Touché

Book and Lyrics by Blair Ross; Music by Randy Redd

Touché

at 416 West 42nd Street, Playwrights Horizons Rehearsal Studios  [map]

  • Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 1:30 pm
  • Friday, July 15, 2016 at 11:30 am
  • Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 3:30 pm

It's wild! It's weird! It's out of this world!  

It’s 1964 and the race is on. The prize? The moon! Touché is a mad mad mad mad musical farce inspired by mostly-true events. Post-Ike. Pre-miniskirt. A go-getting Madison Avenue adman is sent to Moscow to launch a new men’s aftershave. Instead, he unwittingly reveals NASA’s top secret Apollo Project. A world-famous movie star, a secretary with a heart of gold, a ballerina, a bitter shepherd, banjo-picking Marxists, Russian rocketeers, the CIA, the KGB, and a Soviet space dog mix it up to make this the musical comedy to end all musical comedies.

 

Running time: 2 hours.

Randy Redd (Book, Music, Lyrics)

RANDY REDD (Music) Broadway credits include PARADE, RING OF FIRE and MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET. Original works: MISSISSIPPI SUGAR, FICTION IN PHOTOGRAPHS, WHAT’S THAT SMELL (Atlantic Theatre Company), piano arrangements for SOME MEN (Second Stage) and GOLDEN AGE (Philadelphia Theater Company, The Kennedy Center) by Terrence McNally, and “With You” for POSTMAN PAT (Lionsgate). In concert: Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Symphony Space, St. John the Divine, Birdland, and numerous appearances at Joe's Pub.



Blair Ross (Book, Music, Lyrics)

BLAIR ROSS (Book & Lyrics) has just returned from playing the Wicked Stepmother in the National Tour of CINDERELLA directed by Mark Brokaw. Prior to that she appeared in the Broadway revival of SIDE SHOW directed by Bill Condon, JEKYLL & HYDE and 42ND STREET. Regional: La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Goodspeed, Walnut Street, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Kennedy Center, Ford's. As a writer she has contributed to The History, Discovery, and Travel channels. She received a degree in Art History from Vassar College.



Adam Podd (Musical Director)

ADAM PODD (Music Director/Arranger) is a Brooklyn-based music director, pianist, composer and arranger. Currently MD at First Unitarian Church in Brooklyn, NY. Recent projects include works commissioned and performed by The Young People’s Chorus of NYC (under Francisco Nuñez), and musical arrangements and orchestrations for the NY Pops, Boston Pops, and Darlene Love. Recent credits: POPE (NYMF), FICTION IN PHOTOGRAPHS (New World Stages), THE SPIDEY PROJECT (also composer), SWING WINGS (Amy Dee Music, The York Theatre), and NIGHTFALL ON MIRANGA ISLAND (NYC Fringe Festival & NYC Fringe Encore Series). More at adampodd.com



Bruce Sabath (Rory Locke)

A New York-based actor, working in theatre, film, TV and commercials. He played Larry in the 2006-07 Tony-winning revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Company (recorded for PBS Great Performances, and available on DVD). He was recently seen in New York in the award-winning revival of Michael John LaChiusa’s Hello Again and the Off-Broadway musical, Cagney at the York Theatre.  Sabath’s regional credits include Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along, directed by John Doyle at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, his portrayal of Richard Nixon in the Southeast premier of Frost/Nixon at the Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton, and his favorite role, Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof at Stages – St. Louis. Sabath’s on-screen credits include Limitless (CBS), The Onion News Network and Onion Sports Dome and recently The Rewrite,  a romantic comedy starring Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei.



Kristen Cerelli (Gracie Abrams)

Kristen Cerelli (AEA, SAG-AFTRA) has been seen on tour, in regional and NYC theatre, and on the small screen in HBO’s The Sopranos. Her second album of original music will be completed this fall. She has taught at SUNY Purchase, RVCC, OBU and Texas State University, and begins a one-year appointment as Visiting Professor of Acting at Oklahoma City University in August. BA, Binghamton University. MFA, The New School. Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio.


