BMI Short Musical Production
What Won't We Do For Love?
Music by Glenn Gordon
Lyrics by William Squier
A Small Reception
Book and Lyrics by Mark O'Donnell
Music by Art Yelton
Directed by Art Yelton
Time: The Present. Place: A superlative
Park Avenue penthouse.
RORY (A Cute Young Caterer) Brian-Mark Conover
ANGELA (The Bride) Lisa Asher*
TROY (The Groom) Michael Marra
MYRA (Troy's Mother) Diana Salyer*
BEN (Troy's Powerful Father) Chuck Pooler
ISABEL (An Icy Young Woman) Nancy Slusser*
An Upper West Side Story
Music by Shelly Gartner
Book & Lyrics by Chan Chandler
Directed by Rod Caspers
Place: Ricco's Italian/American Café
and various other locations around Manhattan.
MERK BAZZINI: Saverio Guerra*
RUDY HEDGECOCK: Shelly Gartner*
THE WOMAN: Catherine Maranto*
THE MAN: John Bransdorf*
on a short story by David K. Arthur
Book & Lyrics by David K. Arthur
Music by Jeffrey Lodin
Directed by David K. Arthur
Stage Manager: Joanna M. Allen
Time: December 23, 1988; Opening Night of
Maggie DeMayo's new musical Flyin' High!
Place: Joe's Bar, a West 53rd Street Dump and a street corner
1ST BUZZARD/HANNAH HONEYWELL: Mana Allen*
2ND BUZZARD/BROOKS ATKINSON: Bill Newhall*
3RD BUZZARD/EDNA VEAZY: Adinah Alexander*
MAGGIE DEMAYO: Linda Miles*
JOE: Steve Routman*
ARCHIE: William McCauley*
and the Lyricist
Lyrics by David K. Arthur
Music by Brian Lasser
Performed by Mana Allen*
Book & Lyrics by Marc Castle
Music by Scott Zesch
Directed by Marc Castle
Time: The Present
Place: A revival movie house in New York
MARY: Lisa Asher*
JOHN: Ray Wills*
Hopefully Ever After
Book & Lyrics by David K. Arthur
Music by Glenn Gordon
Directed by David K. Arthur
Time: Saturday April 27, 1991, the day of
Sarah's marriage to George.
Place: The Manhattan townhouse of Sarah Whithall's parents; the
action takes place in adjoining upstairs bedrooms and in the hall
outside. Unbeknownst to Sarah and George, several small disasters
have already occurred downstairs.
JACK (The Best Man): Bill Newhall*
LIZ (The Maid of Honor): Adinah Alexander*
SARAH The Bride): Cheryl Stern*
GEORGE (The Groom): Steve Routman*
* Member of Actor's Equity Association
Co-Producers Sean Burke & William Squier
Set Design Margie O'Shea
Assistant Designer Adam Frank
Artistic Director: Sean Burke
Managing Director: Allison Jones
General Manager: Michael Herz
Resident Director: Marty Fluger
Intern Coordinator: Michael Mejias
Financial Administrator: April Cowin
Audience Development: Ron O'Connor
Fundraising: Ralph Lewis
Special Thanks: Beth Levine, Frank Fighera, Kim
Chandler, Frank Pelly and CGR Ace Proofers, A. Heather Doughty,
Esq. and the BMI Lehman-Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.
has worked extensively regionally and Off-B'way at The Cherry
Lane, Promenade, St. Peter's GeVa and Goodspeed Opera House (to
name a few).
Mana Allen appeared
on Broadway in Merrily We Roll Along
and Smile. She has also been seen
Off-B'way, regionally, nationally, internationally, on television
and heard on radio. She has never been in a movie.
David K. Arthur has
worked as an actor, director and choreographer on numerous musicals
throughout the U.S. In addition to the BMI workshop, David is
working on two new musical with composers Jeff Lodin and Skip
Kennon, and a third with Brian Lasser, who he has collaborated
with on "special material" for such singers as Jeff
Harner and Karen Mason.
Lisa Asher hails form
Butler, KY (Pop. 500 - salute!) and is quite happy to be a new
resident in the Big Apple. Prior to arriving here she was working
in Chicago and regional theatres around the country. Lisa is very
excited to be working with the BMI writers and hopes they become
the much needed fresh new talents in the theatre.
John Bransdorf was
last seen in Schmidt and Jones' new production Collette
Collage. He can be seen in many television commercials
and programs. John's extensive credits range from Beat
to Charlotte's Web.
Rod Caspers has staged
many musicals both regionally and in NYC. Among them are: Carousel,
Merrily We Roll Along, Working
and Lies and Legends. Plays include
Foxfire, 'Night Mother and Close
Ties. Rod has written several plays and musicals. Broken
Hearts, three Oscar Wilde stories he adapted for the stage,
was recently published. Rod currently lives in Austin, TX, where
he teaches at the University of Texas.
Marc Castle is a proud
member of The Dramatist Guild, Equity, SAG, AFTRA, the BMI Musical
Theatre Workshop, Village Playwrights, The Center, ARTS, The Actors
Fund, Channel 13, The Democratic Party, Public Citizen, Blue Cross/Blue
Shield and Staples Office Supplies.
