2017-2018

Season

2017-2018

Season

Each year, the New Studio on Broadway casts its junior and senior classes in a series of full staged productions, workshops (in collaboration with Tisch New Musicals and the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program), and 29 hour readings. These shows offer the opportunity for the students to use the skills they are learning in classes as well as provide experience-building productions that instruct the students in the world of commercial theatre (at all steps in the process from inception to production).

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SPRING PRODUCTIONS

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PRODUCTIONS

SPRING PRODUCTIONS

 

Glass Girl - February 11th (29 Hr. Reading)

Tuck Everlasting - February 28th-March 10th

in Studio 104, 113 2nd Ave

What would you do if you had all eternity? Eleven-year-old Winnie Foster yearns for a life of adventure beyond her white picket fence, but not until she becomes unexpectedly entwined with the Tuck Family does she get more than she could have imagined. When Winnie learns of the magic behind the Tuck’s unending youth, she must fight to protect their secret from those who would do anything for a chance at eternal life. As her adventure unfolds, Winnie faces an extraordinary choice: return to her life, or continue with the Tucks on their infinite journey. Based on best-selling children’s classic by Natalie Babbitt and adapted for the stage by Claudia Shear and Tim Federle, Tuck Everlasting features a soaring score from Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen.

Your Brand New Incurable Disease - March 28th-April 7th

in the Loewe Theatre, 721 Broadway

Your Brand-New, Incurable Disease is a new musical in development about an incurable disease librettist Jack Schlesinger currently has in development, with music by Danny Ursetti, who's currently unaware of any incurable diseases, although he hasn't gotten a physical in a while.  We follow Zack's attempt to make something of himself despite his body and mind shutting down around him, helped and hindered along the way by a ensemble chorus of pills in a complex and genre-hopping score.  Zack's exploration of this new disease through comedic abstractions challenges the conventions of theatre and storytelling as he searches for an answer - what does it mean to be “okay”?

Hair - April 14th-21st

in Studio 104, 113 2nd Ave

Hair tells the story of Vietnam-era youths awkwardly but exuberantly creating their own rite of passage through the confusion around them. Among them are Claude and Berger; a pair of friends battling against Claude's draft notice, and Sheila, who is in love with both of them, but her politically-active lifestyle leaves her little time to act on her feelings. Ultimately, Claude decides that the hippie life isn't for him and goes to Vietnam. With themes of alienation and civil disobedience Hair illustrates the '60s generation's search for meaning through various "be-ins," "love-ins" and protests.
 

The World in the Moon - April 28th-May 4th

in Studio 104, 113 2nd Ave

“We come from an age where soap bubbles had a chance to exist after they were touched.”

– Prologue from The World in the Moon.

An old commedia libretto adapted by a clown and staged in collaboration with an ensemble, an insane ensemble, an insemble, an insanemble. Eclittico, a fake astrologer, fools Buonafede, an old miser with two daughters (but if you count the maid, he has three) into believing that there is a world and society in the moon that can allow marriage to anyone for love and not for profit. Come find out how long the fakery lasts!

2018–A Musical Revue - May 4th-6thh

in GMTWP Black Box, 721 Broadway

What is it like to be a human at this time in history? Join us as the GMTW Cycle 27 Writers try to figure it out in a revue of original songs. An encore performance of this revue will also occur at Two River Theatre in the fall of 2018.

 

FALL PRODUCTIONS

FALL PRODUCTIONS

Swing! - October 20th-28th

in the Loewe Theatre, 721 Broadway

'Two thirds rhythm and one third soul.' That's how Fats Waller defined the uniquely American form of popular music and dance known as 'swing' which exploded out of pre-war Harlem's hotbed of youth culture and swept the world.  It shattered ethnic and cultural barriers, generating specialty styles such as Jive, Swing, Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing, and Hip-Hop Swing. Swing! celebrates this remarkable diversity to the beat of the most exhilarating songs of the period. But as this enthralling song-and-dance show makes abundantly clear, swing was never a time or place -- it has always been a state of mind!

Apollo - October 20th-22nd

in Studio 104, 113 2nd Ave

Once upon a time, in a far-off aquarium, there was an octopus who liked to eat yams. Once upon a time there was an octopus in a far-off aquarium who decided to prophesize, so he could eat more yams. Once upon a time there was an old-but-young-at-heart Japanese yam-van-lady who fed him yams, and a cantankerous Ukrainian janitor/former professor of philosophy who was jealous that the two of them were friends at all. There were some other characters too, like a girl who liked to set things on fire but was really looking for a friend. She didn’t like yams...until she did. This is not a show about yams. But it is a show about an aquarium coming together. With songs and existentialism and meditations on nature. And yams.

Fun Home - November 3rd-11th

in Studio 104, 113 2nd Ave

The New Studio on Broadway will be presenting one of the very first University productions of the 2015 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical! Fun Home traces the coming-of-age of lesbian author Alison Bechdel, from her youth, to her years at Oberlin College, and finally to the present, where Alison, now grown, is struggling to write her own graphic autobiography. As Alison reflects on her past, she struggles to make sense of it, particularly her relationship with her father, Bruce, a closeted gay man. An unforgettable and groundbreaking musical, Fun Home explores the haunting pull of memory and the power it has to alternately destroy or shape, our identity.

REB+VoDKa+ME - November 18th-19th

in Studio 104, 113 2nd Ave

REB+VoDKa+ME explores the world of Columbiners, a tightly knit Tumblr community centered around understanding the Columbine shooters, as it follows one girl searching for a missing connection on the birthday she shares with one of the shooters. At its heart it asks the question: aren’t we all just humans missing other humans?

Medusa - December 3rd (29 Hr. Reading)

Music by Rachel Dean

Words by Wes Braver

Directed by Mia Sommese

Music Directed by Mark Evans

The Colored Museum - December 6th-10th

in Studio 104, 113 2nd Ave

George C. Wolfe’s The Colored Museum has electrified, discomforted, and delighted audiences of all colors, redefining our ideas of what it means to be black in contemporary America. Its eleven "exhibits" undermine black stereotypes old and new and return to the facts of what being black means.

©2017 by the New Studio Class of 2018

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