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A new musical inspired by the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company opens for four performances on Friday, July 26 at 8:00pm, continuing through Sunday, July 28 , 2013

Vassar & New York Stage and Film Powerhouse Theater’s second Martel Musical Workshop, A Musical Inspired by the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company, has its first performance on Friday, July 26 at 8:00pm. The four- performance run continues on Saturday, July 27 at 8:00pm, and Sunday, July 28 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm.

Music and lyrics by Peter Lerman
Vocals by Gavin Creel and Christy Altomare
Copyright 2013 (C) WB Music
From the rehearsal: Listen to one of the songs, "The Science of Flight" from A Musical Inspired by the Brooklyn Superhero Supply
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Based on characters created by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman the musical tells the story of Trey Swieskowski (Matt Doyle), an idealistic young Brooklynite who fantasizes about becoming a superhero. Meanwhile, Astrolass, aka “Astroman’s daughter,” (Nicolette Robinson) is desperate to pack in her cape and escape the burden of her father’s legacy.  When the two of them cross paths, they hatch a plan to change their lives forever.

Tickets for all performances are $30. Powerhouse is also offering a special “$20 Under 30” discount for ticket buyers under the age of 30. Tickets can be purchased online at http://powerhouse.vassar.edu/boxoffice, and through the box office at (845) 437-5599 or in person at the Powerhouse Theater building on campus.

[To take advantage of the special “$20 Under 30 discount offer use the Promo Code 20Under30, and an age ID must be shown when the tickets are picked up at the theater.]

For general season information visit powerhouse@vassar.edu or call (845) 437-5907.

A Musical Inspired by the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company is the first collaboration of Peter Lerman (music & lyrics), and Simon Rich (book), and is directed by Michael Mayer (Side Man, American Idiot, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever). The cast includes:

  • Matt Doyle (Book of Mormon, War Horse, Spring Awakening)
  • Andrew Call (Rock of Ages, American Idiot)
  • Nicolette Robinson ("Perfect Couples," Once on This Island)
  • Gideon Glick (Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, Spring Awakening)
  • Nadia Quinn (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson)
  • Gerard Canonico (American Idiot, Spring Awakening)
  • Matt Saldivar (Grease, Peter and the Starcatcher)
  • Isaiah Johnson (Peter and the Starcatcher)
  • Max Chernin (Really Bad Things (NYMF))
  • Lacretta Nicole (The Buddy Holly Story (National Tour))
  • Remy Zaken (Spring Awakening)
  • Alice Lee (Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, Spring Awakening)

The musical’s creative team includes music director Kimberly Grigsby (Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, Spring Awakening), and lighting consultant Kevin Adams (American Idiot, Next to Normal, Rigoletto, Spring Awakening).

About Powerhouse Theater

Powerhouse Theater is a collaboration between Vassar College and New York Stage and Film dedicated to both emerging and established artists in the development and production of new works for theater and film. The Powerhouse program consists of an eight-week residency on the Vassar campus during which more than 250 professional artists and 40 apprentices live and work together to create new theater works. Many shows from past seasons have found their way to Broadway, Off-Broadway, and theaters nationwide, including Stephen Karam’s Sons of the Prophet (Roundabout Theater); Seminar by Theresa Rebeck (Golden Theater); Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash’s Murder Ballad (Manhattan Theater Club, Union Square Theater); Pulitzer finalist Nathan Englander’s The Twenty-Seventh Man (The Public Theater); and Storefront Church, John Patrick Shanley’s final installment to his “Church and State” trilogy that began with Doubt (Atlantic Theatre Company).  Other projects developed at the Powerhouse include the Tony Award-winning Side Man and Tru; the multi-award-winning Doubt; the groundbreaking Broadway musical American Idiot, and A Steady Rain, produced on Broadway in 2009 with Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig.

Each summer Vassar and New York Stage and Film also collaborate on the Powerhouse Theater Training Program, one of the country’s leading theater immersion programs for young artists. The program brings together 40-50 participants from across the country to form the Powerhouse Theater Apprentice Company. They are current college and high school students and recent graduates, who over six weeks on the Vassar campus study a discipline (acting, directing, or writing), create their own work, and assist the professional productions of the Powerhouse season.

New York Stage and Film is a not-for-profit company dedicated to both emerging and established artists in the development of new works for theater and film.  Since 1985 New York Stage and Film has played a significant role in the development of new plays, provided a home for a diverse group of artists free from critical and commercial pressures and established itself as a vital cultural institution for residents of the Hudson Valley and the New York metropolitan region. 

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861. Consistently ranked as one of the country’s best liberal arts colleges, Vassar is renowned for its long history of curricular innovation, and for the natural and architectural beauty of its campus. More than 50 academic departments and degree programs — from Anthropology to Cognitive Sciences to Urban Studies — encompass the arts, foreign languages, natural sciences, and social services, and combine to offer a curriculum of more than 1,000 courses. 

Vassar College strives to make its events, performances, and facilities accessible to all. Individuals with disabilities requiring special accommodations must contact the Office of Campus Activities at least 48 hours in advance of an event, Monday-Friday, at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space/and or assistance may not be available. For detailed information about accessibility to specific campus facilities, search for “campus accessibility information” on the Vassar homepage (www.vassar.edu). 

Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, July 24, 2013