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The Guide to Being Single

Book by Kaitlin Gilgenbach; Music and Lyrics by Alexi Kovin

The Guide to Being Single

at The Studio Theatre at Theatre Row  [map]

  • Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 8:30 pm

Rule #24: You can't have your wedding cake and eat it too.

Unlucky in love twenty-somethings conclude the solution to their relationship problems is to stay single, as they mingle through the bars of Wrigleyville. “The Guide to Being Single,” a new book from an anonymous author, gives you twenty-five simple rules for screwing without getting screwed: You never call or text. You always go to their place. And most importantly, you never break the rules. But what if the fun of rules is breaking them?

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

Melanie Brook

Melanie Brook (Stacy)

Melanie was most recently seen Off Broadway & on the National Tour of 50 Shades The Musical. She also wrote and starred in her debut solo show, #WHOISMELANIEBROOK, at 54 Below. Upcoming: Frances on season two of The Knick (Cinemax, directed by Steven Soderbergh). Thanks Alison Franck!



Eric LaJuan Summers

Eric LaJuan Summers (Derek)

Eric LaJuan Summers is thrilled to teach you The Guide to Being Single. Eric was last seen as James Thunder Early in Northshore's Dreamgirls. Before that, Eric was seen on Broadway in the original company of Motown the Musical playing Jackie Wilson, Billy Gordon of The Contours, Brian Holland of HDH, and Rick James among others- earning him the 2013 Fred and Adele Astaire Award. Other Broadway credits include Mereb in Disney's Aida, Jetsam in Disney's The Little Mermaid, the Original company of Elf (2012 cast), and the original company and cast recording of The Wedding Singer. Film and TV credits include Reunion 108, "The Carrie Diaries", and the voice of Little Richard in Universal Studios' Get On Up- The James Brown Biopic. Favorite workshops include Disney's Aladdin, Motown the Musical, the Wedding Singer, Toxic Avenger, and Jean Michel Basquiat in Basquiat. Eric has also performed for the St. Louis, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma City, Fort Worth, and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestras! More at ericlsummers.com



Tim Murray

Tim Murray (Dude)

Tim Murray recently finished a year and a half run in the original Off-Broadway cast of 50 Shades! The Musical Parody! Favorite Other Credits include: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Jenny Wiley Theatre), Merry Wives of Windsor (Texas Shakespeare Festival), Big River (Westchester Broadway Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (Pennsylvania Shakespeare) and Next to Normal (RedHouse). Murray is also a playwright, his shows World Famous and The Connector had their world premieres at Theatre for the New City last year and both of his web series' can be found on YouTube: Non-Equity Dinner Theatre Spotted and Lanky Scoliosis. He can also be seen on YouTube in MTV Safe House, a comedy sketch opposite Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx as well as the upcoming Billy on the Street episode starring Rachel Dratch. He's so thrilled to be doing another show with his 50 Shades costar Melanie Brook and many thanks to Antoinette and Alison!



Lana Neuman

Lana Neuman (Heather)

Lana Neuman is thrilled to work with this team and to do her first NYMF Reading! Off B’way/NY: Let’s B’way Off B’way (June Havoc), #getaway (Ansonia). Upcoming: Alison in All About Joe (Duke), Cinderella in Into The Woods (June Havoc). Recently toured the Mediterranean as Ariel aboard the Disney Magic. Other International: U/S Lizzie in Baby (Edinburgh Fringe), Night of Noir (Turner Classic Movies). Regional: Agnes/U/S June in Gypsy (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), Sally Simpson in TOMMY (TheatreZone), Tosca (Opera Naples). Favorites: Millie in Thoroughly Modern and Natalie in All Shook Up (Sugden). Proud AMDA Alumn. Thanks to family, friends, and all those who inspire me to Dare Greatly!



