A WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL!
Book by Gordon Greenberg Music & Lyrics by Tommy Newman
Musical Direction, orchestrations and additional music by Zachary Dietz
Previews start at Capital Rep on Friday March 1, 2013
Run Continues March 5 – March 30, 2013
(no performance on Easter)
Albany, NY – Feb. 21, 2013 – Capital Repertory Theatre proudly announces the World Premiere of a new musical SINGLE GIRLS GUIDE. It’s the fun and fizzy story of Emma, a spirited newspaper columnist in 1966 Manhattan who wants more out of life and plans to get it by dishing out advice and serving up her own brand of love to men and women everywhere. With a buoyant 60s-inspired pop-rock score by Tommy Newman and a book by Gordon Greenberg, SINGLE GIRLS GUIDE bursts onto the Capital Rep stage after two years in the making. Preview performances start March 1, with official opening on March 5 and a run that continues through March 30.
SINGLE GIRLS GUIDEhas been in development for more than two years since creators, Gordon Greenberg and Tommy Newman, contacted Capital Rep Producing Artistic Director, Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, to see if she would be interested in developing a new work inspired by the music of the 1960s, Jane Austen’s EMMA, Helen Gurley-Brown and a touch of “Dear Abby.”
Says Mancinelli-Cahill, “The concoction made me smile. I love literature and grew up with the headlines and rising hemlines of the 60s. They were talking my language. That was two years ago with lots of re-writes, feedback and public readings in between. Seeing this delightful show come to life on our stage now is a great thrill.”
With 17 sparkling new songs, SINGLE GIRLS GUIDE rocks, pops and bossa novas onto the stage, following the stylish world of 1966 Manhattan, where beloved newspaper columnist Emma Woodhouse is still single and about to turn 30. As her father urges her to marry the first available man and her editor -- the handsome-but-preoccupied, Nick Knightley -- urges her to toe the line, Emma begins to transform her household advice column into a platform for change, encouraging readers to drop their casseroles, question the nature of marriage and demand sexual freedom. In a Helen Gurley Brown inspired move, Emma recruits Harriet, her first ‘Single Girl’ and vows to overhaul her life, setting into motion a chain of events that culminates in hilarious calamity at Truman Capote’s famous Black and White Ball. In the end, love may conquer all, but as Emma learns, along with her protégé, ‘when it’s right, it’s never perfect.’
The creators, Gordon Greenberg (book) and Tommy Newman (music and lyrics) worked together previously on BAND GEEKS, a musical which was therecipient of NEA and NAMT grants for development and production at Goodspeed Musicals in 2010. Greenberg, an accomplished director who has numerous NYC and regional credits, including the recent acclaimed national tour of GUYS AND DOLLS, is no stranger to Capital Rep, having directed some of the theatre’s most beloved productions, including SONG OF SINGAPORE, JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS (which went on to a year-long run in NYC), EDGES: THE MUSICAL and 33 VARIATIONS. He was also the creative force and director for the world premiere of Neil Sedaka’s BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO at Capital Rep. Newman, who makes his Capital Region debut with SINGLE GIRLS GUIDE, has received numerous awards for his songwriting, including the ASCAP Foundation Cole Porter Award, Frederick Loewe Award and has also been named an O’Neill Theatre Center Fellow for his work in musical theatre.
“I started thinking about the notion of turning Jane Austen's EMMA into an advice columnist who had all the answers for the people in her life – but couldn't seem to figure out her own,” says Gordon Greenberg, SINGLE GIRLS book writer and director. “It was an idea that resonated strongly for me, surrounded by smart perennially single people in New York. The mid-1960's seemed like the right period for reinventing the story - a time when marriage and gender roles were being redefined, music had a vibrant distinct sound, and personal style signified liberation.
“Truman Capote's legendary Black and White Ball quickly became the centerpiece of the show, where all the stories collided. And of course, Helen Gurley Brown, who forged a brand new path with 'Sex And The Single Girl,' became the final piece of the inspirational puzzle. She became the role model for our Emma – a woman who embraces being single, recreates her life with style, and inspires great changes in the world around her.”
Tommy Newman, the show’s composer and lyricist, came on board inspired by the variety of style and rhythms that were emerging in the 60s. Says Newman, “The explosion of music in the 60s provides such a deep well for a composer. It was a time of enormous change – radios blasting with everything from James Brown to Barbra Streisand. And I love that stuff! In any musical, keeping the story and emotional life of the characters going is key – but being given the opportunity to achieve that in a fresh way with all the energy of the 60s is not only a challenge, but a gift.”
