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"Filled with gratitude to you and to your TRU reading series.... The panels you conducted rank among the best in all my years in theater. Too often such events bog down in pontification. You managed to guide and focus the dialogue - and to keep it constructive. Liked hearing the techniques and perspectives of producers. All of them (and you) enlightened us in one way or another. As for VOLLEYGIRLS, we have more work ahead and are eager to do it." ~Rob Ackerman, book writer (Volleygirls, TRU Series '12)

"Wanted to say thank you for what turned out to be a great reading and a great experience. I had no idea what to expect.... Ended up loving the intimacy of the theatre and the panel talkback. My whole TRU experience has been wonderful so far. So thank you. A few possibilities have come up based on the reading. Will keep you posted." ~Peter Kellogg, writer (Chasing Nicolette, TRU Series '12)

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to work on this incredible show, to the panelists who provide ongoing insight, mentorship and support and especially to Cate [Cammarata] who has been the best partner a person could ask for. Last night was proof that TRU is a necessary entity for creating a supportive environment for developing great theatre.~ Molly Morris, producer (My Life Is a Musical, TRU Series '12)

"I direct a lot of these readings. But the event last night (and the whole experience) had to have been one of the most helpful, well thought out, useful readings I've ever been a part of. You should be very proud of what you are doing for artists and theater in general." -Jeremy Dobrish, director (Hell Hole Honeys, TRU Series '06)

"Thank you for the opportunity to present At the Back of the North Wind in the TRU Voices musicals series. Not only was it a perfect venue to see and hear the show again from the creators' point of view, but also very instructive to hear what the "Dollars and Sense" panel had to say. Writers need to get the producer's viewpoint, and that we did - loud and clear. There were many new insights that came up, and I believe we all found it quite useful on our journey of getting North Wind from page to stage." ~Tom Tierney writer (At the Back of the North Wind, TRU Series '07)

"I can’t thank you enough - we had a great time and learned so much from the panel, as well as made some fantastic contacts." ~ Sheila McDevitt, producer (Once Upon a Wind, TRU Series '08)

"I was very honored to be included, got some very helpful feedback from the panel and other attendees at the event. Especially thanks for such a terrific panel! ... The reading series at TRU fills a much needed void for writers new to the business of musical theatre. Most script-in-hand events are dramaturgical in nature, which is appropriate and often necessary and helpful. The TRU series, however, focuses on the business of producing new works. The experienced panel discusses the potential audience, suggests marketing angles, offers budgeting advice and generally addresses the challenges of getting the work on the stage. So many new writers ... are absolutely clueless about the business of musical theatre. What a gift the TRU series is! The generosity of the panel - experienced producers and marketers of new works - in taking the time to listen to the work and offer advice from the wealth of their experience is a warm and welcoming haven in what is often a cold and inhospitable reality." ~John Sparks, writer (The Arresting Dilemma of Mr K, TRU Series '09)

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2013 TRU VOICES NEW PLAYS READING SERIES
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THE 2013/14 TRU VOICES NEW MUSICALS READING SERIES!
Thirteenth annual series of new musicals by TRU writers produced by TRU producers, followed by reception and our "Dollars and Sense" panels on producing
featuring prominent commercial producers, artistic directors and general managers. To reserve, email TRUStaff1@gmail.com or call 212/714-7628.

Engelman Recital Hall

55 Lexington Avenue
(entrance on 25th Street)

Monday evening January 13, 7pm
SOLD OUT - taking names for waiting list

When an intolerant Puritan minister suspects that women in his small New England village are becoming too free and independent, he launches an authoritarian campaign to make them behave.  His strict religious reformation quickly runs into trouble. Three “wild and willful” women defy his authority by choosing for themselves who to love and how to live. The minister’s son is caught in the middle. His father is convinced that the girl he loves is a witch... Does Peter dare defy authority to follow his heart?


"Dollars and Sense" panel, left to right: TRU's Bob Ost, producers Kimberly Eaton and Alan Swanke; panelists Erica Rotstein, associate producer Broadway Across America.; Patrick Blake, producer (The Exonerated, In the Continuum, Play Dead); Jeremy Handelman, producer (White's Lies, F#@king Up Everything); Tom Polum, producer (The Toxic Avenger, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, All Shook Up);
Neil Danoff, investor/producer (Bridges of Madison County, All The Way, Lucky Guy, Matilda, Glengarry Glen Ross revival, Evita revival, The Addams Family, Spring Awakening).


Monday evening January 20, 7pm
SOLD OUT - taking names for waiting list
(waiting list has a very good chance of getting in)

with Eric Kunze, Alexandria Wailes, Emily Robinson, Terese Genecco, Kathy Voytko,
JW Guido, Bryan Seastrom, Ann Talman. With Yan Li, pianist.

