Inner Voices: Solo Musicals at 59E59's Theater A

PREMIERES, in association with Primary Stages has announced casting and creative staff for the special 4-week presentation of Inner Voices: Solo Musicals, with the premieres of two one-act solo musicals: Mosaic with book & lyrics by Cheri Steinkellner and music & lyrics by Georgia Stitt, and Whida Peru: Resurrection Tangle with book & lyrics by David Simpatico and music by Josh Schmidt. Jonathan Butterell directs both musicals, with musical direction by Andy Boroson, J. Oconer and Steve Marzullo.

Inner Voices: Solo Musicals opens at 59E59's Theater A on 6 Apr 2010, following previews from 2 Apr, for a limited enagagement though to 24 Apr 2010.

Mosaic, by Cheri Steinkellner & Georgia Stitt, is a multi-media, real-time half hour in the life -and on the MacBook - of Ruth, a woman blogging at the crossroads of birth, death, love and Diet Coke. Featuring Heidi Blickenstaff as 'Ruth' with musical direction by Steve Marzullo.

Whida Peru: Resurrection Tangle, by David Simpatico & Josh Schmidt, brings us into the chambers of a rare creature, as she is forced to evaluate the quality of life, death and what lies in between for her. Featuring Judith Blazer as 'Whida Peru' with musical direction by Andy Boroson and J. Oconer Navarro.

In 2008, PREMIERES embarked on a new initiative in keeping with its mission to support creative talent, and produced Inner Voices: Solo Musicals at the Zipper Factory Theater. Three new pieces by Ellen Fitzhugh & Michael John LaChiusa, Laura Harrington & Jenny Giering and Michele Lowe & Scott Davenport Richards were presented, featuring Victoria Clark, Jennifer Damiano and Barbara Walsh. Inner Voices: Solo Musicals, inspired by Alan Bennett's 'Talking Heads,' introduced a new genre of theater that unites the spoken monologue into a tapestry of lyrics and music.

The creative team includes Dane Laffrey (Set & Costumes), Jennifer Schriever (Lights), Toby Algya (Sound), and Rocco DiSanti (Video).

Heidi Blickenstaff (Ruth, Mosaic) Broadway: 'The Little Mermaid' (Ursula), '[title of show]' (Heidi), and 'The Full Monty.' Off-Broadway: '[title of show]' (Heidi) at the Vineyard Theatre.

Judith Blazer (Whida Peru, Whida Peru: Resurrection Tangle) Broadway credits include: 'LoveMusik,' Neil Simon?s '45 Seconds from Broadway' (Cindy), 'Titanic' (Lady Caroline), 'Me and My Girl' (Sally), and 'A Change in the Heir' (Prince Conrad). Off Broadway includes 'Candide' (The Old Lady) with New York City Opera, 'The House of Bernalda Alba' (LTC), 'Sweeney Todd' (The Beggar Woman) with New York City Opera, 'The Torch Bearers' (Florence) with The Drama Dept., 'Hurrah at Last,' by Richard Greenberg (Gia) with the Roundabout Theatre, 'Hello Again' by Michael John LaChiusa (the Nurse) at Lincoln Center, 'A Connecticut Yankee' (Alice/Sandy) with New York City Encores at City Center, vocal soloist in Twyla Tharpe's 'Everlast' at the Met.

Heidi BlickenstaffJudith Blazer

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