebirth of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s Cabaret & Performance Conference, and served as its artistic director from 2005 to 2012.  He is married to playwright Michael Aman.

Marci Skolnick (Production Stage Manager)

With Michael Bush: Himself and Nora (ATG), Psycho Therapy (Cherry Lane),  Selected NY theatre: F#%king Up Everything (the Elektra), Bullet for Adolf(New World Stages), Shlemiel the First (TFANA), Seed (Classical Theatre of Harlem), The Common Air (45 Bleecker), Puppetry of the Penis (Foster Entertainment), The Smoking Diary (Fat Melon),Tony ‘n’ Tina’s Wedding (Artificial Intelligence), Sake with the Haiku Geisha (Gotham Stage), Angels: The Musical (NYMF), Waiting for Godot (tangent),  Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Dream Seminar (CompanionStar), 10 years with the National Yiddish Theatre.  Proud member of AEA, Ms. Skolnick is a graduate of Hofstra University.  Thanks Michael.