ASL Masters: Rebecca Abeyta, Leslie A. Warren
ASL Interpreters: Craig Fogel, Sarah Brandenburg, Ashley Graham


Brindlebeast blends spoken language and American Sign Language in a contemporary two act musical that braids together three strands: a love story between a hearing man who is a successful graphic novelist and a independent deaf single mother with a 14 year old girl; a story about confronting personal beasts; a chronicle of channelling that confrontation into the creative process of making a book. 

"Dollars and Sense" panel to include: Patrick Blake, producer (The Exonerated, In the Continuum, Play Dead); Neil Danoff, investor/producer (Bridges of Madison County, All The Way, Lucky Guy, Matilda, Glengarry Glen Ross revival, Evita revival, The Addams Family, Spring Awakening);Tom Polum, producer (The Toxic Avenger, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, All Shook Up); Cheryl Wiesenfeld, producer (All the Way, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, Porgy & Bess revival, Play Dead, A Steady Rain, Legally Blonde, Caroline or Change, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty, The Exonerated, In the Continuum).


Monday evening February 3, 7pm

Directed by Denis Jones (assistant choreographer Legally Blonde, choreographer Disaster the Musical)
with Lesli Margherita (Matilda: The Musical), Susan Mosher (Hairspray), Mamie Parris (Ragtime, 110 In The Shade, Drowsy Chaperone), David Perlman (Baby, It’s You), Alex Puette (A Christmas Story), Tally Sessions (Big Fish), AJ Shively (La Cage Aux Folles), Dale Soules (Hands on a Hardbody, Grey Gardens)

The Pope is dead, and the Cardinals gather in the Sistine Chapel to choose a new Pope. No one has ever seen what happens -- until now. The backbiting. The sacrilege. The song-and-dance. For whom will the white smoke rise?

Patrick Blake, producer (The Exonerated, In the Continuum, Play Dead); Neil Danoff, investor/producer (Bridges of Madison County, All The Way, Lucky Guy, Matilda, Glengarry Glen Ross revival, Evita revival, The Addams Family, Spring Awakening); Dani Davis, half pint productions (Little Women, Lonesome West); R. Erin Craig, general manager / producer La Vie Productions (Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting, Academy, Still Getting My Act Together, In the Heights, Let's Kill Grandma This Christmas, High Fidelity, De La Guarda, Liberty: A New Musical, The Jazz Age, SPIN); Jeremy Handelman, producer (White's Lies, F#@king Up Everything); Cheryl Wiesenfeld, producer (All the Way, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, Porgy & Bess revival, Play Dead, A Steady Rain, Legally Blonde, Caroline or Change, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty, The Exonerated, In the Continuum).

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Series made possible through generous grants from NYC Dept of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, 9th district Member Inez Dickens and Member Christine Quinn; NY State Council on the Arts; and the Friars National Association Foundation.
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THE 2012/13 TRU VOICES NEW MUSICALS READING SERIES!
Twelfth annual series of new musicals by TRU writers produced by TRU producers, followed by reception and our "Dollars and Sense" panels on producing
featuring prominent commercial producers, artistic directors and general managers.
SOHO PLAYHOUSE,
15 Vandam Street
(btw Sixth and Varick Streets)

Monday evening February 4, 7pmChasing Nicolette

starring
John Bolton, Alex Wyse, Allison Semmes, Nick Wyman,
Dennis Parlato, Nathaniel Stampley, Alan Mingo, Jr.,
Megan Lawrence, Dale Radunz
, Kate Reinders

"Dollars and Sense" panel featuring: Pat Addiss, producer (A Christmas Story, Spring Awakening, Promises, Promises, The Fnatasticks); Michael Alden, producer (The King's Speech, Grey Gardens, Bridge & Tunnel, Bat Boy the Musical); Patrick Blake, producer (The Exonerated, In the Continuum, Play Dead); R. Erin Craig, general manager / producer La Vie Productions (?Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting, Academy, Still Getting My Act Together, In the Heights, Let's Kill Grandma This Christmas, High Fidelity, De La Guarda, Liberty: A New Musical, The Jazz Age, SPIN); Tom Polum, producer (The Toxic Avenger, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, All Shook Up); Ric Wanetik, producer (Matilda, Marlene, Jolson & Company, Twilight: Los Angeles 1992), TV supervising producer The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, Royal Shakespeare Company Senior Advisor for America, RSC America Executive President and RSC Summer Residency at Park Avenue Armory Executive President.

