Sutton Foster, André De Shields and Nancy Opel Join Casts of NAMT Festival Musicals | September 19, 2012

sutton foster “Bunheads” and Anything Goes star Foster is set to star in the Ben Clark-Beth Turcotte musical The Circus in Winter, which also features Brian Sutherland (1776), Steel Burkhardt (Hair), Kate Rockwell (Bring It On), Marie-France Arcilla (Working), Emily Behny (Beauty and the Beast), Derrick Cobey (The Scottsboro Boys), Jonathan Jensen, Corey Mach (Godspell) and Jen Noble (Ghost).

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Big news from NAMT

Huge news.

Shortly after signing with Sean, our new producer, we revised our submitted materials to the NAMT New Musical Festival, and have received news. We’re in as one of eight musicals to be performed in NYC in October! We will get a forty-five minute slot to do an abridged version of the show for industry professionals, and theatre representatives from all over the country.

Can’t tell you how big this is. I gotta fight for a bigger band…..we’ll see. They only let you have two musicians. I want more….

We also have decisions to make. Director, music director, I won’t play guitar for this one (terrifying, I’m the only one who’s ever played it.) Not to mention, cast. Casting. Yeah. We get to use some B’way people.

I’m beyond thrilled. We all are!

Introduction to our executive producer

SeanPleased to announce today that Sean Cercone has signed on as our lead producer. Sean found our show through connections in Facebook (of course) and was on the phone with Ball State as soon as he found the number. He has tremendous faith in the work we’ve done and the story we’re trying to tell. Not to mention, his hobby is being an Iron Man athelete. He is currently a producer on the new Broadway-bound musical HANDS ON A HARDBODY, which opens in 2013. Excited to have home on as a key part of our creative team, his contribution will be a big part of taking CIRCUS to the professional stage.

Scene for Jennie and Jack

Another little riff by me…as a playwright. Wait till you see/hear/read John’s work. Super great.
Wallace exits

EJ: Takin a liking to the boss man?
J: Takin’ a liking for what he’s done for this place, if that’s what you mean.
EJ: Jesus. Come on, Dixie. Don’t you think I’ve known you long enough to call you out when you’re looking for something. You’re foolish, he’s not your kind of people.
J: And who are my people Jack? Last I checked that was my decision to make, not yours. 
EJ: What I’m sayin’ is he’s not going for any high-flying gypsy who lives in a trailer a few feet from his pretty little house, you’re not his people, Jennie.
J: Well you’re not my people anymore Jack, so why don’t you go hang around some folks you have somethin’ in common with, like the animals. 
EJ: I’ll smack that noisy little mouth right off your face. 
J: And I’ll get you kicked out of this camp before you can run and pick it back up for me. 
EJ: Will you?
EJ: No. You won’t. My job is controlling things that go wild. And I had your number awhile back. 
J: If you had me awhile back, you wouldn’t be hiding under those bleachers everyday when I rehearse. 
EJ: You think you see everything I do?-
J: No Jack. I smell it when you walk in. 
(She exits.)

I wrote for a scene….that’s a switch!

W: You reputation says your act is a constant perfection, you never fall?
J: Of course not, be dead if I did.
W: Must not be easy reagrdless. All these cuts and bruises, looks like you got yourself into a scuffle of some kind.
J: What are you suggesting, Mr. Porter?
W: Oh nothing at all-
J: I appreciate the effort you put toward making everyone feel welcome here, but assuming things about my personal affairs is not your right.
W: Miss Dixianna, I didn’t mean to suggest anything. I think I’ve been misunderstood. 
They look at one another
W: Everyone here deserves to be treated justly, and I take it as a personal responsibility-
J: I get treated fine as anybody else-
W: And you’re happy that way?
J: Happy don’t matter. You have soft hands Mr. Porter, don’t get ’em dirty by diggin through somethin you’re not supposed to. 
So the score in writing dialog is:
Ben – .5
John – like….a bunch.