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What Do Critics Know?

Book by Matthew Gurren; Music and Lyrics by James Campodonico & Matthew Gurren

What Do Critics Know?

at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre  [map]

  • Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 8:00 pm
  • Friday, July 24, 2015 at 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 1:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 4:00 pm
  • Monday, July 27, 2015 at 4:00 pm

It's nothing personal, just show business.

In a strange turn of fate, the three most powerful theater critics, who have taken countless shows off the stage, must now put one on. With time running short, they enlist the help of a struggling Broadway writer, Nathan Wood, who has had a string of critically-panned flops and needs a comeback. Can the critics pull through despite their overly critical natures? Can cooperation, harmony, and perhaps even love exist between an artist and a critic? Find out if poetic justice will be served cold or in a warm review in WHAT DO CRITICS KNOW?

Running Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes, with a 15-minute intermission.

Chris Gleim

Chris Gleim (Nathan)

NYMF: Sophia's Fall; Tess, a New Rock Opera; Sasquatched! The Musical. NYC Theatre: Radio City Xmas Spectacular; Junk: A Rock Opera. Appearances at Joe's Pub, The York Theatre, and (Le) Poisson Rouge. Nat'l Tours: Jesus Christ Superstar (Peter, u/s for Ted Neeley). Regional: Titanic (Barrett), Godspell (Judas), Company (Paul).

Sarah Stevens

Sarah Stevens (Dahlia)

Sarah is so excited to be a part of the NYMF festival this summer! Some of her favorite NYC and regional credits include; Company(Amy) - The Gallery Players Theatre, Someone to Belong To (Annie) - NYC International Fringe Festival, Sweeney Todd(Johanna) - Barrington Stage Company, Sunset Boulevard(Betty) - Portland Center Stage, The Sound of Music(Maria) - Mill Mountain Theatre, Les Miserables(Cosette) - Riverside Theatre, Fiddler on the Roof(Tzeitel) - The Maltz Jupiter Theatre. She received a BFA in Music Theatre from Elon University.

Mary Mossberg

Mary Mossberg (Irma)

This is Mary’s 5 year at NYMF! Mary was most recently seen in Death Trap at The John W. Engeman Theatre and the Off-Broadway show Cougar the Musical. Other Stuff: Mamma Mia! national tour; Wonderland, Tampa Bay PAC; Next to Normal, Arena Stage; The Baker’s Wife and 1776 at Paper Mill Playhouse; Miss Saigon and The Will Rogers Follies at Gateway Playhouse; Big love to my angels, Maggie Maes, Kimberly Vaughn and Nicholas Keslake. Proud member of AEA.

Ryan Knowles

Ryan Knowles (Chester)

Ryan is thrilled to be a part of WDCK? Most recently, Ryan originated the role of "Buddy" in the North American tour of Queen's We Will Rock You. National Tours: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, OZ: The Musical. Off-Bway: Radio City Christmas Spectacular, NEWSical, Caligula Maximus, Fools In Love, Assassins. Regional: Disney's Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular and many more. On TV, Ryan was host of Nickelodeon's daily live program, Me:TV. "All thanks to Jenn and my family!"

Prescott Seymour

Prescott Seymour (Brad)

Prescott is best known as his alter ego, Sutton Lee Seymour, performing a “draggy cabaret” at New World Stages the past two years. Off-Broadway/NYC: Bunnicula (DR2 Theatre/Cast Recording), Bawdy (Triad Theatre), The Great Pie Robbery (FringeNYC), Fabulous (WriteAct Rep), Midnight Cowboy (Playlight Theatre Co.). Tours: Seussical (TW/USA). Disney: Villains Tonight! (Original Cast). Regional: Urinetown (Mason Street Warehouse), Lucky Stiff (MSW), Cabaret (Wagon Wheel Theatre). Upcoming: Sutton Lee Seymour: The Way Off Broad!

Danny Bolero

Danny Bolero (Tony)

Danny Bolero is happy to be back at NYMF. Recently Danny appeared in the critically acclaimed off-Broadway musical BEDBUGS. He has appeared on Broadway as Kevin Rosario in In the Heights (Broadway and 1st National), and the 93 revival of Joseph. Regional: Arturo in Golem of Havana (Barrington), Munoz in City of Angels (Goodspeed), Adopho in Drowsy Chaperone, Diego in Frida the Musical (AMAS), Zorba, Nine, and Che in Evita (LA Critics Award). FILM: Chris Rock’s TOPFIVE; The Hitcher; Malcolm; Board to Death & Law & Order.