Monday evening February 11, 7pmMy Life Is a Musical
with Howie Michael Smith (Avenue Q), Anika Larsen(Xanadu, Avenue Q, All Shook Up),
Justin Sargent (Rock of Ages), Matt Wolfe (Scandalous), Natalie Charle Ellis (Forbidden Broadway),
Jason Michael Snow (Book of Mormon), E.J. Zimmerman (Avenue Q)

"Dollars and Sense" panel featuring: Patrick Blake, producer (The Exonerated, In the Continuum, Play Dead)?; Georgia Buchanan, consultant and former managing director National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, formerly with The Women's Project and Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, producer (Communicating Doors, Kat and the Kings); Sharon Carr, producer (Time Stands Still, R&H’s Cinderella, upcoming Pippin, Trip to Bountiful); Ben Feldman, entertainment attorney; Martin Platt, producer/general manager Perry Street Theatricals (West End: Lend Me a Tenor: The Musical, Breaker Morant, Gumboots, Nixons Nixon; off-Broadway: In the Continuum, An Oak Tree, Shylock, Here Lies Jenny with Bebe Neuwirth); Cheryl Wiesenfeld, producer (Porgy & Bess revival, Play Dead, A Steady Rain, Legally Blonde, Caroline or Change, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty, The Exonerated, In the Continuum).

Monday evening February 25, 7pm
SOLD OUT
Volleygirls
with Susan Blackwell, Gideon Glick, Ashley Blanchet, Adam Rapp

"Dollars and Sense" panel featuring: Patrick Blake, producer (The Exonerated, In the Continuum, Play Dead); Neil Danoff, investor/producer (Lucky Guy, Matilda, Glengarry Glen Ross revival, Evita revival, The Addams Family, Spring Awakening); Jeremy Handelman, producer (White's Lies, F#@king Up Everything); Ken Waissman, producer (original Grease, Torch Song Trilogy, Agnes of God).

At left: producer Monica Raymund, Patrick Blake, Ken Waissman, associate producer Yvette Kojic and TRU's Bob Ost.


THE 2011 TRU VOICES NEW MUSICALS READING SERIES!
Eleventh annual series of new musicals by TRU writers produced by TRU producers, followed by reception and our "Dollars and Sense" panels on producing
featuring prominent commercial producers, artistic directors and general managers.

Roy Arias Theatre, 300 W. 43rd Street, 5th floor.

Monday evening December 5, 7pm

Visit www.oklahomothemusical.com
Directed by Mark Robinson
Musical Director Doug Oberhamer

with  
Darryl Winslow (Avenue Q), Matt Welsh, Josh Ramos,
Jared Weiss
(Bloodsong of Love), Spencer Moses (The Farnsworth Invention, Boardwalk Empire),
Lisa Mindelle
, Ryan Goodale, David Rhodes (Rites of Privacy)

"Dollars and Sense" panel featuring: Michael Berkeley, artistic director TriArts Sharon Playhouse, CT; Geoff Cohen, managing director York Theatre; Brisa Trinchero, founder, Running Deer Musical Theatre Lab, producer (Bonnie & Clyde, Porgy & Bess revival); Kenny Howard, producer, Broadway Consortium (Chinglish, Bonnie & Clyde, Porgy & Bess revival); Theresa Wozunk, producer (Liberty the Musical, Let Me Say This About That, Porgy and Bess revival).

Reservations: Phone 212-714-7628 or email TRUVoices11@gmail.com with your full name and phone number.

Monday evening December 12, 7pm

Directed by Christine O’Grady (associate choreographer for the Tony Award-winning revival of Hair
and its First National Tour, SCD Observing Director on Legally Blonde)
Musical Director: Seth Weinstein
Casting: Jamibeth Margolis CSA

with
Courtney Reed (In The Heights, Mamma Mia)
Lauren Zakrin (Wicked, Grease, Legally Blonde)

"Dollars and Sense" panel featuring: Kirsten Berkman, associate producer Olympus Theatricals (Chinglish, Arcadia, La Cage Aux Folles, American Idiot, The Ladykillers), former associate producer East of Doheny, new works director at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT); Georgia Buchanan, former managing director National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, formerly with The Women's Project and Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, producer (Communicating Doors, Kat and the Kings); Jennifer Manocherian, producer (War Horse, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Superior Donuts, A Little Night Music revival, Spring Awakening, August: Osage County, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Caroline or Change, Sunday in the Park with George revival, 39 Steps); Jack Thomas, producer (Freud’s Last Session, Almost Maine, Colin Quinn: Long Short Story, Desire Under the Elms revival).

Reservations: Phone 212-714-7628 or email TRUVoices11@gmail.com with your full name and phone number.

Monday evening December 19th, 7pm

Directed by David Lee (Vroom, Gem! The Truly Outrageous Musical
former Associate Director of New Play Development at Orlando Shakespeare Theatre)
Musical Director Stuart McMeans

with
Kerry Butler (Tony nominee for Xanadu, Rock of Ages, Catch Me If You Can)
Darren Ritchie (Wonderland, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Little Shop of Horrors)
Paul Anthony Stuart
(People in the Picture, TV's The Guiding Light)
Anthony Johnson (Hairspray N'tl Tour), Mary Jo Mecca (original productions of Jekyll & Hyde), 
Nicholas Wuehrmann (Charm, world premiere), and Julia Hirsch (Stop the Virgens)

