Georama: An American Panorama told on 3 Miles of Canvas

Book by West Hyler & Matt Schatz; Music and Lyrics by Matt Schatz; Arrangements, Additional Music, and Lyrics by Jack Herrick

Georama: An American Panorama told on 3 Miles of Canvas

at Peter Jay Sharp Theater

  • Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 8:00 pm
  • Friday, August 4, 2017 at 2:00 pm
  • Friday, August 4, 2017 at 5:30 pm
  • Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 9:00 pm
  • Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 5:30 pm

He's the most famous man you've never heard of.

In the 1850s John Banvard did more to elevate fine arts than any single American artist before him. Banvard was the most famous living painter in the world and the first millionaire artist, world-renowned for his three-mile long moving panorama celebrating the majesty of the Mighty Mississippi. Today an examination of reference books will not turn up a single mention of his name. John Banvard, the greatest artist of his time, has been utterly obliterated by history. This musical tells his story.

Running time: 1 hour 25 minutes

*This show has no intermission

Matt Schatz

Matt Schatz (Book, Music, Lyrics)

Matt Schatz won the 2012 Kleban Prize in Musical Theatre for Love Trapezoid. His play The Burdens was developed at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference in 2016, and was nominated for the 2017 Lanford Wilson Award. His most recent play AN UNTITLED NEW PLAY BY JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE was a finalist for the 2017 O’Neill NPC. He’s had work commissioned, produced and/or developed by Actors Theatre of Louisville, EST, Jill Furman Productions, P73, Seattle Rep, St. Louis Rep, and others. Also a TV writer, Matt has developed series for Fox Television Studios, Fullscreen, TBS and Universal.

West Hyler

West Hyler (Director, Writer (Book), Producer)

West Hyler was the storywriter for Cirque Du Soleil Paramour. Other writing credits: We Declare You a Terrorist (SPF), Georama (St Louis Rep, Great River Shakespeare). As a writer/director: Legendarium; Metamorphosis (Big Apple Circus, Lincoln Center) and Panda! (Beijing State Theater, Palazzo Hotel). Directing: Paramour, Jersey Boys, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Broadway), Avenue Q (State Puppet Theater of Bulgaria), amongst others. Currently: Showman Live!, a live stage event in China for the opening of The Greatest Showman starring Hugh Jackman.

Jack Herrick (Additional Music and Lyrics, Arrangements)

Jack Herrick is the Artistic Director and a performer with The Red Clay Ramblers. As a composer and lyricist, Jack has created music for Fool Moon (Broadway, Tony Award), Wilder (Playwrights Horizons), Lone Star Love (John Houseman Theater), A Lie of the Mind (Promenade Theater), Big Apple Circus (Lincoln Center). Regional: Merry Wives of Windsor, Texas (Alley Theater, St. Louis Repertory Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Hamlet (Folger Shakespeare Library, Helen Hayes nomination).

Jacob Yates (Musical Director, Musician 1)

Jacob Yates is a classically trained Cellist and Music Director. On Broadway he has played in the orchestra pits of Wicked, Les Misérables, and Spring Awakening. In New York City he can regularly be seen performing at 54 Below, The Highline Ballroom, and Rockwood Music Hall. He regularly works with Broadway and TV stars on crafting their solo concerts at various venues around the country. When he is not performing in NYC, Jacob serves as a Vocal Director for Celebrity Cruise Lines. Jacob can also be heard on many recordings for the likes of Joey Contreras, Michael Mott, and Laura Michelle Kelly. An album of his improvisational work called Music For Meditation can now be found on iTunes.

Jason H. Thompson (Projection Design)

Recent selected credits: Young Caesar (LA Phil), Die Walküre (Karlsruhe, Germany), Tri Sestri (Vienna State Opera), Hopscotch a live streaming multimedia mobile opera taking place in various locations around Los Angeles, Cunning Little Vixen and Pelléas et Mélisande (Cleveland Orchestra), Grey Gardens (Ahmanson, Los Angeles), Tarzan: Call of the Wild and Frozen A Sing-Along (Disney Shanghai Resort), Wingman a one-man multimedia clown show (Ars Nova), Cage Songbooks (Carnegie Hall, SF Symphony, and New World Symphony), Great Immensity and Venice (Public Theatre), Chavez Ravine (Kirk Douglas Theatre, Ovation Award).

