July 7 - 27, 2014

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Searching for Romeo

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Brian Sutton

Wherefore art thou?

Roz is having a bad day. Not only was she dumped by her high school boyfriend, she finds herself transported to Shakespeare's fair Verona, as Rosaline, and wanders into the balcony scene. She learns that she's been dumped again, but this time it's by Romeo. Things seem to be looking up when she forges an unlikely friendship with Juliet's rejected suitor, Paris. Can Rosaline and Paris achieve the goal which eludes Romeo and Juliet: a happy ending? With its retro-pop score, SEARCHING FOR ROMEO will delight fans of the Bard and of teenage romantic comedies alike.

Running Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes, plus one intermission

Brian Sutton

Brian Sutton (Book/Music/Lyrics)

Brian Sutton is an award-winning creative writer, composer/songwriter, and a published author. His work has been featured in national publications such as Playboy and Seventeen as well as literary quarterlies and academic journals. Other plays include Running Mates and Can I Buy You a Drink? (2012 premieres, De Pere, WI). Ph.D. Ohio State University, B.A. & M.A. University of MI (3 Hopwood Awards for Creative Writing). Brian currently teaches English at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and writes, records, and plays with his band Rough Draft (3 CDs). He is thrilled and thankful NYMF invited SEARCHING FOR ROMEO to return for a full production this year after last year's reading. Love to his daughters, Molly and Chelsea, and to his wife Jan.



Alison Alampi

Alison Alampi (Ashley/Servant)

Alison Alampi is beyond excited to have the opportunity to be performing in SEARCHING FOR ROMEO! She recently finished teaching kids how to eat healthy as Mama Bear in the Off-Broadway production of The Berenstain Bears Live! At her alma mater, Marymount Manhattan College, she wooed a handsome prince as Leonide in Triumph of Love. Thrilled to be sharing the stage with so many friends. Much love to Mom, Mike, Emily, Brandon, and Anthony. Without your love and support I wouldn't be here!



Robby Dalton

Robby Dalton (Ben/Benvolio)

Thrilled to be a part of NYMF this summer! Recent graduate from Marymount Manhattan College. Favorite credits include Triumph of Love (Hermocrates), Footloose (Reverend Shaw), and Legally Blonde (Professor Callahan). Thanks to the production team, my amazing friends (three of which I get to perform in this very show with!), and my wonderful family, especially my beautiful mother Susan. For David Robert Dalton, who always pushed me to pursue my dreams.



Dan Drew (Perry/Paris)

Dan is thrilled to be able to call SEARCHING FOR ROMEO his first post graduate New York show. He recently graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in Theater Arts and History. Previous credits include A Great Night for the Irish at Carnegie Hall (dancer) and The Chieftains St. Patrick’s Day Show (dancer). He would like to thank Laura Josepher and the entire creative team for this amazing opportunity and experience.



Melissa Hirsch

Melissa Hirsch (Hannah/Servant)

Melissa just graduated Marymount Manhattan College. She was last seen Marymount in Footloose (Ariel), Legally Blonde (Serena), Triumph of Love (Corine), and Bobby Cronin/Terry Berliner’s new musical, Alone in the U.S. (Dakota). She was also previously in The Quiet Clock at Stage 72 earlier this year. Melissa was in Surflight Theatre’s Once Upon a Time in New Jersey (Angie) among other shows. Thanks Mom and Dad! www.melissarosehirsch.com



Greg Horton

Greg Horton (Mr. Laurence/Friar Lawrence)

Greg Horton is delighted to return to SEARCHING FOR ROMEO, having performed in the developmental reading at NYMF in 2013. He most recently played Voltaire/Pangloss in Theater 2020’s production of Candide. He is a two-time winner of the NY Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Actor in a Lead Role for Ko-Ko in The Singapore Mikado, Theater 1010, (2006) and Mr. Carney in A Man of No Importance, Gallery Players (2012). As always, for Roxann.



Leah Jennings

Leah Jennings (Lady Capulet)

Leah Jennings is thrilled to be part of the 2014 New York Music Theatre Festival! New York: Parade (Mrs. Phagan) with Gallery Players and The Amanda McBroom Project at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Regional: Carousel (Carrie), Guys and Dolls (Adelaide), A Little Night Music with WPPAC, Sound of Music at North Shore Music Theatre, and La Cage Aux Folles at Theatre by the Sea. Special thanks to the SEARCHING FOR ROMEO creative team, Cindi Rush, EMG, Eddie, and Take 3 Talent. Love to my husband Stephen. www.leahjennings.com 



Mark Lanham

Mark Lanham (Capulet)

New York credits: Bill Fordham (August: Osage County) White Plains Performing Arts Center; Sam Wainwright (A Wonderful Life), Saunders u/s (Lend Me A Tenor) John W. Engeman Theater; Pennington (Menny + Mila/Lucille Lortel Theater); Tom (Honor & Family) Bessie Schonberg Theater, WVMTF 2012 Winner; Roy Featherstone (The Great Pretender– AEA staged reading w/Hugh Panaro); Mr. Ice (Bar Code staged reading, James Rado, dir.). With love to William Shakespeare– also born on April 23rd.