"Dollars and Sense" panel featuring: Van Dean, producer, Broadway Consortium (Chinglish, Bonne & Clyde, Porgy & Bess revival, Evita revival, Catch Me If You Can), Van Hill Entertainment (Saint Heaven, Rooms a Rock Romance); Jack DePalma, former creative director of NAMCO and play development director for the Old Globe, currently a creative consultant for both as well as for other producers; Matt Schicker, producing consultant for new show development (Trav'lin - The New 1930s Harlem Musical; Yank!, A Room With a View, Some Lovers for The Old Globe; Radio Girl with East of Doheny/Goodspeed Musicals; and Byron Janis' The Hunchback of Notre Dame); Cheryl Wiesenfeld (Porgy & Bess revival, Play Dead, A Steady Rain, Legally Blonde, Caroline or Change, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty, The Exonerated).

Reservations: Phone 212-714-7628 or email TRUVoices11@gmail.com with your full name and phone number.
Roy Arias Theatre, 300 W. 43rd Street, 5th floor.


THE 2010 TRU VOICES NEW MUSICALS READING SERIES!
Tenth annual series of new musicals by TRU writers produced by TRU producers, followed by reception and our "Dollars and Sense" panels on producing
featuring prominent commercial producers, artistic directors and general managers.

Monday evening December 13, 7pm


with Bryan Fenkart (Memphis), Jacob Hoffman, Michael Hunsaker, Liana Jessop,
Todd Alan Johnson
(AIDA), Kelvin Moon Loh, Manu Narayan (Bombay Dreams),
Tony Ramos, Kyra Selman, Cat Stephani


"Dollars and Sense" panel: Barbara Freitag, producer (Memphis, Looped, The Miracle Worker, Passing Strange, August: Osage County); Van Dean, producer (Rooms, Saint Heaven, Catch Me If You Can); Douglas Gray, producer (Assisted Living: The Musical®, Respect: A Musical Journey of Women, Late Nite Catechism 11 years in Seattle, 4 in Portland, OR), associate producer (The Jackie Wilson Story at the Apollo Theatre), general manager Paramount Theatre, Seattle WA; Tim Hurley, managing director The Peccadillo T65heatre Co., formerly with Dodger Theatricals.

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Monday evening December 20, 7pm (sold out)


with Meggie Cansler (Finian's Rainbow; Wicked), Quentin Earl Darrington (Ragtime),
Evan Edwards (Miss Saigon, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, European tours),
Alexandra Foucard (Les Miserables, Guys & Dolls Nat'l Tour),
Sevan Greene (Betrayed, Culture Project), Kevin Melendez (Midnight Madness, NYMF),
Jessica Mortellaro (Blind Man's Bluff, Producer's Club),
Soneela Nankani (Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe, Classical Theatre of Harlem),
Chloe Patellis (Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding) and Will Ray (Little House on the Prairie)

"Dollars and Sense" panel: Pat Addiss, producer (Promises, Promises, Little Women, Passing Strange, Spring Awakening, Fantasticks revival, Housewives of Mannheim); Margot Astrachan, producer (Busker Alley), former American Artistic Director of The Jermyn Street Theatre, London); Georgia Buchanan, managing director National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, formerly with The Women's Project and Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, producer (Communicating Doors, Kat and the Kings); Ken Waissman, producer (original Grease, Torch Song Trilogy, Agnes of God).

All shows at 7pm followed by reception plus panel.
The ROY ARIAS O.B. THEATRE
300 W. 43rd Street, 5th floor


HIGHLIGHTS FROM PREVIOUS SERIES...

THE 2009 TRU VOICES
NEW MUSICALS READING SERIES!

Monday evening December 14:
Apples & Oranges Productions presents


Lyrics and Book by Matthew Hardy, Music by Randy Klein
Directed by Tim Kashani

Joe dreams of being a maitre d' like his father.
Join his search for love, laughter ...
and flaming desserts.

"Dollars and Sense" panel featuring: Maggie Brohn, Nina Lannan Associates, general managers (Mamma Mia!, Billy Elliot, 9 to 5); Victoria Cairl, formerly with Serino Coyne (accounts including Spamalot, Grey Gardens, The Lion King) currently vice president east coast - marketing/business development for the entertainment marketing and advertising company Allied Live; James Morgan, producing artistic director the York Theatre Company (My Vaudeville Man, Enter Laughing, Yank!); Jack Thomas, producer Bulldog Theatrical (Desire Under the Elms, Almost, Maine, No Way to Treat a Lady, Our Lady of 121st Street), formerly with the Shubert Organization; Cheryl Wiesenfeld (A Steady Rain, Legally Blonde, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Caroline or Change, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty).

