26 Jokes Only Theatre Nerds Will Understand

Love Quirks, a new original musical about the perils of dating (and relationships) in Manhattan with a score by my good friend Seth Bisen-Hersh, made the front page of Playbill.com* today! 

This is a project that has been a long time in the making, from recording and releasing the EP last year, multiple readings, and then a successful Kickstarter campaign to help fund an off-Broadway run, is finally making its true debut at Theatre 54 for three weeks in September!

The song above is one of my favorites from the show. Take a listen and then head over to the Love Quirks website to buy tickets! See you there!

*The announcement of Love Quirks’ run also appeared on TheaterMania and BroadwayWorld today.

(Source: Spotify)

Season 8 of #DoctorWho premiered tonight and by some crazy turn of events, I got to attend the taping of the live pre-show and #AfterWho show featuring Alton Brown, Mark Gatiss, wilwheaton, and hosted by Chris Hardwick! (nerdistindustries)

It was an altogether incredible Whovian experience. Thank you so much Marianne for inviting me along!

Olaf remembers his friend and idol, the Genie

In the past 24 hours there has been a huge outpouring of stories recounted about how Robin Williams touched people’s lives.

I found this story, at the link above, written by Josh Gad especially touching.  

There has been much comparison made between Gad and Williams this year as Frozen’s popularity boomed and Olaf became a beloved comedic icon for a new generation of kids, as the Genie was for my generation.  So it was truly wonderful to hear how much Gad was inspired by Robin Williams, both through friendship and his performances.

A must read for Disney lovers and theater fans.

I never thought that I could be so completely devastated over the loss of someone I hadn’t met.

Robin Williams and his comedy was a staple of my childhood; first as Peter Pan and The Genie and later discovering Mork, Mrs. Doubtfire, Armond in The Birdcage (the first R-rated movie I snuck my way into).  He was my introduction to standup comedy, all comedy.

I’ve had the opportunity in my career, 10 years plus internships in the entertainment industry, to meet a number of Robin Williams’ contemporaries and it had always been a dream that I would someday meet and work with him but it hadn’t yet happened.

Event though the meeting never happened, I always felt as though it had.  Through every character Robin Williams portrayed, there was something that filtered through, something that felt completely genuine and true to the real person.

A friend who did have the chance to work with Robin assures me that I was right to feel that way and that I would have loved the real man as much as I loved his characters.

I’ve never battled depression or addiction so after shock, my first reaction to this terrible news is to feel incredibly angry at this genius of a man who took his own life.  It seems like such a waste.  

But now there is nothing to be done to change what has happened and I will try to be more understanding in the future to friends battling similar afflictions.

This incredibly sad moment is not truly mine to own, but I feel a part of it, as I know so many others do.  Robin Williams the character was loved by so many and I only wish that could have been better translated into his life as Robin Williams the man so that he didn’t experience such a need to escape.

The world will be different without his comedic genius.

A preview of “Come to the Fun Home” in honor of the announcement that the musical which premiered at The Public Theater this past fall will be transferring to Broadway for Spring 2015!

Fun Home Sets Dates for Spring Broadway Bow

This is fantastic! I think that Fun Home was truly the best new musical of the 2013-2014 NY theatre season and now it will truly have a chance to shine!

Fun Home, based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel of the same name, features music by composer Jeanine Tesori (Violet, Shrek, Caroline, or Change). The musical is a memory piece in which the main character, Alison, comes to terms with her past growing up in a funeral home with a closeted homosexual father through the illustration of her novel.

Congrats to The Public Theater and good luck for a successful transfer to Broadway!

Ken Davenport's Producer Perspective on Refunds

Broadway producer Ken Davenport posed an interesting point in his Producer’s Perspective blog post today about how the no-refund policies most theaters implement on their ticket sales is an old-fashioned way of doing business.

I thought that his opinion on the matter was refreshing.

Check out his post at the link above.

Anonymous said: Hi! I was wondering how hard it was to meet Leighton Meester or Neil Patrick Harris at the stage doors of their shows? Do they usually take pictures? Do they only sign playbills? Is it necessary to attend the show? Thank you!

Hello :)

I haven’t attempted the stage door for either show so I can’t say from first hand experience in these particular cases.

However, from what I have heard, Leighton Meester hasn’t been coming out to greet the crowds.

