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The Gig

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Douglas J. Cohen

The Gig

at PTC Performance Space  [map]

  • Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 1:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 9:00 pm
  • Monday, July 21, 2014 at 5:00 pm
  • Monday, July 21, 2014 at 9:00 pm

When was the last time you did something you really wanted? 

A used car salesman, a dentist, a real estate agent, a financial advisor, a deli owner, and a teacher put their careers and families on hold to pursue their passion – jazz – with their first professional “gig” in the Catskills.  The results are funny, touching, and unexpected. Written by Douglas J. Cohen (No Way to Treat a Lady) and based on the film by Pulitzer Prize winner Frank D. Gilroy, THE GIG won a prestigious Richard Rodgers Grant and the inaugural Noël Coward Prize.  

Running Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes, plus one intermission

Douglas Cohen

Douglas Cohen (Book/Music/Lyrics)

Doug received the 2010 Fred Ebb Award and two Richard Rodgers Awards for writing No Way to Treat A Lady (produced twice off-Broadway and worldwide) and THE GIG (O’Neill Conference, Goodspeed). He penned scores for The Opposite of Sex (WTF) and The Big Time (book by Douglas Carter Beane) which debuted at NYMF. Drama Desk nominated for Children's Letters to God, Doug received a Jonathan Larson Grant for Barnstormer and contributed songs to Boozy directed by Alex Timbers. Nine Wives, with collaborator Dan Elish, debuts July 24-27 at the TriArts Sharon Playhouse.

Stephen Berger

Stephen Berger (Abe Mitgang)

Stephen is currently appearing on Broadway in Kinky Boots. His other Broadway shows are The Pajama Game, Into the Woods, The Dinner Party, True West, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Little Me, and NYC Opera's Wonderful Town. His Off-Broadway credits are A New Brain, Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh, Beau Jest, Isn't It Romantic, That's Life, Desperate Writers, and Nite Club Confidential. Stephen is happily married to the beautiful and talented actress, Jan Leigh Herndon. He has been a proud member of Actor's Equity since 1976.

Larry Cahn

Larry Cahn (Marty)

Broadway: The Graduate; Guys & Dolls; Epic Proportions; Anything Goes; The Music Man. National Tour: Ragtime; Lend Me A Tenor; Elf. Off-Broadway: Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh!; The Portable Pioneer and Prairie Show. Regional: The Great American Mousical (premiere); The Rhythm Club (premiere); Moon Over Buffalo; Company; Pirates of Penzance; The Predators' Ball (premiere); LUV; Carousel. NYMF: Foreverman. Film/Television: Freedom Writers; Lost Angeles; Grey’s AnatomyThe West Wing; Without a Trace; Law and Order.

Doug Eskew

Doug Eskew (Marshall)

Broadway: The Color Purple (Rev. Avery), Five Guys Named Moe (Big Moe), Truly Blessed. Off Broadway: Thunder Knocking on the Door, Josephine Song. National Tours: The Color Purple, Five Guys Named Moe (NAACP nomination and LA Ovation Award), CATS, Dreamgirls, Ain’t Misbehavin’. 
Regional Theater: Dance of the Holy Ghost, Caroline or Change (Salt Award nomination), Chasin Dem’ Blues, Crowns (Barrymore Award nomination), Dreamgirls, Thunder Knocking on the Door (Helen Hayes nomination), Ain’t Misbehavin (Helen Hayes nomination), Ma Raineys Black Bottom, Polk County, and Golden Boy. Television Credits: One Life To Live, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, and The Tony Awards Show (1992 & 2005).

Kate Fahrner

Kate Fahrner (Lucy)

Broadway: Wicked. Off-Broadway: Under My Skin; Sarah, Plain and Tall. National Tours: Lincoln Center's South Pacific; Wicked (Glinda, Chicago Company); Cats; The Full Monty. Regional: An Ideal Husband (Mrs. Cheveley); Elf (Jovie); Born Yesterday (Billie Dawn); Miss Saigon (Ellen); Cabaret (Sally Bowles); Grease (Rizzo); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie); Hairspray (Amber); A Chorus Line (Maggie); Annie (Lily St. Regis); Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey)... Thanks to everyone with The Gig, Michael Cassara, Professional Artists, and Grady.

