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DAMES AT SEA Sets Sail for Broadway in 2014

INFINITY THEATRE COMPANY AND PERRY STREET THEATRICALS
ANNA ROBERTS OSTROFF       ALAN OSTROFF       MARTIN PLATT       DAVID ELLIOTT
PRESENT

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BROADWAY’S BIGGEST LITTLE MUSICAL

SETS SAIL ON BROADWAY IN 2014

BOOK AND LYRICS BY
GEORGE HAIMSOHN AND ROBIN MILLER

MUSIC BY
JIM WISE

DIRECTED AND CHOREOGRAPHED BY
RANDY SKINNER

(New York, NY – Tuesday, August 20, 2013) Infinity Theatre Company (Anna Roberts Ostroff & Alan Ostroff) and Perry Street Theatricals (Martin Platt & David Elliott)are proud to announce that the first Broadway production of DAMES AT SEA will set sail on Broadway in 2014. With a book and lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller, music by Jim Wise, and musical direction by Rob Berman (The Pajama Game, Finian’s Rainbow),  DAMES AT SEA will be directed and choreographed by three time Tony Award nominee Randy Skinner (42nd Street, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas).  Design team, casting, production dates and Broadway theatre to be announced at a later date.

“This is a quintessential American musical with an amazingly tuneful score and a really clever book, and this Dames will have more dancing than ever before,” said director/choreographer Randy Skinner, “For the first time in New York, Dames will be heard with a fully orchestrated score.”

“Randy’s vision for this first ever Broadway production of DAMES AT SEA remains true to the original concept of the show, but will raise the bar much higher for our cast,” said producer Anna Roberts Ostroff. “We are currently looking for just the right house for this very special show.”

One of the most unique musicals ever created, the original production of DAMES AT SEA pulled off the feat of creating a magnificent musical extravaganza experience with a tight, multi-talented cast of six.  DAMES AT SEA  opened Off-Broadway at the Bouwerie Lane Theatre on December 20, 1968, and became an immediate smash hit and quickly transferred to the Theater de Lys on April 22, 1969, were it went on to run for 575 performances.   The production starred a young ingénue named Bernadette Peters as Ruby, launching the career of one of Broadway’s greatest stars.  DAMES AT SEAsuccessfully crossed the Atlantic twice to play the West End’s Duchess Theatre in 1969 and again in 1989 to play the West End’s Haymarket Theatre. 

Directed and choreographed by the three-time Tony Award-nominated choreographer Randy Skinner, DAMES AT SEAis a tap-happy, navy-crazy celebration of the golden era of movie musicals with a heart as big as the ocean!  Ruby steps off a bus from Utah and into her first Broadway show, but hours before the opening night curtain is to rise, the cast learns their theater is being demolished.  Ruby and the cast, with the help of some adoring sailors, set a plan in motion to perform the show on a naval battleship.  Featuring rollicking tap dancing, love at first sight, joyful music and a boatload of laughs, this glittering musical extravaganza has everything you need to sweep your glooms away. 

For more information visit:
www.DamesAtSeaBroadway.com

BIOGRAPHIES

GEORGE HAIMSOHN (Book & Lyrics) was born in St. Louis and served in the Navy in World War II. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, where he had his first poetry published in the student literary journal. Mr. Haimsohn’s theater credits include the musicals Dames At Sea; Now, Zing! and Johnny American. He was also a professional photographer known as Plato in the early years of physique photography and passed away in 2002 at the age of 77. 

ROBIN MILLER (Book & Lyrics) began his career as a journalist in New York just after World War II. He also wrote scripts, including a screenplay for The Canterville Ghost.   Subsequently, he joined forces with George Haimsohn and Jim Wise to create Dames At Sea. He also wrote the book and lyrics for a musical version of Vanity Fair, and collaborated on Peg and Radio Times, both of which were produced in London.   He passed away in 2010, aged 82.

JIM WISE (Music) wrote the musicals Dames At Sea, Yankee Ingenuity and the children’s musical Olaf.  Mr. Wise founded the Allardice-Wise Scholarship at Wooster College where he received a degree in Classical Languages in 1941. During his lifetime, Wise sat in on the auditions and helped pick the scholars. The scholarship continues to be awarded, on the basis of a competitive audition to a senior Theatre major.   Mr. Wise passed away in 2000, at age 81.

RANDY SKINNER (Director/Choreographer) was choreographer for Broadway’s 2008 and 20009 Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, earning him his third Tony and second Drama Desk nominations. He received Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics and Astaire award nominations for his choreography of the 2001 revival of 42nd Street. He also earned Tony and Outer Critics nominations for Ain’t Broadway Grand, and an Outer Critics nomination for State Fair, which he also co-directed. His other Broadway credits include After the Night and the Music for Manhattan Theatre Club. For the West End, he choreographed Lend Me A Tenor, The Musical.  Mr. Skinner has choreographed five City Center Encores! productions: Do Re Mi, Of Thee I Sing, Face the Music, No, No, Nanette and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. He earned a Lucille Lortel nomination for Off-Broadway's Lone Star Love. In 2001, he choreographed the opening number for the Tony Awards. In Los Angeles, Mr. Skinner has choreographed Hello, Dolly! with Nell Carter, Pal Joey with Dixie Carter and Elaine Stritch, Strike Up the Band with Tom Bosley, and Garry Marshall's Happy Days. His other regional credits include Broadway: Three Generations at the Kennedy Center, Stormy Weather starring Leslie Uggamsat the Pasadena Playhouse, The Gershwins’ An American in Paris at the Alley Theatre in Houston, and George M, Lucky In The Rain and Babes In Arms at Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut. He has received the L.A. Drama Critics, L.A. Dramalogue, Bay Area Critics, Connecticut Critics and Cleveland Times Theatre awards.

