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a musical about how musicals get made

 

February 16th-18th, 2018

After our successful first year of producing new theatre, we are now moving into the world of Musical Theater with an enchanting modern story about the how a show is conceived and eventually makes its way to Broadway.  Continuing on an organic line of development is to sustain the partnership with Williamstown Theater Festival, WMPAC Executive/Artistic Director John Zirkle, Danny Williams from The Public Theater, and Danny Sharron from Williamstown are putting the pieces together for this new production of [title of show].

Jeff and Hunter, two struggling writers, hear about a new musical theatre festival.  However, the deadline for submissions is a mere three weeks away.  With nothing to lose, the pair decides to try to create something new with the help of their friends Susan, Heidi and Larry on the eighty-eights.  With the cast in place, Jeff and Hunter begin a conversation about what to write about.  Eventually, Jeff suggests they write about what to write about.  They make a pact to write up until the festival’s deadline and dream about the show changing their lives.  [title of show] – taken from the space on the festival’s application form which asks for the [title of show] – follows Hunter and Jeff and their friends on their journey through the gauntlet of creative self-expression.  In the span of 90 minutes they write and perform their show at the festival and learn lessons about themselves as people, friends and artists.  [title of show] is, above all, a love letter to the musical theatre – a uniquely American art form – and to the joy of collaboration.  The musical recieved a Tony Award nomination for Best Book of a Musical in 2009.

 
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WMPAC'S FIRST PROFESSIONAL MUSICAL

As the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center develops its reputation as a producer of professional music theater, the focus on new musical development in [title of show] was too perfect to pass up.  Audiences track alongside the story of Hunter, Jeff, Heidi, and Susan as they go through the obstacles that lay ahead bringing a show to Broadway, just as WMPAC works through the labyrinthine processes of professional play development.  

 

creative team

Danny Sharron
Director

DANNY SHARRON IS A NYC-­BASED DIRECTOR WITH A FOCUS ON DEVELOPING NEW WORK.

HE IS FOUNDING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF UGLYRHINO PRODUCTIONS, A BROOKLYN-BASED COMPANY AIMING TO MAKE THEATER A SOCIAL EVENT BY INTEGRATING LIVE MUSIC, COCKTAILS, AND DANCE PARTIES INTO THE THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE. HE IS ALSO COMMITTED TO CREATING WORK ABOUT THE LGBTQ EXPERIENCE, AND PROVIDING A PLATFORM FROM WHICH THE VOICES OF THAT COMMUNITY CAN BE HEARD.

ANNY MOST RECENTLY DIRECTED THE WORLD PREMIERE OF JASON KIM'S THE MODEL AMERICAN AT THE WILLIAMSTOWN THEATRE FESTIVAL, AND AN ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCTION OF TAYLOR MAC’S OKAY WITH UGLYRHINO AT BUSHWICK’S NEW CENTRAL ARTS. HAS DEVELOPED WORK WITH THE PUBLIC THEATER, NEW YORK THEATRE WORKSHOP, ARS NOVA, LABYRINTH THEATER COMPANY, MA-YI, AND THE LARK. OTHER DIRECTING CREDITS: ANA GASTEYER: SWING WITH A HANDSOME WOMANJASON&JULIA BY JENNY RACHEL WEINER (WILLIAMSTOWN THEATRE FESTIVAL); THE FOREST OF WITHOUT BY BRADLEY CHERNA (DRAMA LEAGUE); STUDENT BODY BY FRANK WINTERS (NYU/STRASBERG); WHAT IT MEANS TO DISAPPEAR HERE BY JEREMY J. KAMPS, #NYC BY KYLE WARREN, GLAMDROMEDA BY BRYCE NORBITZ & BEN BONNEMA, AND IONESCO'S RHINOCEROS (UGLYRHINO).

DANNY IS AN ALUMNUS OF THE ARS NOVA DIRECTOR'S TROUPE, AND IS A RECIPIENT OF NEW YORK THEATRE WORKSHOP'S 2050 FELLOWSHIP, WILLIAMSTOWN'S BILL FOELLER FELLOWSHIP, AND THE DRAMA LEAGUE DIRECTING FELLOWSHIP. ASSOCIATE & ASSISTANT CREDITS INCLUDE INTO THE WOODS (SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK), VENICE AND PERICLES (THE PUBLIC THEATER), THE FEW (OLD GLOBE), FROST/NIXON (1ST NAT'L TOUR), TALES FROM RED VIENNA (MTC), AND LIVING ON LOVE (WILLIAMSTOWN).

Courtney Smith
Scenic Design
 

Courtney Smith is a scenic designer for theatre, dance, and film experience in both the professional and educational world. As a freelance designer, Courtney works internationally and throughout the east and west coasts. Currently he teaches design and technical theatre at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA.  He works primarily in theatre but can also be found working on music videos, commercials, events and anything with a solid story and a great group of people behind it. Courtney's designs received Meritorious Achievement Awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. His design for The Cherry Orchard won at KCACTF Region 7 and went on to win a "Distinguished Achievement Award in Scenic Design" on the national level in Washington DC.   Recent professional credits include Southwark Playhouse (UK), English National Theatre (UK), The Bushwick Starr (NY), Roundabout Theatre Company (NY), New York City Opera (NY), Playwrights Horizons (NY), Classic Stage Company (NY), Cedar Lake Dance (NY), Marvel Repertory Theatre (NY), Mount Baker Repertory Theatre (WA), Montana Shakespeare in the Parks (MT), and Idaho Repertory Theatre (ID).   Additional credits include: runway design for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Victoria's Secret, window displays for Saks Fifth Avenue, and music videos for Man Like Me.  Courtney was awarded a MFA in Scenic Design from the University of Idaho.
 

Isabella Byrd
Lighting Design

Reid Loessberg
Sound Design

Danny Williams
Co-Producer

John Zirkle
Executive Producer