Nick Gaswirth

Nick Gaswirth (Arthur)

Broadway/Tour: A Christmas Story. NY/Regional: Secondhand Lions (Seattle 5th Ave), Yeast Nation (FringeNYC), James and the Giant Peach (Goodspeed), Minnie's Boys and Knickerbocker Holiday (York Theatre), The Full Monty (Westchester Broadway), Candide, and …Frog and Toad (Arden Theatre Co.). BFA in Musical Theatre, University of Michigan.

Michael Minarik

Michael Minarik (Gil)

Broadway: Rock of Ages, Les Miserables. National Tours: Urinetown, Little Women, Phantom, The Music Of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Regional: Phantom, The Happy Time (with John Kander), Beauty and the Beast, Urinetown, Jekyll & Hyde, Camelot, The Wedding Singer, The Rink (with Leslie Uggams). Four-time time soloist for the NY Yankees ("God Bless America").

Kevin Pariseau

Kevin Pariseau (Jack)

Appeared on Broadway in Legally Blonde the Musical (ACCA Award) and off-Broadway in The Explorers Club, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh, and others. Film credits include Morning Glory and Tower Heist, and he is the narrator for over 100 audiobooks, receiving an Audie nomination for his reading of Herman Wouk’s The Winds of War and Carson McCullers’ The Ballad of the Sad Café. Regional credits include Nerds at the Philadelphia Theatre Company, 1776 at the Papermill Playhouse (NJ), Drood! (with George Rose) at the California Music Theatre, and Lend Me a Tenor (with Mickey Rooney) at the Apollo Theatre in Chicago.

Dee Roscioli

Dee Roscioli (Donna)

Dee Roscioli is best known for her portrayal of Elphaba in Wicked, having performed the role on Broadway, in Chicago, and across the US. She recently performed the leading role of Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Her cabaret, DecidedlyDee, sold out in New York and Chicago. Additional NY credits include Little Miss Sunshine (2nd Stage), The 24-Hour Musicals, Murder Ballad (Workshop, Manhattan Theatre Club), Dedalus Lounge (Interart Theater Annex), Therapy Rocks (NYMF). National tour: Cats (Grizabella).

Steve Routman

Steve Routman (Aaron)

Recent NYC: Fiorello!; Pipe Dream (Encores!); The Shaggs (Playwrights Horizons); La Bete (Broadway); The Fanasticks (The Snapple Center). TV/Film includes The Wolf of Wall Street; The Left Overs; Boardwalk Empire; Inside Llewyn Davis; The Bourne Legacy; The Good Wife; I Don’t Know How She Does It; L&O/SVU/CI. Regionally: Shakespeare, Chekhov, Feydeau, Odets, Guare, Stoppard, Coward, and numerous musicals in over 20 regional theaters. Upcoming: HBO’s Rock and Roll Project (Martin Scorsese, dir.).

Bruce Sabath

Bruce Sabath (Georgie/Vince)

Broadway: Larry in Company (Tony® Award – Best Revival). New York: Hello Again (Drama Desk nomination – Best Revival), Countess of Storyville, Platinum, Jerusalem Syndrome, Fleet Week. Regional: Cincinnati Playhouse (Merrily We Roll Along, Company), Caldwell Theatre (Frost/Nixon as Nixon), Asolo Rep, Geva Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, Human Race Theatre, Schoolhouse Theater, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Forestburgh Playhouse. Graduate of Harvard, Wharton, and The William Esper Studio. Thanks to Karen, Jeremy and Michael, for dreaming with me.

