Flambé Dreams (2012)
Joseph Christiansen wants to be a great Maitre d'. And set desserts on fire!
Joseph Christiansen wants to be a great Maitre d' like his father who was tragically killed in a freak flaming Bananas Foster accident. Against the wishes and warnings of his pill-pushing psychiatrist mother, young Joe leaves the safety of his small hometown and journeys to New York City to make it big in the glamorous world of food and beverage service. Will Joe succeed… or will he end up flambéd like his father? Find out in this quirky tale of drugs, dreams and flaming desserts!
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Approximate Running Time: 2:00; with intermission
Matthew has written the book and lyrics for the new musical comedy Flambé Dreams and The Eight Million a musical based on the short stories of O. Henry. Matthew has performed with the National Tour of Fosse, toured with Jane Comfort & Co., presented his own cabaret act entitled Songs for the Dysfunctional, and worked at many regional theaters across the nation. Matthew is a proud member of Actor's Equity, a graduate of the William Esper Acting Studio and a member of The BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop. www.matthewhardy.org.
Pianist/composer/educator, three time Emmy winner for his music to PBS/BBC film/documentary Richard Wright (Black Boy) and PBS educational series Ticktock Minutes; Gold Records recordings by the great R&B vocalist Millie Jackson; composer for PBS film/documentary Free To Dance; Musical Theatre – MOVE!, I Don’t Do Club Dates, Wise Men of Chelm, Bucky and His Friends. Awarded the 2011 Simons Fellowship from the Hall Center of the Humanities, University of Kansas. Member: Advanced BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop, The Dramatists Guild, NARAS, alumnus Berklee College of Music and an exclusive Steinway artist.
Jarrod is so thrilled to be part of Flambé Dreams! Jarrod is from Philadelphia, attended Princeton University, and studied acting at the Atlantic Theater Company. He currently plays Frankie Valli in the Broadway company of Jersey Boys. Other credits include: Broadway – Les Miserables (Gavroche); Nat’l. Tours – Les Miserables, Jersey Boys (Frankie, original Chicago cast); other NY - Hamlet (Hamlet), Our Country’s Good (Sideway), The VIY (Gorobets); Regional – Twist (Pistol – World Premier, Walnut St. Theater). Jarrod has appeared as a performer on both the Emmy and Tony Award shows, and recently launched his solo concert series in New York. Follow him on Facebook or twitter (@jarrodspector) for dates and info.
"A gifted and seasoned actress who commits herself unconditionally to material that is as difficult technically as it is emotionally.” - Ben Brantley, NY Times
Catherine Cox is a Tony-Award nominated Broadway veteran who received glowing reviews for her performance as The Mother in the world premiere of The Memory Show (Redler/Cooper). It is set to be part of the esteemed Transport Group’s 2012-13 NYC season. Her Broadway credits include leading roles in Footloose, Oh, Coward! (Tony Nomination), Baby (Drama Desk Award), Rumors, Music Is, Whoopee!, Barnum, and One Night Stand. Off-Broadway, she has appeared in William Finn's In Trousers, Rapmaster Ronnie, By Strouse, It’s Better With a Band and The Waves. She played Oolie in the LA production of City of Angels and has appeared extensively in regional theater. Her television appearances include an assortment of Law and Order’s and The Cosby Show. Directing credits: Baby, Quilters, Once On This Island, Seussical, Bye Bye Birdie and A, My Name is Alice. Catherine is an adjunct professor for the Drama Department at Queens College and currently teaches Musical Theater Performance at AMDA (American Musical and Dramatic Academy) in New York. She is also the artistic director of Broadway Triple Threat (a musical theater summer program) that is enjoying its 4th successful season. She is married to David Evans, a composer and Associate Conductor of the long running Broadway musical Wicked and is the proud mother of two wonderful young men, Joe and Henry. She has also given birth to two plays, Sweet Betsy and The Divide.
Jillian is delighted to be back in the pharmacy! The York: The Game of Love (Annie), I'm Getting My Act Together (Cheryl); Amas MT/ NY Stage & Film: Marry Harry (Sherri); Walnut Street Theatre: The Glass Menagerie (Laura); Denver Center: Sense and Sensibility (Lucy); North Shore MT, Prince Music Theatre, NYGASP. Previous NYMF: Kid/Pope, Popart, The Piper; UK: Buxton Opera House. Film: Mount Joy (Ida). Big thanks to Matt, Randy, Liz, and West and big love to Keith!
