[title of show]
About the Show
[TITLE OF SHOW] is a 90 minute Tony award nominated musical staring two men and two women. It is a fun, fast paced show that lets the audience see these four friends write a new musical
Music and Lyrics by Jeff Bowen
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 festivals deadline and dream about the show changing their lives. [title of show] taken from the space on the festivals 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 received a Tony Award nomination for Best Book of a Musical in 2009
About the Cast
Susan ~ Emma Golebie (Moretown)
Heidi ~ Avalon Kann (Burlington)
Hunter ~ Kip Jones (Montpelier)
Jeff ~ Shane Mulcahy (Johnson State College)
Director: Patten Harvey
Music Director: Michael Halloran (Montpelier)
Producer: Shannon Pitonyak (Barre)
Choreographer: Jasmine White
Light Operators: Doug Bergstein & Kate O'Neill
Front of House Manager: Denise Badowski
You might want to get familiar with some of the more obscure terms used in [tos] before seeing it.
Alice Ripley - Unbelievable Broadway actress and belter. As in, “Alice Ripley was f’in fierce in Side Show.”
Ass-broke - Without funds. Used like, “If Emma doesn’t get that check from the Smokehouse, she’s gonna be ass-broke, y’all.”
Bagels and Yox - 1951 Jewish review that ran on Broadway around the same time as Borscht Capades.
Betty Comden and Adolph Green - Book writers and lyricist of many musicals. As in, “Adolph, quit fartin’ around and help Betty write those Will Rogers Follies lyrics.”
Bitches - Friends, pals, loved ones. As in, “I appreciate you bitches being so supportive at my grandma’s funeral.”
Brazilian wax - Depilatory treatment that hurts like a mother f’in bitch.
Commodore 64 - Computer released in August of 1982. As in, “What? Kip is 7 years younger than a C64”
Dan Pessano - “Daddy Warbucks” to Heidi’s “Annie” in 1982. Heidi may say, “Y’all, should I audition for that production of Hello, Dolly! that Dan Pessano is directing?”
Dinah Manoff - (See “Empty Nest”).
Dixon Ticonderoga - A soft, number 2 pencil. Used like, “Jeff prefers to write songs with a Dixon Ticonderoga, not an f’in Faber-Castell.”
Doc Hollywood- 1991 film featuring Michael J. Fox, currently running every hour on the hour on TBS.
Empty Nest - (See Dinah Manoff).
G’Nerds – Gay Nerd Michaels encyclopedic knowledge of musicals makes him a g'nerd...
Henry, Sweet Henry - The best damned Don Ameche musical ever.
John Cameron Mitchell - Talented creator of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Used like, “Emma has no idea who John Cameron Mitchell is, but she loves saying his name.”
Ken Billington - Lighting designer of A Doll’s Life, Annie Warbucks and [title of show].
Kwamina - Interracial musical from 1961 with music and lyrics by Richard Adler. Used like, “You can borrow my Kwamina record, but I’ll kill you if you scratch it.”
Mamie Duncan-Gibbs - Talented theatre actress and star of Chicago. One of Mamie’s friends may say, “Mamie Duncan-Gibbs, that’s my girl!”
Mary Stout - Lovable Broadway actress. As in “Mary Stout was excellent as “Enid” in A Change in the Heir.”
Me doots - A variant pronunciation of “my doubts.” As in, “I hope this [tos]sary helps explain [title of show], but I have me doots.”
Mexcellent - When something is both Mexican and excellent. Used like, “Getting $1 off an item at The Mad Taco when saying you loved “[title of show]” is Mexcellent!.” ** Offer Good Until November 20,2011**
Other Bitches – Larry
Pink Sawdust - A deodorizing powder developed to absorb and neutrilize vomit odors.
Roma Torre - NY One anchor and notable theatre critic. Our press agent may say, “I hope Roma Torre doesn’t rip [title of show] a new a’hole.”
Seafood Mare - Chelsea eatery featuring outdoor dining. A Chelsea boy may say, “I was sitting outside at Seafood Mare when--oh, my god, there’s Tim Gunn.”
(see Tim Gunn)
S'luck - An appropriate response to “Wish us luck!”
Smell-em-ups - Any scented room sanitizer.
Smell-O-Vision - A 60’s invention that allows audience members to smell what they’re watching. As in, “When Emma eats Mac ‘n Cheese, it’s fortunate for the audience that the show isn’t in Smell-O-Vision.”
Starlight Express - Andrew Lloyd Weber + roller skates = AMAZING!
The Gray Lady - The New York Times. As in, “The Gray Lady could take the Post in a cage match any day.”
The O'Neill Center - Connecticut-based summer camp for grown-up theatre nerds. Hunter may say, “I made out hard with that dude at The O’Neill Center.”
The Rink - Kander and Ebb musical from 1984 that starred Chita and Liza. Where’s a time machine when you need it?
Tim Gunn - Design mentor of TV’s “Project Runway.” Used like, “I saw Tim Gunn walk by Seafood Mare.”
Tippy Turtle - Iconic reptile used as a litmus test for aspiring artists. For example, “My “Tippy Turtle” drawing wasn’t so good, but my “Pete the Pirate” totally rocked.”
Word - Street vernacular. Short for “word to your mother.” As in, “Word.”