George Abud (Bernie Cohen)

Broadway: The Visit (OBC recording). Off-Broadway: Nathan The Wise opposite F. Murray Abraham, Peer Gynt opposite Gabriel Ebert, John Doyle’s Allegro, all at Classic Stage Company. Regional: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Geva Theatre Center); Fiddler on the Roof (Human Race Theatre); Man of La Mancha (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey). 


Jane Pfitsch (Amy Cider)

Broadway: Cabaret (2014 Revival), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Roundabout), Company (2006 Revival). Off-Broadway and Regional credits include: Classic Stage Company, New World Stages, Manhattan Theatre Club, McCarter Theatre Center, Arena Stage, Barrington Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Huntington Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville. TV/Film: Elementary, 27 Dresses.


William Oliver Watkins (Tommy O'Connell)

Stage: Act One (Good Theater); Jackie & Me, Ruined (Denver Center), Lombardi (Cleveland Play House), Nodding Off (EST), A Raisin in the Sun (Studio Arena), Blues for an Alabama Sky (STL Black Rep). Film/TV: “Forever,” Nasty Baby, “Nurse Jackie,” “Law & Order,” "Rescue Me.”  Training: BFA -  Webster University.  Will is from Cincinnati.


Drew McVety (Mike Moskowitz, Clayton White, General Bootnik, Alexei Konstantinovich)

Broadway: The Last Ship, Cyrano De Bergerac, Billy Elliot, Sunday in the Park with George, Spamalot, Frozen, Big River, Titanic, The Heidi Chronicles.  First national tour: Cabaret, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Off-Broadway: Songbird, Charles Ives Take Me Home, Lone Star Love, Corpus Christi, This Lime Tree Bower, The Substance of Fire. Regional: Yale Rep, Long Wharf, Portland Stage, Pittsburgh Public. Television: The Good Wife, Black Box, Blue Bloods, Royal Pains, Unforgettable, Law & Order franchise, Molly Dodd Film: The Strange Case of Wilheim Reich, Henry's Crime.


Johnny Kinnaird (Lapidus, Viktor Golosenko, Chef)

Off-Broadway: Million Dollar Quartet, Original Company MDQ (Chicago). Regional: Flat Rock Playhouse, MDQ. Pump Boys & Dinettes (Geva Theatre Center, Cape Playhouse.) Ring of Fire, (Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Totem Pole Playhouse.) Some bad TV. Johnny plays guitar and loves to cook. Johnny loves his wife and son most of all. Proud Gorlok! (Webster University grad.) Thanks RR.


Vinnie Urdea (Meloni, Sergei Korolyov, Chef)

Vinnie Urdea is making his NYMF debut! Recent credits: Head Over Heels (Powerhouse Theatre); Young Charles Dickens (NY Children's Theatre); Beware The Chupacabra (NY Fringe); Fatty Fatty No Friends (NY Fringe); Dogfight (Old Library Theatre). NYU Tisch grad, Strasberg and CAP21. All the love to Mol and Mom and Dad.


Austin Hohnke (Sofer, Boris Chertok, Porter)

Austin is overjoyed to be a part of the company of 'Touché' as it marks his inaugural NYMF involvement. Former credits include Legally Blonde (Ogunquit Playhouse), Ring of Fire (7 Angels Theatre), The 39 Steps and Much Ado About Nothing (Merely Players). CAP21/Tisch/NYU. Thanks to Randy and About Artists Agency. austinjhohnke.com


Ashley Masula (Williams, Engineer, Maid)

Ashley is thrilled to be a part of NYMF for the first time this year! She is a graduate of CAP21, Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and studies at UCB. She is happiest when she can play big, ridiculous characters with accents. Thanks RR!


David Larsen (Bob)

David Larsen: Broadway/National Tours: The Book of Mormon (Elder Price) Hands on a Hardbody (Chris Alvaro), American Idiot (Tunny), Billy Elliot (Tony u/s), Good Vibrations (Bobby). TV: Boston Public (3 episode guest star). BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University. 



KJ Morton (Production Assistant)

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.