Theater for the New City
Grand Theft Musical
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Grand Theft Musical based on Robert Sickinger's 1994 musical Platinum Taps with music composed by John Taylor Thomas." Written by Robert Sickinger and Lissa Moira Directed by Lissa Moira
Music Direction by Andy Peterson Choreographed by J. Alan Hanna & Carlos Gomez March 23-April 8, 2017 – 12 Performances Wednesday-Saturday @ 8pm & Sunday @ 3pm Johnson Theatre / Theater for the New City 155 First Avenue (bet. 9th and 10th Streets), New York City 10003 Tickets are $18. Runtime: Two Hours, plus one 15-minute intermission (New York – February 8, 2017) – Theater for the New City, Crystal Field, Executive Director, presents Grand Theft Musical, a world premiere musical a world premiere inspired by Platinum Taps written by Robert Sickinger and composed by John Taylor Thomas. Additional book by Lissa Moira who directs a cast of 18, including Taylor Brandon, William Broderick, Jef Canter, Darcy Dunn, Carlos Gomez, Becca Gottlieb, Devon Hall, Robert Homeier, Maurice Johnson, Douglas McDonnell, Marlana Mack, Alex Hyden Miller, James Parks, Kaily Shuler, David Sloane Esq., Caroine Portu, Darius Anthony Robinson, Grace Stockdale. Performances will be staged at the Cino Theatre at Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue (bet. 9th and 10th Streets), New York, NY 10003 from March 23-April 8, 2017. Grand Theft Musical is a boisterous, bawdy, bang-bang musical comedy, which openly purlins from some f the greatest examples of the genre of hirlarious effect. The cast of 18 characters includes a powerful, bisexual, vindictive columnist and his network of adorable spies. A ridiculously successful good guy Broadway producer; his gorgeous super-smart stripper girlfriend; and his envious sneaky business partner. An exceedingly dangerous mafia Don and his tap-dancing nephew. A larger-than-life Broadway directors, a big bear of a man who is an unapologetic Socialist. A beautiful, sensitive suicidal actress. A wide-eyed, optimistic writer composer. A stunningly insufferable supers-star British couple who invite sexual intrigue and a highly talented acrd-tongued choreographer. How they relate to, deal and double-deal with, fall in and out of love and in and out of bed with each other, while singing and dancing up a storm, constitutes the plot. Grand Theft Musical is a sophisticatedly silly, satirical lampoon yet warm embrace of Broadway and all things theater. Beg, borrow but please don’t steal a ticket to Grand Theft Musical. A three-piece chamber orchestra includes, Piano: ____; Flute: ____; and Cello: ____. Grand Theft Musical is presented by Theater for the New City. Director: Lissa Moira; Musical Director: Andy Peterson; Choreographers: J. Alan Hanna & Carlos Gomez; Set Designer: Marc Marcante; Sets and Costume Designer: Lytza Colon; Lighting Designer: Alex Bartenieff.
Robert Sickinger (book, composer & lyrics) 1926-2013, was a director, actor and widely considered “the father of Chicago’s Off Loop theater movement,” a key figure in creating a network of theater companies equivalent to New York’s Off-Broadway and Off Off Broadway. He introduced audiences to writers like Athol Fugard, Edward Albee, and Harold Pinter. He is described by The New York Times as having seeded a Chicago theater scene that evolved into one of the country’s greatest. Sickinger made his mark as a director in Philadelphia where he created several theater companies before moving to Chicago in 1963 at the age of 35 at the invitation of the Hull House executive director Paul Jans. From Hull House, he built several theater companies, a touring company, a “chamber theater” for staged readings in private homes, acting classes and a writers’ workshop. He was a Samuel Beckett aficionado and mounted nontraditional productions of classic works by Sophocles’ Electra and Camus’ Caligula to name a few. Playwright and screenwriter David Mamet called Sickinger “one of the greatest directors I’ve ever known…. He invented the Chicago theater of today,” which now boasts over 200 theatres. Sickinger moved to New York City in 1969, and in the 1970s, he directed the feature film “Love in a Taxi” and others. He served as executive director at the Manhattan Theatre Club where in 1972 he directed his controversial “rockumentary” 22 Years, about convicted multiple-murderer Charles Manson. This production of Grand Theft Musical represents a culmination of Robert Sickinger’s love of literature, music and theatre. One of Robert Sickinger's final projects, Nicholas Nickleby, A New Musical was presented at TNC in 2014 as a tribute to him and his work. Platinum Taps was produced at The Producers Club in 1994.

Lissa Moira (director) AEA, SAG, AFTRA is also a playwright, screenwriter, lyricist, poet and artist. She more recently directed Mira Spektor’s Lady of the Castle and Seymour’s Barab’s From Oy to Vey and In Questionable Taste. Other recent directing credits include The Elephant Pen, Speakeasy: John and Jane’s Adventures in the Wonderland, and a 35-person cast in Nicholas Nickleby: A New Musical at Theatre for the New City, another adaptation by the late Robert Sickinger. Out of 5,000 world-wide submissions, Ms. Moira’s play TIME IT IS was chosen as a top ten finalist in the prestigious Chesterfield/Paramount screenwriting competition. Ms. Moira’s 2007 play Before God Was Invented
Categories: Musicals,New Works,Play with Music
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Running time: 2:0    
Intermission(s): Yes
Price: $18.00
Seating: General Admission    
Capacity: 240