UnsungMusicalsCo. Inc. presents the world premiere of the original score from Gatsby. Written by Tony Award winner Hugh Wheeler, Grammy Award nominee Lee Pockriss and Tony Award nominee Carolyn Leigh, the unproduced musical adaptation was announced to open on Broadway in spring 1970 but never came to fruition. This world premiere concert of Gatsby will feature the rich, jazz-infused score written for F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic roaring '20s tale of passion, decadence and desire.
Approximate Running Time: 1:00; no intermission
Broadway/Off-Broadway: West Side Story (Outer Critics Circle, Drama League Nominations); Grey Gardens; A Catered Affair; Urban Cowboy; Thoroughly Modern Millie (National Tour); Death Takes a Holiday (Roundabout). Select regional theatre credits: Gigi (LA Reprise); It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman (DTC); A Catered Affair (The Old Globe); Palm Beach (La Jolla Playhouse); Anything Goes (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Carousel (Pittsburgh CLO); 2 Lives (George Street Playhouse); Princesses (Goodspeed Opera House); Dorian (Denver Center). TV/Film: "Law & Order: CI", "As the World Turns", "One Live to Live", "Sexual Dependecy", "New Brooklyn". New York Philharmonic: The Soldier's Tale; Sondheim: The Birthday Concert. Matt's debut album, Gonna Make You Love Me, is available on iTunes and CDBaby. www.mattcavenaugh.com
Autumn Hurlbert recently returned to NYC after playing Kenni Flood in Becky's New Car (Theater Aspen) with Sandy Duncan! Broadway: Leilani in Legally Blonde, Beth March in Little Women (1st National Broadway Tour). Recent Off-Broadway/Regional: Kat in Tomorrow Morning (York Theater), Benny Pride in every tongue confess (Arena Stage). Abigail Peck in A Contemporary American's Guide to A Successful Marriage (2009 Fringe Festival recipient for Outstanding Actor), Wanda Clark in Lucky Guy (Goodspeed), Gwen Goralski in Killing Women (Beckett Theater, Theater Row). TV/Film: Rachel Hughes in Sudden Death!, Louise on "Guiding Light" and runner up on MTV's "Legally Blonde: The Search For Elle Woods". Also a singer/songwriter and proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. www.autumnhurlbert.com
Jenny Powers recently starred as Veronica Franco in the world premiere of Dangerous Beauty at the Pasadena Playhouse. Broadway credits include Rizzo in the recent revival of Grease and Meg in Little Women. Theatre highlights: Gina in Happiness (Lincoln Center); Diana Devereaux in Of Thee I Sing(Encores!); Young Phyllis in Follies (Encores!); Sydney Sharp in It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It's Superman (DTC); Alice B. Toklas in Loving Repeating: A Musical of Gertrude Stein (AboutFaceTheate / MCA); Isabella Andreini in The Glorious Ones (Pittsburgh Public); Bounce (Kennedy Center, Goodman); Dangerous Beauty (NYSF & AMTP); A Little Night Music (Chicago Shakespeare); Everything’s Ducky (Northlight). TV: "Mercy", "Law & Order: CI", "Six Degrees", "Nurse Jackie", "All My Children". Film: Confessions of a Shopaholic, Chris Rock’s I Think I Love My Wife. Original Cast recordings of Bounce, Little Women, Imagine This, Loving Repeating and Grease: You’re The One That I Want. She just released her debut solo and duet album with husband, Matt Cavenaugh: Gonna Make You Love Me. For more info: www.jenny-powers.com.
New York: How To Succeed in Business (Miss Krumholtz, u/s Smitty, Hedy, Miss Jones),Promises, Promises (Miss Polanski, Sylvia, nurse, Fran/Marge u/s), Curtains (Bambi /LA Ovation nom.), Showboat (Ellie/Carnegie Hall), Applause (Bonnie / Encores!), Wicked (u/s Glinda/ Nessarose), Dracula, Wonderful Town, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Ruth), 42nd Street (Lorraine), MTC’s The Wild Party. TV: Boardwalk Empire (Alice), Important Things With Dimitre Martin. Other: Guys and Dolls (Adelaide), White Christmas National Tour (Judy), Oklahoma! (Ado Annie / Paper Mill), 7 original cast recordings, Point Park University, honored wife to Barrett Martin. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association since 1996.
Max von Essen just completed his run as Corrado Montelli in the Roundabout Theater's production of Death Takes a Holiday and has appeared on broadway in the revival of Les Misérables (Enjolras), Dance of the Vampires (Alfred), Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus) and the closing company of the original Les Misérables (Jean Prouvaire). Off-Broadway productions include Finian's Rainbow, The Fantasticks and The Jerry Springer Opera (Carnegie Hall). National tours include Xanadu (Sonny Malone), Chicago (Mary Sunshine) and West Side Story (Tony). For more information and schedule, visit www.MaxvonEssen.com.
Hugh Wheeler received Tony Awards for Candide, A Little Night Music and Sweeney Todd. His other Broadway credits include Big Fish, Little Fish, Look, We've Come Through, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Meet Me in St. Louis, Irene and additional material for Pacific Overtures. His screenplays include Travels With My Aunt, Something for Everyone, A Little Night Music and Nijinsky. Mr. Wheeler wrote 30 mysteries under the pseudonyms Patrick Quinn and Q. Patrick. He also wrote for such operas as Kurt Weill's Silverlake, Mozart's Impressario and the opera versions of Candide and Sweeney Todd.
