A Wall Apart

Book by Sam Goldstein & Craig Clyde; Music and Lyrics by Graham Russell

A Wall Apart

at The Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row  [map]

  • Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 9:00 pm
  • Friday, July 28, 2017 at 1:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 5:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 5:30 pm
  • Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 9:00 pm

Family, love, a wall between. A divided Berlin.

An original rock musical about a 30-year love story set against the backdrop of the Berlin Wall. With music by Graham Russell of Air Supply, this epic story examines three generations of family ties, brotherhood, love, and marriage. What is the price of liberty, and will the Wall divide or unite?

Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Craig Clyde

Craig Clyde (Book)

Craig Clyde (BOOK) has appeared in over sixty films and national television programs, as well as numerous stage roles as an actor. He was “Cornelius Hackl” in the original national tour of HELLO, DOLLY!. A member of AEA and SAG, he has written and directed feature films, motion pictures, and television dramas. His twenty-one feature films include MIRACLE DOGS, THE DERBY STALLION, THE LAST MUSTANG, and STORM RIDER. A WALL APART marks his debut writing for the stage.



Sam Goldstein

Sam Goldstein (Book)

Sam Goldstein (Book) has served as Executive Producer, Consultant, and Writer for a number of film, documentary, and industrial projects including the award winning documentary TOUGH TIMES, RESILIENT KIDS, WINSLOW THE CHRISTMAS BEAR, WHY WON'T MY CHILD PAY ATTENTION, and IT'S JUST ATTENTION DISORDER. With Craig, he has co-written nearly a dozen film scripts including the 2017 winner of the True Story Screenwriting Contest, PASSING THROUGH. A Wall Apart is his first musical collaboration with Craig and Graham.



Lord Graham Russell

Lord Graham Russell (Music & Lyrics)

Lord Graham Russell (Music and Lyrics) is the Songwriter and a founding member of Air Supply. Their hit songs and twenty three albums have charted for five decades throughout the world. Billboard magazine recently honored the band in the top 100 most successful groups of all time. While still performing over 130 live shows with Air Supply every year, Graham is now dedicated to composing for the theatre. This is Graham’s third musical score and first project with Sam and Craig.



Keith Andrews (Director & Choreographer)

Keith Andrews (Director and Choreographer) is an NYC-based Director and Choreographer. He directed the National Tours of THE FULL MONTY and HELLO MUDDAH, HELLO FADDAH. Keith has directed and choreographed all around the country including the Regional Premieres of ROCK OF AGES, THE WEDDING SINGERSPAMALOT, and DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS. He also directed the World Premiere of COLD AS ICE, the first book-musical performed entirely on ice. His 2015 production of DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS won six New Hampshire Theater Awards.



Gayle Waxenberg (Executive Director)

Gayle D. Waxenberg (Executive Director) - Gayle’s career began on Wall Street where she managed the Marketing and Corporate Communications for a premiere investment bank. A born advocate, she left the for-profit sector and committed herself to raising awareness for those less fortunate. Recognizing the power of the stories she captured, she launched The Telling Company as a forum for telling real-life stories influencing social change through art. She has now brought TTC to NewYorkRep, becoming a founding member with Markus Potter.



Jonathan Ivie (Jivie) (Musical Director & Arranger)

Jonathan Ivie (Jivie) (Musical Director and Arranger) - Jonathan Ivie comes to A WALL APART having recently music-directed Lord Graham Russell’s musicals LOST IN LOVE, and SWEET DREAMS. As an NYC resident since 2012, he has performed on Broadway (ROCK OF AGES - Keyboard/Conductor), NYMF (CRUDE: THE MUSICAL - 2016), Off-Broadway (50 SHADES,HA! THE MUSICAL, NATASHA, Pierre...), and is currently the MD for the tours of ROCK THE PRESIDENTS and ODD SQUAD LIVE!, as well as the MD for LA-based THE COMPANY MEN.



