By Matthew Blank
10 Jul 2013
Featuring book and lyrics by Itamar Moses, music and lyrics by Gaby Alter, choreography by Mandy Moore ("So You Think You Can Dance") and direction by Michelle Tattenbaum (world premiere of Love/Stories (or But You Will Get Used To It)), Nobody Loves You will officially open July 18.
The company features Heath Calvert (world premiere of Nobody Loves You at The Old Globe Theatre), Bryan Fenkart (Memphis), Roe Hartrampf (Second Stage Theatre Uptown's The Bad Guys), Autumn Hurlbert (Legally Blonde), Leslie Kritzer (Legally Blonde, A Catered Affair), Lauren Molina (Sweeney Todd, Rock of Ages), Tony nominee Rory O'Malley (The Book of Mormon) and Aleque Reid (Really Really).
Nobody Loves You, according to 2ST, "follows a philosophy grad student who auditions for – and surprisingly finds himself cast on – a reality TV dating show, all in an attempt to win back his ex-girlfriend. But when an unexpected on-set love connection threatens to ruin his plan, manufactured drama collides with real emotion in this original new musical."
Alter (composer and co-lyricist) wrote music and lyrics for Band Geeks! (with Tommy Newman, Mark Allen and Gordon Greenberg), which premiered at Goodspeed Musicals. His other shows include 29, a pop-rock song cycle (New York University), Young Zombies in Love (New York International Fringe Festival), The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Romantic Comedy with Negin Farsad (Edinburgh Festival Fringe) and Vapor Tales with Dominic Mah. A 2009 Jonathan Larson Grant recipient, Alter has won awards from the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle and the New York International Fringe Festival for his scores.
Moses (librettist/co-lyricist) is the author of the full-length plays Outrage, Bach at Leipzig, Celebrity Row, The Four of Us, Yellowjackets, Back Back Back and Completeness; the musical Fortress of Solitude (with Michael Friedman and Daniel Aukin); and the evening of short plays Love/Stories (or But You Will Get Used To It). On television, he has written for both TNT's "Men of a Certain Age" and HBO's "Boardwalk Empire." He holds an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from New York University and has taught playwriting at Yale University and NYU. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, MCC Playwrights Coalition and is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect.
Other members of the creative team include scenic designer Mark Wendland, lighting designer Ben Stanton, costume designer Jessica Pabst, sound designer Dan Moses Schreier and music director Vadim Feichtner.
Nobody Loves You had its world premiere at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre in summer 2012. An earlier version was seen at NAMT's Festival of New Musicals in October 2012.
Second Stage's Tony Kiser Theatre is located at 305 West 43rd Street. For more information and tickets, call (212) 246-4422 or visit 2ST.com.