Kimberly Doreen Burns

Kimberly Doreen Burns (Lina)

NYMF debut! National Tour: Grease starring Frankie Avalon (Sandy), NYC/Off-Broadway: We Tell the Story, Faustus, the Musical, Wuthering Heights, Peter & I, We Foxes. Selected regional: Eliza in My Fair Lady twice (Broadway World Award for Best Actress), Guenevere in Camelot, Nellie in South Pacific, Esther in Meet Me in St. Louis, Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Philia in A Funny Thing Happened…Forum, Cathy in The Last 5 Years. Lead singer at Tokyo Disneyland. BFA Ithaca College, MFA San Diego State. She teaches private lessons.

Bruce Rebold

Bruce Rebold (Shakespeare)

Bruce Rebold returns to NYMF, last appearing in Tess- A New Rock Opera. Regional: Hairspray (Wilbur Turnblad/Westchester Broadway Theatre, John W. Engeman Theatre, Media Theatre, Palace Theatre), Fiddler on the Roof (Rabbi/Stages St. Louis, Avram/ Fulton Theatre, John W. Engeman Theatre), The Light in the Piazza (Signor Naccarelli/Broward Stage Door--Carbonell Award Nomination, ‘Best Supporting Actor -Musical’), Sunset Boulevard (Sheldrake/Fulton Theatre), The Sound of Music (Westchester Broadway, Ogunquit Playhouse), Sweeney Todd (Judge Turpin), Chess (Molokov), Forum (Lycus) at TheatreZone.

Jason Fleck

Jason Fleck (Bach)

Jason Fleck is thrilled to be a part of WHAT DO CRITICS KNOW? and NYMF. Jason has performed in London's West End (SHOW BOAT), toured internationally (EVITA), and nationally (THE SECRET GARDEN, THE WHO'S TOMMY, SHOW BOAT, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE) and has performed regionally throughout the US. Concert engagements include touring Japan with the Tokyo Philharmonic and singing with the Phoenix Symphony. Thanks as always to his beautiful and talented wife for putting up with him.

Kaitlyn Frank

Kaitlyn Frank (Dance Captain/Ensemble)

Kaitlyn is so thrilled to join such a joyful and radiant cast and crew on WDCK?! Favorite credits include the National Tour of Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Anne Bogart's Cafe Variations at the Cutler Majestic Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre's Anything Goes, and has tap danced at NYC venues including City Center, the Joyce Theatre, the Duke on 42nd and SYTYCD Season 10. Emerson College alum. A big thanks to Mike, Justin and the team! Love to Mom, Dad, Em, Chase, David & Aunt Vicki.


Lindsay Bayer

Lindsay Bayer (Ensemble)

New York: Next to Normal (Natalie), Dear Albert Einstein (Judy). Other favorites: The Light in the Piazza (Clara, upcoming), Sweeney Todd (Johanna), Titanic (Caroline Neville), Miss Elizabeth Bennet (Jane). Baldwin Wallace alum. Thanks especially to Michael, and the entire team! Love to Liv, Kev, and her parents for their constant support. @Lindsay_Bayer

Sean Bell

Sean Bell (Ensemble)

Sean is excited to be a part of the WDCK? cast! Theatre: Forever Plaid, Plaid Tidings (New Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse); Spamalot (Theatre by the Sea); Fiddler on the Roof (Pennsylvania Shakespeare); Deathtrap (The Fulton); A Chorus Line (Maine State); For Goodness Sake, All American (Musicals Tonight!); Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Arena Tour); Stardust Road (Development Lab). TV: Boardwalk Empire (HBO). Special thanks to Kimothy, and to ever-supportive friends and family!

Danny Harris Kornfeld

Danny Harris Kornfeld (Ensemble)

Danny Harris Kornfeld is thrilled to be making his NYMF debut. New York: First Family of Second Avenue, Peter Pan directed by Thom Southerland, Closer Than You Think. Regional: Fiddler on the Roof (Barrington Stage Co.), The Bully Games (Syracuse Stage), Peter Pan (Arizona Broadway Theatre). Proud graduate of Syracuse University. Endless thanks to Mom and Dad, PT, Irene and the whole WDCK? team! Check him out at @dannyhkorn


Matthew Gurren

Matthew Gurren (Book, Music, Lyrics)

Matthew Gurren is a writer, performer and videographer. Past written and performed shows include Mrs., Widow, The Appraiser’s Desk, The Elders and two one-act musicals, No Lover’s Fool and Last Dance. He currently works at The York Theatre Company where he recently had a staged reading of What Do Critics Know? He is a graduate of Tufts University and a member of the Dramatist Guild.