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Tuesday evening December 15:
6 Pound Productions/Maren Berthelsen
in association with Theresa Wozunk presents

Book, Music and Lyrics by Dan Furman
Additional lyrics by Mary-Liz McNamara

Directed by Igor Goldin / Musical Direction by Jeff Biering
Rip thought going to war would be a way out.
20 years later, he's ready to come back.

with Michael Blackmon*, Scott Cote*, Mark Emerson*, Brandon Espinoza*, Amanda Flynn*, Stephanie Lynne Mason*, Doug Shapiro*, Kim Stern*, Derrick Trumbly*, Carey Van Driest*, Christopher Vettel*, Giulia Volterra

"Dollars and Sense" panel featuring: R Erin Craig, general manager / producer La Vie Productions (In the Heights, Elliot: A Soldier's Fugue, High Fidelity, Captain Louie, Liberty: A New Musical, The Jazz Age, Love! That 4-Letter Word, The Extremities Project, Avow); Laura Heller, General Manager Group (Enchanted April, Xanadu, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, long running Off-Broadway hits Stomp, Forbidden Broadway, Beau Jest); Pam Koslow (Jelly's Last Jam, Jane Eyre, Captain Louie, upcoming Yank!); Eva Price, Maximum Entertainment (The Addams Family, Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking, Joy, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, The J.A.P. Show).

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Monday evening December 21:
Playlab NYC presents


Based on the novel Der Prozess by Franz Kafka
Book by John Sparks. Music & Lyrics by Jon Steinhagen

Directed by Christopher Carter Sanderson
Joseph has awakened into a nightmare.
Hitting the snooze button won't help and neither will anyone else.

with Robert Berliner, Demetrios Bonaros, Jacklyn Collier, Ellen DiStasi, Abe Goldfarb, Michael Jay Henry, Mark Montague, JessAnn Smith and Babs Winn

"Dollars and Sense" panel featuring: Pat Addiss (The Fantasticks revival, Spring Awakening, 39 Steps, Passing Strange, upcoming Promises, Promises); Jed Bernstein, Above the Title Entertainment (Passing Strange, recent revivals of Equus, Hair and Oleanna, Duet for One in London), former President of the League of American Theatres and Producers, executive director of Commercial Theater Institute; Jennifer Manocherian (Burn the Floor, Superior Donuts, A Little Night Music revival, Spring Awakening, August: Osage County, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Caroline or Change, Sunday in the Park with George revival, 39 Steps); Kent Nicholson, Director of Musical Theater & Literary Associate Playwrights Horizons; Tom Polum (The Toxic Avenger); Nancy Richards, president The Richards Group marketing & promotions (13 the musical, Spring Awakening, Dirty Blonde, Fosse, Ragtime, Amour, Bridge & Tunnel, Enchanted April, Urban Cowboy, Topdog/Underdog).

All shows at 7pm followed by reception plus panel.
The Players Theatre mainstage,
115 MacDougal Street (south of West 3rd Street)


THE 2008 TRU VOICES
NEW MUSICALS READING SERIES!

Monday 12/8, 7:00pm
Sheila McDevitt presents


Book and Lyrics by Tom Diggs • Music by Jay D'Amico
Directed by Jeremy Dobrish
Music Direction by Oran Eldor

with
Alex Brightman, Molly Ephraim, Laura Fois, Kevin Pariseau, Marcus Stevens, Ken Triwush

"Dollars and Sense" panel featuring: Laura Heller, General Manager Group (previous: Enchanted April, Xanadu, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, upcoming Little House on the Prairie); Stewart Lane (La Cage Aux Folles, Woman of the Year, Legally Blonde, Sunday in the Park with George revival, 39 Steps); Jennifer Manocherian (Spring Awakening, August: Osage County, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Caroline or Change, Sunday in the Park with George revival, 39 Steps); Cheryl Wiesenfeld (Legally Blonde, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Caroline or Change, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty).

In war torn England, two teens attempt to make sense of their lives as they come of age through the lens of love, magic … and lies.  Based on the Cottingley Fairy Hoax.

Monday 12/15, 7:00pm
Meredith Lucio/ Wild Bird Productions in association with Fumiko Eda/ Live Arts Pacific presents

Book by Judy Freed
Music by Sari Miller • Lyrics by Randi Wolfe
Additional lyrics by Sari Miller
Directed by Kim Wield
Music Direction by Jason Loffredo

with
Ann Harada
(Avenue Q), Melanie Kann, Barbara McCulloh (Tovarich at Musicals Tonight!), Allyson Tucker-Mitchell (Man of La Mancha, Oh Kay!)

"Dollars and Sense" panel featuring: Peter Bogyo, (General Manager/General Manager Group - American Buffalo, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Sly Fox, Fortune's Fool, Adult Entertainment, Showtune, Madame Melville, The Unexpected Man); Pat Addiss (Spring Awakening, 39 Steps, Passing Strange); Pam Koslow (Jelly's Last Jam, Jane Eyre, Captain Louie, upcoming Yank!); James Morgan, producing artistic director the York Theatre Company; Tom Smedes, producer (Ace, The Musical), producer/general manager formerly with Martian Entertainment (Naked Boys Singing); Brian Swasey, Queens Theatre on the Park.

