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Balloon Boy: The Musical

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Billy Recce

Balloon Boy: The Musical

at The Studio Theatre at Theatre Row  [map]

  • Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 6:30 pm
  • Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 4:30 pm

They built the balloon. We inflated it.

Inspired by the infamous media sensation known as the "Balloon Boy,” this musical imagines the answer to the timeless question: "Why did a Colorado father say his son was in a homemade weather balloon that soared across the state?” This tale of irreverent, celebrity-spoofing, sky-high hilarity looks at how far a man will go to achieve fame in a country obsessed with the spotlight, and just how bright that spotlight can be before it burns a hole in his family.

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

Billy Recce

Billy Recce (Book, Music, Lyrics)

Billy Recce is beyond thrilled to be a part of NYMF and is honored to be the festival’s youngest writer! He is the composer, lyricist and librettist of Balloon Boy: The Musical and Boots, Capes and Tights, the former of which was the winner of the 2014 Thespian Musicalworks competition. Balloon Boy: The Musical has been performed at the 2014 international Thespian Festival, the Kraine Theatre, and at Monarch High School, Colorado. He is the winner of the 2014 VSA Playwright discovery award and is a Long Island scholar artist. His plays have been performed at the Kennedy Center (HAPPY), the Cherry Lane Theatre with Young Playwrights Inc. (How to write a play) and the 2014 NYSTEA conference (Max and Sparky). In addition, his other works extensively cover social justice, and have been recognized by the United Nations, as well as performed at various venues and social justice events across New York. He will be attending Fordham at Lincoln Center’s playwriting program in the fall.

Taylor Haven Holt

Taylor Haven Holt (Director)

Select Directing: FACTORY GIRLS (54 Below), Theater Masters MFA Playwriting Festival (Aspen & NYC), STUPID KIDS (Reckless). Select Assisting: HAND TO GOD (Broadway & MCC), MURDER BALLAD (Union Square & MTC), TABOO (Brixton Club House, London). Currently Producing Artistic Director of Reckless Theatre Group. NYU, BA/MA

Sarah Devon Ford (Stage Manager)

Off-Broadway: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (Masterworks Theater Company) SOLDIER X, LIVIN LA VIDA IMELDA (MA YI Theatre Company) DRY LAND (HERE Arts) THE MOST DESERVING, THE ARCHITECTURE OF BECOMING (Women’s Project) A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Theatre For A New Audience) NYC: SLEEP NO MORE (Punchdrunk NYC)  BROKEN BRIDE (Ars Nova ANT Fest) PARADOX OF THE URBAN CLICHE (Wild Project) RESCUE RUE (Chinese Mother, Jewish Daughter LLC) Regional: CHAPTER TWO (Bucks County Playhouse), VANYA, SONIA, MASHA, AND SPIKE (Bucks County Playhouse). B.A. from Fordham University Lincoln Center. Proud Member of Actor’s Equity.

Andrea Lynn Green

Andrea Lynn Green (Various Characters)

Andrea Lynn Green is excited to make her NYMF debut! Notable NYC Theatre credits include Harrison, TX: Three Plays by Horton Foote (Primary Stages), Rocket Science (Playwrights Horizons), Giant (workshop with The Public Theater), (Un)real (The Gene Frankel Theatre), and Jubilee (Theater For The New City). Regional theatre credits include Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Hartford Stage), Giant (Dallas Theater Center), Anne and Emmett (Ford’s Theater/Atlas PAC), and Lucy (Delaware Theatre Company). T.V/Film: Elementary, The Carrie Diaries, Daughter of God, Future ’38. Andrea holds a B.A in Theatre Arts Performance from SUNY New Paltz.

Emily Kratter

Emily Kratter (Falcon)

Favorite credits: The Groundling, Solitary Light (Axis Theater Co), Confederates (LAByrinth Theater Co, The Lark/Workshop), Be More Chill (workshop/Dir. Scott Ellis), Death For Sydney Black (TerraNOVA Collective/Dir. Kip Fagan), Ballast, Third Person (59E59/TerraNOVA Groundbreakers), The Austerity of Hope (The Barrow Group), Greenwood (NYMF), Progress In Flying (The New Group/New Works), Five Second Chances (The Playwright's Realm/INK'D), The Physicists (Williamstown), The Holy Ghostly (Williamstown/workshop), The Children's Hour (APAC) Film:Adelaide (short), Half Brother (InvisiFilm) TV: Unforgettable (CBS). NYU Tisch.


Lisa Graye

Lisa Graye (Various Characters)

Lisa Graye is thrilled to be making her NYMF debut! She is a rising junior studying Musical Theater at Syracuse University. Previous roles include Parade (Mary Phagan). Workshops: Anne Of Green Gables (Mrs. Barry) by Matte O’Brien and Matt Vinson.  She is currently working as a Production Intern for the Musical Theater Factory!

