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1018 Star Starred
Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts
Between Berkeley & Clarendon Streets 527 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02116
617-266-0800
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Dana
We dined right across the street at The Butchery (Barbara Lynch restaurant) and it was great and convenient. Nice night out.
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Aquitaine is nearby at Clarendon & Tremont -good food and convenient loc
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4.3 average rating
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7 reviews
0 stars
attended Feb 06 2010

This 5-person musical is about the writing of this 5-person musical, with the performers allegedly (but not) playing themselves. A Chorus Line demonstrates that this sort of gimmick can work very well when the authors are clever, interesting, and...continued

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6 reviews
2 stars
attended Feb 03 2010

I knew the premise of the show was two guys writing a show about two guys writing a show. I was really impressed with the performances of all five performers. The book was funny and the songs and lyrics very clever and sophisticated. If you have...continued

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5 reviews
3 stars
attended Jan 16 2010

entertaining, but very repetitive story. 90-minute one-act but felt much longer than that. the script was superior to the score. actors did a nice job, though they seemed to still be a little shaky with their lines the weekend after opening night.

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Quotes & Highlights

“Delectable entertainment!” —The New York Times
“A good dose of fun!” –-AM New York
“Well-crafted and bursting with charm.” –-Time Out NY
“crackles with unbridled energy!” –-Entertainment Weekly

Description

Music and Lyrics by Jeff Bowen

Book by Hunter Bell

Directed by Paul Daigneault

Featuring Jordan Ahnquist, Amy Barker, Joe Lanza, Will McGarahan, Val Sullivan

Featuring music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen and a book by Hunter Bell, this love letter to musical theatre tells the story of two struggling young artists who decide to write an original work for a musical theatre competition even though the deadline is just three weeks away. With the help of their friends, the two men write and perform a show in the festival, along the way learning about themselves as people, friends, and artists.

The evolution of [title of show], from its smash debut at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in the fall of 2004, to its successful Off-Broadway run at the Vineyard Theatre in February 2006, to its debut on Broadway in July, 2008, is chronicled in this “zesty, sweet and charming new musical.” (The New York Times). 

For his book for [title of show], Hunter Bell earned an Obie Award, a Drama League nomination, and a 2009 Tony nomination for Best Book of a Musical.  Other credits for this Tuscaloosa, Alabama native include the book for Silence!  The Musical, the book for the 137th edition of The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus, Bellobration!, and the book for Villains Tonight!, a new show for Disney Cruise Lines.  As an actor, Hunter has performed both on and off-Broadway, and at such prestigious regional theatres as St. Louis Rep, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Alliance Theatre, and the Paper Mill Playhouse. 

Jeff Bowen also won an Obie Award for his work on [title of show].  He has written music and lyrics for Villains Tonight! for the Walt Disney Company, the Easter Bonnet Competition for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the 53rd Annual Drama Desk Awards, and Broadway Bares 18.  He has also composed several shows at P.S. 122 including Avant-Garde-A-Rama  in SparkleVision.  As an actor he has performed works at The O’Neill Center, Ars Nova, and the Vineyard Theatre, among others. 

The pair is also well-known as the creators of the popular web series “the [title of show] show; and is currently working together on a sitcom pilot for ABC Television.

About the Ticket Supplier: SpeakEasy Stage

Over the past nineteen seasons, SpeakEasy Stage Company has distinguished itself as Boston's premier theater staging Boston premieres. Year after year, SpeakEasy has won acclaim for presenting top-quality productions of vital, cutting-edge plays.

Recently, SpeakEasy was singled out by Variety, the entertainment newspaper, as a force in regional theater and a champion of small, often overlooked musicals.