The stellar cast includes veterans from New York and regional theatre, lead by Kate Loprest as Emma, most recently seen on HBO’s BOARDWALK EMPIRE and on Broadway in WONDERLAND. Jonathan Rayson, who plays Emma’s handsome love interest, has been on Broadway in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, the national tour of A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD and several Off-Broadway shows, including I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE. Knightley’s rival is played by Kelsey Kurz, a recent Julliard School graduate, who recently performed in the Broadway production of MERCHANT OF VENICE with Al Pacino.
Nick Wyman, a veteran of 16 Broadway musicals, including CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, LES MIS, and PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, plays Henry Woodhouse, Emma’s father. In addition his extensive resume of plays and musicals, Mr. Wyman has the distinction of being the President of Actors Equity Association, the professional actors union.
Farah Alvin, last seen at Capital Rep in the World Premiere of EDGES: THE MUSICAL, portrays Harriet, Emma’s first makeover project. In addition to several Broadway credits, Ms. Alvin has been nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her role in Off-Broadway’s THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES and was the recipient of the 2011 NYMF Outstanding Actress Award for her performance in Sycamore Trees. Playing Harriet’s Rhode Island true love is ROBB SAPP, whose credits include SHREK and WICKED on Broadway and numerous roles Off Broadway, including the recent the revival of ENTER LAUGHING.
Rounding out the cast is Susan Mosher as Miss Simpkins and Truman Capote; and Victoria Cook and Gwen Hollander as Emma’s office colleagues.
The cast joins a veteran design team including Michele Lynch, choreographer, Jo Winiarski, sets; Jeffrey Croiter and Corey Pattak, lights; Dane Lavery, costumes and David Thomas, sound.
SHOW TIMES, TICKETS
Previews for SINGLE GIRLS GUIDE start on March 1 with opening night on Tuesday, March 5 with a run that concludes on Saturday, March 30. (There is no show on Easter).
Regular performances times are Tuesday-Thursday 7:30PM, Friday/Saturday 8PM, Saturday 3PM and Sunday 2PM. There is a Wednesday matinee at 2PM on March 13.
Tickets for SINGLE GIRLS GUIDE range from $16 (students) to $70. For tickets and information, call TICKETS BY PROCTORS at (518) 445-SHOW (7469) or online at www.capitalrep.org.
Capital Repertory Theatre is located at 111 N. Pearl Street, Albany, NY.
Production sponsors for SINGLE GIRLS GUIDEat Capital Repertory Theatre are Hampton Inn & Suites - Albany Downtown, and The Monroe Apartments.
SINGLE GIRLS GUIDE
At a Glance
Play: SINGLE GIRLS GUIDE
Authors: Book by Gordon Greenberg Music & Lyrics by Tommy Newman
Musical Direction, Orchestration and Additional Music by: Zachary Dietz
Producer: Capital Repertory Theatre, 111 N. Pearl St. Albany, NY 12207\
Dates: March 1 – March 30
Directed by: Gordon Greenberg
Choreographed by: Michele Lynch
Kate Loprest………………………… Emma Woodhouse
Jonathan Rayson…………………… Nick Knightley
Kelsey Kurz………………….………. T.R. Elton
Nick Wyman……………………….… Henry Woodhouse
Farah Alvin…………………………... Harriet
Robb Sapp…………………………… Marvin
Susan Mosher………………………. Miss Simpkins, Truman Capote
Victoria Cook……………………….. Joanne, Eunice, Mary
Gwen Hollander…………………….. Gladys, Flo
Jo Winarski…………........................ Set design
Corey Pattak/Jeffrey Croiter……… Lighting design
Dane Laffery………………………… Costume design
David Thomas……………………… Sound design
SPECIAL EVENTS FOR SINGLE GIRLS GUIDE
Tuesday, March 5– OPENING NIGHT - 6:30PM: Patrons are invited before the show to enjoy live music entertainment with soprano Amy Shake accompanied by pianist Rebecca Benjamin. 7:30pm curtain. Post show: All patrons are invited for desserts and champagne reception in the café to meet the cast and crew.
Tuesday, March 12-Chef’s Table – 6:30PM All ticket-holders are invited to enjoy live music entertainment with soprano Amy Shake accompanied by pianist Rebecca Benjamin in the lobby and free hors d'oeuvre(compliments of La Serre andTaste restaurants).
Wednesdays, March 13, 20 - Post Show Discussionwith cast and Artistic Director, Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill and the cast of SINGLE GIRLS GUIDE
Sunday, March 24,BEHIND THE SCENES, “The Creative Process: How New Work is Created.” 12:45PM – Complimentary continental breakfast for all patrons. 1:10 - 1:30PM - Pre-show presentation.