Justine Magnusson

Justine Magnusson (Roz/Rosaline)

National Tour: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Whistle Down the Wind. New York/readings: Songs for a New World (ATA), Clara’s Christmas Dreams (St. Clement’s), Call Me By Your Name (dir. Guy Stroman), Eleanor (dir. Sam Scalamoni). NYU: Spring Awakening, Hello Again, Urinetown. Film: Aberrant. Web Series: The Fantastic Adventures of Foolish Gentlemen. Commercial: Liz Claiborne. Justine is the Co-Founder/Artistic Director of True North Theatre Lab. BFA NYU Tisch. Thanks to Craig Holzberg and Cindi Rush. AEA. JustineMagnusson.com



Angelo McDonough

Angelo McDonough (Mark/Mercutio)

Angelo McDonough is a recent graduate of the Marymount Manhattan College musical theatre program and is so excited to be making his NYMF debut! He was most recently seen in a reading of the new Bobby Cronin & Terry Berliner musical Alone in the U.S. at Marymount! He has also performed at The York Theatre in multiple workshops directed by Pat Birch! He would like to give a huge thank you to David Sisco & Laura Josepher for this wonderful opportunity! Visit angelomcdonough.com for more information!



Sean McIntyre

Sean McIntyre (TY/Tybalt)

NYC: World Premieres of Yvette (Maximus) at The Signature, Forest for the Trees (Boris) at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Job (Job) and These Seven Sicknesses (Agamemnon) both at The Flea, among countless other productions. BA in Theatre from James Madison University, and will be attending the University of California San Diego this fall in the school’s MFA acting program.



Natalie Newman

Natalie Newman (Heather/Lady Avare)

International/National Tour: Zorro The Musical (Inez), Grease (Rizzo/ChaCha). Off-Broadway: Strike Up The Band (Joan), The Happy Embalmer (Angelina Jolie, et. al.), Up In Central Park (Rosie). Select Regional: Spitfire Grill (Percy), Into The Woods (Cinderella), Chicago (Roxie) - NH Theater Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical, How To Succeed... (Rosemary). Recent Film/TV: Alive and Well, Finish Her, A Sixth For Sundays, illy. BFA - Elon University. www.natalienewman.net



Justin Randolph

Justin Randolph (Prince/Rhyming Servant)

NYC credits include Company (Bobby), Dragula (Dragula), A Christmas Carol (Topper), Closer (Larry), & Into the Woods (Cinderella’s Prince). Regional credits include: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Oberon), Sunday in the Park With George (Louis/Billy), & Disney's Beauty & the Beast (The Beast). Film & Television includes: Hiding The Pain of Others (Jerry), Death Takes You (Lark), Back To You (Dan), & 30 Rock. www.justinrandolph.com



Sam Tedaldi

Sam Tedaldi (Julie/Juliet)

is excited to return to NYMF. She was most recently seen in Sweeney Todd (New York Philharmonic, Lincoln Center, dir. Lonny Price). Most passionate about working on new musicals she has been seen in workshops of Mrs. Sharp (Playwrights Horizons, dir. Michael Greif), The Blonde Streak (dir. Jack Cummings III), and The Nutty Professor (dir. Jerry Lewis). NYMF: Swiss Family Robinson and Fantasy Football. A proud member of AEA and an NYU Tisch (CAP21) graduate.



Josh Tolle

Josh Tolle (Tony/Romeo)

Josh Tolle is thrilled to be back with SEARCHING FOR ROMEO after participating in its original NYMF reading a year ago! Off-Broadway credits include Andrew in The Twelve at Pershing Square Signature Theater. Josh was recently seen as Gabe in Next to Normal at Chicago’s Drury Lane Theatre. Proud graduate of CCM and member of Actors’ Equity. 



Angela Travino

Angela Travino (Nora/Nurse)

Angela Travino was last seen in Making Books Sing's Dear Albert Einstein. She also had the pleasure of working with Leigh Silverman this summer on a new musical called Clouds are Pillows for the Moon. Other projects include forming a new company in her native San Francisco, Bay Area Theatre Company (BATCO) with two lifelong friends. Angela received her BFA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University.



