The relationship between actors and the casting process can sometimes be antagonistic, and that’s super unfortunate. If you find yourself ripping your hair off over the audition/casting process, and feeling resentful toward casting directors who “always bring you in, but never cast you,” consider these 3 mind-hacks: Continue reading Mind-Hacking the Audition Process
Rajiv Joseph is one of my favorite contemporary playwrights. I remember seeing his play A Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo in Los Angeles and being blown away. It was political, yet personal. Surreal, yet plainspoken. It captured a place and a wonderment that I seek to find in my own writing.
Mixing classic musical comedy with a dash of Agatha Christie, everyone is a suspect in this house of eccentric characters unfazed by the dead body on the floor. But this whodunit comes with a killer twist: one actor investigates the crime, the other plays all thirteen suspects, and they both play the piano! This madcap mystery will tickle the ivories and your funny bone.
I will be playing the young investigator, and musical theatre/Broadway mainstay Jeff Blumenkrantz will play…everyone else.
If you don’t know, Jeff is an established songwriter as well as a Broadway actor. One of his most famous pieces is “I Won’t Mind”, recorded by Audra McDonald. Which begs the question…between Jeff, Joe, Kellen, and myself – how many songwriters does it take to mount a two-person show in New York City? (Also – whoever at broadwayworld.com put Jeff and I shoulder-to-shoulder in that picture is a freaking genius. Can anyone say Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen solving a murder on the UWS?)
The production will be directed by Scott Schwartz(which adds another songwriter to the mix if you count his father Stephen) and is scheduled to run from July 10 – August 10th. So DO NOT miss this NYC. I mean YOU.
To all New Yorkers out there: here’s an event that I promise you won’t want to miss.
Joe’s Pub will be home to Crazytown Presents, November 14th at 9:30 pm, an evening of musical theatre, monologues, stand-up comedy, performance art and more from the writers of Crazytown Blog, an “artist’s asylum,” interpreted and performed by some of the funniest actors from the worlds of Broadway and Improv.
Among those set to appear at the one-night only event are:
Alex Brightman (Wicked), Jason Michael Snow ( The Book of Mormon), Lauren Conlin Adams (Upright Citizens Brigade), Andrew Kober (Hair), Oscar Montoya (The Pit), Carly Sakolove (Girls Night) and Sam Tedaldi (Spidermusical).
Crazytown is a blog that I regularly write for (look for me every tuesday!) and on November 14th at 9:30pm the blog is going live at Joe’s Pub in NYC. So come support!!