[title of show] Coming Soon!

Rehearsals are underway for [title of show] Photo credit: Dave Keagan

Rehearsals are underway for [title of show] Photo credit: Dave Keagan

GRAND RAPIDS, MI. Opening March 28th, 2013, Actors’ Theatre is proud to present Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell’s musical comedy [title of show]. The two main characters – Jeff and Hunter as themselves – have decided to put their script writing skills to the test by submitting their work to a musical theater festival. With the deadline only a few weeks away, though, they have not a single music note written – or any sort of plan!  With a serious case of writers’ block, it seems that Jeff and Hunter will get nowhere with their musical. Enlisting the help of their friends Susan, Heidi and Larry, they come up with their own “original” idea that is sure to be noticed at the festival. A completely hilarious and silly take on the world of theatre, [title of show] is the ultimate definition of a play within a play (within a play). In short, it’s “a musical about two guys writing a musical…about two guys writing a musical.”

The production of [title of show] premiered at the Musical Theatre Festival in 2004, from which later ran several off-Broadway performances at the Vineyard Theatre in 2006, as well as Lyceum Theatre on Broadway in 2008. Notably, director Michael Berresse and co-writers and actors Bowen and Bell won Obie Awards, as well as Bell was nominated for Best Book of a Musical in the Tony Awards. In its premiere production, the Chicago Tribune gave its review by describing [title of show] as “warm, smart, wry, creative, [and] melodic.”[1]

[title of show] is directed by Michelle Urbane (The Sweetest Swing in Baseball, 2011). The cast includes Actors’ veterans George Toles (Spring Awakening,2011), Rob Karel (Next Fall, 2012),

Jolene Frankey (The Sweetest Swing in Baseball, 2011), Ellie Frances (Next Fall, 2012), and Michael Shansky. Director Michelle Urbane had this to say about the opportunity to direct [title of show]:

“A few reviews compared [title of show] to Seinfeld, saying if television can have a big hit show about nothing, why can’t musical theatre? We are playing with the humorous, fun, flirty, delectable nature of the show – and we’re having a great time with it!

I am so thrilled to be directing this show, and the cast will be an absolute draw. It’s going to be a night of fun, comedic theatre. If you like musical theatre, you’ll definitely love this show. And if you don’t – you’ll still love it!”

The production of [title of show] will be presented for two consecutive weekends at GRCC Spectrum Theatre, 160 Fountain Street NE, Grand Rapids. The production opens March 28th, 2013 and closes on April 6th, 2013. All evening performances will begin at 8:00pm.

Ticket prices begin at $24 for adults and $20 for students/seniors. Students with a valid ID are eligible for $10 RUSH seating, based on availability and beginning one hour before the performance. Groups of ten or more are eligible for discounts. Tickets for [title of show] may be purchased online at http://atgr.org/title-of-show or by contacting the Actors’ Theatre box office at (616) 234-3946.


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