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3452 Star Starred
Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts
between Berkeley & Clarendon Streets 527 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02116
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4.3 / 5 Rated by 12 members
Review from Theresa Pease
9 events 7 reviews

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

reviewed Feb 06 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from GypsyRoseLee
16 events 6 reviews

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

reviewed Feb 03 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from yepogeta
30 events 5 reviews

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.

reviewed Jan 16 2010 report as inappropriate
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“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


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.

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