From First Date to Cabaret, A Look at the 2013-14 Season: The Musicals

By Playbill Staff
04 Apr 2014

Show: First Date
Theatre: Longacre Theatre

Preview: July 9, 2013

Opening: Aug. 8, 2013
Closing: Jan. 5

Creators: Book by Austin Winsberg. Music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner. Direction by Bill Berry. Musical staging by Josh Rhodes.
Original Principal Cast: Zachary Levi as Aaron and Krysta Rodriguez as Casey with Sara Chase, Kristoffer Cusick, Blake Hammond, Kate Loprest, Vicki Noon, Bryce Ryness, Eric Ankrim, Kevin Kern and Sydney Shepherd.

Synopsis: "When tightly wound Aaron (Levi) is set up with serial-dater Casey (Rodriguez) a quick drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious, high-stakes dinner," according to press notes. "As the date unfolds in real time, the couple quickly finds they are not alone on this date as Casey and Aaron's inner critics take on a life of their own when other restaurant patrons and the wait staff get into the act. Dinner is served with sides of Google background checks, fake emergency phone calls, supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines. First Date is Broadway's new hysterical and hopeful new musical about the chances we take to find love."

Check out the Playbill Photo Exclusive with cast member Ryness on a two-show day.

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