The Best 3-for-1 Deal in NYC

2F6B1BB02-A0BC-EA96-0BF8CE001A137B36.jpg.pagespeed.ce.GtMymtHlpJ If you’re looking for an excuse to see MURDER FOR TWO – there ain’t a better one than this.

Next Monday, April 7th, following our performance you’ll get to see work from 2 emerging musical theatre composers.  Alexander Sage Oyen and ME!  I will be presenting a condensed concert of my musical comedy THE TAVERN KEEPER’S DAUGHTER.

For the price of one ticket – you get 3 shows.  Frankly, it’s criminal.

And a portion of all ticket sales goes to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Use code MRMUSMON20 to get $37 tickets (normally $87) and join  Alexander and myself and a cast of massive Broadway talent (i.e. Lesli Margherita, Taylor Trensch, Todd Buonopane, Julia Mattison, Preston Sadleir, Leo Ash Evans, and so on) for a GREAT Monday night out.

Don’t Be the Dope

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I’m THRILLED to announce my first non-Murder for Two-related appearance in New York City!

On Saturday April 19th at 11pm, join me for a late-night party at 54 Below as I share SONGS i WROTE – an evening of highlights from my songbook.

Here’s what you’ll get to see:

Alex Brightman, Janet Krupin, George Salazar, and Mary Kate Morrissey.

JSSW CastThis sexy foursome singing songs from my latest musical-in-progress JOE SCHMOE SAVES THE WORLD – including 4 Brand-new never-before-heard songs!

Melissa van der Schyff, Claybourne Elder, Lesli Margherita, Julia Mattison, and Justin Matthew Sargent.

TKD CastThis foxy fivesome rocking tunes from my musical THE TAVERN KEEPER’S DAUGHTER.

Dakin MatthewsAnd a guest appearance by the guy from True Grit, Gilmore Girls, ROCKY Broadway, and pretty much every other TV show you’ve ever seen: Dakin Matthews.

Don’t be the dope who missed outGRAB YOUR TICKETS HERE!

 

Ridiculously Talented at 54 Below

Screen shot 2013-11-21 at 10.32.15 AMNext Monday, Tony Award-Winning Composer/Lyricist William Finn will host an evening of songs at 54 Below featuring the music of Brett Ryback.

The concert, titled Songs by Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists You Probably Don’t Know But Should will take place next Monday, December 16th, at 9:30pm at 54 Below.

Performers will include Elizabeth Stanley, Alysha Umphress, Taylor Trensch, Rebecca Naomi Jones, and many more.

Following the concert, there will be an open-mic, where I will feature some BRAND NEW, NEVER BEFORE HEARD MUSIC.

Come see us! Tickets are $30-40, with a $25 Food/Drink Minimum.

(If you subscribe to my mailing list before next Monday, I’ll send you a code to get $5 off the cover charge in the main dining room!)

Day Off: Into the Woods Style

My day off from MURDER FOR TWO at New World Stages is Tuesday – which is an odd day off for a stage actor, Monday being the typical day, or sometimes Sunday.

Typically, I’ll spend the day at home – writing, catching up on TV, drinking beer, and cooking for the week.

If you’re the cast of the INTO THE WOODS movie, however – you apparently spend your day off filming a music video with Paul McCartney at Abbey Road.  Which, y’know, six of one…

Last Chance for BWAY BOUND

Tonight through Sunday is the last week to see Broadway Bound at La Mirada.  The audiences have been absolutely wonderful, and the critics have only fantastic things to say about everyone.

 

“[As Stanely and Eugene,] Ryback and Alda are ideal…Ryback embodies Stanley’s astoundingly unshakeable faith in, and readiness with praise for, himself and Eugene as great comedy writers.  Sweating out their first assignment for radio, Ryback’s Stanley is absolutely driven.” ~OC Register
mtn8pu-b781175088z.120130924115535000g3u1g38e0.1“As Stanley, Brett Ryback provides the almost frenzied ambition and creative anxiety against which Eugene’s own creativity blends or bumps. He must always vibrate with urgency, and Ryback makes that both believable and highly entertaining.” ~Long Beach Press-Telegram

 

The show is a delightful, heartfelt experience and I would love for you to get to see it.

To purchase you may call the Box Office at 562.944.9801 or order online.

 

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Photo Credit: Michael Lamont

 

MURDER Moves!