The Players Theatre mainstage,
115 MacDougal Street (south of West 3rd Street)

 

A musical revue celebrating the challenges and rewards of motherhood. Touching, humorous, and thought-provoking, it transports the audience to a bewildering world of love, relationships, discipline, gender roles, career paths, sex, family planning, and facing the empty nest.


THE 2007 TRU VOICES
NEW MUSICALS READING SERIES!

Monday 12/3, 7:00pm
Pat Flicker Addiss presents

At the Back of the North Wind

A magical flight for the whole family ... into a world of possibility.
Based on the family classic by George MacDonald.
book by Jeffrey Haddow
music by Thomas Tierney
lyrics by Jeffrey Haddow and Thomas Tierney
directed by Sam Scalamoni

Followed by the TRU "Dollars and Sense" producer's panel featuring Gabor Barabas, executive producer New Jersey Repertory; Jane Bergere, producer (Curtains, Is He Dead?); Peter Bogyo, general manager with the Sprecher Organization (A Moon for the Misbegotten, Sly Fox, Fortune's Fool, The Unexpected Man); Tara Schoen Fishman, Off-Broadway Booking; Tom Smedes, producer (Ace, The Musical), general manager formerly with Martian Entertainment (Naked Boys Singing); Cheryl Wiesenfeld (Legally Blonde, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty)

Monday 12/10, 7:30pm
Dennis Grimaldi presents

Saratoga Trunk Songs

An eccentric troupe presents a revue of songs
they THINK were cut from famous Broadway musicals!

book, music and lyrics by David Arthur
with John Bolton (Curtains, Spamalot), Jennifer Smith (Drowsey Chaperone, The Producers, Victor/Victoria), Doug Trapp (Annie), Kristine Zbornik (A Catered Affair, Chess).

Followed by the TRU "Dollars and Sense" producer's panel featuring Trevor Brown, marketing director LAByrinth Theatre Co., formerly with the National theatre in London, producer (Gutenberg! The Musical!); Ken Davenport (Altar Boyz, My First Time, The Awesome 80s Prom), general manager (Gypsy, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jekyll & Hyde); Laura Heller, general manager (Xanadu, Enchanted April, Great American Trailer Park Musical); Alexa Kelly, Pulse Ensemble Theater; Jack Thomas, producer Bulldog Theatrical (Almost, Maine, No Way to Treat a Lady, Our Lady of 121st Street), formerly with the Shubert Organization; others tba.

Monday 12/17, 7:30pm
Double Play Connections, LLC
and Wild Bird Productions, Inc. present

Opa!

Life and love on a forgotten Grecian isle.
Book by Mari Carras & Laurel Ollstein
Lyrics by Mari Carras &
Donald Carl Eugster
Music by Nicholas Carras &
Nicholas Kitsopoulos
directed by Spiro Veloudos
with Demetri Bonaros, Michael Dantuono, Michael Dionissiou, Funda Duval, Carolee Goodgold, Michael Alan Jacobs, Costa Nicholas, Sarah Rolleston, Eric Ruben, Loukas Skipitaris, Natasha Tabandera and Susan Wallack

Followed by the TRU "Dollars and Sense" producer's panel featuring Kristin Caskey, VP Fox Theatricals (Legally Blonde, Caroline or Change, Thoroughly Modern Millie); Tiffani Gavin, Theatrical Rights Worldwide; Jana Robbins, producer (Little Women, I Love Your Because, Unlock'd); Lauren Stevens, Wonder City LLC (Radio Golf); Ricky L. Stevens, producer/general manager (over 110 productions around the country, and NYC; Radio Golf); Spiro Veloudos, producing artistic director the Lyric Stage Company in Boston.

The Players Theatre mainstage,
115 MacDougal Street (south of 3rd Street)


The 2006 TRU Voices
New Musicals Reading Series


Mon 12/4: Friends Like These
2006 Howard L. Blau Award winner!
Music/book by John McMahon, lyrics/book by Jay Jeffries
Presented by Joel & Phyllis Ehrlich,
assisted by Sarah Melissa Rotker

Directed by Kelly Briggs
A witty look at friendship, New York style,
as four women discover what a bitch it (and they) can be.

With
Jana Robbins, Katona Bennett, Casey Clark, Trisha Rapier.

• "Dollars and Sense" panel: Jennifer Manocherian, (Caroline or Change, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Stomp, The Crucible, upcoming Adrift in Macao); Linda Nelson, producing artistic director Shotgun Productions (Chaos Theories, Don't Hug Me); Dan Markley (Damn Yankees revival, Stomp, Vagina Monologues, Shockheaded Peter, High Fidelity); Ricky L. Stevens, producer/general manager (over 110 productions in San Francisco, Chicago, Florida, Boston, and New York; plus four shows in development); Jack Thomas, producer Bulldog Theatrical (Almost, Maine, No Way to Treat a Lady, Our Lady of 121st Street), formerly with the Shubert Organization; Ric Wanetik, producer (Marlene, Jolson & Company, Twilight: Los Angeles 1992, television: The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show); others TBA.

