Victory Train

Book, Music and Lyrics by David Buskin & Jake Holmes

Victory Train

at The Studio Theatre at Theatre Row

  • Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 3:30 pm
  • Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 12:00 pm

Can love survive war, assassinations and forty years?

VICTORY TRAIN tells the story of a group of draftees serving in an army entertainment unit in Georgia in 1968, during the Vietnam War. The Show and its GI director Rick have aroused the enmity of the Colonel, who is looking for an excuse to shut down what he considers to be an ill-conceived outfit of misfits and shirkers. Rick meets Julie, who is a member of a radical anti-war group responsible for increasingly violent protests. Julie is repelled by the gung-ho message Rick and the Show are putting out, but she can’t ignore her increasing attraction to him. She urges him to use the platform of the Show to advocate for a fairer social contract and an end to an illegitimate and cruel war. Rick resists… until the assassination of  Martin Luther King Jr changes the conversation, once again.

Running Time: 120 minutes

The Studio Theatre @ Theatre Row

David Buskin (Book, Music, and Lyrics)

David Buskin has been writing, recording and performing his music since 1970. He’s made about fifteen albums, most as half of the duo Buskin & Batteau or one-third of the notorious “geezer band” Modern Man. His songs and jingles have been recorded by many great artists; a sample: Judy Collins, Peter, Paul & Mary, Johnny Mathis, Astrud Gilberto, Tom Rush, Dixie Carter, Roberta Flack, Mel Tormé, Take 6, Phoebe Snow, Richie Havens and Arlo Guthrie. He is a New York Nightlife Award, Bistro Award and Clio Award winner. Earlier this year he was given the ASCAP Jamie deRoy Award for excellence in songwriting.

Hes organized orparticipated in numerous concerts for organizations like The Hole In The Wall Camp, Stand For The Troops and WHY/Hunger. For the last seven years he was a principal contributor to the late Isaiah Sheffer’s Thalia Follies, a thrice-yearly political cabaret in NYC. He has written special material for, among others, Bette Midler, Paul Newman, Gwyneth Paltrow and Whoopi Goldberg.

He is particularly proud of his recent acting debut as The Narrator, The Peddler and The Donkey in the York Theater’s revival of Sheldon Harnick’s “Dragons.” “Sheldon was speechless at my performance,” he says proudly. “In fact, he hasn’t spoken to me since.”

Jake Holmes (Book, Music, and Lyrics)

Jake Holmes is best known as a lyricist and songwriter. His music has been recorded and performed by such artists as Lena Horn, Harry Belafonte, Frank Sinatra, The Four Seasons and Led Zeppelin. In the early eighties, Harry Belafonte sent Jake to Johannesburg to work with South African musicians on songs for Harry’s album “Paradise in Gazankulu.” It was there Jake fell in love with world music. It has been an obsession ever since.   Jake has recorded five albums of his own and recently completed his sixth solo effort: Dangerous Times. He has played to concert audiences throughout Europe, Canada, and the United States. His Musical “Sidewalking” was produced at the Manhattan Theater Club and earned a Drama Desk Award nomination. Jake ‘s song “Monsters Under My Bed” and 10 minute musical “Pigmailman” can be found in the musical “Story Time with Mr. Buttermen (Fables for Adults Living in a Modern world)” which premiered at La MaMa E.T.C. and has had runs at Center Stage, NY, and Fringe NYC.  Jake is internationally recognized for his impact on the world of advertising. He is the only advertising writer to be inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame for his music for commercials. His credits include “Be All That You Can be” (Us Army) “I’m A Pepper” (Dr. Pepper) “The UnCola” (7-Up), “Come See The Softer Side Of Sears” campaign, the Clio Award-winning “Little Old Ladies” for Lipton Tea and the “Less Is More” campaign for Charmin Tissues. Jake's passion for the spoken word recently led him to the Nuyorican Poet's Café where he has, on occasion, won the coveted ten dollar bill first prize.