McCorkle Casting, LTD. (Casting Director)

McCorkle Casting, LTD. (Casting Director) - Over 55 Broadway productions including ON THE TOWN, AMAZING GRACE, HIGH, THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE, THE GLASS MENAGERIE, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, STALKING THE BOGEYMAN, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST, A FEW GOOD MEN. Notable Off-Broadway projects include CLEVER LITTLE LIES, FALLING, FREUD’S LAST SESSION, ALMOST MAIN, EARS ON A BEATLE, DOWN THE GARDEN PATHS, KILLER JO, MRS. KLEIN, and DRIVING MISS DAISY. Over 50 feature films and 60 projects for television and new media.



Markus Potter (Artistic Director)

Markus Potter (Artistic Director) is an NYC-based Director and the Producing Artistic Director of NewYorkRep. Markus recently directed CHURCH & STATE and STALKING THE BOGEYMAN Off- Broadwayat New World Stages (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination, NY Times' Critics Pick), London’s Southwark Playhouse (Off West End Award nomination), LOST BOY FOUND IN WHOLE FOODS by Tammy Ryan at The Portland Stage Company, WHY YOU BEASTING by David Don Miller, Weston Playhouse, North Carolina Stage Company, NJ Rep, and Pasadena Playhouse.



David Goldstein (Scenic & Lighting Designer)

David Goldstein (Scenic and Lighting Design) - Previous NYMF: DEEP LOVE, STUCK, CLONED, THE WALTER DREAM, GARY GOLDFARB, DEPLOYED, DE GELBE STERN, GHOSTLIGHT, PIRATES OF FINANCE, WEARING BLACK, and more. Off-Broadway: CHURCH AND STATE, THAT GOLDEN GIRLS SHOW, VERY HUNGRY VETERPILLAR, SOUL DOCTOR, STALKING THE BOGYMAN, THE PORTAL, I KNOW WHAT BOYS WANT, BOOMERMANIA, and IT’S TOP SECRET!. Regional: NC Stage, Des Moines Playhouse, WV Public Theatre, Allenberry Playhouse. RLYcore4. davidgoldsteindesigns.com



Shannon Epstein (Sound Designer)

Shannon Epstein (Sound Designer) is the current Technical Director and head designer of many Off-Broadway shows including the MAC award-winning show of the year, SPAMILTON. Shannon has been the Technical Director of the legendary Triad Theatre for the past 6 years and has worked and designed many acclaimed shows including MY SON THE WAITER: A JEWISH TRAGEDY, CELEBRITY AUTOBIOGRAPHY, and DISASTER: THE MUSICAL. Some of the artist that Shannon has worked with are Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child, Zendaya, Danny Aiello, Richard Bellzer, Joy Behar, and Susie Essman, to name a few. Shannon has most recently joined the Video Production team of the Public Theatre for their show, PARTY PEOPLE.



Dustin Cross (Costume Designer)

Dustin Cross (Costume Designer) is pleased to help bring this extremely relevant story to the stage! Broadway: THE 24 HOUR PLAYS (American Airlines). Off-Broadway: SPAMILTON (NYC, Chicago/Outer Critics Circle Nom.), THE GLASS MENAGERIE, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, THE OTHER JOSH COHEN, COUGAR THE MUSICAL, ZELDA AT THE OASIS. Tours: CHEERS LIVE, 4ND STREET, A CHRISTMAS STORY. Regional (Select): BILLY ELLIOT, CINDERELLA, SISTER ACT, THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK. (Regional Premieres) JOSEPH…DREAMCOAT, (Broadway World Award: Best Costume Design), WEST SIDE STORY (Irne Award), RENT, and THE CHRISTMAS ROSE (Carnegie Hall). Film: THE LITTLE BUTTON GIRL (December 2017, starring Dick Van Dyke). ENJOY! dustincross.net



Michael Rico Cohen (General Manager)

Michael Rico Cohen (General Manager) - Rico has been the General Manager of NewYorkRep/The Telling Company since 2013, and has worked on the Broadway companies of A BRONX TALE, FULLY COMMITTED, AMAZING GRACE, MATILDA, CHAPLIN, BILLY ELLIOT, BONNIE & CLYDE, and the touring companies of EVITA, and AMERICAN IDIOT. Off-Broadway/Regional: CLINTON THE MUSICAL, Signature Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Berkshire Theater Festival. Rico has also managed events for Billboard, Victoria’s Secret, Amway, Marc Jacobs, and Samsung.



