Chance

Book, Music and Lyrics by Richard Isen

A Musical Play about Love, Risk and Getting It Right

50 something year old Gregory has spent his adult life denying the loss he experienced as a young man during the AIDS crisis. After a near-death experience, The Lady appears. Is she an inner guide from the Jungian collective unconscious? A musical hallucination resulting from a small stroke? Gregory is pushed out of his solitary reality by this unlikely muse and into a touch-and-go relationship with a beautiful young escort named “Chance” that finally leads him to a deeper understanding of what it means to love.

 

Runtime: 2 hours including a 10-minute intermission.

Richard Isen (Book, Music, Lyrics)

Richard Isen's musicals have been produced at The York Theatre, The Eugene O'Neill Center, Woodstock Opera House, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Goodspeed-at-Chester, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Washington Square Church, Theater for The Open Eye, The American Stage Company, New Musical Theater of San Francisco, Sun Valley Rep, Fresh Fruit Festival, New York New Works Festival with numerous productions licensed through Samuel French. Richard holds an MFA from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Musical Theater Writing program where he was the Kurt Weill Fellow. He earned an Emmy nomination for music, a Fringe First Award for Outstanding Achievement, NYS Council of the Arts CAPS grant, numerous Meet The Composer Grants and is a member of ASCAP and The Dramatist Guild



King Lear III Productions, LLC (Producer)

King Lear III Productions, LLC (Ken Lear, Producer) is dedicated to producing thought provoking content for the stage, concert hall, and small screen. Last year, Ken produced and starred in The 80's Benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS featuring some of Broadway's best talent. King Lear III Productions is also currently in development for a documentary about HIV stigma in America today. CHANCE is an important story that needs to be told, and Ken is absolutely thrilled to share it with you, the incredible New York theatre community!



Nicolas Minas (Director)

Nicolas Minas is a theater, TV, and film director. He directed the first two episodes of the new TV comedy HALF LIFE (starring Larisa Oleynik & Finnerty Steeves). He was the Assistant Director of Filming for the Emmy Award winning Live at Lincoln Center production of SWEENEY TODD (with Emma Thompson and Audra McDonald). He was Assistant Director for the Broadway production of DRIVING MISS DAISY (with James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave) and held an SDC Observership on the Live at Lincoln Center Production of COMPANY (Neil Patrick Harris, Patti LuPone, Stephen Colbert). His Chicago production of WOODY GUTHRIE’S AMERICAN SONG received 5 Jeff Award nominations including Outstanding Musical Production, and Outstanding Director of a Musical. MFA: Brooklyn College.



Eisenberg/Beans Casting (Casting Director)

Eisenberg/Beans Casting is a fast-paced casting office for theatre, film, television, and new media. Highlights include...Broadway: Gettin’ The Band Back Together. Off-Broadway: Baghdaddy, Bedlam’s Pygmalion, The Anthem, and more. Regional/Other: Heartbreak Hotel (Broadway in Chicago), Folger Theatre, Bedlam’s Saint Joan/Hamlet on tour, Dallas Theater Center, New York Theatre Barn. Film: The Latin in Manhattan, Hands That Bind, Lapham Rising, Project Sweet Life, The Miseducation of Bindu, Brother’s Keeper, Summertime Dropouts. TV: Timberwood, Mulligan. New Media: Limetown (Apple Podcasts). Daryl Eisenberg and Ally Beans are both members of Casting Society of America. www.ebcastingco.com. @EBCastingCo.



Emily Cohn (Musical Director)

Emily Cohn is excited to be working on her first NYMF show, she is NY based, bi-coastal, MD/pianist/keyboardist and audition accompanist. Audition accompanist for Telsey, Kate Lumpkin, EB casting. Accompanist at the Growing Studio and with a handful of coaches in NY. Some favorites as MD for the Premier reading of Transgender Still Born with additional vocal arrangements for the cast recording, AMD for off Broadway's We are the Tigers Premier in LA, MD for Das Bbq at the Barnstormers, MD/Accompanist for Premier of off Broadways Alien Vs Musical in LA, AMD for Sister Act with Broadway Workshops. Emily loves working on new works, traveling, cooking, baking and is a proud Auntie.



Tad Wilson

Tad Wilson (Gregory)

Tad Wilson is Excited to be making his NYMF debut!!! Broadway: Rock of Ages (OBC); Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (OBC); Bonnie & Clyde (OBC); Gettin’ the Band Back Together (OBC) His voice can be heard on Broadway Cast albums, television, video games, and on iTunes with his band 10th & Carlisle Insta: @realtadwilson



Grant Richards

Grant Richards (Chance)

Grant Richards is honored to share this stunning musical at NYMF. Tours: Cinderella, Josh Groban. Off-Broadway: Fiddler, Amerike. Regional: Signature, Merry-Go-Round, Woodstock. Billy Elliot, Smokey Joe’s, Sweeney Todd, Spring Awakening, Floyd Collins, Women on the Verge. Syracuse University Tepper, Nazareth BFA. Love to this incredible team, Luedtke Agency, C, and family. @_grantrichards / grant-richards.com



Terry LaVell

Terry LaVell (The Lady)

Terry LaVell (The Lady) is a New Orleans native. Broadway: Tony award winning revival of LaCage Aux Folles as Mercedes. Tours include Seaweed in Hairspray in the Las Vegas company, Adrian in Smokey Joes Cafe, Mercedes in LaCage. Regional: Seress in Boys from Syracuse, Gymnasia in Forum, Dreamgirls at PCS, Aida at FCLO,  Trixi in Scandalous People at NY Fringe, Invisible Life at Apollo Cafe. Bachelors from NSU. #TheBodyThatBooks @spectra270