Whitney Locher (Costume Design)

National Tour: Into The Woods (NETworks); London: Into The Woods (Menier Chocolate Factory); Off-Broadway: The Emperor Jones (Irish Rep); Into The Woods (Roundabout); H2O (59E59); The Two Gentlemen of Verona (TFANA); Measure For Measure (New Victory) Cymbeline (TFANA/Barrow Street); Henry IV, Part 1 (Pearl Theatre Company); Nymph Errant (Prospect Theatre Company). Regional: Long Wharf, Old Globe, McCarter, Cleveland Play House, Folger Theatre, Kansas City Rep, Ohio Light Opera.

Scott Neale (Scenic Design)

Scott Neale is excited to see Georama perform at NYMF. He designed the set and scrolling panorama for the premiere at the St. Louis Rep (St. Louis Theatre Circle Award Recipient). Recent credits: The Winter's Tale (Shakespeare Festival St. Louis), La Didone (Yale Baroque Opera Project), Learning Curve (Albany Park Theater Project and Third Rail Projects). Scott is Asst. Professor of Scenic Design at Trinity University in San Antonio and a member of USA Local 829

Ann G. Wrightson (Lighting Design)

Ann G. Wrightson (Lighting Design) is pleased to design GEORAMA for NYMF. She designed the premiere at St Louis Rep in 2016. Broadway designs: Souvenir, the Tony Award-winning August: Osage County,. Recent projects: Feeding the Dragon (City Theatre, Pittsburgh); The Three Musketeers (Indiana Rep). Other regional theatres: Cleveland Play House, Yale Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Portland Center Stage and ten seasons at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Her awards include a 2008 Tony Nomination, 2009 IRNE Award, a 2014 PAMTA Award.

Merrick Williams (Stage Manager)

Merrick A.B. Williams (Production Stage Manager) Off Broadway: Othello (NYTW), Gently Down The Stream (Public), Daphne's Dive (Signature), Somebody’s Daughter, Layover, Invisible Thread (2ST). Other: 10x10 Play Festival, Musical Theater Conservatory (Barrington Stage), Damn Yankees, Will Roger’s Follies (Finger Lakes Musical Theater Festival). Thanks to my parents and my friends, and to Megan most of all.

Mark McDaniels (General Manager)

A resident of NYC since 1994, Mark is a graduate of AMDA and the New School University. A jack of all trades he has worked as a composer, performer, voice over artist, producer, house manager, and off-Broadway theatre manager. He is the co-author of the award winning original musical comedy Show Choir! -The Musical (FringeNYC '07, NYMF '10, Edinburgh Fringe '11, A.C.T. San Francisco '12, Studio Cast Album '15, Winnipeg Studio Theatre '16) Mark is currently the host and co-producer of the Cabaret Showdown, a monthly game show at the Kraine Theater in NYC.

Jillian Louis

Jillian Louis (Elizabeth)

Jillian is delighted to be back @NYMF & back on the Mississippi with this marvelous team! Previous NYMF: 6 productions, 2 workshops, 2 Outstanding Performance awards. Bway: It Shoulda Been You, Off-Bway: Soul Doctor (Ruth); Tour: Cheers (Diane); NYC/ Regional: Walnut Street/Tour: Glass Menagerie (Laura), Ars Nova,Theatre for the New City, American Theatre Group, St. Louis Rep, The York, Symphony Space, North Shore, Denver Center, TheatreWorks, The Prince, The Arden, Florida Studio Theatre, many others! TV/film: Show Me A Hero, Mount Joy, Louie, Ophelia Descending. IG:@JillianLouski FB:@JillianLouisArtist For upcoming concert dates and more info:

PJ Griffith

PJ Griffith (John Banvard)

P.J. is thrilled to return to NYMF where he was previously seen in A Scythe Of Time and But I'm A Cheerleader. Broadway: American Idiot (St. Jimmy). Off Broadway: Giant at The Public (Jett Rink), Sleep No More, Romeo & Juliet at La Mama. Tours: We Will Rock You and Mamma Mia. Regional: Assassins at Yale Rep, Georama at Repertory Theater of St. Louis, the Donmar Warehouse/Mark Taper Forum Revival of Parade, Rent at Musical Theatre West, Giant at DTC, the LA Revival of The Who's TOMMY, the World Premiere of Setup and Punch at The Blank Theater (for for which he received the 2010 LA Drama Critics Circle Award) and MacBeth at LATC. Film & TV: Jessica Jones, Gotham, The Good Wife, The Mysteries of Laura, The Dark Knight Rises, Without A Trace, House MD, Easter Mysteries. Graduate of NYU's Tisch School of The Arts.