J. Elaine Marcos was recently seen in the Broadway company of Priscilla Queen of the Desert in the scene-stealing role of "Cynthia.” Other Broadway shows: A Chorus Line, The Wedding Singer, Sweet Charity, Wonderful Town, Flower Drum Song, Miss Saigon. Films: Morning Glory, Farm Girl in New York, Every Little Step. TV: “I Just Want My Pants Back,” “Rescue Me,” “30 Rock,” “Royal Pains,” “Lipstick Jungle.” J. Elaine can also be seen doing improv/stand up comedy if given at least 5 minutes and a mic. J. Elaine will also do just about "anything" for a laugh. Not everything though, she still has some morals. www.jelainemarcos.com
Kevin B. McGlynn is a native of Medford, MA and a graduate ofBoston Conservatory. National Tours: Kiss Me Kate; All Shook Up; Forbidden Broadway. Regional: Road to Hollywood (Fritz) – Goodspeed; Guys and Dolls (Benny) – Riverside Theatre; 5 Course Love (Matt) – North Coast Rep; Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere) –Ogunquit Playhouse; Titanic ( Andrews ) - Foothills Theatre; La Cage aux Folles (Georges) - Bucks County Playhouse; And the World Goes Round (Man 2) – Chiswick Park Theatre. Many thanks to family and friends for their constant love and support, especially Mom and Dad.
West is a freelance director as well as the associate director of Jersey Boys worldwide and has staged companies of the show in Las Vegas, Chicago, London, Melbourne, Sydney and Toronto. In his twenty year career he has worked at theaters including Playwright's Horizons, Ars Nova, HERE Arts Center, The York Theater Company, Actors Theater of Louisville, The Guthrie Theater, The Warehouse Theater, Trinity Repertory Company, and The Colony Theater in addition to many others. His broadway work includes Jersey Boys (associate) and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (assistant). He was Artistic Director of the Mythmakers Theatre Company for three years and Magic Carpet Children's Theater for 2.
He wrote The Chechnya Play which won a new play award from Actors Theater of Louisville in 2001 and was adapted by Tim J. Lord into "We Declare You a Terrorist" which played at the Public Theater in 2009. His screenplay "Five Jakes and Tom" was a finalist in the Screamfest competition in Los Angeles and was adapted into the short film "A Jake and A Tom" which premiered at the Hollywood International Family Film Festival and was subsequently screened at festivals around the world.
Upcoming work includes directing the Big Apple Circus and Georama at Great River Shakespeare Company. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree in directing from University of California at San Diego.
Larry was music director/arranger for the Tony-nominated [title of show] which premiered during the first season of NYMF. Most recently he was music director/orchestrator for that team's newest musical, Now. Here. This. He was music director/arranger for Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas at Goodspeed Opera House and has been music director/conductor for Cats (Broadway), Les Misérables and Phantom (national tours). He has music directed various productions at the Ford’s Theatre in DC and in St. Louis and Cincinnati and composed the scores for four musicals including The Angle of the Sun (NYMF 2007) and Waiting for Spring (Kitchen Theatre, Ithaca, NY 2012). He is currently Music Director for La Guardia High School of Music and Performing Arts.
Producing/GM credits: Twilight: the Unauthorized Musical Parody (New World Stages 2012); Baby Case (NYMF 2012, as Consulting Producer) Date of a Lifetime (NYMF 2011); I Got Fired: A Revenge Musical (NYMF 2010 and subsequent production with South Korea’s Daegu International Music Festival 2011); LIFT: a Concert to Benefit ASTEP. As a freelance dramaturg, Liz has worked with NYC Opera, NYMF, Ithaca College Theatre Arts and numerous writers/directors. As a performer, she has appeared with NY Stage & Film, Fulton Opera House, and The Actors Studio. Liz is a proud member of Actors Equity and a graduate of Ithaca College.
Broadway: The Little Mermaid, Tarzan, Jersey Boys, Phantom of the Opera. National & International Tour: Zarkana (Cirque du Soleil), Young Frankenstein, 101 Dalmatians, Little House on the Prairie, Jersey Boys, Little Shop of Horrors, Porgy & Bess, Momix, Nutcracker, Adventures of Huck Finn, Living History and more. Selected Off-Broadway/NY: Irish Repertory Theatre, Best Little Whorehouse… Dr. Sex. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Denver Center Attractions, Denver Center Theatre Company, Ogunquit Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, National Theatre Conservatory, Northern Stage, Colonial Theatre. Ms. Tschirpke’s work has also spanned producing, directing, technical direction, production management, design, and dramaturgy. She holds a B.A. in Political Science & Art History from the University of Colorado and is currently a law student at Penn State University.
Melpomene Katakalos has recently relocated to the east coast from San Francisco where has designed over 100 productions. Her designs have been seen on the stages of La Jolla Playhouse and San Francisco Mime Troupe, California Shakespeare Theatre, and Cornerstone Theatre. She has designed over 25 world premieres, over 12 west coast premieres, and countless regional premieres. As a co-founder and Associate Artist of Crowded Fire Theater Company, SF, Ms. Katakalos helped develop and produce three world premieres as well as many West Coast premieres of new works. She has received two San Diego Playbill Awards and two Bay Area Critics Circle nominations. Look for her design work in Soulographie by Erik Ehn at La Mama this fall.
