'68: A New American Musical

Book and Lyrics by Jamie Leo; Music by Paul Leschen

HELLO DEMOCRATS...WELCOME TO CHICAGO

A fiercely original work, inspired by the volatile events of the 1968 Democratic Convention and their place in history and our future. Albee Fellow Jamie Leo’s book and lyrics chronicle citizens in collision with history, airborne by award-winning composer Paul Leschen's authentic, unforgettable score. ’68 forges a narrative, a eulogy and a celebration of struggle–of research librarians, hotel housekeepers, street cops, campaigners, protesters and community organizers at the center of the storm.

Running Time: 95 minutes no intermission

The Acorn Theatre @ Theatre Row

 

Jamie Leo

Jamie Leo (Concept; Book & Lyrics)

JAMIE LEO recently directed a revival of Deb Margolin’s Critical Mass and performed his Long Day in a Bad Shirt monologues with real-time projected animations at Dixon Place. For the Henson Foundation, he developed a groundbreaking piece of work at St. Ann’s Warehouse, with puppetry performed live in Adobe Photoshop. His solo work The Night Hides a World, about his invitation to speak at the University of Tehran, has been performed in several venues in New York and nationally. In What You Call the Dark, his new play about sight and blindness is in development and was read at New York Theatre Workshop in March. @jleonyc


Paul Leschen

Paul Leschen (Music & Arrangements)

PAUL LESCHEN was nominated for his score for Sleep Tight by NY Innovative Theatre Awards, and for a Drama Desk for Outstanding Music for Twist. A frequent collaborator with Scissor Sisters, his co-arrangement of “Comfortably Numb” was a massive hit. Paul has worked with Hedda Lettuce, Murray Hill, and other genderbenders and has a band, Kingship, with singer/co-writer Chris Hall. Paul’s collaboration with Fred Sauter has yielded The Astronaut Love Show and Karma Kills. He is a graduate of Northwestern


Joey Murray

Joey Murray (Director)

JOEY MURRAY is a New York City-based theatre, concert, and music video director, whose work has been seen at performing art centers, regional theaters and arenas all over the United States and China.  He recently directed the acclaimed production of Hair at Pentangle Arts. Regional Theatre: Jenny Wiley Theatre (former Artistic Director and director of 10 MainStage productions); Paper Mill Playhouse; Gateway Playhouse; Pentangle Arts; ArisTree/Grange Theatre; Hard Rock Live Arena; Downstairs Cabaret Theatre; Legacy Theatre.  New York: NY Musical Theatre Festival; NY Int’l Fringe Festival, Theatre at St. Clements; Queens Theatre; New York Theatre Barn; Fordham University; 54 Below; Joe’s Pub; Triad/Stage 72; Zipper Theatre.  Tours: The Broadway Dolls (int’l tour); Polkadots (regional tour).  Professional music video debut for Element Music in NYC. Graduate of Catholic University; studied playwriting and directing at NYU and The Barrow Group. SDC Associate.


Rob Baumgartner, Jr

Rob Baumgartner, Jr (Music Director)

ROB BAUMGARTNER, JR., is a New York-based composer/lyricist and musical director. His original musicals include: The Jungle (Johnny Mercer Writers Colony), Adam Lives (Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals) Johnny Mercer Writers Colony); Baldwin Wallace First Takes, New York Theatre BArn, NAMT, Cap21); Date of a Lifetime (NYMF, New Jersey Rep); Alone World (Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre; West Village Musical Theatre Festival-Winner of Best Score) The Hole (St. Clements ’09), Radiant Ruby (Vital Theatre Company ’05) and Lullabies. Rob has served as an assistant to composers Galt MacDermot, Debra Barsha, Rob Reale. He was lucky enough to work beside Mr. McDermot on the 2008 Broadway revival of Hair. He is musical director and orchestrator for the upcoming revival of Inner City. Rob is a graduate of the Musical Theatre Writing MFA program at Tisch School of the Arts, and is a proud faculty member at Cap21/Molloy College and Harlem School of the Arts.


Brooke Wendle

Brooke Wendle (Choreographer)

BROOKE WENDLE is ecstatic to join the NYMF Festival with ’68. Favorite Choreography credits include Cirque Du Soliel, Franco DragoneAmerica’s Got TalentDancing with the Stars, Adam Lambert Original High World Tour, American IdolOrange is the New Black,Eastbound and DownThe Carrie DiariesMacy’s Thanksgiving Day ParadeBloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at Casa Mañana Theater (Broadway World Regional Award for Choreography) RENT (Shanghai, China), Holland America Cruise Line and Broadway Dance Lab.



CAST

’68’s exceptionally talented ensemble weaves the events through multiple characters whose lives were impacted by Chicago’s 1968 Democratic Convention in profound – and unexpectedly hilarious – ways.

