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KID VICTORY, a hauntingly mesmerizing new musical, is the latest collaboration from the creators of Vineyard Theatre’s THE LANDING, composer John Kander (CABARET, CHICAGO, THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS) and acclaimed playwright Greg Pierce (SLOWGIRL, HER REQUIEM). Seventeen-year-old Luke returns to his small Kansas town after a wrenching one-year absence. As his friendship grows with the town misfit, Emily, his parents realize that in order to truly find their son, they must confront some unnerving truths about his disappearance. Directed by Liesl Tommy (Broadway’s ECLIPSED, recipient of The Vineyard’s Susan Stroman Directing Award) in her Vineyard debut, KID VICTORY is a riveting original musical about breaking out and breaking through. KID VICTORY is a co-production with Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia.


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KID VICTORY

February 1 - March 19, 2017

BOOK AND LYRICS BY GREG PIERCE MUSIC BY JOHN KANDER
STORY BY JOHN KANDER AND GREG PIERCE
CHOREOGRAPHY BY CHRISTOPHER WINDOM
DIRECTED BY LIESL TOMMY

with Ann Arvia, Joel Blum, Laura Darrell, Jeffry Denman, Brandon Flynn, Daniel Jenkins, Dee Roscioli, Karen Ziemba, Blake Zolfo
KID VICTORY, a hauntingly mesmerizing new musical, is the latest collaboration from the creators of Vineyard Theatre’s THE LANDING, composer John Kander (CABARET, CHICAGO, THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS) and acclaimed playwright Greg Pierce (SLOWGIRL, HER REQUIEM). Seventeen-year-old Luke returns to his small Kansas town after a wrenching one-year absence. As his friendship grows with the town misfit, Emily, his parents realize that in order to truly find their son, they must confront some unnerving truths about his disappearance. Directed by Liesl Tommy (Broadway’s ECLIPSED, recipient of The Vineyard’s Susan Stroman Directing Award) in her Vineyard debut, KID VICTORY is a riveting original musical about breaking out and breaking through. KID VICTORY is a co-production with Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia.
This play contains mature content and is not recommended for younger audiences.

John Kander

John Kander’s first Broadway musical was A FAMILY AFFAIR, collaborating with James and William Goldman. Kander and Ebb’s four decade collaboration created FLORA THE RED MENACE, CABARET, (Tony winner) ZORBA, THE HAPPY TIME, 70 GIRLS 70, CHICAGO, THE ACT, WOMAN OF THE YEAR (Tony winner), THE RINK, KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN (Tony winner), STEEL PIER, CURTAINS and THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS. Movies and television writing original material for “Liza with a Z” (Emmy winner) and HBO’s “Liza Minnelli’s Steppin Out” (Emmy winner), Funny Lady (Oscar nomination, Best song) Lucky Lady, New York, New York, Stepping Out and Chicago The Movie (Oscar nomination, Best Song). Mr. Kander alone composed scores for, An Early Frost, Breathing Lessons, The Boys Next Door, Kramer vs. Kramer, Blue Skies Again, Places of the Heart and also a composition for Renee Fleming, “A Letter from Sullivan Ballou.” Mr. Kander and Mr. Pierce's first collaboration, THE LANDING, a three One Act musical, premiered at the Vineyard Theatre in NYC. Along with KID VICTORY they are working on several new projects.  

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Greg Pierce

Greg Pierce’s first collaboration with John Kander, THE LANDING, premiered at the Vineyard Theatre. His play SLOWGIRL was the inaugural play of Lincoln Center's Claire Tow Theater (LCT3). It was subsequently produced by Steppenwolf Theatre and the Geffen Playhouse. His play HER REQUIEM was also produced by LCT3. He wrote the libretto for the opera FELLOW TRAVELERS (composed by Gregory Spears) which premiered at Cincinnati Opera. Other plays include THE QUARRY (with composer Randal Pierce, Vermont Stage Company), and THE WIND-UP BIRD CHRONICLE, based on the novel by Haruki Murakami, (Edinburgh International Festival, Singapore Arts Festival, The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival). He has been commissioned by Lincoln Center Theater, Second Stage Theatre, Vermont Stage Company, and Manhattan Theatre Club. He is currently working on two new projects with John Kander.