Maddie Shea Baldwin

Maddie Shea Baldwin (Esther)

*Maddie Shea Baldwin (Esther) - Broadway: BRIGHT STAR (by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Tony nomination- Best Musical) Favorite regional credits include Lesher Center for the Arts: BACK HOME AGAIN; Kennedy Center: BRIGHT STAR; ACE and HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS; North Coast Rep: LITTLE WOMEN. Proud Indiana University MT grad of 2015. Special thanks to the A WALL APART team for including me on this journey, Nicolosi & Co, and my loving and supportive family. Jeremiah 29:11.



Leslie Becker

Leslie Becker (Tante)

*Leslie Becker (Tante) - Broadway/National Tours: WICKED, AMAZING GRACE, BONNIE & CLYDE, CINDERELLA, NINE, ANYTHING GOES, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, SHOW BOAT. Regional: Starring roles in RAGTIME, BILLY ELLIOT, SWEENEY TODD, DAMN YANKEES, THE KIND NAD I, and many more. Also a Writer, her musical, A PROPER PLACE, recently had its World Premiere production at The Village Theatre in Issaquah, WA. Her debut single "Slow Burn" recently hit #4 on the AC Billboard/Hot AC Chart. Twitter/Instagram: @TheLeslieBecker. LeslieBecker.com



Emily Behny

Emily Behny (Suzanne)

Emily Behny (Suzanne) - Indiana girl. Off-Broadway: THE FANTASTICKS (Luisa). National Tours: WICKED (Nessarose), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Belle). Regional: North Carolina Theatre; Gateway; Goodspeed. Thanks to the Creative team, family, dear friends, and Henderson Hogan Agency. Proud Ball State University grad. Follow me @ebehny and emilybehny.com.



Jordan Bondurant

Jordan Bondurant (Kurt)

*Jordan Bondurant (Kurt) Broadway: A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER and MAMMA MIA!. Off-Broadway: THE UNDERCLASSMAN. TV/Film: LAW AND ORDER: SVU and THINK LIKE A MAN 2. BFA: Samford University, MFA: UNLV.



Darren Ritchie

Darren Ritchie (Hans)

*Darren Ritchie (Hans) is so excited to work with this team of rock stars! He's also thrilled to be back at NYMF after receiving the Outstanding Performance by an Actor Award at their 10th Anniversary Festival for his work in STANDBY THE MUSICAL. He travels internationally with THE TENORS OF ROCK and BROADWAY ROX concert series. On Broadway, he originated the role of White Knight/Jack in WILDHORN’S WONDERLAND, as well the role of Jonathan Harker in DRACULA THE MUSICAL. Other Broadway credits: THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, BELLS ARE RINGING, LES MISERABLES (Original Cast).



Matt Rosell

Matt Rosell (Mickey Jr. & Ensemble)

*Matt Rosell (Mickey Jr./Ensemble) is making his NYMF debut! His recent credits include LES MISERABLES on Broadway and National Tour. Other credits include HAIR, RAGTIME, SOUTH PACIFIC, WEST SIDE STORY, and CHILDREN OF EDEN. He is so excited to be bringing a new musical to life in NYC. Much love to his family and friends, Michael Einfeld, and CESD.



Josh Tolle

Josh Tolle (Mickey)

*Josh Tolle (Mickey) is excited about his second NYMF experience! Josh was last seen as Harry in the First National Tour of KINKY BOOTS. Credits include Gabe in NEXT TO NORMAL at Drury Lane (Jeff Award Nom.) and Duck Commander at the Rio Las Vegas. Josh is also a Singer/Songwriter and regular performer in the BROADWAY LOVES concert series at Feinstein's/54 Below. Proud CCM grad. Instagram: @josh.tolle.



