Songs For A More Funnier World

Book, Music, Lyrics by Stuart McMeans; Additional music by Paul Castrataro, Ben Green, William TN Hall & Michael Kooman

Songs For A More Funnier World

at The Studio Theatre  [map]

  • Friday, July 12, 2013 at 6:30 pm
  • Friday, July 12, 2013 at 9:30 pm
  • Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Four singers wake up to find themselves in yet another serious song-cycle. They decide to make it their comedic bitch. Songs For a More Funnier World is the hilarious foil to those angsty “song cycles,” with a score and lyrics to rival them all.

Running Time: 1 hour 20 minutes with no intermission.

Stuart McMeans

Stuart McMeans (Book, Music & Lyrics)

Stuart McMeans’ comedy songs have become staples of the NYC cabaret scene, being recently featured by Broadway performers at Joe’s Pub, The Triad, 54 Below, Don’t Tell Mama, as well as across the country.  Shows include the award-winning Bargains and Blood at the NY International Fringe Festival, Songs by Stuart and Stuart (Laurie Beechman), Everyman for Himself (Actor’s Temple, Dixon Place), Hermitage: The Ghost Men of Harlem (Plays and Players), Magical Thinking (BMI Musical Theater Workshop), Non-Sequiturs: A Cabaret (Philly Fringe Festival), Fags and Cellphones: a Musical (Philadelphia Gay and Lesbian Theater Festival), and That’s How it Works at the Philadelphia Ethical Society. Stuart is an ecstatic member of the Advanced BMI Musical Theater Workshop, and can do a mean “Yee-haw!”



Paul Castrataro

Paul Castrataro (Additional Music)

retired in February from Time Inc. where he was a production manager for almost thirty years.  A graduate of Yale with a B.A. in Literature, Paul originally made his living as a pianist, arranger, and composer in New York, until he realized that he needed health insurance. Flash forward thirty years, and Paul has okayed more merged graphics and text files than Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cole Porter and the Gershwins combined. Paul is so grateful for Stuart’s hard work in creating this show, and wishes him lifelong success in his musical career.



William TN Hall

William TN Hall (Additional Music)

is a composer, arranger, music director and performer in New York City. He is currently writing two musicals with colleagues from the BMI Advanced Musical Theatre Writers Workshop. When not writing, William music directs for nightlife and cabaret stars including Sharon Needles, Joan Ryan, Bianca Leigh and fellow MAC nominee Nesha Ward. He is also pianist to the legendary Joan Rivers at her New York engagements. William can be seen performing around the United States and internationally; he is also the voice of Harlequin on the hit sci-fi radio series The Leviathan Chronicles. Recent NYC Theatre: Methtacular! (Music Supervision by John McDaniel), BUSTED: the Musical, Pericles, Four by Tenn, Measure for Measure. Upcoming: I’m Not Playing: The Music of William TN Hall. Appears courtesy of TNT Music www.williamtnhall.com



Michael Kooman

Michael Kooman (Additional Music)

has won the Jonathan Larson Award and was the first recipient of the Lorenz Hart Award (along with Christopher Dimond). He is currently working on a commission from the Kennedy Center. His musicals have been performed or workshopped at the ASCAP Disney Musical Theater Workshop, the Williamstown Theater Festival, the American Conservatory Theater, The Cherry Lane Theater and the National Alliance of Musical Theater's 2011 festival. In 2011, he released an album or original music, "Out of Our Heads: The Music of Kooman + Dimond," available on iTunes.




Adam Fitzgerald

Adam Fitzgerald (Director)

is the Artistic Director of kef theatrical productions and a founding partner of Fifty2&Nine. With kef, Adam recently directed the critically acclaimed Methtacular! (Time Out NY Critics’ Pick), Killing Women (with Lisa Brescia), and Lyric Is Waiting. Other recent directing credits include Victor L Cahn's Getting The Business (Rachel Reiner Productions), Marc Castle’s Friends And Relations, Michael I Walker’s Letter From Algeria and the concert of Carner and Gregor’s Island Song for 92YTribeca. Adam was the 2008-09 Directing Resident at Playwrights Horizons, assisting Wilson Milam, Bartlett Sher and Kate Whoriskey on plays by Nicky Silver (Three Changes with Maura Tierney), Craig Lucas (Prayer For My Enemy with Victoria Clark, Michele Pawk and Jonathan Groff) and Christina Anderson (Inked Baby with LaChanze), and served as the 2007-08 Artistic Associate at Playhouse West (where his production of Defiance garnered Critics Circle nominations for Director and Production). With Fifty2&Nine, Adam wrote and directed the PSA for the Ad Council and GLSEN which won a national Talent House competition judged by Brett Ratner and Tom Ford, and directed Fifty2&Nine's first web series, Conversations W/ My Ex.