ROB BERMAN (Music Director) is an Emmy Award winning New York based conductor and music director.  He is the music director of Encores!, New York City Center’s acclaimed series of great American musicals in concert.  In six seasons there, he has conducted fifteen productions, including the celebrated revivals of Lane and Harburg’s Finian’s Rainbow, Sondheim’s Anyone Can Whistle and Merrily We Roll Along, Weill’s Lost in the Stars, and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Pipe Dream.  For seven years, Rob has been music director of the Kennedy Center Honors, for which he won the 2012 Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Direction.  He has been nominated again in 2013 for the fifth time.  Rob’s association with Stephen Sondheim has included the recent acclaimed off-Broadway revival of Passion at Classic Stage Company, as well as the Kennedy Center’s production of Sunday in the Park with George, for which Rob won a Helen Hayes Award for music direction.  For Carnegie Hall, he was music director of Opening Doors, an original revue of Sondheim songs.  Rob’s many Broadway credits as a conductor include the revival of Leonard Bernstein’s Wonderful Town; the Tony Award winning production of The Pajama Game starring Harry Connick, Jr.; the stage adaptation of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas; and revivals of Finian’s Rainbow, The Apple Tree, and Promises, Promises.  He was music director of A Broadway Celebration: In Performance at the White House, which aired on PBS and for which he accompanied Broadway performers including Nathan Lane, Idina Menzel and Brian D’arcy James.   He also conducted a concert for President Obama’s re-election campaign, Barack on Broadway.  Rob has conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the legendary Barbara Cook, as well as the Omaha Symphony for Audra McDonald.   Rob has conducted eight original cast recordings, including the Encores! productions of Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along and Jule Styne’s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.  Upcoming projects include conducting a new recording of the Jerome Kern musical Roberta, and music direction of several new Broadway productions including Tuck Everlasting.  

INFINITY THEATRE COMPANY (Producer) is run by Anna Roberts Ostroff and Alan Ostroff, a Tony Award winning husband and wife team currently co-producing the Broadway revival of Pippin, and serving as Producing Artistic Directors of Infinity.  Their producing career began with the NYC Fringe Festival’s 2006 presentation of Tradition, written by Alan, which was one of the highest-grossing shows in that year’s festival.  This was followed by many NYC benefits, starring such performers as Aaron Lazar and Alexander Gemignani, and Theatre for Young Audience tours, including PigPen Theatre Co.’s The Mountain Song - exclusively for the non-profit Arts For All, of which Anna is the Founder and Executive Director.  Anna and Alan have associate produced two Cardinal Theatricals shows in Minneapolis, MN - the hit runs of Rent and The Rocky Horror Show staged at the Lab Theatre.  In 2010, the couple formed Infinity Theatre Company, a regional theatre bringing NYC talent to Annapolis, MD for a summer season of musicals, where they have since set the standard for excellence in local entertainment, producing The Fantasticks, My Way, Little Shop Of Horrors, Sisters Of Swing, Dames At Sea, Always…Patsy Cline, and She Loves Me.  Anna and Alan are graduates of NYU Tisch School of the Arts.  

PERRY STREET THEATRICALS (Producer) is led by Martin Platt and David Elliott, the Tony Award winning co-producers of Christopher Durang's 2013 hit comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. In 2011 they produced the Olivier nominated Lend Me A Tenor The Musical in London’s West End. Mr. Platt’s other West End credits include Nixon’s Nixon, A Woman In Mind, Gumboots, and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill and the international tour of Gumboots. In New York, Platt produced Here Lies Jenny (Bebe Neuwirth/Roger Rees/Ann Reinking), and additionally, Mr. Platt was also founding Artistic Director of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. He has directed theatre and opera extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe. Mr. Elliott produced the multi-award winning production, The Exonerated. As Perry Street Theatricals, productions include: Treason, Shylock, an oak tree (Obie Award Winner), and In The Continuum (Obie Award Winner).

Upcoming Broadway productions include Jon Marans' Old Wicked Songs.

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Andrew C. McGibbon

 

 

Andrew C. McGibbon has spent the past thirty years working in live theatre as a stage manager, general manager, producer and leader in the convergence of Broadway and online.

Mr. McGibbon worked as a stage manager and general manager for ten years. In 1994 he created a website devoted to live theatre, BroadwayWorld-Wide.com. The site was subsequently bought by, and became Playbill.com. He continued to manage the site for Playbill for four years. In 2000 he became the website manager for TonyAwards.com. With the 2008-09 season he finished his ninth year on the show. He has also worked as a webmaster for the Broadway LeagueJazz at Lincoln Center, and as the Director of Digital Media for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Since 2015, Andrew has been working as an architectural photographer and virtual tour photographer known for his photography of theatres such as the Kimmel Center, Tanglewood, Signature Theatre Company, Roundabout Theatre Company, Arena Stage and the Goodspeed Opera House. His photography work can be previewed at https://andrewmcgibbonphotography.com.

Mr. McGibbon is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, the Independent Theatre Bloggers AssociationActors' Equity Association and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, as well as the American Society of Media Photographers

In addition to his work in the theatrical industry, Mr. McGibbon is also a partner in Simple Solutions Distributing, a manufacturer of filtration equipment for the waste-water industry.

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