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Liesl Tommy

LIESL TOMMY is an award-winning international theatre director known for her development of exciting new political works as well as her innovative interpretation of classics. Premiers: ECLIPSED by Danai Gurira, starring Lupita Nyong’o on Broadway (Lucille Lortel Award and Tony Award nomination); FROZEN for Disney, THE GOOD NEGRO, THE URBAN RETREAT, PARTY PEOPLE, INFORMED CONSENT, A MELANCHOLY PLAY, KID VICTORY, APPROPRIATE, THE WHITE MAN – A COMPLEX DECLARATION OF LOVE, PEGGY PICKET SEES THE FACE OF GOD, A HISTORY OF LIGHT AND ANGELA'S MIXTAPE. Classics: LES MISÉRABLES, HAMLET, A RAISIN IN THE SUN and MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM, RUINED. Associate artist at Berkeley Rep; program associate at Sundance Institute and artist trustee with the Sundance Institute’s Board of Trustees. Facilitated the inaugural Sundance East Africa Theatre Director’s Lab in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Other Directing Awards: Obie Award, Pioneer of the Arts Award, Lillian Hellman Award, Alan Schneider Award, Susan Stroman Award and NEA/TCG Directors Grant. Alumnus of Trinity Rep Conservatory. Proud native of Cape Town, South Africa.

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Ann Arvia

Vineyard Theatre debut. New York credits include MARY POPPINS (Bird Woman), LES MISÉRABLES (Mme. Thenardier), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and TIME AND AGAIN (Mrs. Carmody) at MTC. National tours: LES MISÉRABLES (1st & 3rd National), and RAGTIME. Regionally, Ms. Arvia has appeared at Arena Stage (Golde, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF; Nettie, CAROUSEL), Goodspeed Opera House (Meg, DAMN YANKEES - Connecticut Critics Circle Award nominee and Marie, THE MOST HAPPY FELLA), Walnut Street Theater (Carlotta, PHANTOM - Barrymore nominee and Mother Abbess, THE SOUND OF MUSIC), Drury Lane Oakbrook (Rose, GYPSY), and Maine State Music Theater (Mother, RAGTIME; Lady Thiang, THE KING AND I; Alice Beane, TITANIC). Ms. Arvia has a thriving vocal studio here in NYC; find out more at www.annarvia.net.

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Joel Blum

Joel played George in the national touring company of BILLY ELLIOT, for which he received a Broadway World Award. He recently appeared in OCTOBER SKY at the Old Globe in San Diego. He received critical acclaim in the role of Gangster #1 in KISS ME KATE at the Hartford stage. Broadway credits include SHOW BOAT (Tony nomination), STEEL PIER (Tony nomination), THE MUSIC MAN (Marcellus), 42ND STREET (directed by Gower Champion), STARDUST, Elaine May’s AFTER THE NIGHT AND THE MUSIC and THE DEBBIE REYNOLDS SHOW. Off-Broadway: GOLF: THE MUSICAL (Drama Desk nomination), AND THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND, GAME SHOW. Mr. Blum co-choreographed and appeared in the tour of DOCTOR DOOLITTLE (with Tommy Tune), Toured: 101 DALMATIANS, WORLD GOES 'ROUND and ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (with Debbie Reynolds), CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG. Regionally: MEET JOHN DOE (Helen Hayes nomination), TIN PAN ALLEY RAG (Barrymore Award-supporting actor), DAMN YANKEES (with Tony Randall), PAL JOEY ’78 (with Lena Horne). TV credits include “Ed,” “The Sopranos,” two “Bob Hope Specials,” “Sonny and Cher Show,” “Liberace Special,” “The Tonight Show” and “Law & Order.”

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Laura Darrell

Recently seen as Anna in FROZEN LIVE at the Hyperion Theater (Opening Cast). Selected recent NY Theatre: FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD (Liddy, Signature), TEN WAYS ON A GUN (Kate, Theatre for the New City), A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Hermia, Boomerang Theatre Co.). Regionally, Laura has worked with Signature Theatre in DC (KID VICTORY), Bridge Rep of Boston, Mile Square Theatre, Portland Stage, Ogunquit Theatre, LA Rock Opera Co., MSMT among others. Film/TV: Creedmoria (Eileen, with Stef Dawson, Directed by Alicia Slimmer), City of Angers (Emily Sullivan, Dir. Ken Wilson), “A Very Special Christmas” (PBS, nominated for New England Emmy Award). Improv: UCB. Undergrad: USC (LA), NYU Tisch, and BADA (Shakespeare). Love to M, D and K. www.lauradarrell.com. Instagram: lauraedarrell.

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Jeffry Denman

Helen Hayes Award nomination for the role of Michael in KID VICTORY at Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA. Broadway: WHITE (OBC - Astaire nomination), THE PRODUCERS, CATS, HOW TO SUCCEED, DREAM. Encores: FACE THE MUSIC, OF THEE I SING. Off Broadway: YANK! (Drama Desk nomination, Lucille Lortel nomination), CAGNEY THE MUSICAL (Westside Theatre), PASSION (CSC), CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD (Keen), THE HOLIDAY GUYS (York). FILM/TV: The Unattainable Story (Film release, 2017); “Nurse Jackie,” “Law & Order,” PBS “Great Performances.” REGIONAL: CenterStage: CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS, INTO THE WOODS; Portland Stage: DINNER WITH FRIENDS; Westport Playhouse: INTO THE WOODS (CCC Award); Reprise: ON YOUR TOES (LA Ovation nomination), North Shore: CRAZY FOR YOU (IRNE Award). Author of A Year With The Producers and Artistic Director of Denman Theatre & Dance Co. @jeffrydenman (Instagram). @jeffrydenman1 (Twitter)

