Monday, September 10, 2012


For a Rice Krispie Treat that is sweet, crunchy and tasty, with a recipe that is clever, irreverent and fun, look no further than the latest offering at Spirit of Broadway Theater in Norwich.  From now until Sunday September 30, you are invited to sit in at all the backroom drama and comedy and free-for-all nonsense as well as the blood, sweat and tears that go into writing a musical for Broadway in the new millennium.

Hunter Bell and Jeff Bowman, with a little help from female friends, are challenged to write a musical for the New York Music Festival, with only three short weeks to meet the deadline.  The result is the ambitious, frenetic, fast-paced and forward thinking (title of show).  The name refers to the space at the head of the application where title of show belongs.

Not only do these two collaborators/composers win the contest, they take their show to off-Broadway and then, to that most sacred of all places, Broadway…and we, the audience, get to go along for the bumpy ride.

Hunter, creatively and manically drawn by Corrado Alicata and his bosom buddy Jeff, a dedicated and determined Paul Lietz, enlist the aid of two show business friends Heidi, a bubbly Shauna Goodgold, and Susan, a happily neurotic Jessica Ferrady, to meet their goal.  With a trusty silent partner Larry, a talented Dan Brandl, on piano, the quartet decides to write a musical about…writing a musical.  They drop names and plays like gumdrops on the forest floor, allude to everything from monkeys to Mame to Marcel Marceau, and to Shrek, Shakespeare, Sondheim, sequins and Sedaris, pay homage to Wonder Woman and Broadway and even sing a crazy and delightful song about Vampires, and dead ones at that.  Brett Bernardini expertly directs this mad, musical romp that went on to receive a Tony Award nomination in 2009 for Best Book of a Musical.

For tickets ($30, college students with ID $25, students $20), call Spirit of Broadway Theater, 24 Chestnut Street, Norwich at 860-886-2378 or go online to  Performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Discover for yourself the magic formula as well as all the hard work, creativity and genius that go into the penning of a successful show. OMG!  Get your jazz hands ready!

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