Mon 12/11: Hell Hole Honeys
music by David Ogrin, book by Steve Mackes,
lyrics by Ben Budick, S. Mackes & D. Ogrin
Presented by Lisa Dozier and Matt Wolf
Directed by Jeremy Dobrish
A darkly funny contemporary pop chicks-in-prison operetta...!
(Yeah, you heard us.)

with Becca Ayers (front), Karla Mosley, Allison Briner, Jene Hernandez, Veronica Jackson, Daniel Levine, Shelly Thomas, Georgia Hauge.

• "Dollars and Sense" panel: Jennifer Costello, vice-president Live Nation (Spamalot, High Fidelity, The Producers); Alexander Fraser, freelance executive producer and consultant (Zhivago), former executive producer for Waxman Williams Entertainment (Topdog/Underdog, Bombay Dreams); Cheryl Wiesenfeld (Elaine Stritch: At Liberty, The Exonerated, Caroline or Change, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Legally Blonde); Carl White, Martian Entertainment (Naked Boys Singing, The Last Session).


Monday, 12/18: By the Numbers
book/lyrics by Amanda Yesnowitz, music by Brian Feinstein
Presented for TRU by Stephanie Riso and Cabaret Pittsburgh*,
in association with Jo Ann Cunningham

Directed by Alex Lippard
What happens when a girl tries to live her life
as if it were a mathematical equation?

with Chip Zien, Liz Larsen, Sara Delaney,
Bridget Clark
and John Henry Cox

• "Dollars and Sense" panel: Pat Addiss, producer (Little Women, Chita Rivera: A Dancer's Life, Bridge & Tunnel, Spring Awakening); Jamie Cesa, producer/general manager (Kiki and Herb, Naked Boys Singing!, White Chocolate); Jack DePalma, creative director NAMCO (Chicago, Wonderful Town, Sweet Charity); Pam Koslow, producer (Jelly's Last Jam, Jane Eyre, Captain Louie); Kris Stewart, executive director New York Musical Theatre Festival/NYMF.

Tuesday, 12/19: Meester Amerika
book by Jennifer Berman, music by Artie Bressler,
lyrics by Michael Colby

Presented by June Rachelson Ospa and Daniel Neiden
Directed by Daniel Neiden
Played against the background of the Yiddish theater circa 1920,
the story of a guy who gave up the chance to be a star,
but found a different way to shine.

with Michael Aurit, Jeff Dunn, Jerold Goldstein, Jeff Keller,
Dan Kohler, Amy London, Sheila Rubell, Steve Sterner
.

• "Dollars and Sense" panel: Ken Davenport, producer (Altar Boys, Awesome 80's Prom, Somewhere in Time), general manager (Gypsy, Thoroughly Modern Millie Jekyll & Hyde); John LaRock, associate producer North Shore Music theatre; Lauren Stevens, producer The Black Swan film production company, TV commercials and now off-Broadway (My Sweetheart’s the Man in the Moon); Lawrence S. Toppall, Mazel Musicals Inc. (New York and Florida Production Company specializing in touring, producing and presenting Jewish themed theatrical and concert presentations, including On Second Avenue, The Golden Land, Yiddle With A Fiddle, Those Were The Days), producer (The Gathering, Say Goodnight Gracie); Donna Trinkoff, producing director Amas Musical Theatre (Little Ham, Lone Star Love, Zanna Don't).

Readings are free, but reservations are essential. Call 212/714-7628.
The Players Theater, 115 MacDougal Street in the Village
(south of West 3rd, at Minetta Lane)

This series made possible with public funds from the
New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.
Thanks also to the generous support of the
Friars National Association Foundation.

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COMPLETE LIST OF TRU MUSICALS

2012 Musicals

Chasing Nicolette
Book & lyrics by Peter Kellogg
Music by David Friedman
Produced by Doug Denoff

My Life Is a Musical
Book, music & lyrics by Adam Overett
Produced by Cate Cammarata and Molly Morris

Volleygirls
Book by Ron Ackerman
Lyrics by Sam Forman
Music by Eli Bolin
Produced by Monica Raymund and Yvette Kojic

2011 Musicals

Oklahomo
Book, music & lyrics by Jesse Gage
Produced by Reed Ridgley

Famous
Book by Yvonne Adrian
Lyrics by Cheryl Stern
Music by Tom Kochan
Produced by Jamibeth Margolis and Christopher Massimine in assoc. with Cate Cammarata

Through the Door
Book by Judy Freed
Music & lyrics by Laurence Mark Wythe
Produced by Kenny Howard