Ana Marcu

Ana Marcu (Musician/Ensemble)

Ana Marcu (Ensemble / Musician) most recently appeared as Dyanne in Million Dollar Quartet on the Norwegian Getaway. Off-Broadway: Brenda Walsh in 90210! The Musical! New York: NAMT Workshop of Joe Schmoe Saves the World. Regional: Amiens & Hymen in As You Like It and Pianist & Ensemble in Georama (The Great River Shakespeare Festival); Tiger Lily in Peter Pan and Tammy in Hairspray (Syracuse Stage); Ring of Fire and Baby The Musical (Infinity Theatre Company); Gracie Shinn in The Music Man (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). BFA Musical Theater - Syracuse University.

Nick Sullivan

Nick Sullivan (Chapman, Pastor Goodman, Queen Victoria)

Broadway: Newsies, Footloose, Black Comedy, Moliere Comedies. National Tours: Kinky Boots. Off-Broadway: Lone Star Love. NYMF: But I’m a Cheerleader and Fantasy Football. Television: The Good Wife, The Affair, Divorce, Younger, Bull, Madam Secretary, Boardwalk Empire, 30 Rock, Elementary, and all three Law and Order series. Film: Our Idiot Brother and Private Life. Nick has recorded hundreds of audiobooks, receiving Earphones and Audie awards. He is the author of the novel Zombie Bigfoot.

Randy Blair

Randy Blair (Taylor)

Broadway: Amelie. Off-Broadway: The Black Crook (Abrons Arts Center), Gigantic (Vineyard Theatre), Adding Machine (Minetta Lane), Haute Mess (Ars Nova), Spidermusical (Mint Theater), Perez Hilton Saves the Universe (Barrow Street). Regional: Berkeley Rep, St. Louis Rep, Woolly Mammoth, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Weston Playhouse, New York Stage and Film. Film/TV: "Law & Order," "Strangers with Candy," "Naked Brothers Band," Afterwards, creative consultant on "Billy on the Street." Training: NYU.

“The [show’s] message about the hard choices creative folk have to make between commerce and artistic purity is as relevant today as it was over a century ago." - Chuck Lavazzi, KDHX

“...a world-premiere musical just opened, and it’s purely delightful: witty, well-constructed and colorful.” - Talkin' Broadway, 2016

"Georama is an informative, good-humored, and always engaging, slice of American History..." - Broadway World St. Louis, January 2016

“A triumph of design and engineering...the kind of show that thrilled Banvard’s audience.” - St. Louis Post-Dispatch, January 2016

Georama takes its audience on a tour of the Mississippi River and 19th Century America and beyond with heart, energy, a tuneful score, and a great cast.” - Snoop's Theatre Thoughts, January 2016

“It’s exciting to see a new play as well crafted and staged as Georama is. Grab your chance to say you knew it when it was young.” - St. Louis Easts and Drinks, January 2016 

“★★★★★. Georama is handsomely crafted and filled with more than a few surprising elements, an enchanting musical journey into a fascinating and little-known chapter of American history.” - Ladue News, January 2016

“The creative team...has written a musical about an uncommon man for the common man, and it is spectacular.” - Riverfront Times, January 2016

“The cast is one of the most talented the Rep has ever used. Their vocal abilities are spirited and assertive.” - KMOX, January 2016

“How they accomplished this magnificent history beyond belief.” - Stage Door St. Louis, January 2016

“...a strong sense of place and time, creating a work that honors our rich river culture and the never-ending quest to make something that matters during our lifetime.” - Belleville News-Democrat, January 2016

Georama is a gem.” - PLAYBACK, January 2016 

“Delightful...The action proceeds at a snappy pace under the direction of West Hyler.” - HEC-TV, February 2016

"It is a love story, a comedy, a musical, and a tragedy all in one... Audiences will find it is rollicking fun, with tunes you’ll be humming all the way home." - Winona Post, May 2016