Announcement!

June 23, 2016

I am happy to announce that I, Hannah Weaver, social media intern with Prospect Theater Company, will be taking over the blog for the Summer to fill you in on all our exciting projects!

First up: Vote For Me: A Musical Debate is kicking off the Summer season on Saturday, June 25th at 8pm at The TimesCenter (242 W 41st Street). Vote For Me is a one-act musical about fictional politicians, which (if this season’s Tony Awards taught us anything) can be way more interesting than it sounds. The show centers around a musical debate between two presidential candidates, and the outcome is determined by audience vote!

Written by Drew Fornarola and Scott Elmegreen, Vote For Me premiered at the 2010 New York Musical Theater Festival, ran Off-Broadway two Summers ago, and played last Summer in London with the London Theatre Workshop.

The show knocks American politics in a way that makes us laugh but also reminds us that voting is an important privilege that we as Americans should exercise. According to UK Theatre, “The lines and lyrics by Drew Fornarola and Scott Elmegreen are intelligent and witty, hitting at the core of U. S. political culture. Don’t miss this laugh-out-loud funny satire about U. S. politics.” And Peter Filichia of TheaterMania said, “Never before have I wept because I saw in no uncertain terms how blasé we’ve become about our right to choose our leaders…thank you, Messrs. Elmegreen and Fornarola, for reminding us.”

Keeping in mind the show’s undertones about the importance of voting, Prospect is offering a special promotion for current college students and recent graduates! For just $20, students can purchase a ticket and a drink ticket for use at the after-party. For more information about this promotion, visit the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1009924115770452/.

About the duo behind Vote For Me:

Scott Elmegreen is a playwright, songwriter, and author. His shows include Straight (Off-Broadway; NYT Critics’ Pick; pub. Dramatic Publishing), Tiananmen (Feinstein’s/54 Below; NY Theatre Barn’s New Works Series), Vote For Me: A Musical Debate (Off-Broadway; London Theatre Workshop), COLLEGE: The Musical (Hippodrome State Theatre; pub. Dramatic Publishing), Thucydides (Samuel French OOB Festival winner; pub. Samuel French), Ivy & Bean: The Musical (Atlantic Theater Company; South Coast Repertory; national tour; pub. Theatrical Rights Worldwide), Magic School Bus, Live! (national tour), Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy: The Musical (Bay Area Children’s Theatre; national tour), and Awesome Allie, First Kid Astronaut (Vital Theatre; pub. Theatrical Rights Worldwide). Elmegreen also writes music for plays and film, including the Drama Desk and Emmy Award-nominated Colin Quinn: Long Story Short, directed by Jerry Seinfeld (Broadway; Off-Broadway; HBO; national tour). He is the author of four novels, and a graduate of Princeton University. www.ScottElmegreen.com.

Drew Fornarola is a songwriter and playwright from New York. He is currently developing a stage musical for DreamWorks. Other theater projects include Straight, (2016 New York Times Critics’ Pick); Claudio Quest (dir. John Tartaglia, winner of six 2015 NYMF Awards for Excellence), optioned by Dramatic Forces); Molly Shannon‘s Tilly The Trickster (Atlantic Theater Company, collaboration with Saturday Night Live’s Molly Shannon); Thucydides (Winner of Samuel French Play Festival); Vote (for Me!): A Musical Debate (London Theatre Workshop); COLLEGE: The Musical (MTVu Award, Hippodrome State Theatre); and 2 musicals for children. Film projects include Veggie Tales Noah’s Ark (DreamWorks, 2015) starring Wayne Brady. He has received a NYMF Award for Excellence in Lyrics, the John Wallowitch Award for Songwriting, was a Finalist for the 2014 Kleban Award and 2009 Richard Rodgers Award, and is a four-time MAC Award nominee. He has a B.A. from Princeton University, and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, and is an Alumnus of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop.
Hope to see everyone at Vote For Me on Saturday!

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