Donna Vivino

Donna Vivino (Miss Ricki Valentine)

Donna Vivino was most recently seen in the world premiere of Still Will Be Heard playing poet Edna St.Vincent Millay at MSU's Peak Performances (BT Jones, Jed Wheeler). Broadway/NYC credits include: Wicked (Elphaba), Stars of David, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, Hairspray, Saturday Night Fever, and Les Miserables (original Young Cosette). She is also known as Serena Maxwell on the critically acclaimed webseries Submissions Only. Donna's CD Beautiful Dreamer is available on iTunes and Amazon. Twitter: @donnavivino.

Igor Goldin (Director)

THE GIG will mark Igor’s 11th NYMF show. He is the recipient of 3 NYMF Awards for Excellence in Direction - Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Crossing Swords, Common Grounds. Off Broadway: YANK! (Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Direction of a Musical), With Glee (Prospect). Most Recent: The Music Man, Twelve Angry Men, South Pacific (Engeman Theater), Maple and Vine (Cygnet Theatre, San Diego). Coming up: musical adaptation of Molly Sweeney (Human Race Theatre), Off-Broadway premiere of 26 Pebbles, and the regional premiere of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (La Mirada, CA). Finalist: SDC Joe A. Callaway Award for Distinguished Direction. Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC).

Keith Andrews (Choreographer)

NYMF debut and thrilled to be working with Igor Goldin on this wonderful show! Direction/Choroegraphy credits: The Full Monty (National Tour); Young Frankenstein; 9 to 5; Spamalot; The Drowsy Chaperone; Avenue Q; My Fair Lady; Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh; Shout, the Mod Musical; Barnum; The Wedding Singer, and many more. NYIT winner for Best Production and nomination for Best Choreography for Like You Like It. Igor and Keith have put up about 40 AMDA Industry showcases together.

Jonathan Smith (Musical Director)

Jonathan Smith is currently Associate Musical Supervisor for Jersey Boys International, having mounted productions in South Africa, The Netherlands and, this summer, the UK Tour. His training includes jazz piano performance degrees from Berklee College of Music and The Manhattan School of Music. He created and performed the Broadway dance revue Swing!. Other Broadway credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie and Imaginary Friends. Regional credits include the first production of THE GIG and Sweeney Todd at Goodspeed.

Howard Joines (Music Coordinator)

Bullets over Broadway, Aladdin, Matilda, Cinderella, A Night With Janis Joplin, Scandalous, Chaplin, Ghost, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Promises, Promises, Bye-Bye Birdie, Grease, The Times They Are A-Changin’, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Conductor/Percussionist/Drummer: Matilda, Ghost, Billy Elliot, Scoundrels, Never Gonna Dance, Flower Drum Song, Full Monty, Jesus Christ Superstar, Miss Saigon, Les Misérables, Singing in the Rain, The King and I, Cleavage, and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Contractor for more than 20 NYMF shows.

Josh Zangen (Scenic Design)

Live Concerts: Justin Timberlake - 20/20 experience, Outkast 2014, Jack White - Lazaretto, Kylie Minogue Aphrodite Les Follies, Rihanna (Baku, Azerbaijan), Jonas Brothers (Radio City), Britney Spears Circus, Kylie Minogue 2009 US tour. TV: Justin Timberlake - Grammy’s, VMA's & SNL, Rihanna - VMA’s, American Idol & SNL. Live theatre: Spiegelworlds’ award winning Absinthe (Caesars, LV), Nocturne (Cosmopolitan, LV), Empire (tour) and Desir (NY). Immortal Chi (World Tour - Beijing), John Lithgows’ Sunny side of the Street, Nickelodeon – Storytime Live! (national tour), Orchid (Miami, FL), The Hurly Burly Show (West End, UK), James Lapines’ Mrs. Miller Does her Thing (Wyly, Dallas). NYMF: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (Award for Excellence in Design), Swing State, Prison Dancers. Upcoming: Ringling Bros. Circus 2015, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (La Mirada/McCoy Rigby).

