Midnight at The Never Get (NYMF @ nite)

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Mark Sonnenblick; Conceived by Sam Bolen and Mark Sonnenblick; Directed by Max Friedman

Midnight at The Never Get (NYMF @ nite)

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  • Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 9:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 7:00 pm
  • Monday, August 1, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Welcome to the greatest act that doesn't exist.

Trevor Copeland and Arthur Brightman have the perfect New York romance. That’s swell. In 1965 it’s also against the law. So in the back room of The Never Get, an illegal Greenwich Village gay bar, they put together a show called Midnight – a queer nightclub act where Arthur writes love songs for Trevor to sing to a man. But as they hurtle towards the end of the decade and tensions in the Village reach a breaking point, the lovers find themselves caught in a relationship they can’t control and a movement they don’t understand. Featuring a sultry score fashioned after the American Songbook, MIDNIGHT AT THE NEVER GET imagines two men who never existed at a time that very much did.


NYMF @ Nite: The NYMF @ Nite series are our events that take place in the evening (and may be best enjoyed with a cocktail). These works contain some mature content and are not suitable for all audiences.


Running time: 1 hour, 30 minutes.  

Mark Sonnenblick

Mark Sonnenblick (Book, Music, Lyrics)

MARK SONNENBLICK (Book, Music, and Lyrics) is a composer, lyricist, and scriptwriter, although not always at the same time. Collaborations include INDEPENDENTS ("Best Production" FringeNYC, "Critics' Pick" New York Times, Huffington Post's Top Ten Shows of 2012), SHIP SHOW (Yale Institute for Music Theatre, dir. Mark Brokaw), STOMPCAT IN LAWNDALE (Ars Nova Ant Fest), WHEEL OF MISFORTUNE (Denver Center for the Performing Arts), THE DINOSAUR HUNTERS (touring children's show), RODMAN IN NORTH KOREA (Houghton Lyric Theater), and BUNKERVILLE (Yale DRAMAT, BSU Discovery Festival). Larson Grant and Kleban Prize finalist, MAC Award nominee, special merit award winner (New Musicals, Inc.). Composer fellow at the John Duffy Institute (Virginia Arts Festival), alumnus of the Johnny Mercer Songwriting Project and Writers Colony, librettist fellow with Composers and the Voice (American Opera Projects), commissioned by the American Opera Initiative (Washington National Opera, Kennedy Center) and Lincoln Center Originals.

Sam Bolen

Sam Bolen (Co-Conceiver; Trevor Copeland)

Sam Bolen (Co-Conceiver; Trevor Copeland) is an actor and a singer living in Brooklyn. He was recently named Outstanding Lead Actor for his portrayal of the Pope in POPE! AN EPIC MUSICAL at the 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival. New York: IRMA LA DOUCE, GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, IT'S...SUPERMAN! (Encores!); MACBETH, TWELFTH NIGHT, HAMLET (Old Hat Theatre Co.); STREEPSHOW Episodes I, II, & III (Ars Nova, Dixon Place). Regional: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, THE MOUSETRAP, FOREVER PLAID (New London Barn Playhouse); JOHN & JEN (Red House Arts Center). Sam is a graduate of Yale University, where he was a Whiffenpoof and a Spizzwink. He trained with Bill Esper at the William Esper Studio. www.sambolen.com

Max Friedman

Max Friedman (Director)

