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EXPRESS (1946)

 

Music, Lyrics, & Book by Janine McGuire & Arri Lawton Simon

Directed by Rose Ginsberg

Music Director Arri Lawton Simon

+ Indicates member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

On this day in 1946, Joe and Kitty are swept away from their realities by a chance encounter that could change the course of their lives.  This short musical is the first in a triptych set in the New York City subway across three decades.

 

Setting

New York City subway, 1946

 

Cast

Evelyn………………………………………………Kellie Cullinan*

Joe………………………………………John Charles McLaughlin*

Kitty………………….…….…………………Sarah Ziegler Blair*

Conductor………………………………………Arri Lawton Simon*

Ensemble.........................Ava Arkin, Frank Hartley, Mary Malaney,

.................................................. Noah Lewis Steiner, Dani Young

* Indicates member of Actors’ Equity Assn.

 

Scenes & Songs

(all one scene in the setting listed above)

“Love Keeps You Guessing” - Kitty and Joe

“You Never Know” - Joe

“How I Would Live” - Kitty

 

Musicians

Gabe Valle (violin), Nathalie Barret-Mas (violin), Hannah Selin (viola), Ansel Cohen (cello)

 

Janine McGuire and Arri Lawton Simon (Composers/Lyricists/Bookwriters; EXPRESS) are a NYC-based musical theatre writing team and members of the BMI Advanced Workshop.  They are currently developing several projects including BORDERS, a musical based on the 2006 Eytan Fox film The Bubble.  Their musical EXPRESS premiered at the New York Transit Museum in September 2015 as an immersive production and was re-mounted there in April 2017.  Collectively they have written and produced concerts, stage musicals, plays, orchestral pieces, choral works, and custom songs in addition to teaching musical theatre and performing arts outreach in the community.  www.mcguireandsimon.com

 

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