Laura Josepher (Director)

Most recent directing credits include Vow: A Made-To-Measure Workshop at Marymount Manhattan College, and two concerts promoting ContemporaryMusicalTheatre.com (for which she is a Contributing Editor): Binders Full of Women’s Songs at 54 Below, and A Celebration of Contemporary Musical Theatre at Second Stage Theater. She also directed a Developmental Reading of SEARCHING FOR ROMEO at NYMF this past summer. Other credits include a workshop of Tom Gualtieri and David Sisco’s musical Falling to Earth at Syracuse University, David Sisco’s Bait ‘n Swish for the Left Out Festival, Garth Wingfield’s Dating Games at the Theatre Row Studio Theatre, NY and The Elephant Theatre in L.A., Dirty Blonde, The Turn of the Screw, and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change at Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston, Anna Christie at Gallery Players, Successful Strategies for Lilli Theatreworks, and Hughie at Provincetown Rep. For Rattlestick Productions: Winning and the award-winning Car Pool. Operas: La Boheme, Cosi Fan Tutte, Die Fledermaus, and Gianni Schicchi at Quisisana Resort. Assistant Director for Laurie Anderson’s Songs and Stories from Moby Dick (co-directed by Ms. Anderson and Anne Bogart), Associate Director for Backwards in High Heels directed by Scott Schwartz. Laura has a Master of Arts in Educational Theatre, and a Bachelor of Music, both from New York University. She is a member of SDC. Love to husband Juan and daughters Chelsea & Sadie. www.laurajosepher.com



David Sisco (Musical Director)

David Sisco is a member of the Dramatist’s Guild and BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop (Advanced) and is the author of Here I Am: A Musical Personal Ad, Variations on a Theme of You, Sopranos, BAIT n’ SWISH, and The Catbird Seat. David is currently collaborating with book-writer-lyricist Tom Gualtieri on two musicals: Falling to Earth, and I’m Afraid, You’re Afraid: 448 Things to Fear And Why. Sisco is also a prolific art song composer. A winner of the 2010 NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Composition Award, David’s songs have been heard at concerts produced by Friends & Enemies of New Music, New Music New York, Joy in Singing, Lyricfest, Songfest, and Songfusion. As a singer, David feels at home as a recitalist, musical theater performer, and chorister. He has been a proud member of the sanctuary choir at Marble Collegiate Church for over twelve years and recorded three CDs with the ensemble – the most recent includes the premiere recording of his choral work, “Awake My Heart.” David has served on the faculties at Northeastern and Suffolk University, and currently teaches private voice at Marymount Manhattan College. He also maintains a private studio in New York and leads masterclasses around the country on preparing contemporary art song. David most recently founded of The Directory of Contemporary Musical Theatre Writers, a resource that helps teachers, students and music theatre professionals find well-written, largely self-published contemporary musical theatre songs (www.contemporarymusicaltheatre.com). He serves on the artistic board of City Center’s Encore: Off-Center, spearheaded by Jeanine Tesori. www.davidsisco.com



Lewis Folden (Scenic Design)

Folden’s work is broad ranging: contemporary, new, classic. Regional: Washington’s Woolly Mammoth, Theatre J, and the Kennedy Center; Philadelphia’s Arden, Freedom, and People’s Light; Pittsburgh Playhouse; Minneapolis Children’s Theatre. Ballets: Pittsburgh, Boston, Miami, Milwaukee, Washington, and with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. He’s designed off-Broadway and in London, and done world premieres of plays by Ariel Dorfman, Jules Feiffer, John Guare, Tony Kushner, Richard Greenberg, Robert Brustein. MFA - Yale School of Drama.



Susan Hamburger (Lighting Design)

Susan is the Lighting Designer for Urban Bush Women. She has worked with such notable artists as Craig Harris, Lucinda Childs, and Troika Ranch. She has also designed The Mystery of Edwin Drood, On The Town, A Child's Christmas in Wales, Little Shop Of Horrors, West Side Story, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Waiting for Godot, and Mame. Susan is an adjunct professor at New York University and Juilliard.



Benjamin Furiga (Sound Design)

Recent Off-Broadway Credits: Di Megile fun Itzik Manger, Lies My Father Told Me (National Yiddish Theatre), Who's Your Daddy (Irish Repertory Theatre). Off-off/Regional: Anything Goes, Cats (North Shore Music Theater), If (or when) The Roof Falls In (Rescue Agreement/CAP21), Street Scene (Brave New World Rep). Recent assistant/associate credits: Mr. Burns (Playwrights' Horizons), Lincoln Center Festival, Golden Boy (Lincoln Center Theater/Belasco). Proud member of USA/IATSE Local 829. http://www.furigasounddesign.com.