Ben Green (Additional Music)

Ben Green is a composer, arranger, and pianist for musical theater. His new musical Neurosis will receive its premiere this summer at the Finger Lakes Musical Theater Festival. Recent orchestrations for composer Laurence O'Keefe (Legally Blonde, Bat Boy) have included Heathers (Joe's Pub), Life of the Party (LaGuardia Arts), and Sarah, Plain and Tall (Dallas Theater Center). Ben is a frequent guest conductor of the Harvard Pops Orchestra, and a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop.



Amy Albert

Amy Albert (Woman 2)

Amy Albert is an improv, character and musical comedienne currently living in Los Angeles. Most recently she was seen as Amy in Company, weekly as a sketch performer on Good Afternoon America, and as Sharon in an LG washer/dryer campaign. Her one woman show, Delilah Dix—America's Showgirl, recently made its LA debut at The Elephant Stages after touring the US and UK. She's so thrilled to be a part of this wonderful show and to work with Stuart McMeans! Check out her antics at www.laughatamy.com and follow her on twitter @delilahdix



Kevin Massey

Kevin Massey (Man 1)

Bway: Memphis (Huey u/s), Tarzan (Tarzan u/s), Deaf West’s Big River, NYCO’s Antony & Cleopatra (Eros); Originated Almanzo Little House...Prairie (1st Nat, Paper Mill, Guthrie) & D’Artagnan Three Musketeers (Chicago Shakespeare); NY Readings: leads in Hunchback of Notre Dame & High School Musical (Disney), White NoiseAngels the MusicalBonnie & Clyde; Europe: Tarzan (Tarzan), Grease! (Doody) Regional: Asolo Rep’s Bonnie & Clyde (Ted), Utah Shakes’ & Kansas City Rep’s Pippin (Pippin), MUNY’s Footloose (Willard); UNC, Morehead Scholar. Proud husband to Kara Lindsay!  www.kevinmassey.com



Steven Strafford

Steven Strafford (Man 2)

Steven Strafford is so happy to be a part of this show! He is the author and performer of Methtacular! (www.methtacular.com). Most recently he covered and played various roles in the world premiere of Sense and Sensibility the musical at The Denver Center. Other credits include: Prince Herbert and other roles in Spamalot (Original Vegas Cast), Cecco in the national tour of Peter Pan, The Herald in Cinderella (with Lea Salonga), many roles in The Mad Show (The York), Lord Edgar/Jane in The Mystery of Irma Vep (Portland Stage) and Morris Kaden in As Bees in Honey Drown (Cape Playhouse). Follow him on twitter @stevenstrafford http://stevenstrafford.com/



Abigail Raye

Abigail Raye (Woman 1)

Fresh off the Spamalot National Tour as The Lady of the Lake, Abigail is super pumped to be partaking in NYMF! A New York native, this festival has been something Ms. Raye's wanted to do for quite a while, and she couldn't be happier singing these outrageously ridiculous songs from Songs For a Funnier World. Recent Credits include Annie in Evil Dead; The Leading Player in Pippin; and Edwin Drood in The Mystery of Edwin DroodBig shout out to Sam Ciavarella for managing me for free, her BF Jonny Otano, and her mommy



Ming Aldrich-Gan

Ming Aldrich-Gan (Musical Director)

Ming Aldrich-Gan was recently seen Off-Broadway as the music director and keyboardist for Spandex. A graduate of Bard College & Conservatory of Music, with a B.M. in piano performance and a B.A. in computer science & math, his true passion has always been for musical theater. At college, he directed and music-directed Sweeney Todd and The Fantasticks, and was involved in many other shows as a music director, pianist/keyboardist, and actor. After graduating in 2010, he spent an additional year in residence at Bard as a Collaborative Piano Fellow, working with students of the Graduate Vocal Arts Program led by Dawn Upshaw. Subsequent music-directing credits in Upstate New York include the Schenectady Light Opera Company's Hairspray (named "best local musical" of the 2012–13 season by the Times Union), the Troy Acting Guild's next to normal, and Legally Blonde at Cohoes Music Hall. He now lives in Queens.



Jessa Nicole Pollack (Production Stage Manager)

NYC: Women of Will (Gym at Judson), Billy Witch, The Secret Garden (APAC), Chekhovek (ArcLight), Friends and Relations (June Havoc Theatre), Langston in Harlem (Urban Stages), Reasons to be Pretty, Spain (MCC), First Prize (kef), Mimi le Duck (with Eartha Kitt), Picking Palin (2010 NY Fringe Festival). Workshops and Readings include The Black Suits (MCC), Red Clay (NAMT), Tina Girlstar (Olympus), and Island Song (kef/Libra). Other New York credits include the Drama Desk Awards, Broadway Backwards, and The Late Show with David Letterman. Graduate of Indiana University.