The word about NPH is that he does come out and sign A LOT after the last performance of the night. If you go to the 7pm performance on Saturday he won’t come out after the show because there isn’t enough time to greet the crowds and then prepare for the 10pm show.

Pictures…you can snap photos while he is signing but he most likely won’t stop to pose with each person since the crowds have been pretty massive.

Do you need to see the show…possibly not. At both How To Succeed (with Daniel Radcliffe) and Lucky Guy (Tom Hanks) there were barriers put up on either side of the stage door. One side was for people lining up before the show let out and the other was for people coming out of the show. As I remember, Dan & Tom signed the very front row from both barriers and then got into their cars.  If you don’t see the show you will have to get to the theatre pretty early in order to get a good spot on the barrier.

I hope this info helps a bit.

Hurry over and stage door these shows soon because Neil Patrick Harris is leaving Hedwig (to be replaced by Andrew Rannells) on August 17th and Of Mice and Men’s run ends this coming weekend.

The summer between my sophomore and junior years of college I interned at the company that produced Elaine Stritch at Liberty.
I never had the opportunity to meet Elaine Stritch in person but I heard so many stories about her from my co-workers that summer that I felt I had.  And when she won her Tony that year, I remember being so happy for her.
She was a tough lady- knew how to get what she wanted - and a true legend of the theater.
Elaine Stritch you will be missed.

The summer between my sophomore and junior years of college I interned at the company that produced Elaine Stritch at Liberty.

I never had the opportunity to meet Elaine Stritch in person but I heard so many stories about her from my co-workers that summer that I felt I had.  And when she won her Tony that year, I remember being so happy for her.

She was a tough lady- knew how to get what she wanted - and a true legend of the theater.

Elaine Stritch you will be missed.

Duncan Sheik's American Psycho Musical to See American Premiere at Second Stage

fafana20:

imatheatergeek:

Please please please let Matt Smith be reprising his role for the New York run!!!!

Carole Rothman, the artistic director of Second Stage, also noted that the production would have an all-American cast […]. [Source]

Too bad! :(

Oh well. I’m still interested in seeing the show and it will be much easier to get tickets without having to race other Whovians to the virtual box office.  Would have been fun to see Matt Smith on stage though. Another day another show maybe.

fafana20 Thank you for the info.

Duncan Sheik's American Psycho Musical to See American Premiere at Second Stage

Please please please let Matt Smith be reprising his role for the New York run!!!!

My good friend, Seth Bisen-Hersh (who is the reason I got to go backstage after seeing Matilda on Broadway), is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to help fund a limited Off-off-Broadway run of his musical Love Quirks. 

Love Quirks is an original musical about the perils of dating in New York City.  The songs, which I will be posting here over the next couple of weeks and are available via iTunes from the concept album, are contemporary, wonderfully raunchy, and very relatable.

The theatre location and cast are all in place and with 21 days to go they have raised about 58% of the money needed in order to make the production a reality!  So ANY contribution helps!

Seth Bisen-Hersh is a composer/lyricist who has a great deal of experience working within the New York theatre community as a pianist, accompanist, musical director, and vocal coach.  He recently won an award for his lyrics for the show More to Love which played as part of the West Village Musical Theatre Festival.  His “pet” projects, other than Love Quirks, include his two annual benefit concerts Broadway Meows and Broadway Can, and his web series Every Day A Little Seth.  

I’ll be interviewing Seth, as well as some of the cast members during the remainder of the campaign so please let me know if you have any questions (about being a working actor in NYC, about writing a musical, about the process of getting a show produced, etc.) and I will be sure to have them answered for you.

Had a great time seeing @OnceMusical again (3rd time!) yesterday afternoon.  Paul Alexander Nolan (@_PaulNolan) and Jessie Fisher (@Jessie_BBA) along with the rest of the cast were fantastic at the stage door.  AND…

Spotted @juddapatow on the line waiting to get into the theater!  

I’m too much of a New Yorker to have interrupted him and his daughter so a back of the head picture was all I got but his twitter (along with the cast) confirmed that he was in the audience.

I think that I’m the only person who recognized him…

imatheatergeek:

Attempting the #Hedwig lottery.
Wish me luck!

Didn’t win this afternoon.  Ah well…maybe next time.

imatheatergeek:

Attempting the #Hedwig lottery.

Wish me luck!

Didn’t win this afternoon.  Ah well…maybe next time.