James Campodonico

James Campodonico (Music & Lyrics)

James Campodonico's songs have been performed in Talent ’65 New York, Tanglewood, Goodspeed Opera House, The Triad, Roses’s Turn, The Duplex, and Don’t Tell Mama. He has composed the following musicals: “Flowers and Trees”, developed at the O’Neill Playwrights Festival, Waterford Connecticut, toured with the O”Neill Theater Institute and later presented at Edward Albee’s Playwrights Unit and at the Whole Theater (Olympia Dukakis, Artistic Director) in Montclair, NJ

Michael Bello

Michael Bello (Director)

Directing: Rebekah Allen’s We Are The Tigers, Tyler Milliron’s Tell Tale, Hello Again (IRNE noms: Best Musical & Best Director) Spears: The Gospel According to Britney, Darling, Next to Normal, Pipe Dream (Berkshire Theater Group), etc. Assisting: Doctor Zhivago (Broadway Theater, dir. Des McAnuff), Fly By Night (Dallas Theater Center, dir. Bill Fennelly), A Little More Alive (Kansas City Rep, dir. Sheryl Kaller), Candide (Huntington, dir. Mary Zimmerman), etc. LCT Directors Lab. Emerson College.

Doug Oberhamer

Doug Oberhamer (Musical Director)

Credits range from Broadway and Off Broadway to National/International Tours. He also works as a composer, arranger, orchestrator, music producer, and vocal coach in New York and abroad. Music Directing Credits include: Swing!, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Reel to Real, The Man of La Mancha, My Vaudeville Man, Wanda's World, Flight of the Lawnchair Man, I Got Fired, Crazy for You, Women on the Verge, Frankenstein, Nunsense, Seeing Stars, Rings, Saturday Night Fever and Gemini.

Evan Bernardin

Evan Bernardin (General Manager)

Evan Bernardin (General Manager) Upcoming: Nancy & Tonya: The Rock Opera (NYMF), We Are The Tigers, The Dodgers Recent: The Bad Years, The Navigator, and My Mom Is Trying to Ruin My Life. Evan has worked with The Workshop Theatre Company, The Broadway Youth Ensemble, Born for Broadway. His collaborative projects include performances at Lincoln Center, The United Nations, The Harvard Club, Georgetown's Gaston Hall, The Culture Project, The Ohio Theatre, and The MET.

Michael Barbour

Michael Barbour (Stage Manager)

Michael Barbour is a graduate from the University of Michigan with a BFA in Theater Design and Production, class of 2013. Credits include: Off-Broadway: Grand Concourse, Fly By Night, Stage Kiss, The Patron Saint of Sea Monsters (Playwrights Horizons); A Class Act (workshop, Robert Moss Theater), Regional: Spamalot, Les Misérables, The King and I, Betty Blue Eyes, Mary Poppins (Music Theatre of Wichita), A Class Act, Sylvia (Berkshire Theatre Group), Other: EX (Soho Theatre, London). Go Blue!

Justin Boccitto

Justin Boccitto (Choreographer)

Credits include: Dance/Speak: The Life of Agnes De Mille (National Tour), MTV’s MADE, One Night With Fanny Brice (Off-Broadway), The Seven Little Foys (Fringe), The Wild Party, Cabaret, Urinetown (Circle in the Square Theatre School). Regional: Side Show (Westchester Broadway Theatre), Singin' in the Rain (MacHaydn Theatre), Sweeney Todd (White Plains Performing Arts Center), Orpheus in the Underworld (Virginia Opera). Justin is on the tap and theatre faculty at Broadway Dance Center.

Kimothy Cruse

Kimothy Cruse (Line Producer)

A professional actor at the age of nine, he has gone on to work as a stage manager, director, writer and producer on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and in film and television. Broadway: The Little Foxes with Elizabeth Taylor and Maureen Stapleton and All Over Town. Off-Broadway: YANK!, Two By Two with Jason Alexander and Tovah Feldshuh. Regional: On A Clear Day… with Robert Goulet , Pal Joey with Dixie Carter and Elaine Stritch andColette Letters with Leslie Caron. 

Brett Rothstein

Brett Rothstein (Sound Designer)

A and L Sound Partners, lead by Senior Sound Designer Brett Rothstein, is an international award winning sound design firm based in NYC. Select credits: (NYC) Disaster!, Bend in the Road, Xandau (Tour) Titanic, Damn Yankees, Camelot, The 39 Steps, Nunsense, Porgy & Bess (international) Rent {Greece}, Ghost {Philippians} (Regional) Merry–Go–Round Theatre, Surflight, The Palace Theatre, Phoenix Little Theatre and the Des Moines Playhouse. Broadway World NJ: Best Sound Design – Les Miserables, AriZoni Award: Best Sound Design – The Who’s Tommy

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