We sold out opening night! We filled each and every one of our 161 seats and even had people sitting in the aisle! Thanks everyone for a great opening night and for coming out to support this fabulous production!
See you at the next show, this Thursday the 15th at 5:30pm!
Tomorrow evening, I will be seated in the front row at Theater 80 as the overture to Someone Belong To begins to resound. I will be surrounded by my extremely supportive family and friends who have helped turn this little dream of ours into an astonishing reality. One year ago, we had just finished the first draft of this show, and, while we knew we had something special, I don’t think we ever truly imagined we’d have come this far quite so fast, with our show taking part in the New York International Fringe Festival!
Though we pulled this together in just a year, this show is really 65 years in the making. This show began when my father, only in his mid twenties at the time, wrote the first few notes of “You’re So Necessary”. He never imagined that in 2013, it would be sung by our two lead characters, Annie and Davis. He never realized that in the early 60’s, when he wrote the self-depricating song, “The Great American Would-Be Novelist” it would form the back story for our leading man. And he certainly never considered, that his beautiful little love song, “Someone To Belong To’, written in the early 50’s, would become the title song in a musical that finally gives his work the audience it truly deserves.
My father had such a tremendous way with words, and if he were alive today, I’m sure he could help me come up with the proper way to express the gratitude I feel to each and every person who has helped to create this fabulous show. To our cast and production team - you’ve given us so much of your time, astounding talent and relentless hard work, I cannot thank you enough. Very special shout out here to our director, Leslie Collins. Leslie, you amaze me every day. Thank you so much for taking this crazy journey with us. You’re one of a kind.
I will see you all tomorrow, 7:45pm, when the curtain peels back and we show you this terrific production. Dad, I’ll save you a seat.
Don’t you want to come check out this special production? (The answer is hell yes!)
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Theater 80 (80 St. Marks Place, NY, NY)
Friday, August 9, 7:45pm
Thursday, August 15, 5:30pm
Saturday, August 17, 7pm
Monday, August 19, 1:30pm
Sunday, August 25, 3:30pm
Because this is a show 65 years in the making. Because the music is beautiful. Because the cast is super talented. Because dammit you’re gonna love it!
I’ve got about a million things I should be catching you all up on. Our rehearsals are in full swing and there is so much happening I just don’t know where to start!
I think the best thing for me to do right now is introduce to you our positively KICK ASS production team. These folks are simply amazing. Here are their beautiful faces:
DIRECTOR: Leslie Collins
Leslie Collins is a writer, singer, actor and director originally from Dallas, TX. She is so pleased to be working with this fabulous team and continuing her work as director. As an actor, Leslie performed at such great theaters as Goodspeed, Casa Manana, Flat Rock Playhouse, Theater Under the Stars, to name a few. She performs improv (Borealis) and musical improv (HELLO) at the Peoples Improv Theater weekly and is on faculty there. She also performs on musical improv team LEGEND at the Magnet Theater. She recently completed an episode of Made for MTV as a comedy coach, which will be airing soon. She rides around town on her scooter and has a dog named Hugo, who is the love of her life. If you want to read even more about Leslie, visit www.lesliecollins.net
MUSIC DIRECTOR: Brandon Magid
Brandon is an NYC-based music director, pianist, and vocal coach and is thrilled to be a part of this project. Credits include Broadway: Godspell (Circle in the Square); Off-Broadway: Where’s Charley? (City Center Encores!), Stro! A Gala Celebration (Vineyard), and Tomorrow Morning (York); Regional: Hansel and Gretel (A.R.T); Band Geeks!, Radio Girls, James and The Giant Peach, Annie Get Your Gun, and How to Succeed (Goodspeed). Before moving to the East Coast, Brandon conducted the Joseph Jefferson winning remount of FIORELLO! at TimeLine Theater Company and the midwest premiere of A VERY MERRY(UNAUTHORIZED) SCIENTOLOGY PAGEANT, both in Chicago. He has served as an accompanist/coach for various schools and training programs including DreamYard Preparatory, Broadway Dance Center, Broadway for All, NYU, Carnegie Hall, Northwestern University, LaGuardia Community College, and Interlochen Center for the Arts. Proud Honors grad of Loyola University of Chicago.