MAX FRIEDMAN (Director) is a director of theatre, concerts, and cabaret. He most recently directed the sold-out premiere run of MIDNIGHT AT THE NEVER GET at Don’t Tell Mama. Other NYC credits include CHARLIE ROSEN'S BROADWAY BIG BAND (2016 MAC Award Nomination, Show of the Year), RUBY MANGER LIVE! THE FAREWELL ENGAGEMENT by Julia Mattison & Noel Carey, THE WORST PEOPLE YOU KNOW by Natalie Tenenbaum & Kevin Waznor (54 Below), THE BLUEST INK (Sondheim Jazz Revue, le poisson rouge), and 6 by Zack Zadek (NYMF 2012). Regional credits include MURDER BALLAD (NJ Premiere) and THE LONGING AND THE SHORT OF IT by Daniel Maté (5 Carbonell Award Nominations, including Best Director). As an Assistant Director, projects include IMAGINE HARRY (NAMT), JASPER IN DEADLAND (Prospect Theater Company, dir. Brandon Ivie), THE OTHER JOSH COHEN (Soho Playhouse, dir. Ted Sperling), UNCOOL THE PARTY, 35MM, and many projects with Joe Iconis and Family including THINGS TO RUIN, BLOODSONG OF LOVE, and THE ANNUAL JOE ICONIS CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR (dir. John Simpkins). Friedman is currently in residence as the Associate Director of Programming of the legendary cabaret institution Don’t Tell Mama where he has helmed over a dozen original cabaret acts and a series of developmental presentations of new musicals including SONGS FOR SLUTTY GIRLS by Kailey Marshall & Nessie Nankivell and THE SHOWMEN by Noel Carey & Ryan McGovern. www.maxfriedmandirector.com Instagram/Twitter: @maxbfriedman

Michael Chase Gosselin (Producer/ General Manager)

Michael Chase Gosselin (Producer/General Manager) is a professional producer, director, and designer based in NYC. He recently produced POPE! An Epic Musical in the 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival, and served as the Artistic Director/Executive Producer of Act Three Theatricals from 2006 to 2012. In 2013, he co-produced and directed a developmental reading of Moby Dick- A Whale of a Tale for Cameron Mackintosh. As a Director/Choreographer, recent credits include Disney’s Tarzan (Vermont Premiere), The Wedding Singer and South Pacific (NCT), Rock Nativity (Regional Premiere), Hairspray, Chicago, a Vermont tour of The Complete History of America (Abridged), Next to Normal (Vermont Premiere), You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and A Christmas Carol at the Helen Hayes Youth Theatre, and Legally Blonde the Musical for Clark University. Last spring, he helmed the New England Premiere of Justin Moran’s The Spidey Project. Current and upcoming projects include producing Midnight at the Never Get and Line Producing Ludo’s Broken Bride in the 2016 New York Musical Festival, producing and directing the new musical How to Survive an Apocalypse Without Really Trying, as well as producing the regional premiere of POPE!. He is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. www.michaelchasegosselin.com

Andrew Palermo (Choreographer)

Andrew Palermo (Choreographer) Stage direction and/or choreography credits include: Allegiance (Broadway, Longacre Theatre and The Old Globe) The Other Josh Cohen (NYMF, Papermill and Soho Playhouse), Kristin Chenoweth/Carnegie Hall, The Frank Loesser Songbook/New York Philharmonic (Lincoln Center), The Mikado (Carnegie Hall), Ace (The Old Globe, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theater of St. Louis), Miss Julie (Geffen Playhouse), Lyrics and Lyricists (92nd St. Y), Bright Lights, Big City (Prince Music Theater), Vices (Theatre Aspen), The Aluminum Show (international tour), For The Record/Paul Thomas Anderson (Rockwell, LA), 125th Teachers College Gala (The Apollo Theatre), Aida (Music Theater Wichita), Man of La Mancha (Sacramento Music Circus), Two Gentlemen of Verona (University of Cincinnati/CCM), Hair and The Wild Party (Wichita State), She Loves Me (Westminster Choir College), Spring Awakening and Sweet Smell of Success (UCI). Also industrials for Toyota, episodes of Comedy Central’s Stella, promos for Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union and commercials for Showtime Network and G-Shock watches.  Co-Founding Artistic Director (with Taye Diggs) of contemporary dance company, dre.dance, Founding Artistic Director of the forthcoming SpringSpace: Broadband Theatre Lab, and Assistant Professor of Drama, UC Irvine.