Ryan Moller (Costume Design)

New York credits include: 12 Angry Men (Broadway World Nomination), White Christmas, A Christmas Carol, I Love You, Your Perfect... (all for the Engeman Theatre), The Secret Garden (APAC), The Drowsy Chaperone, Little Shop of Horrors, and Little Dog Laughed (Gallery Players), and co-design for Titanic for Westchester Broadway Theatre. He has designed premiere productions of Peter and I (ARACA) and The Cottage (APAC). Regional credits include: Cinderella, Les Miserables, and Sound of Music (Sierra Repertory Theatre), Winter Wonderettes, Das Barbecu, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Over the Tavern (Herb Strauss) and Norwegian Cruise Line. He has spent 5 seasons with the Santa Fe Opera, and will be the assistant designer for La Donna Del Lago this season at the MET. USA 829.

Cory Pattak (Lighting Design)

Revolution… (Minetta Lane), Handle with Care (Westside), Witnessed by the World (59E59), Skippyjon Jones (Theatreworks USA), This Side of Paradise (St. Clements), Unlocked, Nymph Errant, With Glee, The Blue Flower (Prospect Theatre), Regional: Old Globe, Goodspeed, Maltz Jupiter, KC Rep, Cap Rep, Arkansas Rep, Penguin Rep, Engeman Theatre, Surflight. Associate/Assistant: Newsies, Peter…Starcatcher, A Time to Kill, An Evening..Patti Lupone & Mandy Patinkin, The Story of My Life, Irena’s Vow (Broadway), Heathers (New World Stages), Daddy Long Legs (Various Regional/London). Cory is the host of in 1: the podcast, featuring conversations with theatrical designers. BFA: Syracuse University.

Naomi Anhorn (Production Stage Manager)

Regional: Ella (Long Wharf/National Tour). NYC: VocaPeople (Off-Broadway), Crossing Swords (NYMF 2013), Swing State (NYMF 2012), Septimus & Clarissa (Ripe Time), The Diary of a Teenage Girl (The Essentials), Sunfish (ASCAP), Snapshots (Prospect Theater), Reborning (The Public/SPF ’09), Zombie (Fringe & Off-Broadway). She also moonlights as festival staff on National Alliance for Musical Theatre's Festival of New Works presented each fall. Proud member of Actors Equity Association. For Mom, C, C, L & S.

Casey Makowski (Assistant Stage Manager)

Previous Stage Management credits include: Much Ado About Nothing, Baby with the Bathwater, A Raisin in the Sun, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Bunnicula, Frosty the Snowman, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Flat Stanley, and Alexander’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. She would like to thank her fiancée, Tom, for dealing with theaters chaotic schedule. To her friends and family for all their support over the years. ~Be the change.

Michael Cassara (Casting Director)

Michael Cassara has cast over 300 theatre and film projects since 2003. Recent credits include Forbidden Broadway (most recent two editions/cast recordings), Fat Camp (off-Broadway and regional), and frequent projects for dozens of the nation's leading regional theatres. Michael has been the Resident Casting Director for NYMF since 2007, and has cast over 65 new musicals in NYMF since the Festival's inception in 2004. This fall he returns for a second year as the resident casting director for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT). Please visit / @michaelcassara.

Lisa Dozier King (General Manager)

Lisa Dozier King has general managed more than fifty NYC productions. Recent/Upcoming Off-Broadway: POPNATION, Bedbugs the Musical, Breakfast with Mugabe, F#%king Up Everything, Sistas the Musical, A Loss of Roses, Final Analysis, Bronte, Ten Chimneys. She has been on staff at Symphony Space, Manhattan Theatre Club, The New 42nd Street, and is the resident general manager for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre's Festival of New Musicals. Lisa is also the BFA theatre management program director at the University of Miami.

Evan Zebooker (Associate Producer)

Member of the Board of Directors of the LaGuardia Arts High School’s Alumni & Friends organization. He is a CTI alumni, supports the performing arts, and is especially pleased to have this opportunity to support his friend Doug Cohen.

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