Delphi Borich

Delphi Borich (Ensemble)

DELPHI BORICH enriches our ensemble with her enthusiasm and talent. She was most recently seen as in Gloria (Kendra) at Asolo Repertory Theatre. National Tour: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (u/s Ella). Other regional: in Peter and the Starcatcher (Molly) at the Barn Stage Company; and Peter Pan (Wendy) at Syracuse Stage. She is a proud graduate of Syracuse University BFA Musical Theatre. Much thanks to HCKR. @delphiborich


Mary Callanan

Mary Callanan (Ensemble)

MARY CALLANAN brings a depth of experience and skills to the ensemble cast. She most recently played in last season’s BANDSTAND (Jean Ann Ryan). Previously, Mary played in the 1st National Tour of The Bridges of Madison County (Marge). Broadway: Mama Mia! (Rosie – final company), ANNIE (Mrs. Pugh/ Miss Hannigan understudy) Tours: Mamma Mia, Sound of Music, Big, and Damn Yankees. Regional: Gypsy, BBAJ, Make, Les Mia, Falsettos, Follies, Batboy, Sweeny Todd, Sunday in the Park, Chicago, and Violet. Proud member of Actor’s Equity. www.marycallanan.com


Bob Gaynor

Bob Gaynor (Ensemble)

BOB GAYNOR brings tremendous talent and tenacity to our ensemble. Original Broadway casts: Leap of Faith, Catch Me If You Can, Sweet Charity (Vittorio/us)Boy George’s Taboo (Leigh Bowery/us)Elton John’s Aida (Radames /sb). New York City Center: Bye Bye Birdie (Conrad), Applause, and Stairway to ParadiseRegional: An Audience with Meow Meow (Jonathon) Berkeley Rep, Next to Normal (Dan) Broadway World nominee, Leap of Faith, First Wives Club, Smokey Joe’s Café (Michael)A Chorus Line (Zach). Film: Broadway 4D, Across the Universe, The Mask. Television: “The Sound of Music Live” with Carrie Underwood,” “Blue Bloods,” “Law & Order,” “All My Children” (Mitch Morrison), “One Life to Live,” “As the World Turns” and the American Music, Emmy and Academy Award shows. Toured with artists including Reba McEntire, Paula Abdul, Cher, and Cheyenne. Bob is a Southern California native educated at Cal State University Long Beach.


Maggie Hollinbeck

Maggie Hollinbeck (Ensemble)

MAGGIE HOLLINBECK is happily making her NYMF debut! National tours: Once (Baruska standby)Annie (Connie Boylan). Off-Broadway: Red Roses, Green Gold (Miss Glendine). NYC: Richard III (Queen Elizabeth). Regional: Pasedena Playhouse, The People vs. Mona  (Miss Frye); Goodspeed Opera House, Finian’s Rainbow (Sharon)Little Fish (Charlotte); and See What I Want to See (Kesa/The Wife/An Actress).


Joe Joseph

Joe Joseph (Ensemble)

JOE JOSEPH is jazzed to join the team of “‘68” for his first time at NYMF. OFF-BWAY/NYC: Loveless Texas, Baghdaddy, The Queen’s Dilemma, Genet Porno. REGIONAL: Strait of Gibraltar, HAIR, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Sister Act, Making Porn. TV: A Crime to Remember, Redrum. Ads for Newport and Disaronno. Proud graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Detroit Jesuit. @gojoejoseph


Jeremy Konopka

Jeremy Konopka (Ensemble)

JEREMY KONOPKA is thrilled to bring this work to life at NYMF. Regional:Dogfight (Fector)Spring Awakening(Georg, Otto)We Are Proud to Present…(Another White Man)This Wonderful LIfe (Narrator et al.). Jeremy has collaborated on demos and workshops of new works in NYC and Philadelphia. He has performed in cabarets and concerts at The Broadway Comedy Club and Feinstein’s/54 Below. He is a graduate of The University of the Arts and is a proud member of AEA. Love to Sean, Mom, Dad, family, and friends. www.JeremyKonopka.com IG: @JeremyKon


Uton Onyejekwe

Uton Onyejekwe (Ensemble)

UTON ONYEJEKWE is a singer/actor/musician. NYC: Signature, Ma-Yi. Regional: Sierra Rep, Skyline, 4th Wall, ReVision. As a musician, Uton has played at Stone Pony, Knitting Factory, Bitter End, NJPAC, among other venues countrywide. Very excited to be a part of this production of ’68 and to tell the story of this seminal and consequential event in American history!


Jonathan Spivey

Jonathan Spivey (Ensemble)

JONATHAN SPIVEY is honored to help bring this piece of history to the stage. Broadway: The Front PageAct One, (Lincoln Center, televised for PBS). Off-Broadway: Summer and Smoke (Classic Stage/Transport Group). Regional: Yale Rep, Long Wharf, The Old Globe, Barrington Stage, Maltz Jupiter, Milwaukee Rep, Syracuse StageGeva Theatre, Cape Playhouse, Virginia Rep, Heritage Theatre Festival. MFA: Old Globe/University of San Diego. Playwright, jazz pianist, composer, and lyricist. jspivey.com


Nicole Paloma Sarro

Nicole Paloma Sarro (Ensemble)

NICOLE PALOMA SARRO conveys a dynamic presence to the ’68 ensemble. NYMF debut! NATIONAL TOUR: In the HeightsFAVORITE REGIONAL: Gypsy( Rose), Les Miserables (Madame Thenardier), Legally Blonde (Paulette). Love to JP and Little Paloma! Proud AEA member. NicolePalomaSarro.com


Jalynn Steele

Jalynn Steele (Ensemble)

JALYNN STEELE is excited to perform at NYMF again and bring her vivacious energy to the cast of ’68. Off Broadway: Sistas (Dr. Simone). National/ International Tours: Fosse (Lead & Gotcha Girl) Regional: Mamma Mia (Tanya), BeehiveLittle Shop of Horrors (Ronette & Chiffon). NCL Productions: After Midnight (Star), Rock of Ages (Justice), Burn the Floor (Lead Vocalist), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Brenda). Let’s love! www.facebook.com/JalynnTheEntertainer/