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Brandon Flynn

A Bi- coastal actor born and raised in Miami, Fl. Pursuing his dreams of becoming an actor, he attended Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Jersey, obtaining his bachelors of fine arts degree in January 2016. Professional Auditioner by day/Classy Bartender by night, Brandon booked his first guest star role as Mike the Intern on CBS's new series “Braindead,” quickly following he landed a lead role on the new Netflix Original “13 Reasons Why” playing Justin Foley coming to Netflix in late March.

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Daniel Jenkins

Vineyard: THE MAIDEN’S PRAYER, FEAST HERE TONIGHT (composer/performer). Broadway, upcoming: OSLO. BILLY ELLIOT, MARY POPPINS, WRONG MOUNTAIN, BIG (Drama Desk nomination), ANGELS IN AMERICA, BIG RIVER (2003/1985 Tony, Drama Desk nominations). Recent Off-Broadway: OSLO, TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT, STAGE KISS, PARIS COMMUNE (Civilians Associate Artist), SEX LIVES OF OUR PARENTS, BENEFACTORS, LOVE CHILD (co-written with Robert Stanton). Regional: ART, Arts Emerson, ACT/Seattle, Hangar Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville (two years). Film: For Robert Altman: O.C. and Stiggs, Tanner ’88, The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial. Also, Joshua, Cradle Will Rock, Glory, In Country, Five Corners. TV: “Bull,” “Elementary,” “Veep,” “Orange is the New Black,” “The Good Wife,” “Blue Bloods,” “Law & Order(s),” “Going to Extremes.”

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Dee Roscioli

Dee is so excited to be making her Vineyard debut! She is best known for her record-breaking run as Elphaba in WICKED where she played the role on Broadway and across the US. Other credits: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (2015 Broadway revival), CIRCUS IN WINTER (Goodspeed Musicals), LOVE/SICK (written by John Cariani), ROCK AND ROLL REFUGEE (Royal Family), LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE (Second Stage directed by James Lapine), MURDER BALLAD (MTC workshop and NYSF production directed by Trip Cullman). Dee has also sung with various symphonies around the world including the Philly Pops. She would like to thank Erin Grush and her team at CESD and Kyle Luker at Industry Entertainment, big love to Mom, Dad and Ben. Twitter and Instagram @deeroscioli.

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Karen Ziemba

Received the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards for her performance in CONTACT at Lincoln Center Theatre. Karen has garnered three Tony Award nominations, The Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Bay Area Theatre Critics, and Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award. Some of her other stage appearances include CURTAINS, STEEL PIER, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, CHICAGO, NEVER GONNA DANCE, CRAZY FOR YOU, I DO! I DO!, AND THE WORLD GOES ‘ROUND, HERESY, City Center Encores’ THE PAJAMA GAME, DO I HEAR A WALTZ, and BYE BYE BIRDIE; NYC Opera’s 110 IN THE SHADE, and THE MOST HAPPY FELLA, and regionally: SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION, OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY, SYLVIA, BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS, BROADWAY BOUND, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, HELLO DOLLY!, GYPSY, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, and SWEENEY TODD.

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Blake Zolfo

Blake is stoked to be making his Vineyard and Off-Broadway debut with such a distinguished and skilled cast and creative team. Selected Stage Credits: THE LIGHTNING THIEF (National Tour), SEXYBACK: OR WHAT YOU WILL (American Repertory Theater New Works Series), and THE MONSTER AT THE END OF THIS SHOW (Blake's debut solo cabaret show at the Metropolitan Room). Huge thank you to his agents at DGRW, Inc. and to Henry Russel Bergstein Casting. Love first to God and then to his aggressively supportive family. Proud member of Actors' Equity and graduate of The Boston Conservatory. Blake's next solo show – 25: A PREMATURE RETROSPECTIVE - will premier at the Metropolitan Room in spring 2017. Twitter: @blakezolfo Website: blakezolfo.com

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Kid Victory Calendar

February 1 - March 19, 2017

Performances are Tuesday - Sunday. CLICK HERE for the complete calendar. Running time: approximately 2 hours with no intermission

Cast Announced for KID VICTORY

Vineyard Theatre Artistic Directors Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern announce casting for the New York premiere of KID VICTORY, book and lyrics by Greg Pierce, music by John Kander with story by John Kander and Greg Pierce, and directed by Liesl Tommy. Single tickets are available at www.vineyardtheatre.org or by

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