Chan Chandler has written
many plays and musicals including A Part
of Me, Oh Cloris! and Simply
Weill, which he directed at the Yale Cabaret. He wrote
the screenplay Red Dawn for Rob
Lowe. He recently wrote two music videos for Prince's upcoming
album, Diamonds and Pearls. A member
of the Tisch School of the Arts faculty at NYU, Chan is also happy
to be a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop.
recently played man characters in the NY classic Forbidden
Broadway (in Philadelphia). Prior to that, he worked in
Chicago in such favorites as Noises Off
as Tim Allgood and Pacific Overtures
as The Madam.
Shelly Gartner has
the rare distinction of making his living as a musician. He is
a perspiring songwriter in both the Pop and Musical Theatre genres.
Shelly was most recently seen on Channel 2's A Schtick and a Dream
accompanying Morey Alter. He is a second year member of the BMI
Musical Theatre Workshop.
Saverio Guerra recently
appeared in the Naked Angel's production of Summer
Winds and an evening of one-acts at MCC. Saverio can be
seen in the film True Love.
Jeffrey Lodin has
written the music for Nice People
in collaboration with Tony Tanner. He is also working on three
other musicals which he hopes will appear on Broadway before the
Catherine Maranto is
a versatile performer who, when not acting, can be found behind
the mike with some of NY's top bands including The Peter Duchin
Orchestra and the funk band Slam! Recent stage work includes Talk
Show at the Duplex. TV audiences have seen her in Story
Behind the Story and A Current
Affair as well as playing many roles on daytime soaps.
Michael Marra was
most recently seen as Aaron/Ryan in The City Troupe's production
of The Redemption of Jamie Harris
at CAMI Hall. He would like to be seen in Les
Miserables. Currently he studies acting with Sande Shurin.
William McCauley has
worked for twenty-five years as an actor, director, musical director
and lighting designer on Broadway, Off-B'way, in repertory companies,
dinner theatres, stock, television and film.
Linda Miles moved
from LA where she was featured on the soundtracks of various television
specials, variety shows and films. She appeared in How
to Succeed... with Bobby Morse and in Kismet
with John Reardon. Working her way to Broadway, Linda moved to
New York where she appeared at the McCarter Theater before graduating
to Off-Off-B'way and Off-B'way appearing in Crimes
of the Heart, Smoke On The Mountain,
Miss Firecracker Contest and As
You Like It. Last year she produced and co-wrote Mountain
William Newhall can
currently be seen as the silver-haired Victor Gadarian, Private
Eye, on ABC-in-the-Square Downtown,
now scheduled for the 1992 Broadway season.
Chuck Pooler last
appeared with AF in Just War. He
has also been in the AF productions Going
Homeless, The Comic Book Show
and two versions of The Grand Guignol.
Other NY credits include Desi Arnaz in Babalu
and Bradley in Buried Child.
Steve Routman was last
seen on Broadway in George Abbott's Broadway.
He has also appeared in Much Ado About
Nothing and Love's Labor's Lost
for the New York Shakespeare Festival. Steve has also worked in
regional theaters across the country.
Diana Salyer During
a long and varied career (there are those who swear she was at
Ford's Theatre the night Lincoln was shot), she continues her
tradition of playing flamboyant, volatile ladies. Her favorite
and most acclaimed was Lucille Ball in Off-B'way's Babalu
by Jerold Goldstein and William Squier.
Nancy Slusser is a
founding member of The Artist's Perspective Theatre in NYC. Favorite
roles include Katherina in Amadeus,
Tessie Tura in Gypsy, Angel in
Best Little Whorehouse and Tuna
in Sam Shepard's Seduced, performed
at the John F. Kennedy Center.
Cheryl Stern lists
among her credits, Broadway and National tours of Les
Miserables, Evita, Fiddler
on the Roof, I'm Getting My Act...,
the West Coast premier of Closer Than
Ever (San Francisco Chronicle Award - Best Actress). She
has been featured in roles at the Birmingham Theatre, Pittsburgh
Playhouse, CLO, Walnut Street Theatre, George Street Playhouse
and KC Starlight. Cheryl is a member of "The New Group"
Repertory Company. Her original one-woman show In
the Cracks opens in September.
William Squier is a
member of AF's Writers Unit and has written or co-written four
plays produced by the company (with a fifth upcoming). Bill is
also a member of the Dramatists Guild, Pen to Stage, and the BMI
Workshop. Paul Bernstein thinks he looks like Oscar Wilde.
Ray Wills has appeared
in NYC at ELT, MTW, AJT, JRT, EST and for a year Off-B'way, he
was a "Rothschild".
Art Yelton, originally
from Houston, recently conducted productions of The
Sound of Music and The Music Man.
He has appeared as Reno Sweeney in the notorious Fire Island production
of Anything Goes, and works as
a freelance pianist here in New York.
Scott Zesch wrote
music and lyrics for Red Sun,
in his native state of Texas. He contributed songs for several
original shows at Harvard University, and is currently at work
on two musicals, one set in New Mexico, the other in Shanghai.