Lynn Craig

Lynn Craig (Mayumi)

Lynn Craig is honored to be aboard this crazy ride! Favorite credits include: National Tour: CATS (Swing). New York/ Regional: The Marvelous Wonderettes (Betty Jean), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Rachel Jackson), Avenue Q (Christmas Eve), Brooklyn: The Musical (Faith), 25th Annual… Spelling Bee (Marcy Park), Seussical (Mayzie La Bird), Cats (Jellylorum/Griddlebone), Miss Saigon, The King and I, Don Giovanni, and many more. Proud member AEA- SAG-AFTRA.

Katelyn Miles

Katelyn Miles (Brittney Witherspoon)

Katelyn has appeared in new musicals at the Musical Theatre Factory, NYU GMTWP Workshop, NY Theatre Barn and 3LD Art & Technology Center. In addition to theater she sings a cappella and appeared on Season 4 of NBC’s The Sing-Off with her group Element. BA: Brown.

RJ Vaillancourt

RJ Vaillancourt (Richard)

RJ is a New York City based actor and writer from Rockland County, New York. Recent musical credits include the world premiere of Money$hot! at the Orlando Fringe Festival and workshops of 5th Republic (Musical Theatre Factory) and Outlaws (ASCAP). B.A.: Fordham and recent-joinee of SAG-AFTRA. More extremely insightful information and made-up words like "joinee" at

Michael Hull

Michael Hull (Bradford, Various Characters)

Off-B'way: Little Shop of Horrors (Lucille Lortel Theatre,) Mare In The Men's Room (The Araca Project, American Theatre of Actors). Favorite credits include: Spring Awakening (Moritz, Manor Theatre), Avenue Q (Princeton/Rod, The Hippodrome Theater), Vestments of The Gods (NY Fringe Festival,) Rescue Rue! (NY Children’s Theater Festival), RENT (Mark), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), Godspell (Jeffrey), The Music Man (Marcellus). Michael is also the co-writer of his original one-man show, Sorry, Not Sorry, the premiere of which was presented by Peter Schneider Productions. Michael received his BA at Muhlenberg College. @ItsMikeHull


Michael Kushner

Michael Kushner (Ryo, Various Characters)

Michael Kushner is thrilled to be a part of Balloon Boy and NYMF! Recent Credits: On The Town (Pre - Broadway, Barrington Stage), Much Ado About Nothing (Barrington Stage), Sons of the Prophet (GableStage), Floyd Collins (Greenbrier Valley Theatre). Recent NY readings: Gated (Atlantic Theatre Company), Shades of Wayne (Musical Theatre Factory), Chairs: A Song Cycle, One Night in New York (Musical Theatre Factory), and Treasure Island (TheatreEast). Numerous concerts at 54 Below, Lincoln Center, and New World Stages. Thank you to Taylor, Irene Cabrera at DDO Artists, Remy, family, and friends. BFA in Musical Theatre from Ithaca College. Proud member of Actors' Equity Association.

Tyler Andrew Jones

Tyler Andrew Jones (Various Characters)

New York: Featured Singer in The Vow (M2 Musical Workshop). Regional: Papa Ge in Once On This Island and Ragtime (Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre), the title role in Zanna, Don’t (Live on Stage), and Lonnie in the Drammy Award winning Locomotion (OCT). World Premieres: Fulana de Tal in Boomcracklefly (Teatro Milagro) and X-Ray in Small Steps (Oregon Children’s Theatre). Tyler co-hosts Songs at the New World on Monday nights. MMC. Third Rail Repertory Theatre’s Mentorship Program ’13.

Reed Campbell

Reed Campbell (Various Characters)

Originally from San Francisco, Reed has a B.F.A. Acting degree from The University of Michigan. Recent credits include Cookie McGee in "Nice Work If You Can Get It" (First National Tour), Judas Iscariot in "The Last Days Of Judas Iscariot" (Stage 773 in Chicago), and Shakespeare in the Park's "Comedy Of Errors" (The Public).

John Capo Public Relations (Publicity)

John Capo has created more than 100 influential PR campaigns for clients in NYC’s theater, film and event industries. His clients have won or been nominated for the Tony, Grammy and Emmy Awards. NYMF credits include Stuck, Standby, FlambeDreams, Cabaret Grimm, Icarus, Trouble, Zapata! and Sasquatched. He produced two critically-acclaimed musicals: Bayside! The Musical!, based on Saved By The Bell, and Showgirls! The Musical!, the parody of Showgirls. He also produces the NYC Drone Film

Rebecca G. Greenstein (Musical Director)

Rebecca G. Greenstein is also a composer/lyricist, voice teacher, and vocal coach. She is a graduate of the BMI musical theater writing program and her work has appeared at the Looking Glass Theatre in NYC as well as in various cabaret venues across the city. Her voice students and clients have appeared on Broadway and in national tours. She has music directed countless classic and contemporary musicals through her work with the award-winning Kidz Theater. She would like to thank the creative team and cast for inviting her along this balloon ride! Visit to learn more!