CHOREOGRAPHER: Allison Plamondon
Allison is a choreographer, teacher and performer. Film choreography includes the Oscar-winning short film, Curfew (feature currently in production). Off-Broadway theatre includes Make Mine Manhattan (Associate, Connelly Theatre), Freckleface Strawberry (Associate, New World Stages), Bells Are Ringing directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall (SDC Observership, City Center Encores), Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids Easter Bonnet Opening Number 2012 (Associate) and Gypsy of the Year Opening Number 2012 (Associate). Other highlights includeThe Hills Are Alive! (NYMF, 2013), the Canadian premiere of Hello Again (Tarragon Theatre), and Noel Coward’s Red Peppers (La MaMa Galleria). An avid teacher, Allison has taught Tap at Broadway Dance Center, Abrons Arts Center and two of Canada’s most prestigious performing arts colleges: Randolph Academy and Sheridan College. allisonplamondon.com/dance
PROJECT MANAGER/PRODUCER: Susan McDermott
Susan is the project manager, silent producer, and protective big sister of Christine DeNoon, one of the writers and producers of Someone To Belong To. When she’s not working full time at D&B and mothering her two children, she’s reading and re-reading the 42 page FringeNYC Participant Manual making sure no deadlines have been missed and that Someone To Belong To is on track to be one of the best shows at the festival.Susan had some acting experience in high school, but has mostly enjoyed musical theater from the audience. She also has amazing childhood memories of singing many of the songs of Someone To Belong to at her father’s side while he played the piano.
PRODUCTION DESIGNER: PHIL KONG
Production Design credits include: Ensemble Studio Theatre 45th Anniversary Gala, Color, Intimate Apparel, Lobby Hero, Trojan Women: A Love Story. Lighting design credits include Time, The Nutcracker (Long Island Ballet Theatre), Bottom of the Sky (Cape Rep), Good Bye Mary Rose (Cape Rep), The Maids, Starmites! An Intergalactic Musical, The Emperor’s Last Performance (World Premiere – Robey Theatre Company), Pot! The Musical, City of Angels, Open Suite / Whoosh! The Trafficand Surrender, Dorothy! (The Rudy Perez Performance Ensemble), Value Systems and Pop Rocks (LACDC). Associate lighting design: Pinocchio,Charlotte’s Web, Good Thing, New Works (LACDC). Assistant lighting design: Sleeping Beauty Wakes (McCarter Theater, La Jolla), The Rivals (Centerstage), Gleam (Centerstage), Maple & Vine, Hannah Montana / Miley Cyrus Best of Both WorldsTour, Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (World Premiere – Disneyland), The Pajama Game, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest Pre-Show (El Capitan Theatre).
STAGE MANAGER: Christine Pynn
Christine Pynn has 6 years of theatre production experience in New York, with a focus on technical direction and stage management in the comedy communities. Credits include: Broadway’s Next H!t Musical - Nat’l Tour (stage manager), MIRANDA: A Steampunk Murder-Mystery Opera (stage manager), The Improvised Play (tech director), BUNK - IFC (Keynote VFX Op), Grumpy Films, Inc - Live Shows (tech director), BOAT Comedy (lighting design/tech director), Dystopia Gardens (ACR/stage manager). Christine is happy to be working on Someone To Belong To, and is happier in life from hearing David DeNoon’s music.
COSTUME DESIGNER: Shaina Stigler
Shaina is a comedian and personal stylist living in Brooklyn with her imaginary cat Penelope. She can be seen performing weekly at the People’s Improv Theatre and buried in the closets of New York trying to make every city girl more fashionable! You can follow her on twitter and instagram @shainastigler and through her blog shainastiglerstyles.tumblr.com. Here’s to making your day more funny and fashionable!
