Thursday, July 22, 2010

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eLove, a Musical.com/edy
Book, Music & Lyrics by Wayland Pickard
Additional Lyrics by Sherry Netherland and Deborah Johnson

”…Catchy tunes…clever lyrics”--LA Weekly

”Witty lines, fine songs, heartfelt emotion”--Tolucan

”Fabulous…feel-good musical of the year!”--Florence Henderson

This funny and charming two-person musical is a contemporary love story based around the modern world of internet dating. A man and a woman search for that ‘special someone’ in cyberspace and find that romance is only a mouse click away, but discover more than they ever anticipated.

Two lonely singles at home on their laptop computers have signed up with an internet dating site called “eLove.com.” We hear their innermost thoughts about love and relationships as they correspond in a cyber chat room searching for their perfect soulmate. When one of them shares a unique personal moment that’s too coincidental, they discover they’ve been “perfectly matched” ...with their former lovers! The newly reunited couple rediscover their love as they start to clear the air of misunderstandings through the safe distance of cyberspace, finding true love where they least expected it...where they last left it!

This delightful and touching musical comedy is easy to produce needing only one set and a cast of two of any age. CD music background tracks are included. A modern I Do, I Do meets I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. A delightful musical romp!

Character Descriptions:
CAROL – Any age from 30-60+. Recently single and searching for true love on the internet, she is charming but lonely and works as a restaurant hostess.
FRANK – Can be of any matching age range from 30-60+. (References to age can be altered in script according to cast.) Frank is also recently single and searching for true love on the internet. He is witty but self-deprecating and works as a bookkeeper.

Musical Comedy. 1m, 1f. Acting Edition. $9.95.

The Kids Left. The Dog Died. Now What?
Book, Music and Lyrics by Carole Caplan-Lonner

"Sometimes it is fun to just go to a theater and be entertained without having to worry whether you got the deeper meaning or the highly symbolic intentions of the author. Carole Caplan-Lonner's production entitled The Kids Left. The Dog Died. Now What? is just plain fun. Its target audience is clear and those of us who are empty nesters know exactly what she is talking about...Kids takes a look at several humorous topics that confront the"baby boomer" generation. The song "Who Says Progress is Good" sets the tone for this fun look at growing old. It is a clever perspective of the hazards of modern technology for those of us who struggle to program our VCR or understand all the complexities of our cell phone."--Stage Door Magazine, Philadelphia

As introduced on NBC’s “Today Show”, The Kids Left. The Dog Died. Now What? is a musical comedy that salutes those valiantly struggling with divorce on their hands, gravity on their bodies, grandchildren on their self-images and the dating scene on their egos. The risks and uncertainties of being alive come alive through song and scene. Aging gracefully is the final frontier!

This entertaining musical about those facing a host of midlife crisis first premiered at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2007. Boasting a four-person cast, the show takes a humorous and heartfelt look at the day-to-day concerns of the over-fifty “empty-nester” crowd including everything from retirement and AARP, dating to divorce, plastic surgery and grandparenting.

Musical Comedy. 2m, 2f. Acting Edition. $9.95

Nana's Naughty Knickers
by Katherine DiSavino

"Nana's Naughty Knickers is a slick comedy by a new playwright, Katy DiSavino…the dialog is crisp and funny, and the action fast-paced...[this] Senior Citizen’s sexy sideline will have you in stitches!"--Lancaster Journal

Bridget and her Grandmother are about to become roommates. However, what Bridget saw as a unique opportunity to stay with her favorite Nana in New York for the summer quickly turns into an experience she’ll never forget. It seems her sweet Grandma is running an illegal boutique from her apartment, selling hand-made naughty knickers to every senior citizen in the five borough area! Will Bridget be able to handle all the excitement? Will her Nana get arrested - or worse! - evicted?

Nana’s Naughty Knickers will have its world premiere at the Rainbow Dinner Theatre in Pennsylvania, spring 2010. A subsequent production is slated at The Barn Dinner Theatre, in North Carolina during the fall of 2010.

