Our musical is finally opening! This Thursday night June 9th at 7:30pm as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival. We had an amazing preview performance last Saturday night. I’ve talked about the Indiegogo campaign that allowed us to raise the money to mount the production, I’ve talked about our amazing producer Michael Blaha, and our brilliant director Michele Spears.

Now I must talk about our amazing cast: Jennifer Leigh Warren knocks it out of the park every time she opens her mouth, as does the star of our last musical, Bukowsical, the amazing Lauren RubinLamont Dozier, Jr. will make you fall in love with him from the first note he sings. Wearing many hats in the show is the hardest-working man in show business (because we’ve given him a thousand things to do in the show, all of which he does well), Zachary FordJahmaul Bakaré brings his booming voice and great personality to the show, and he is matched by Anne Yatco who shines brightly throughout.  Another alumna from Bukowsical, Nadia Ahern, brings her strong voice and presence to bear on a bunch of the songs, and last but not least, Eliot Hochberg, whose skills run the gamut from the funniest songs in the show to the most dramatic and serious.

Besides getting some raves on the show from many of the preview-night attendees, the comment heard most frequently was, “What a cast!” I couldn’t agree more, we are SO lucky to have performers of this caliber. These voices and talents will floor you.

AND I would be remiss if I didn’t mention a few other people: Our music director, David O, is one of the most in-demand MDs and theater composer/musicians in the business. He has made my job – and the cast’s – so much easier. John Mitchell, one of our main producers from Bukowsical, who, along with Robert Pullman and ANC Productions, have put some amazing support, facilities and equipment behind our little show. Special thanks to Holly Rockwell-Pullman for always doing more than seems humanly possible.  We couldn’t do it without Becky Hefferman, was also our stage manager on Bukowsical, and she is assisted by an amazing crew of technical and production professionals. I’ll mention all of them in later blogs.

Besides our opening THIS THURSDAY NIGHT, we have 3 more performances: June 14 7:30pmJune 18 2pm, and June 23 7:30pm. Please note that doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime – and the show and venue is 21+
It’s at Asylum @ The Dragonfly (Main Stage) 6510 Santa Monica Blvd. LA (between Hudson and Wilcox, south side of the street). Here’s the link to get tickets:

PLUS – another very good friend of mine has a show in the Festival that I want to encourage all of you to see: Tracy Newman, a great songwriter and performer in her own right, is directing and producing her daughter’s play, “Charlotte’s Shorts” at the Fringe. It has an all-star cast including SNL’s Laraine Newman, and the fabulous Lynne Stewart (Miss Yvonne from Pee-Wee’s Playhouse). Here’s a link to get tickets for Charlotte’s Shorts:

Hope to see you all at our show. Many thanks to my brilliant co-writer, Spencer Green. Please come up afterwards and say hello!

Much love,

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