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Wednesday, 25 May 2011 11:15

Barrow Street Theatre Launches New SOUNDS OF SUMMER A Musical Storytelling Celebration









New York, NY – (May 25, 2011) Producers Scott MorfeeJean Doumanian and Tom Wirtshafter have announced the debut of  Sounds of Summer, a musical storytelling celebration by acclaimed composers Todd Almond, Michael Friedman, Josh Schmidt and Kenny Vance.  In addition, Glen Berger (SPIDER-MAN Turn Off the Dark) and PigPen Theatre Company will collaborate on an evening of new material andOff-Broadway’s The Civilians will present a concert version of the their hit musical, Gone Missing.

The music begins Monday, June 13th with Kenny Vance and The Planotones at 7:30 p.m. with  subsequent performances on Monday evenings beginning at 8:00 p.m. at the Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow Street).  

2011 Sounds of Summer Lineup:

Monday, June 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Up Close and Personal: An Evening with Kenny Vance and the Planotones
an evening of song and stories
Running time is 2 hours with intermission.

Kenny Vance and the Planotones offer their audience an invitation into their "basement" rehearsal studio for an intimate evening of song and stories spanning Vance's varied and accomplished 50-year career, and the music that has been its unique soundtrack. It is a story only Vance and The Planotones can tell, with a historical perspective framed by a multi-faceted career that began on the Brooklyn street corners, and rose through Jay and the Americans, the Brill Building, his stint as musical director for “Saturday Night Live,” and numerous music-driven film classics like Animal HouseEddie and The Cruisers, Hairspray, and the movie in which The Planotones were "born," American Hot Wax. After a short intermission, as an added treat, the audience is able to interact with Vance during a warm and informative “Question and Answer” session followed by a Kenny Vance and The Planotones concert. 

All tickets for Up Close and Personal: An Evening with Kenny Vance and the Planotones are priced $35.00.

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Monday, June 20 at 8:00 p.m.   
Todd Almond: Wyoming and Parts of Kansas
A concert of new music
Running time is 85 minutes

Todd Almond's Wyoming and Parts of Kansas is a travelogue-in-song inspired by the songwriter's journey across the American plains. With his band and special guests, Wyoming and Parts of Kansas is told with Almond's singular blend of humor and plaintiveness.

"Almond's brilliant lyrics and music are reminiscent of Hoagy Carmichael's songs,

with their bemused and fragmented stylings."

-         New York Times

About last season's On the Levee:

"Delicate and blunt, drawing oblique energy from classical past shows-most notably Show Boat and Caroline, or Change-while forcing a space for itself...Todd Almond's exemplary score is framed as existing blues songs and spirituals that the characters know."

-         Time Out New York

All tickets for Todd Almond's Wyoming and Parts of Kansas are priced $25.00.

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Monday, June 27 at 8:00 p.m.
Joshua Schmidt: Songbook
Directed by Michael Padden
Running time is 85 minutes.

Featuring guest artists Todd Almond (BST’s Wyoming and Parts of Kansas), Cyrilla Baer (Adding Machine, the Musical), Elizabeth Baltes (LCT’s A Minister’s Wife), Drew Gehling (LCT's A Ministers Wife, Jersey Boys), Joel Hatch (Billy Elliott,  Adding Machine, The Musical)Marc Kudisch (LCT’s A Minister’s Wife, 9 to 5), 2011 Obie Award winner Austin Pendleton, Margo Seibert (Shakespeare Theatre Company's Candide), Bobby Steggert (Ragtime, 110 in The Shade, LCT’s A Minister’s Wife)Amy Warren (August: Osage County, Adding Machine the Musical), Lauren Worsham (ENCORE’s Where's Charley? ).

Featuring musical guests Tim Splain, Richard Carsey, Steve Gilweski, and Brad Carbone.

All tickets for An Evening of Music by Joshua Schmidt are priced $25.00.

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Monday July 18 at 8:00 p.m.
Tales from the Faucet & Other Stories:  An Evening with Glen Berger
Featuring original music by PigPen Theatre Company
Directed by Michael Page
Running time is 75 minutes

Join BST for an evening of stories by Glen Berger, featuring original music by PigPen Theatre Company. The evening will be presented by an ensemble of performers, including cast members of Broadway's SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark.

All tickets for Tales from the Faucet & Other Stories: An Evening with Glen Berger are priced $25.00.

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Monday, July 25 at 8:00 p.m.    ENCORE PERFORMANCE
Todd Almond: Wyoming and Parts of Kansas
A concert of new music

All tickets for Todd Almond: Wyoming and Parts of Kansas are priced $25.00.

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Monday August 8 at 8:00 p.m.
The Civilians in Concert:  GONE MISSING
Directed & Written by Steven Cosson, from interviews by the company
Music & Lyrics by Michael Friedman
Running time is 75 minutes

Barrow Street Theatre is proud to present a concert performance of The Civilians in Gone Missing, a wry and whimsical musical documentary, crafted from company interviews with real-life New Yorkers about things gone missing, from keys cell phones to dogs and friends…even sanity! BST produced, with The Civilians, the critically acclaimed commercial Off-Broadway production of Gone Missing that ran for 7 months in 2007.  Directed and written by Steven Cosson with music by award-winning composer Michael Friedman, The Civilians portray more than thirty characters in their signature storytelling cabaret style.


 “A witty, quick-footed, entertaining evening of theatre.  Miss it and weep.”

- Time Out New York


“Gone Missing is fresh, breezy, and very funny indeed, A PERFECT SUMMER NTERTAINMENT.”

- The New York Times

“A RARE FIND.  Ask me to name a show I’ve seen recently that I’ve enjoyed more:

I’d be at a total loss.”

-          New York Daly News

“ENGROSSING and INVENTIVE…a reflection on loss that’s both RIDICULOUS and PROFOUND.”

-                       Variety


All tickets for The Civilians in Concert: Gone Missing are priced $25.00.

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Subscription packages are available -- hear all the Sounds of Summer for only $72.50.

Tickets and subscriptions may be purchased online at, by phone at (212) 868-4444, or at the Barrow Street Theatre Box Office (27 Barrow Street) open daily at 1 p.m.   Additional information is available online at

Barrow Street Theatre is located at 27 Barrow Street at 7th Avenue South in the heart of Greenwich Village.  Nearby subway stops are the 1 at Christopher Street (walk 1 block South on 7th Avenue to Barrow) and the A, C, E, B, D, F and M at West 4th (walk West on 4th Street, left on Barrow).

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