Montclair Operetta Club 2010-2011 "A Season of Growth" kicks off in celebration of Stephen Sondheim's 80th birthday. Sondheim as described by The New York Times as "the greatest and perhaps best-known artist in the American musical theatre" and in celebration MOC is presenting two Sondheim favorites, Company and Gypsy.
Company will be our first show of the season. Sondheim collaborated with George Furth (book) and Harold Prince (director) to create Company, the first of the Sondheim/Prince shows that were to lay the foundation for the post-Golden Age Broadway musicals. Company was the first non-linear, "concept," musical.
Company will be performed October 22, 23,24,28,29, and 30, 2010 at Bloomfield Westminster Arts Center. For tickets or more information, visit us on the web at: www.mocmusicals.org all performances are held at Westminster Arts Center of Bloomfield College.
Adult - $25
Senior citizen - $22 - $22
Student (with ID) - $15
Bloomfield College student (with ID) - $4
October 22 (Friday) & October 23 (Saturday) - 8pm
October 24 (Sunday) - 2pm
October 28 (Thursday), October 29 (Friday) & October 30 (Saturday) - 8pm
Set firmly in, and often about, New York, Company follows five married, once married, or soon to be married couples and their mutual friend, Robert, a 35 year old bachelor who has been unable to connect in a long-term relationship. The relationships are presented in a series of vignettes, primarily through Bobby's eyes, so that we see the less than ideal aspects of commitment. However, it is obvious to the audience that the committed are happy. Eventually, Bobby learns that while relationships aren't perfect, they are a necessary part of "Being Alive." The show includes the songs "Getting Married Today," "The Ladies Who Lunch," and "Being Alive."
The stellar cast promises a wonderful production. The cast heads up with American Idol Season 4 contestant, John Zisa playing Robert. John is supported by a cast of MOC regulars and some talent new to our company, The wives and husbands are Adrienne Reuss as Sarah, Chris Mortenson as Harry, Christy Huppach as Susan, Johnny Wiessgerber as Peter, Danielle Pennisi as Jenny, Matt Kougasian as David, Janine Miscia as Amy, Mikey LoBalsamo as Paul, Barbi McGuire as Joanne, John Barbetta as Larry, and the girlfriends of Bobby are Vanessa Robinson as Marta, -Lindsey Nazelli as Kathy and Jacqueline Taylor as April.
The show is directed by Bob Cline is the founder of Bob Cline Casting in New York City. There he has helped to populate film, TV, commercials, over 50 national tours, and hundreds of regional theatre productions across the country. His directing credits include Pippin, Into the Woods, To Kill A Mockingbird, A New Brain (PERRY award best director and production), Falsettos (PERRY nomination best production), Violet (PERRY nomination best director and production), Songs for a New World (PERRY nomination best director) and the Off-Broadway production of White's Lies starring Tuc Watkins, Betty Buckley, Peter Scolari and Christy Carlson Romano. Judy Stanton joins the production team as the Musical Director. She and Bob have collaborated together for many of the MOC musicals in our past. They recently were at the helm on our successful Rent and Ragtime.