Lynne Taylor-Corbett (Director)

Lynne Taylor-Corbetthas been nominated for Tony Awards and a Drama Desk Award for Broadway’s Swing! and received Drama Desk and Lortel nominations for My Vaudeville Man and Wanda’s World.  She directed and choreographed Cougar the Musical, and KICK! Off-Broadway which was nominated for an OBA and has directed numerous shows regionally. She adapted and directed The Lion Kingfor Disney’s production in Hong Kong and her choreography can be seen in feature films Footloose and My Blue Heaven. Her dance works have been commissioned by New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Hubbard Street Dance Company, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and numerous companies throughout the world. Broadcasts of her work have been seen on Live from Lincoln Center, Live from the San Francisco Opera House and on UNC TV. Distant Thunder, a musical set on the Blackfeet rez, written by Lynne and son, Shaun Taylor-Corbett, has been in development at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and will be presented in New York this December by Amas Musical Theatre. Ms. Taylor-Corbett is delighted to be celebrating her many years as guest choreographer at the Carolina Ballet where she recently did a wacky “Bolero” about a snotty, upscale couple at the beach who succumb to global warming.  

Doug Katsaros (Music Director, Arranger)

Doug Katsaros is an Emmy-winning composer who has played, sung, arranged and orchestrated over two dozen gold and platinum records for artists as diverse as Frank Sinatra, KISS, Judy Collins, Sinéad O'Connor, Aerosmith, Peter Paul & Mary, Bon Jovi and Cher, has conducted on Broadway and for for the Boston Pops, written TV and film scores, toured the world making music with bands, and yes, he is the guy who wrote "By Mennen!"

Carol Hanzel Casting (Casting Director)

Carol Hanzel Casting is a boutique-style full service casting office for Broadway, Off-B'way, Regional and International Theatre, Television, On-Camera & Voice-Over commercials and Film. In addition to hundreds of theatrical productions, CHC has cast and nurtured countless workshops in various stages of development, and served as a casting consultant for the prestigious NAMT Festival. Recent CHC projects include Broadway-optioned Wanda's World, Reel to Real (China and Edinburgh) directed by Tony nominee Lynne Taylor-Corbett, and the World Premieres of regional smash hits Cagney and Backwards In High Heels. Other career favorites include the multi-Tony nominated Swing! on Broadway and on tour, Hi-5, and The Wonder Pets (TV), A Very Serious Person (feature film directed by Charles Busch) and My Vaudeville Man, Off-B’way. Carol takes pride in being personally involved and hands-on with every project that comes through the door and her dedication to finding her clients the best possible talent knows no limits. As a former Broadway performer herself, Carol knows the business from both sides of the table, and her unique perspective makes each cast special, and every project stand out. Her dedication to professionalism, hard work and total commitment to finding the perfect cast make her ideal to work with for an array of multi-faceted clients.

La Vie Productions LLC (Consulting Producer)

Over the past 20+ years, La Vie Productions has developed and mentored new artists and projects through their work as a Producer, General Manager, Executive Producer, Production Manager and Consultant. La Vie has worked in the mediums of Theatre, Film, Music and Events. Current producing projects include: "Austen's Pride", "Mr. Rickey Calls A Meeting", "Academy", "Nonsense and Beauty", "Right Before I Go" (suicide prevention benefit), “The Evolution of Mann”, "Victory Train". Select recent La Vie projects include: "DeNovo",, "The Assignment" and "gUN COUNTRY" (Houses On the Moon Theatre Company), "Easter Mysteries" (live musical film), "Himself and Nora", "Stalking the Bogeyman", "Liberty: The Musical", "Velocity of Autumn" (Broadway), "In The Heights" (OB/Broadway), "High Fidelity" (Boston / Broadway), "Irena's Vow" (Broadway), "How We Got Away With It" (film). Member: The Broadway League, The Off-Broadway League, The League of Professional Theatre Women, Theatre Resources Unlimited (TRU), Board member for Houses On The Moon Theatre Company and NY Women in Film and Television.