Lee Pockriss composed the popular hits "My Little Corner of the World", "Johnny Angel", "Playground in My Mind", "Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" and "Catch a Falling Star", for which he received a Grammy Award nomination. His stage credits include Ernest in Love, Tovarich starring Vivien Leigh, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, Conrack and Bodo with book by Hugh Wheeler. His film and television credits include The Subject Was Roses, "Sesame Street", "The Ugly Duckling", "The Milton Berle Show", "The Sid Caesar Show", "The Mike Douglas Show", "The Martha Raye Show" and "Top Banana".
Carolyn Leigh received Tony Award nominations for her work on How Now, Dow Jones and Little Me. Her other stage productions include Peter Pan and Wildcat. A Grammy Award nominee, Ms. Leigh’s song catalog boasts some of the biggest pop standards of the mid-20th century including “The Best is Yet to Come”, “Young at Heart”, "Witchcraft", “The Rules of the Road”, “Firefly”, “On Second Thought”, "When in Rome", “Come Summer”, “I’m Flying”, “I Walk a Little Faster”, “You Fascinate Me So”, “Hey, Look Me Over!”, “It Amazes Me”, “I’ve Got Your Number”, “Here’s to Us”, “Real Live Girl”, “Westport”, “Spring in Maine” and “Pass Me By”. Ms. Leigh was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985.
Ben West is the artistic director of UnsungMusicalsCo. Inc. For UMC, his directing credits include the upcoming world premiere of Nothing is Forever, the New York Int’l Fringe Festival productions of How Now, Dow Jones (also revisions) and Platinum (also revisions) and readings of Barefoot Boy With Cheek and The Fig Leaves Are Falling (also revisions). Other NY credits: Trav’lin, York Theatre Reading Series; Love, Linda, Triad Theatre. Broadway: Old Acquaintance, assistant director and dramaturg; August: Osage County and The Homecoming, assistant producer. Assistant directing credits include productions at Hartford Stage, Vineyard Theatre, Ravinia Festival and George Street Playhouse.
Broadway: Xanadu (key 2, audition pianist); In My Life (associate conductor, keyboards). Off-Broadway: onstage pianist for Jackie Hoffman in The J.A.P. Show. Regional: M.D. or Assoc. M.D. for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular (CAA); Conductor/Pianist: My Way, Smokey Joe's Café (Lyric Theatre, Oklahoma City); 1776 (Ford's Theatre, Washington, D.C.). Original music: Making the Boys; When Ocean Meets Sky (Logo); "Tagged" (Barnes and Noble); short film The Rub (James Horvath, dir., w/ Michelle Pawk and Karen Ziemba). Recent: How Now, Dow Jones and Platinum (FringeNYC), recording of Pamela Winslow's Change Happens and music for The Compleat Tap Dancer. He is the president of redcatStudio.
Joe Hodge spends most of his year in the fashion and event industry as a lead designer for IMCD Lighting. He received his undergraduate training from Webster University and continued his graduate work with Rutgers University. Credits include: Perfect Crime at Snapple Theatre, Things You Least Expect with George Street Playhouse, Die Fledermaus and The Marriage of Figaro at Brevard Music Center, Falstaff, Ariadne auf Naxos, Lucia di Lammermoor, Eugene Onegin, and Turandot with Union Avenue Opera Theatre. His next project is NYC Fashion Week Tents.
Many PA and props credits with the Public Theater including Sweet and Sad (Public Lab), Hair (Delacorte), Yiddisher Teddy Bears with Richard Foreman and Giant with Michael John LaChiusa, Sybille Pearson and Michael Greif. ASM: Thinner Than Water (LAByrinth), born bad (Soho Rep), The Really Big Once (Target Margin), The Small (Clubbed Thumb), Songs of Ascension with Meredith Monk (BAM & touring). PSM: The Great Unknown (NYMF), The Only Child (FringeNYC), Hater (Ice Factory), The Fairy Queen (Big Apple Baroque), Trav'lin (York Theatre). UnsungMusicalsCo. Inc.: Platinum, The Fig Leaves Are Falling.
Geoff Josselson is responsible for casting the New York productions of Yank!, Enter Laughing, Tomorrow Morning, Perfect Harmony, The Next Thing You Know, Southern Comfort, Glimpses of the Moon, The Jazz Age, Septimus and Clarissa, Platinum, Fire Throws, Cloaked, Night Sky, Remembering Mr. Maugham, and multiple productions for the York Theatre Company and the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Regionally, he has cast productions for North Shore Music Theatre, Denver Center and Kansas City Starlight Theatre, among others. In addition to his independent casting office, Geoff has also cast film and theatre projects with Calleri Casting, Cindy Tolan Casting and MelCap Casting and is on faculty at CAP21.
UnsungMusicalsCo. Inc. (Ben West, Artistic Director) is a not-for-profit production company dedicated to the preservation of musical theatre through the presentation of infrequently performed works. UMC projects include the upcoming world premiere of Nothing is Forever, the New York Int’l Fringe Festival productions of How Now, Dow Jones (revised version) and Platinum (revised version) and exploratory readings of Barefoot Boy With Cheek, Arms and the Girl and The Fig Leaves Are Falling (revised version). Focusing primarily on overlooked projects from the Golden Age, both hits and substantive misses, UMC treats each property as a new musical thereby providing a unique collaboration between the artists of today and those of the past. UMC has also created a new initiative aimed at researching, assembling and restoring the material from unpublished and out-of-print musical shows: The Archival Project. www.UnsungMusicals.org
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