2010 Musicals

The Cure
Story and songs by Mark Weiser
Produced by Samantha Salzman

Ocean in a Teacup
Book and music byJoel Krantz
Lyrics by Joel Kratz and Neil Selden
Produced Sherry Eaker

2009 Musicals

The Thing About Joe
Lyrics and Book by Matthew Hardy,
Music by Randy Klein

Produced by Apples & Oranges Productions

Ripped
Book, Music and Lyrics by Dan Furman
Additional lyrics by Mary-Liz McNamara

Produced by Maren Berthelsen

The Arresting Dilemma of Mr. K
Book by John Sparks
Music and lyrics by Jon Steinhagen
Produced by PlayLab NYC

2008 Musicals

Once Upon a Wind
Book and Lyrics by Tom Diggs
Music by Jay D'Amico
Produced by Sheila McDevitt/iD

So Happy I Could Scream!
Book by Judy Freed
Music by Sari Miller
Lyrics by Randi Wolfe
Additional lyrics by Sari Miller
Produced by Meredith Lucio/ Wild Bird Productions in association with Fumiko Eda/ Live Arts Pacific

2007 Musicals

At the Back of the North Wind
book by Jeffrey Haddow
music by Thomas Tierney
lyrics by Jeffrey Haddow and Thomas Tierney
Produced by Pat Flicker Addiss

Saratoga Trunk Songs
By David Arthur
Produced by Dennis Grimaldi

Opa!
Book by Mari Carras & Laurel Ollstein
Lyrics by Mari Carras & Donald Carl Eugster
Music by Nicholas Carras & Nicholas Kitsopoulos
Produced by Double Play Connections, LLC and Wild Bird Productions, Inc

2006 Musicals

Friends Like These
Music by John McMahon
Lyrics by Jay Jeffreys
Book by John McMahon and Jay Jeffreys
Produced by Joel & Phyllis Ehrlich

Hell Hole Honeys
Music by David Ogrin
Book by Steve Mackes
Lyrics by Ben Budick, Steve Mackes, and David Ogrin
Produced by Lisa Dozier and Matt Wolf

By the Numbers
Book/Lyrics by Amanda Yesnowitz
Music by Brian Feinstein
Produced by Stephanie Riso and Cabaret Pittsburgh

Meester Amerika
Book by Jennifer Berman
Music by Artie Bressler
Lyrics by Michael Colby
Producedby June Rachelson Ospa and Daniel Meiden

2005 Musicals

Sunfish
Music by Hyaeyoung Kim
Lyrics by Michael Cooper
Book by Hyaeyoung Kim and Michael Cooper
Produced by Eva Price

The Adding Machine
Book/Lyrics by Fran Handman
Music by Sheldon Gartner
Produced by June Rachelson-Ospa

Saint Heaven
Book by Martin Casella
Music/Lyrics by Keith Gordon
Produced by Van Hill Entertainment

2003 Musicals

About Face
Book/Lyrics by David Arthur
Music by Jeffrey Lodin
Produced by David Grimaldi

 

Hamlet
Music by Janek Leclecky
English Lyrics by George Harvill and Vince Parrillo
Produced by US Hamlet Production Co.

Deirdre
Book/Lyrics by Richard Neumer
Music by Michael McCarthy
Produced by Penney Seal Productions

2002 Musicals

Valadon
Music by Doug Katsaros
Lyrics by Michael Barry Greer
Book by Lawrence Richards, Doug Katsaros, and Michael Barry Greer
Conceived by Lawrence Richards
Produced by June Rachelson Ospa and Bozomoon Productions

The Story of My Father
Book by Jason King
Music/Lyrics by Various Artists (jukebox musical)
Produced by Audrey Duncan and Shari Upbin

Sugar Dumpling
Book/Lyrics by Cheryl L. Davis
Music by Colby Sachs
Produced by Greg Bossler/Music in a Box and Michael Ryan

2001 Musicals

Between the Lines
Book/Lyrics by Bryan D. Leys
Music by James Campodonico
Produced by Tweiss Productions

The Ambition Bird
Book/Lyrics/Music by Matthew Sheridan
Produced by Elizabeth Lucas

Ivanhoe the Musical
Book/Lyrics/Music by Mark Weiser
Produced by The Culture Project

The Great American Trailer Park Musical
Book by Betty Kelso
Music/Lyrics by David Niehls
Produced by TP Productions

2000 Musicals

The Red House
By Brett Kristofferson
Produced by Front Line Productions/Nina Howes in assoc. with Suzanna Bowling

Vices
Book, music & lyrics by Everett Bradley, Susan Draus, Michael Heitzman, Ilene Reid
Produced by Niclas Nagler in assoc. with Jonathan Cerullo

Vanities and Vexation
(now nor’mal)
Book& lyrics by Yvonne Adrian & Cheryl Stern
Music by Tom Kochan
Produced by Cosmic Leopard/Womenkind - Emma Palzere & Karen Eterovich


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