Select credits include Love Goes To Press (dir: Jerry Ruiz – Mint Theatre), Through the Night (City Theatre, PA.), Sangre (dir: Jerry Ruiz – SummerFest), Enfrascada (dir: Jerry Ruiz – Clubbed Thumb), Don Giovanni (Ash Lawn Opera), Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (dir: Tracy Brigdon – City Theatre, PA.), Lizzie Borden (dir: Tim Maner-Living Theatre. Drama Desk Nomination) For The Love of Christ (dir: Holly-Anne Ruggiero – Fringe), The Brother’s Size (dir: Robert O’ Hara – City Theatre, PA.), Wild about Harry (dir: Elizabeth Lucas – NYMF), The King is Dead (dir: Jerry Ruiz – Abingdon Theatre), The Clean House (dir: Sam Woodhouse – San Diego Rep) A Blessing of a Broken Heart (dir: Todd Salovey – San Diego Rep), Pericles (dir: Sabin Epstein – Old Globe Theatre). www.christiandeangelis.com
Broadway: Godspell; Company (2006 revival); Taller Than a Dwarf. Off-Broadway: Book of the Dead; 2nd Avenue at the Public Theater; The Water Engine at the Atlantic Theatre; Power Plays; The New Bozena. Regional: Company at Cincinnati Playhouse; Palm Beach at the La Jolla Playhouse; Mineola Twins at Trinity Repertory Company. As associate to Steve Kennedy, credits include: Catch Me If You Can; Jersey Boys; Hairspray; Mary Poppins. www.AndrewKeister.com
Regional: LaJolla Playhouse, le Petit Theatre (New Orleans), The Colony Theatre (Miami), Victory Gardens Theatre, The Apollo Theatre, and WNEP Theatre (Chicago). National Tours: Round My World, World Premiere (Parsons Dance Company, National and International tour; 2012), Soul Doctor, (World Premiere). Off-Broadway: Rated P for Parenthood (Daryl Roth), Myths and Hymns (Prospect Theatre Company), Nightlands (New Georges), SEED (Classical Theatre of Harlem, World Premiere), SPF (The Public Theatre). Upcoming: The Physicists (Hungarian Theatre of Cluj, Romania). Education: MFA-UCSD. www.emilydeangelis.com
Michael is very excited to be onboard the Flambe Dreams team and a part of NYMF for the first time. Originally from northeastern Pennsylvania he holds a B.A. in Theatre from East Stroudsburg University. Recent Off-Broadway credits include: Production Carpenter (RENT/The Producing Office), Deck Carpenter (Angels in America/Signature Theatre Company). Regionally: Set and Light Designer (Dames at Sea), Technical Director, Master Carpenter, and others. Many thanks to Liz and the rest of my Flambe team. Love to Megan and my family.
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Brian’s directing credits include: Psychotic and The Last Medal of Black Patti, Primary Stages Detention Series; Pleased to Enjoy the Difficulty, semi-finalist 2012 Network One-Act Festival; Wonder of the World with Pull Together Productions; Just Knots and A Cockeyed Little Christmas with Cockeyed Optimists; Nude, Nude, Totally Nude – A Life Laid Bare at the Magnet Theater; and The Interrogation with Left Hip Productions. He also recently assisted on The Hotel Project, a site-specific theatrical experience staged in hotel rooms in New York and New Jersey with The Internationalists. He holds an MFA from the University of Washington.
is so excited to be working with Ulmer Theatricals for this production of Flambé Dreams at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Lisa is a rising Senior at Saint Joseph’s University, majoring in Fine and Performing Arts, and is looking to pursue a career in technical theatre and stage management. Past technical credits include Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Stage Manager), Miss Saigon (ASM and Props Manager), White People (ASM), Phantom of the Opera (Props Manager), Sweeney Todd (Wardrobe Assistant), and Grease (Wardrobe Assistant).
Track 01 - Maitre d'
Track 04 - Mr. Christiansen
Track 06 - Some Girls
Track 09 - Table for One
Track 11 - My Dream
Track 13 - Everything You Long For
Theatermania Raves about Flambé Dreams!
"Matthew Hardy and Randy Klein have written a very charming, funny, and surprisingly touching new musical, that can best be defined for jaded theatergoers by what it does not do: it doesn't reference or parody other musicals (well, only once), it doesn't prize style over content, and it doesn't try to be the next Sondheim musical. It is, in a word, refreshing."
PLAYBILL Reviws - Flambé Dreams Musical at NYMF Starring Jersey Boys' Jarrod Spector and Catherine Cox
Flambé Dreams, a tale of drugs, dreams and flaming desserts starring Jersey Boys' Jarrod Spector, will be presented as part of the 2012 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) beginning July 9 at the 45th Street Theatre.
DIVA TALK: Playbill.com - Chats With Flambé Dreams's Catherine Cox & J. Elaine Marcos