world premiere productions
August 1 - August 31st. 2014
at the Noho Arts Center
11136 Magnolia Blvd.
North Hollywood, California 91601
The Max Factor Factor
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The Max Factor Factor. Who knew the celluloid closet could become this crowded?
The Max Factor Factor, NMI’s third full world premiere production, was workshopped at NMI from its very earliest days, when it was only an idea in the minds of the producers at the Celebration Theatre, through the enthusiastic and thorough first draft, to the heart-stopping, spontaneous performance during Stages Musical Theatre Festival in 2013, to its world premiere production at the NoHo Arts Center in August of 2014.
Book by Adrian Bewley, music by Joe Blodgett, and lyrics by Chana Wise.
Directed by Ovation award-winning Michael Shepperd
For more detailed info on the cast - and lots of pictures and reviews - check out our Max Factor Factor page.
A Ring in Brooklyn
NMI’s second world premiere production took place in July of 2012 with a six-week run of A Ring in Brooklyn at the NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood. The show was produced in association with Venture Hill Entertainment.
The piece began as part of the Core Curriculum at ANMT, and was showcased as a 15 Minute Musical entitled “The Ring” at the Colony Theatre (Burbank) in June of 2009. It caught the eye of LA director Cate Caplin, who, along with the Victory Theatre, sponsored the expansion into a full-length musical which received two well-received staged readings in July 2011, the first performed at the Victory Theatre and the second at the 2011 Stages Festival hosted by NMI.
Book and lyrics by Eric Dodson, music by Alan Ross Fleishman.
Cast: Jordan Kai Burnett, Johnny Cannizzaro, Anna Hanson, Mike Irizarry, Mark Shunock, Matt Valle, and Gabrielle Wagner
Director/Choreographer: Joshua Finkel
Stage Manager: Vanessa Nelson
Costume Designer: Kim Overton
Scenic Designer: Michael Hoffman
Lighting Designer: Coby Chasman Beck
Sound Designer: Alex Robert Holmes
ASM/Props: Storie Blake
Music Director: Ross Kalling
Keyboard: Bryan Blaskie
Drums: Michael L. Solomon
Executive Producer: Scott Guy
Producer: Kevin Meoak
Dramaturg: Elise Dewsberry
July 28th- September 2. 2012
@ The Noho Arts Center
North Hollywood, California
StageSceneLA’s Steven Stanley gives the show a “WOW”
“A Ring in Brooklyn …turns out a winner.”
“…you may find yourself as this reviewer did in the palm of its bejeweled hand.”
“A Ring In Brooklyn really catches fire [with] a musical number so original and powerful that it elevates A Ring In Brooklyn to a whole new level. … quite unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.”
“Fleishmann’s music and Dodson’s lyrics get catchier and catchier …Finkel and company making the very most of each song’s potential [with his] inspired choreography.”
“Musical director Ross Källing does bang-up work … ”
“A Ring In Brooklyn stands a good chance of a life beyond its current engagement. One thing is certain. Its book and song writers could not have found a better team to bring their vision to life than the onstage and behind-the-scenes team behind this very promising world premiere.”
“ …a happy miracle”
“…an evening of unexpectedly poignant entertainment…”
“… an unabashedly commercial work …it could have a shot at breaking through.”
“…surprising and satisfying…”
“ Dodson’s dialogue and lyrics show real sensitivity…”
“The Academy for New Musical Theatre has a lot to be proud of here”
“…razor-sharp script by playwright-lyricist Eric Dodson and composer Alan Ross Fleishman”
“Jordan Kai Burnett spins gold with the role of Gina’s best friend, the quintessential Brooklyn single girl.”
…”Burnett and Wagner’s chemistry is utterly believable and riotously funny. In particular, their second act closer, “So Not Seventeen,” in which they are joined in the ladies’ room by Anna Hanson in a delicious turn as the class slut, is a showstopper as the trio catfights its way through Dodson’s wickedly ingenious lyrics.”
July 16th- August 22nd. 2010
@ The Noho Arts Center
North Hollywood, California
40 IS THE NEW 15
NMI’s first full world premiere production took place in the summer of 2010.
40 Is The New 15 was developed as part of the ANMT Full Length Curriculum program in the 2007-08 season, was a STAGES 2008 Finalist, was part of the 2007-08 ANMT Concert Reading Series, received a developmental production at the Secret Rose Theatre in the summer of 2009 (GLAAD Media Award Finalist), was selected by Stephen Schwartz for the 2010 Disney/ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop, and received a world premiere production at the NoHo Arts Center in the summer of 2010.
Book and Lyrics by Larry Todd Johnson, music by Cindy O’Connor
Cast: John Allsopp, Karole Foreman, Tod Macofsky, Dana Meller, Craig Woolson
Second Cast: Kevin Noonchester, Lindsey Mixon, Gretchen Weiss, Patrick Foley, Ed Martin
Director: Michele Spears
Stage Managers: Lara Nall, Ernie Fimbres
Assistant Stage Manager: David Nyets
Scenic and Lighting Designer: Kevin Traxler
Set Construction: Erwin Lutz, David Traxler, Kevin Traxler
Lighting Designer & Programming: Jeff Barton
Sound Operator: Jesse Jones
Costume Design: Suzan Meier
Producer: Scott Guy
Music Director: Cindy O’Connor
Bass: Will Mack
Drums: Bob Marino
Guitar: Jennifer Paro
“tuneful, clever songs, (and) engrossing storyline,”
“sweetly entertaining,” and “something to sing about.”
“Whether you are 40 or 15 or whatever, this is a highly recommended, amusing, enlightening musical…”
“L.A. theatergoers in search of that rare entity–an original new musical that works–have one in 40 Is The New 15.”
“Johnson and O’Connor’s characters are immensely appealing and their situations speak to us all, regardless of whether your specific circumstances are the same or not. Without a doubt, you will find yourself here. The songs are fresh and memorable, with haunting melodies and hysterical lyrics”