- their entry was accepted.
- after playing their six performances at the New York Musical Theater Festival, an Off-Broadway producer optioned the production for an open run at the Vineyard Theater.
- a cast album was recorded and released on Ghostlight Records.
- after the Off-Broadway stint, the two collaborators produced a series of Internet videos for YouTube to keep interest in their off-spring alive.
- the videos reignited interest from producers.
- the newly tweaked [title of show] opened on Broadway.
The 90 minute, intermissionless production, caters to a more knowing theater going crowd then a bridge and tunnel or tourist clientele. Obscure musical theater and cultural references populate the show. One ongoing gimmick is listening to the playback of Hunter’s answering machine as one musical theater actress after another, including Marin Mazzie, Alice Ripley, and Christine Ebersole, turn down an offer to appear in their show. The casual theater going public would probably be scratching their head for lack of recognition (okay, they would know Patti Lupone), but for people like myself the bit brought a knowing smile.
One of the best numbers in the production is a showcase for the arcane as memorable, and not so memorable, Broadway flops are commemorated in the song, “Monkeys and Playbills,” which incorporates the titles of such failed shows as “Dude,” “Merrily We Roll Along,” “Smile” and many others into the lyrics of the song. The July 27, 2008 broadcast of “On Broadway” features these songs.
The four actors are affable and funny while at the same time exuding the whole gamut of emotions—the good, the bad, the ugly--inherent in individuals pursing the acting profession. The score can be witty and knowing; the direction and choreography by Michael Berresse is breezy and light.
[title of show], a musical that provides proof in the power of positive thinking as well as being a tonic for all the musical theater aficionados in the world.