Mili Diaz

Mili Diaz (Ensemble)

Mili Diaz (Ensemble) is ecstatic to make her NYMF debut with such an amazing show! Past favorite credits include In The Heights (Nina), Jesus Christ Superstar (Mary), and American Idiot (Ensemble). Mili would like to thank the cast & crew for this opportunity, Bob, Amy, Nicolosi & Co, and mami y papi. Pace University ‘17. IG:@sillymili



Jamal Christopher Douglas

Jamal Christopher Douglas (Ensemble)

Jamal Christopher Douglas (Ensemble) is thrilled to make his NYMF debut in A Wall Apart. Jamal is a recent college graduate from Pace University’s BFA Musical Theatre program. Regional: Barrington Stage Company (His Girl Friday & A Little More Alive). Educational: American Idiot (St. Jimmy), A Chorus Line (Don), Once On This Island (Gatekeeper). Special thanks to: the Creative team, McCorkle Casting, and The Mine Agency. IG:@iamlamaj



Amanda Downey

Amanda Downey (Ensemble)

Amanda Downey (Ensemble) is excited to make her NYMF Debut! Past favorite credits: Regional Premiere of Rock of Ages; Into The Woods (Cinderella); Marvelous Wonderettes (Cindy Lou), Rocky Horror; Crazy For You (Polly); Batboy (Shelley); I Love You, You're Perfect Now Change (Woman 1); Sister Act; 9 To 5; and Spamalot. Special thanks to Daniel Hoff Agency, Keith, Vince and the rest of the A Wall Apart team. Sean, I love you! Proud member of the USO Show Troupe. Galatians 6:9



Lindsay Estelle Dunn

Lindsay Estelle Dunn (Ensemble)

Lindsay Estelle Dunn (Ensemble) is thrilled to be a part of this new and telling musical! International Tours: SHREK The Musical (Princess Fiona), Regional Theater: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie) Grease (Sandy), Wagner College: Spamalot (Lady of the Lake). Awards: Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Award for Best Leading Actress.



Sean Green, Jr.

Sean Green, Jr. (Ensemble)

SEAN GREEN, JR. (Ensemble) is a recent Pace School of Performing Arts grad and is thrilled to be part of the New York Musical Festival! University Credits: Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas), Once On This Island (Agwe), and a workshop of The Visit directed by John Doyle. He also appeared in Aida at The MUNY starring Michelle Williams. Much love to Amy Rogers, AlSilbs, Aimèe Steele, Dr. Peter Thoresen, his beautiful friends and family, and manager, Jeff Berger! @seanzuni



Emily Kristen Morris

Emily Kristen Morris (Ensemble)

Emily Kristen Morris (Ensemble) NYC debut! San Francisco native and recent CCM graduate. Regional: Mamma Mia and Schoolhouse Rock at Weston Playhouse, South Pacific (Nellie), Tartuffe, and Emma at Summer Rep Theatre, Carmelia (Gia) and Sugar at 42nd Street Moon. At CCM: Lysistrata Jones (Lysistrata), and A Chorus Line (Judy). EmilyKristenMorris.com



Vincent Ortega

Vincent Ortega (Ensemble / Dance Captain)

Vincent Ortega (Ensemble / Dance Captain) Broadway/Tours: Mamma Mia. Off-Broadway: René in Babes in Arms. Regional: Joey in Sister Act, Black Stash in Peter and the Starcatcher, Usnavi in In The Heights, Dave in The Full Monty, Lord Farquaad in Shrek, Rocky Horror Show. Film/TV: Movie 43, Enchanted, MTV VMA’s, AMA’s, and Disney Channel. Other credits include The Black Eye Peas (Experience), Michael Jackson, Good Morning America, Live with Regis and Kelly and so much more. Follow Vince on all social media @VinceOrtega www.VincentOrtega.com



"'I've been writing and recording music with Air Supply for most of my life...Now I've come full circle writing this musical about the beginning of Rock 'n' Roll in Europe.'" - Broadway World

"2 Utahns and a rock star team up for musical debuting at prestigious NYC festival." - KSL.com 

"New musical by Lord Graham Russell of Air Supply" - Talkin' Broadway

"The New York Musical Festival and NewYorkRep present the world premiere of A Wall Apart, a new rock musical featuring an original score by Graham Russell of the legendary rock band Air Supply, and a book by Sam Goldstein and Craig Clyde." - Playbill

"Communism, love, and rock and roll factor into this epic tale as it unfolds over the next 30 years." - TheaterMania