Come check out the newest Stamper & Kempskie piece at the York Theatre this weekend!
Yes, squeezed in between the many Helen things we had to do last month, Robby and I wrote a nifty little musical called "Mother of the Year" for the York Theatre's 4@15.
After being so immersed in Helen and children's musicals for the past year, it was so liberating to write this piece. It's part social-commentary, part mockumentary, part satire, part "slice of life," and I'm really proud of our work. We have a fantastic cast of NYU students, who sing Robby's music beautifully and embody the wacky characters I have created so well. And Brian Blythe has done a wonderful job of shaping the piece with his direction.
And many thanks for the York for providing writers with great opportunities such as this one to create and see their work fully executed (in under a month, no less!).
Here are all the details:
York continues this unique collaboration with the Program in Vocal Performance/Musical Theatre at NYU's Steinhardt School. Four musical writing teams meet 32 student actors and write four new mini-musicals specifically for their talents. After a fast and furious rehearsal period, the new shows are presented as staged concert performances on York's stage. York's Associate Artistic Director, Brian Blythe directs, Tammy Holder music directs.
Performances are March 5th at 3 & 7pm and March 6th at 3 & 6pm at The York Theatre Company, 619 Lexington Avenue (Corner of 54th St.)
Here's the lineup:
Book and Lyrics by Rob Krausz, Music by Danny Lepek
Three days before the biggest bullfight of his life, a Matador loses his "toro mojo." Take a wacky, rollicking look into finding courage and cajones.
With: Stephanie Corvino, Meghan Dixon, Alanna Fox, Allison Macri, James Parks, Carrie Salmon, William Spinnato, Zack Wagner
Book, Music & Lyrics by Andy Monroe
A cast of nutty characters get stuck in a Manhattan elevator on their way to work in a hip, fast-paced ensemble comedy.
With: Marc Beja, Kaitlyn Burke, Jonathan Friestedt, Jordan Griffey, Cindy Lanzas, Luke Lords, Maria Sbrocchi, Amy Shaughnessy
HOARDER PATROL: A Compulsive Musical
Book, Music & Lyrics by Jim Colleran
TV's most popular clean-up crew strikes again! This week, the Hoarder Patrol helps one dysfunctional mom sift through her rubbish to uncover what's really important.
With: Stephen Eckelmann, Danielle Gimbal, Alex Hunnell, Maria Malanga, Christopher McMahon, Wilmari Myburgh, Jenna Pastuszek, Nick Savarese
MOTHER OF THE YEAR
Book & Lyrics by Nicole Kempskie, Music by Robby Stamper
In twenty-four hours one woman will be crowned the "Mother of the Year." Follow the six finalists as they prepare to set off to Honolulu in pursuit of this coveted prize.
With: Drew Berezowitz, Nic Casaula, Esther Kong, Lauren Lawson, Melissa Rapelje, Melanie Rothman, Matt Savoca, Ashley Sweetman
For more information and tickets, click here.