Character Descriptions:
SYLVIA CHARLES – In her early eighties, living like she’s in her early twenties. The mastermind behind Saucy Slips, Etc., and the proud tenant of a rent controlled apartment.
VERA WALTERS – Sylvia’s aged accomplice: equipped with two hearing aids and a collapsible walker.
BRIDGET CHARLES – Sylvia’s unsuspecting, 20-something, soon-to-be-law-student granddaughter.
TOM O’GRADY – The newest cop on the force, happily assigned the beat where Sylvia’s apartment is.
GIL SCHMIDT – The landlord, overly eager to rid himself of his aged tenants. 60s.
HEATHER VAN PREE – Employee of Saucy Lips, looking for better opportunities, a modeling career, or just her boxes.
CLAIR – The big client. Mid 60s.
VOICE – The man at the front desk. Slightly bored and always sarcastic. Can double as one of the UPS men.
UPS MAN – Cute and a little lonely.
OTHER UPS MAN – The strong and silent type. For doubling purposes, this could be the same actor that plays Heather, Clair or Mr. Schmidt, as long as the audience doesn’t recognize them as such.

Farce. Interior. 3m, 5f with doubling. Acting Edition. $9.95.

Come Back, Come Back, Wherever You Are
by Arthur Laurents

“The prolific Laurents has given his play a crisp staging, cramming the 90-minute wake with enough heartbreak and ardor to fill a grand opera.”--Variety

Come Back, Come Back, Wherever You Are, a play by the widely-acclaimed, Tony Award-winning theatre legend Arthur Laurents, is an intimate, emotional drama about a cabaret singer coping with the devastating death of her husband, while trying to navigate her overbearing, controlling mother-in-law and the aggressive advances of a sexually persistent, handsome, new suitor.

Recently widowed Sara must comes to terms with her husband’s death but is haunted by visions of him. Her fixation on his posthumous messages dampens her historically lukewarm relationship with Marion, her therapist mother-in-law, who is disturbingly pragmatic about the passing of her son. Sara’s grief is also altered by Michelle, her under-appreciated sister-in-law, who is struggling both with her sexual identity and her relationship to her deceased brother. All is complicated by Dougal, a picture framer who is struck by the earnest Sara.

Come Back, Come Back, Wherever You Are is a gripping drama about grief and the ability of a family to cope with loss. But at its heart, it is a play about love. It was part of the 2009 season at the George Street Playhouse.

Drama. Simple Set. Simple Set. 2m, 3f. Acting Edition. $9.95.

Polyester - The Musical
Book by Phil Olson
Music by Wayland Pickard
Lyrics by Phil Olson & Wayland Pickard

“Be sure to check out this toe-tapping, hilarious journey back to your “Dancing Queen” days!...This show will take you back to the 70’s, and you’ll hardly be able to control your urge to get up on stage and do “The Funk Train!”--Actors Entertainment

“Audience members laughed uncontrollably throughout!…Energetically entertaining!…A rollicking good time!”--The Tolucan Times“I loved it!” – Fred Willard

“A fun and entertaining evening with the audience moving and grooving to the sounds of the 70’s style original music and contagious dancing in their seats. It’s fun, fun, fun all the way through!...You will have a ball! It’s the perfect show to pick up your spirits!”--NoHoArtsDistrict.com

It's "Mamma Mia" meets "Spinal Tap"

Featuring 16 original songs including "The Funk Train" and "Bump Your Booty Rump."

The story of The Synchronistics, an over-the-hill ABBA wannabe group that reunites after 20 years to perform at a public access TV telethon, put their differences aside, and try to save the station from going under.

The year was 1979 and The Synchronistics were big. Big enough to be on Johnny Carson. Their hit single, "Better Together" rose to number two on the Billboard Charts. Then something terrible happened that drove the group apart. And now, 20 years later, they're back together in Maple Valley, their home town, to perform at the 1999 WKLN public access TV Telethon.

Will they overcome their differences from 20 years ago, act professionally and help save WKLN from going under? Probably not. But you never know what to expect when this dysfunctional group gets together...one last time.

Character Descriptions:
LANCE
- Hyper, overly enthusiastic fan of The Synchronistics and host of the WKLN TV telethon. The local weatherman.
CARL - Not the brightest bulb in the box. He’s had a little too much hippie lettuce in the past.
PEGGY - Wholesome, shy. Just slightly smarter than Carl. Performs in the shadow of Mindy.
BARRY - Mindy’s ex-husband. Cheated on her which led to the group’s break-up. Wrote most of their songs, including their most famous, “Better Together.” Not very self-aware.
MINDY - The Stevie Nicks figurehead of the group. Scorned and bitter from Barry’s affair.

Musical Comedy. 3m, 2f. Acting Edition. $9.95.

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