Jared Kirby (Fight Director)

Jared Kirby has been involved in Western Martial Arts and Combat for Stage & Screen for nearly 20 years. He has choreographed fights Off-Broadway, Nationally, in London and Sydney. Jared is a Fight Director with the Art of Combat and teaches in New York City (and the metro area), as well as across the US and around the world including Canada, England, Scotland, Finland, Italy, and Australia. For a full list of credits or more information visit www.jaredkirby.com.



Jana Llynn (Stage Manager)

NYMF: SEARCHING FOR ROMEO (2013 & 2014), A Letter to Harvey Milk (2012), The Screams of Kitty Genovese (2006), The Big Voice: God or Merman? (2004). Broadway: The Drowsy Chaperone (1st Nat’l Tour), Bridge & Tunnel, Company, The Moliere Comedies. Off-Broadway: Witnessed By The World, SILENCE! The Musical, Freckleface Strawberry, Blind Lemon Blues, Masked, Drumstruck, SHOUT! The Mod Musical, Matt & Ben (writer/performer Mindy Kaling), The Shawl (dir. Sidney Lumet, starring Dianne Weist), Beau Jest (3 yrs Off-B’way & director for Boston production), The Public, York, Vineyard, LAByrinth, Rattlestick, Mint, MCC, CSC. Regional: Alabama Shakespeare Festival (Taming of the Shrew; Southern Writers Project), Arkansas Rep (Henry V; Avenue Q), Crossroads (Buses, Cookin’At The Cookery, Sheila’s Day, The Last 5 Years), Hartford Stage (Sheila’s Day), La Jolla Playhouse (Having Our Say), Studio Theatre (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom), Arena Stage (resident 4 seasons), The Shakespeare Theatre (resident 1 season). Favorite Industrial: PSM for Pfizer-Brazil’s Viagra Launch.



Marta Roncada (Assistant Stage Manager)

NYMF debut. Stage management credits include: The Rocky Horror Show, Contractions, Torch Song Trilogy, (Studio Theatre, DC); Twelfth Night (New York Classical Theatre); Merrily We Roll Along, Company, Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lang Performing Arts Center); Peter Pan, The Baltimore Waltz (Frear Ensemble Theatre). The SFR SMs thank Cheryl Mintz, our extraordinary SM colleague, for introducing us to each other!



Suellen Vance - Good People Management Group (General Manager)

Suellen Vance, Moldy Fig Productions, LLC executive produced and general managed the multi-award-winning New York Musical Theatre Festival premieres of Crossing Swords (2013) and Central Avenue Breakdown (2011). Also at NYMF 2013: Swiss Family Robinson, The Pirates of Finance, God’s Country. Broadway: The Pee Wee Herman Show on Broadway, Godspell. She is currently putting together the Off-Broadway Premiere of last year’s multi-award winning NYMF production of Crossing Swords for Spring 2015.

Aaron Pratt, Matthew Wright, and Erin Brooks are the creative partners behind Good People Management Group. Founded in 2013, this theatrical management and consulting group has a solid track record of meeting and exceeding the needs of clients. With diverse backgrounds, the partners combine years of experience with productions ranging from Theatricals Festivals to Broadway shows. Projects have included Next to Normal, Disenchanted, North Atlantic, A Dance for Rylie, The Pursuit of Mr. Rockefeller, Dare to Dream, Woman at the Funerals, and productions with Planet Connections, the New York International Fringe Festival, and the New York Musical Theatre Festival.www.goodpeoplemgmt.com



07/13/2014 - BroadwaySpotted.com - Review: Searching for Romeo (NYMF)

07/12/2014 - Show Showdown - NYMF-Searching for Romeo

07/11/2014 - The New York Times- New York Musical Theater Festival Report: 'Searching for Romeo'

07/07/2014 - The Wall Street Journal - A 'Romeo' Spinoff Focuses on Jilted Rosaline

07/05/2014 - Greenby Press Gazette - UWGB professor’s musical shines in theater festival

06/16/2014 - University of Wisconsin Green Bay - Still 'Searching': Sutton’s musical makes New York pro festival stage

07/09/2013 - WeAreGreenbay.com - UWGB prof.'s musical gets tryout spot in New York

07/13/2012 - Greenbay Press Gazette - Review: 'Searching for Romeo' hits on many cylinders