Christopher & Justin Swader (Scenic Design)

Christopher & Justin Swader (Scenic Designers) are New York-based scenic designers.  Past designs include collaborations with Classical Theatre of Harlem, Luna Stage, 3LD/The Tank, Columbia Stages, The New School for Drama, National Black Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, La MaMa, Manhattan School of Music, Park Avenue Armory, Trusty Sidekick, Shadowland Theatre, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and Company One in Boston. Graduates of Ball State University. www.cjswaderdesign.com

Vanessa Leuck (Costume Design)

Vanessa Leuck (Costume Designer) Is an award-winning New York based costume designer whose work can currently be seen in the National Tour of Disenchanted! (Starvox Entertainment). Other credits include: National Tour: Disney on Ice Let’s Celebrate (FELD), Off Broadway: Disenchanted! (Westside Theatre), In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel (New World Stages), Two Brothers (Players Theater). BCEFA Event Designs: Gyspy of the Year, Easter Bonnet Competition & Broadway Bares. Regional Designs: Capital Repertory Theatre, Sierra Repertory Theatre, American Music Theatre, Fireside Theatre. Associate Design: Disney on Ice Frozen. Assistant Design: The Little Mermaid (Broadway), Ringling Brothers’ Barnum and Bailey Circus (five productions), and Disney Live! 
Past NYMF designs include: POPE! An Epic Musical, Tonya & Nancy: A Rock Opera & Mr. Confidential. Vanessa is a member of United Scenic Artists 829 and serves on the board of directors for the League of Professional Theatre Women. www.vanessaleuckcostumes.com

Jamie Roderick (Lighting Design)

Jamie Roderick (Lighting Designer) is a lighting designer based out of New York City whose work can be seen both in New York and at theatres all around the United States.  Jamie is known for co-lighting The Woodsman at New World Stages and lighting The Bikinis! - A New Musical Beach Party at many regional theaters across the country.  He is the Resident Lighting Designer for Broken Box Mime Theatre.  In addition to The Woodsman, Off-Broadway he has lit Ken Davenport's That Bachelorette Show. Jamie was both the lighting and scenic designer for Ed Dixon's Georgie: The Life And Death Of George Rose at the Sharon Playhouse.  Also, for the Sharon Playhouse he has lit Doubt, 13, Next Thing You Know, Tuesdays With Morrie, Spring Awakening, and Nine Wives.  Other select credits from various theatres include Disney’s On The Record, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Disney’s Tarzan, Bare: A Pop Opera, Dogfight, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Girlfriend From Hell. He lit three seasons with Aglet Theatre Co., including productions of Galatea and Madagascar. Jamie’s Broadway credits include Assistant Lighting Designer of A Time to Kill and Assistant To The Lighting Designer for Disney’s Aladdin, The Glass Menagerie, Motown, and Bring it On. 

Addison Heeren (Props Design)

Addison Heeren (Prop Master) recently moved to New York and found a home as the Resident Prop Master at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. When not working on the 30+ productions at Stella Adler every year, he loves working at other theatres across the city. A few past prop design credits include Pericles (Public Theater), Catch the Butcher (Cherry Lane), A Room of My Own (Abingdon Theater), Pope: An Epic Musical (NYMF), and The Golden Bride (National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene).

Adam Podd (Music Director/ Orchestrator)

Adam Podd (Music Director/ Arrangements) is a Brooklyn-based music director, pianist, organist, composer and arranger. He is currently Music Director at First Unitarian Church in Brooklyn, NY.  Recent projects include original works commissioned and performed by The Young People’s Chorus of New York City, (under Francisco Nuñez), as well as musical arrangements and orchestrations for theatrical productions at Carnegie Hall, New World Stages, and The York Theatre. Music Director/Arranger credits include “POPE! An Epic Musical” at the 2016 New York Musical Theatre Festival and 2010 NYC Fringe Festival & NYC Fringe Encore Series, “Fiction in Photographs” at New World Stages and The York Theatre Co., and “Swing Wings” at Amy Dee Music and The York. Composer/Music Director credits include “The Spidey Project” at The PIT, and “Nightfall on Miranga Island” at the NYC Fringe Festival & NYC Fringe Encore Series. Adam is also Keyboards and Music Director for singer/songwriter Dan Mills, and a Composer/Studio Musicians for New York Noise. He studied classical and jazz piano, organ, orchestration, and music production at The Hartt School of Music in West Hartford, CT where he received his Bachelors of Music. 

KJ Morton (Stage Manager)

KJ Morton (Production Stage Manager) KJ Morton does not like to write bios so here is a haiku instead. I stage manage and/ produce new works in New York/ with all my cool friends.