JPers Wartofsky & Reiffel Create CUPCAKE, A New Musical
Jamaica Plain Residents Michael Wartofsky (music) and David Reiffel (lyrics) collaborate on CUPCAKE A New Musical. CUPCAKE, a sexy, subversive, silly and sweet love letter to Summertown will make its world premiere at Boston’s Club Café May 10 – June 24, 2012. Book by Bradley Seeman, music by Michael Wartofsky (Car Talk: The Musical!!), and lyrics by David Reiffel, and directed and produced by Guy Ben-Aharon (GBA Productions, Israeli Stage). Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8pm and Sunday brunch/matinee shows (June 10, 17, and 24 at 2pm). Ticket are $25 -$35 with Special Group discounts also available at email@example.com. To “buy tickets” go to https://www.clubcafe.com or call 617-536-0966. (PLEASE NOTE: Press performance: Saturday May 12 at 8pm.) For more behind the scenes visit http://www.cupcakethemusical.com. The Boston production is sponsored in part by Cupcake Vodka (http://www.cupcakevodka.com).
CUPCAKE is a flirty love-letter to Summertown, a free-spirited seaside resort where every mouth waters for Tom (Grant MacDermott) and his irresistible cupcakes. But rookie Officer Stone (Mark Linehan), looking hot in his spotless uniform, is on the prowl: the law clearly states that street sales of food are taboo. The locals, especially the hunky Lifeguard (Max Sangerman) and the sexy-nerdy Librarian (Hallie Brevetti), relish Tom’s contraband cupcakes and help their adored baker boy avoid arrest. Meanwhile the ruthless Real Estate Agent (Karen MacDonald) intends to seal her own sweet deal. If anyone is going to get their hunger satisfied, they’d better hurry: this is Summertown, and the short, short season is almost at an end.
ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM
MICHAEL WARTOFSKY’s (music) music and lyrics were featured in The Man In My Head at NYMF 2006 starring Darius de Haas. Broadway.com called the score a “percolating delight.” In June 2012, Michael’s original music, along with Wes Savick’s book and lyrics, will appear in the Central Square Theater production of Car Talk: The Musical!!! The show was also produced by Suffolk University at Boston’s Modern Theater in 2011. At the 2010 National Alliance for Musical Theatre conference, Michael presented an excerpt from from Running Back, a new musical co-written with Marcus Gardley, also highlighted at the New Dramatists Nocturnal Commissions Benefit 2011. For North Shore Music Theater, Michael composed music for The Navigator (Equity reading directed by Daniella Topol) and Friendship of the Sea with Kathleen Cahill (Equity touring production for young audiences). The singing group The Broadway Boys regularly perform “Possibilities” and many others have performed Michael’s songs at Birdland, the Triad, Joe’s Pub, and on Berklee stages. Professor, Berklee College; Adjunct faculty and alumnus of NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program; Founder, NOMTI (New Opera & Musical Theater Initiative).
Born in Nashville, Tennessee, BRADLEY SEEMAN (book) has lived in Boston long enough to have lost his southern accent and most of his southern charm. He has a Masters of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and works as a grant writer and fundraising consultant for a variety of government and nonprofit organizations. Bradley grew up surrounded by music, especially his father’s beloved operas, and was often known to remark – “For God’s sake, will you turn that down!”
DAVID REIFFEL (lyrics) was a founding member, resident composer/songwriter, and sound designer for the nationally-acclaimed Cornerstone Theater Company during its five years on the road. His musicals include Say Goodbye, Pleasant Dreams, The Underpants, The Businessman, and The Royal Institute for the Support and Healing of the Arts, along with reams of cabaret songs, including the popular Lili Gandolfi’s Driving Song. He is an active theatrical sound designer and composer, having worked at Court Theater in Chicago, New York’s Theater for a New Audience, the Chautauqua Institution in Chatauqua, NY, and, locally, at Apollinaire Theater Company, Company One, Stoneham Theatre, and Boston Conservatory. He is Program Director for the New Opera and Musical Theater Initiative (NOMTI) Advanced Writers’ Lab, where he is developing Glory, his latest musical. In 2012 he will create music and sound for Romeo and Juliet at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon. Learn more at www.davidreiffel.com http://www.davidreiffel.com/ <http://www.davidreiffel.com/>
GUY BEN-AHARON (Producer, Director) Born in Israel, Guy is the Producing Artistic Director and Founder of Israeli Stage (www.israelistage.org), an initiative to bring Israeli theatre to American audiences. Guy is also part of the Group Sales team at ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage, after serving as a Business Assistant for six months, working with Executive Director Rob Orchard and providing support in artistic programming/research and administration. He has directed five plays for Israeli Stage, featuring multiple IRNE and Elliot Norton Award winning actors; of those five plays: one world premiere, two American premieres, and two regional premieres. Guy was recently commissioned by Harvard University to adapt David Grossman’s award winning novel To the End of the Land into a play, and as Producing Artistic Director, he is currently overseeing a New England campus tour of Savyon Liebrecht’s Apples from the Desert, which will be touring over half a dozen academic institutions in mid-to-late March. He is also Artistic Director of the 2012 Rare Works New Play Festival, a role he fulfilled in 2011. Though primarily focused on producing and directing, Guy has experience with musical directing, conducting, and composing for straight plays as well as musicals.