Alison Fraser, Deidre Goodwin, Mitchell Jarvis, Emily McNamara Are Gettin' The Band Back Together, Opening Oct. 4
By Andrew Gans
The George Street Playhouse's production of Gettin’ The Band Back Together, which kicks off the New Jersey venue's 40th season, officially opens Oct. 4 following previews that began Sept. 24.
Performed by special arrangement with Davenport Theatrical Enterprises, Inc. and Roy Putrino, the production continues through Oct. 27.
Directed by Tony winner John Rando, the cast comprises Heather Braverman, Evan Daves, Michelle Duffy, Ryan Duncan, two-time Tony nominee Alison Fraser, Deidre Goodwin, Christopher Gurr, Mitchell Jarvis, Jay Klaitz, Garth Kravits, Adam Monley, Emily McNamara, Manu Narayan, Tad Wilson and Brandon Williams.
The new musical features a book by Ken Davenport and The Grundelshotz, with additional material by Sarah Saltzberg, and music and lyrics by Mark Allen. The Grundleshotz is a group of performers and writers comprising Sebastian Arcelus, Fred Berman, Michael Hirstreet, Jenna Coker Jones, Craig Jorczak, Nathan Kaufman, Jay Klaitz, Emily McNamara, Jennifer Miller, Bhavesh Patel, Sarah Saltzberg and Fletcher Young, who helped develop Gettin’ The Band Back Together through a series of improvisational rehearsals.
Gettin’ The Band Back Together, press notes state, "is the tale of Mitch – recently forty and cut loose from his job on Wall Street. Forced by finances to move back to his childhood home in Sayreville, NJ, Mitch – a fine musician thought to be the next Bon Jovi – reunites with his high school band mates in a high-stakes battle of the bands. Best buddies, old girlfriends, high school bullies who never grew up and one hot New Jersey momma make for fast times and the ultimate 'do-over' for this Jersey Boy."
The production also has orchestrations by Doug Katsaros, musical direction by Fred Lassen and choreography by Kelly Devine. Creating the world of the musical are scenic designer Derek McLane, lighting designer Ken Billington, costume designer Gregory Gale and sound designer Peter Fitzgerald.
Individual tickets, priced $38-$62, are on sale by calling (732) 246-7717 or visiting GSPonline.org. George Street Playhouse is located at 9 Livingston Avenue, in the heart of New Brunswick.
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