David Perlman

David Perlman (Zack)

David Perlman is so excited to work with these awesome people on this project. Broadway: Baby It's You! Off-Broadway/NY: Yank! (Rotelli) at the York, Madagascar Live! (Melman) at Radio City Music Hall, Anna Nicole the Opera at BAM, Iron Curtain (Murray) with Prospect Theater. Regional/Tours: Fiddler on the Roof (Motel) at Goodspeed, PCLO, Arena Stage; Hair (Woof) European tour, Sunset Boulevard (Artie) at PCLO, Ogunquit Playhouse; Altar Boyz (Abe) at Riverside Theatre, Arvada Playhouse. TV: The Mysteries of Laura, 30 Rock, Law and Order. David is also a photographer: www.DavidPerlmanPhotography.com. Love to Trey.www.David-Perlman.com



Remy Zaken

Remy Zaken (Jackie)

Favorite credits: Broadway: SPRING AWAKENING (OBC Thea). Off-Broadway: THE ANTHEM (Hera), FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY (Title role), SPRING AWAKENING, CAPTAIN LOUIE, RADIANT BABY. Regional: A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN (Goodspeed, Connecticut Critics Circle Award), A LITTLE PRINCESS. Workshops: HOME STREET HOME (NOFX musical), BRIGHT STAR (Steve Martin musical), SOME LOVERS (Burt Bacharach musical), FIRST LOVE (with Eve Plumb), MY MOTHER, MY SISTER, & ME (with Valerie Harper). Film/TV: Sing Along(short), "Gossip Girl," "Law and Order," "It Could Be Worse." Columbia University (BA in psychology). Upcoming: Anne Frank in THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK at Pittsburgh Public Theater. For my future husband, who brings out the best in me and (hopefully) isn't an actor. ;) www.remyzaken.com



Ellen Zolezzi

Ellen Zolezzi (Liza)

Ellen received a BFA in theatre from The Boston Conservatory, and some of her favorite credits include: Willard Cagney (and others) in the hit Off Broadway musical CAGNEY, Bird Girl #2 in the Off Broadway revival of Seussical at the Lucille Lortel, Julie Glynn in Johnny On A Spot at the Theatre at St. Clements NYC, Polly Baker in Crazy For You (MGR Playhouse), Judy Haynes in White Christmas (Carousel Dinner Theatre), Jill Cheaver in the world premier new musical Reel To Real (Broadway Asia), and Anna in the NYC Independent, and Big Apple film festivals short film; I Love You Anna. Love to Mom, Papa, and Raynelle. www.ellenzolezzi.com



Kaitlin Gilgenbach

Kaitlin Gilgenbach (Book)

Kaitlin Gilgenbach grew up in a strange place far, far away called Florida. She journeyed to Chicago-land, when she was invited to attend Northwestern University. By nights, she toils away at a brewpub to support herself and her precious kitten, Stella. However, many of Kaitlin’s wishes have come true: Her musical, The Guide to Being Single (co-written by Alexi Kovin), was produced by Underscore Theatre. She’s had shorter works in the PreTENd Play Festival (NU), Young Playwrights’ Festival (Florida Stage), and has had a script workshopped at the Annoyance Theatre. She’s elated that The New York Musical Festival is the perfect fit and hopes to live happily ever after.



Alexi Kovin

Alexi Kovin (Music & Lyrics)

Alexi Kovin is a Chicago born and raised composer, lyricist, and singer. Previous works include her song cycle, You Know That Feeling, which was written and produced at Northwestern University in 2012. At Northwestern, she also had the distinct pleasure of writing songs for The Waa-Mu Show throughout her time there. Now graduated, Alexi is writing and performing in Chicago. She can often be found singing at Davenport's Piano Bar and Cabaret or notating music at 3 in the morning.



Antoinette DiPietropolo

Antoinette DiPietropolo (Director)