LIGHTING DESIGNER: Jaime Martinez-Rivera
Jaime Martinez-Rivera is a New York City based lighting designer excited to be making his Fringe Festival debut. Previous lighting credits include: Hair, Wizard of Oz, Rumors and No Exit. For the past two years Mr Martinez-Rivera has co-designed Pro Love Movement’s benefit STAND: an evening of Dance, Live Music and Film. Thank you for the cast and crew of Someone To Belong To for allowing me to come and play (and work).
And lastly, some info on Lorie and myself. We’re lucky gals to work with the amazing above folks. Thanks everyone! Can’t wait for August 9th!
WRITER/PRODUCER: Lorie Steele
LORIE STEELE is an actor, improv comedian, writer, director and producer hailing from Wilmington, DE. A graduate of Emerson College and The Peoples Improv Theater, she has been performing and producing shows in New York city for eight years. Lorie is the co-creator of sketch troupe Nefarious Popes, comedy variety show This Week Tonight and member of the improv groups STEELE/QUINN, The Enemy, Suspicious Package and Queen of Sharks. As co-writer and producer, she is honored and thrilled to be bringing the new musical, Someone To Belong To to the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival.
WRITER/PRODUCER: Christine DeNoon (look at me! I have a bio!)
CHRISTINE DENOON is a writer, improviser and producer hailing from the great state of New Jersey. What started in the summer of 2012 as an idea to use a couple of her late father’s songs in an improv show developed into the creation of a full scale musical now accepted into the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival! Creating Someone To Belong To as been a crash course in musical production for Christine and she is absolutely thrilled to be working with such a tremendous cast and production team. She hopes you’ll follow the journey of this show and finally hear the wonderful music written by her dad, David DeNoon.
MUSIC & LYRICS: David DeNoon
DAVID DENOON (1928-2005) was a composer, writer, award-winning ad man and father. Though known in life for his advertising acumen (he worked at Young & Rubicam where he wrote award-winning campaigns, including one of his most famous: the “Excedrin Headache” of the ‘60s), David had musical aspirations from the time he was a teenager. While at the University of Miami he collaborated with the likes of Jerry Herman (Hello Dolly!, La Cage aux Folles) and Robert Maxwell (Shangri-La, Ebb Tide). In 1962, before JFK’s assassination, he wrote “My Daddy is President,” sung from the perspective of a young Caroline Kennedy; it reached #67 on the Billboard Top 100 in July of that year. He married twice, had six children, lived and worked abroad and won a total of 8 Clio awards. Yet his dream of producing a musical on a New York City stage remained a distant hope – until now.
I just need to take a quick second and freak out with you all. I just need to stop, breathe, and be super excited, grateful and just freak the hell out.
The first thing I need to freak out about is the fact that our production team is AMAZING. It’s ridiculous. They’re too awesome. Every single one of them. I love them all. Their bios and photos will be up on this site soon so you can look upon all of their adorable super talented faces.
The second thing I need to freak out about is that our cast going to be KILLER. We saw over 200 people at auditions this week. 200!!!!!! What?! Who?! What?! Excuse me—wha?! YES! My goodness.
This show is something great. It is actually something spectacular and I’m so incredibly thankful for everyone involved and everyone who has donated their time, talent, money, friendship and just good vibes to this show.
Ok. Freak out session over. Thanks for sharing that with me.
Here are the dates for Someone To Belong To at the New York International Fringe Festival!
Friday, August 9, 7:45pm
Thursday, August 15, 5:30pm
Saturday, August 17, 7pm
Monday, August 19, 1:30pm
Sunday, August 25, 3:30pm
Venue #7 - Theater 80 (80 St. Marks Place, NY, NY). www.theatre80.net
TICKETS GO ON SALE JULY 19!
Some info about how to get tickets once they’re available:
So, today, at the corner of 43rd & 7th (Times Square PROPER), this could be seen:
My heart smiles.
Hope you’re drinking a big fat martini up there, Dad.
Thanks to our PR Guru, Sandy Azzollini and the fine folks at PR Newswire, for making this possible.