The New York Times has officially announced that Second Stage’s Summer Box Office Hit, MURDER FOR TWO, will move to New World Stages Beginning in October!

Moving to New WorldIf you missed the show over the summer – this is your chance to see it!

Get on my mailing list to stay tuned for news and updates.
I can’t wait to jump back into the hilarity with my partner in crime, Jeff Blumenkrantz.

Meanwhile, I’m currently BROADWAY BOUND in Los Angeles!

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Broadway Bound in La Mirada

photo(2)I’m thrilled to share the news that I will be playing Stanley Jerome in McCoy/Rigby’s production of Neil Simon’s masterwork BROADWAY BOUND in La Mirada.

I’ve long been a huge fan of Simon’s work and this is the first chance I’ve gotten to play one of his characters.  The semi-autobiographical story centers around the Jerome family as they all move on from their home in Brighton Beach.

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Ian Alda

Eugene and his older brother Stanley are working toward becoming comedy writers for CBS amidst family troubles that threaten to tear the home apart.

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, with whom I performed in The Lieutenant of Inishmore, plays my brother Eugene.

The rest of the cast includes Gina Hecht, Cate Cohen, John Mariano, and Allan Miller.
Jeff Maynard directs.

We have a short run of performances from Sept. 20 – Oct. 13, 2013.
(W-Th: 7:30pm, F: 8pm; Sa: 2pm & 8pm; Su: 2pm.)

Get your tickets at the Box Office at 562-944-9801 or ORDER ONLINE.

Discounted tickets are available from Goldstar!

Ridiculously Talented

I am Ridiculously Talented.

Or so says Tony-Award Broadway composer/lyricist William Finn.  As Artistic Producer of the Barington Stage Company’s Musical Theatre Lab, Finn hosts an annual concert called “Songs by Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists You Probably Don’t Know But Should,” and this year he has chosen a song composed by me with lyrics by Brian Pugach.

I first encountered Brian Pugach’s work at the Celebration Theatre in Los Angeles, who produced his show The Next Fairy Tale.  We’ve since collaborated on two songs (his lyrics, my music) and have another on the way.

The song is called SAM TAKES PICTURES, and was performed this past weekend by Broadway actress Elizabeth Stanley.

Stay tuned for video of the concert, and recorded audio of the song.

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Elizabeth Stanley, Brian Pugach

 

TKD in Pasadena

999354_10102468071421906_1529618435_nThis week the Pasadena Musical Theatre Program (PMTP) is producing my musical THE TAVERN KEEPER’S DAUGHTER at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre @ Pasadena Playhouse!

PMTP is a unique performing arts training organization where students are encouraged to embrace musical theatre as a method of self-exploration to enhance their personal growth and professionalism.  I have been associated with them for many years as a director, writer, and musician.  They are a fantastic organization, with an incredibly talented group of students, and run by my good friend Ryan Scott Oliver – who also directs this production!

Go see the show and support local arts education!

THE TAVERN KEEPER’S DAUGHTER plays Thursday July 25th at 7pm | Friday July 26th at 7pm | Saturday July 27th at 1pm & 6pm | Sunday July 28th at 12 noon & 6pm at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre @ The Pasadena Playhouse (39 S. El Molino Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101)

Get tickets here or by calling 323-250-3150.

DARLING at A.C.T.

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From June 14-June 29th, DARLING will be performed by American Conservatory Theatre’s (A.C.T.) Young Conservatory (YC) at The Theater at the Children’s Creativity Museum (221 4th Street, San Francisco).

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DS7_4441At A.C.T.’s Tony Award–winning YC, students ages 8 to 19 develop their talents, perform in professional-caliber productions, and gain the confidence to succeed—all in a creative, fun, and encouraging environment. The ten sessions of classes and eight public productions offered throughout the year are designed to develop talent and creativity, as well as communication and cooperation skills, for young people with all levels of theater background. Working professional actors and directors lead students in a spectrum of classes, including acting, directing, voice and speech, musical theater, audition, and improvisation.

Directed by YC Director Craig Slaight and Domenique LozanoDARLING features a talented young cast from across the San Francisco Bay Area.

D71_3437If you’re in the Bay Area, please take this opportunity to see DARLING!

Tickets are $20 and available by calling the A.C.T. Box Office at 415.749.2228 or going online to www.act-sf.org/ycshows.