Antoinette DiPietropolo: Associate Director/Restaging Choreographer for the National Tour of How The Grinch Stole Christmas; Director/Choreographer Nunsense at Flatrock Playhouse and Engeman Theater; Director/Choreographer Chicago, Jesus Christ Superstar and Annie at Fort Salem Theatre; Choreographer Annie at the Muny in St. Louis; Director/Choreographer Ragtime at Lyric stage nominated in 14 categories for the Theatre League Awards; Ragtime at North Carolina Theatre she won best Choreographer at the Triangle Theatre Awards; Choreographer for Candide starring George Hearn Rita Moreno; Choreographer A Christmas Story, Music Man, Evita, South Pacific, Hairspray and I Love You Your Perfect Now Change at the Engeman Theater; Co-Creator/Choreographer Powerhouse Joyce SoHo; Choreographer Off Broadway show With Glee; Choreographer for the ongoing bus tour The Ride in New York City; Choreographer/Associate Director Big Apple Circus; Associate Director for the play The Divorees Club; Director/Choreographer for a Pepsi/Grubhub/Seamless to promote 2015 halftime shoe for the Superbowl; Director for the play Art and Science starring John Tartaglia and Tony Sheldon; Director/Choreographer for Annie numerous places.www.antoinettedipietropolo.com @antoinettedip




Todd Kalina (Stage Manager)

Broadway: Airline Highway. Off-Broadway: World premieres of Between Riverside and Crazy and FOUND (Atlantic Theater Company); Of Good Stock (Manhattan Theatre Club). Other Credits: The Acting Company, New York City Center, Giants are Small, The Juilliard School, Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Minneapolis Children’s Theater Company and Interlochen Center for the Arts. Education: The Theatre School at DePaul University. Proud member of Actors’ Equity. Love to Dad, Mom and Stephen.



Alison Franck

Alison Franck (Casting Director)

Alison Franck is a casting professional with over 20 years of Broadway, Off-Broadway, Touring, Regional Theatre, TV, Film, Commercial and Voice Over Casting experience. For a decade, she was the Casting Director for the prestigious regional theatre Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey, where she cast over 50 productions with some of the theatre community's finest talent. Notable credits at Paper Mill include the Broadway transfer of I’m Not Rappaport starring Judd Hirsch and Ben Vereen, directed by Daniel Sullivan, Steel Magnolias, directed by Karen Carpenter, The Full Monty starring Elaine Stritch and The Importance of Being Earnest starring Lynn Redgrave. Current projects are national tours of A Christmas Story, The Musical!, and Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas (for the 6th year in a row). Upcoming tours are The Producers and Saturday Night Fever. Her recent projects include: National Tours of Guys and Dolls, Hello Dolly! starring Sally Struthers, Man of La Mancha, HairDreamgirls, My Fair Lady, Ain't Misbehavin' starring Ruben Studdard and Frenchie Davis, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Gloryana at The Public (reading and workshop), the TV series Peter Rabbit, off-Broadway plays, It's Just Sex & The Donkey Show (directed by Diane Paulus). Alison also worked in television casting of "Soul Man", starring Dan Aykroyd, "LateLine", starring Al Franken, "Talk to Me" starring Kyra Sedgewick, and pilots of "Freaks and Geeks", “Legacy”, “The Others” "Madigan Men" and the upcoming “Recovery Road”. Also was the Casting director for several films including Broke Even starring Kevin Corrigan. website: www.franckcasting.com



Jonathon Lynch (Musical Director)

Jonathon Lynch is a musical theatre music director/composer currently living in New York City. Recently he was the assistant music director and copyist for Finding Neverland (pre-Broadway workshop, prod. Harvey Weinstein, dir. Diane Paulus), music director and dance arranger for The City Club (Minetta Lane, prod. Mitchell Maxwell), music director of A Christmas Story at the Engeman Theatre, music director of The Baker’s Wife at Gallery Players, and orchestrator for various songs by Brian Lowdermilk. His musical Lunacy (book and lyrics by Matt Boresi) was the inaugural musical in the Overtures Series at Gallery Players, and SLAM! (book and lyrics by Danielle Trzcinski, dr. Igor Goldin) was a finalist in the SoundBites musical festival, 2013. His music has also appeared at the Lincoln Center’s Broadway Future Songbook Series, New World Stages, 54 Below, and the 47th St. Theatre. Jonathon is a faculty music director at the American Music and Dramatic Academy, a composer in the advanced BMI Lehman Engel Workshop, a member of the Circle Songbook writers collective, and an alum of Northwestern University. To find out more, visit jonathonlynchmusic.com. Love to my girls.



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