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Created by the [title of show] team, NOW.HERE.THIS. is a new musical exploring life’s big questions with inimitable humor and humanity. The show explores birds, bees, reptiles, early man, ancient civilizations and outer space. Also, loneliness, friendship, hoarding, hiding, laughing, living and dying. And middle school. And dinosaurs.

Now.Here.This.

March 7 - April 28, 2012

Book by Hunter Bell & Susan Blackwell
Music & Lyrics by Jeff Bowen
Based on a collaboration by Hunter Bell, Michael Berresse, Susan Blackwell, Heidi Blickenstaff, Jeff Bowen & Larry Pressgrove
Musical Direction by Larry Pressgrove
Directed & Choreographed by Michael Berresse
Created by the [title of show] team, NOW.HERE.THIS. is a new musical exploring life's big questions with inimitable humor and humanity. The show explores birds, bees, reptiles, early man, ancient civilizations and outer space. Also, loneliness, friendship, hoarding, hiding, laughing, living and dying. And middle school. And dinosaurs.

Hunter Bell

Actor/Writer- Earned an OBIE Award, a Drama League nomination, and a Tony nomination for Best Book of a Musical all for the original Broadway musical [title of show]. Other credits include the books for SILENCE! THE MUSICAL, BELLOBRATION! (Ringling Bros. Circus), VILLAINS TONIGHT!(Disney Cruise Lines), NOW. HERE. THIS.(Vineyard Theatre) and the upcoming THE GREAT AMERICAN MOUSICAL (Goodspeed). He is a co-creator of the web series the [title of show] show and recently co-created and co-wrote the pilot “Glass Houses” for ABC Studios/Television and Cherry-wind     Productions. Hunter has developed new works at the O’Neill Center, Ars Nova, PS 122, weston Playhouse and the Manhattan Theatre Source. As an actor, he has appeared on and off Broadway and around the country in numerous regional theatres, as well as in the films The Men Who Stare at Goats and Goodbye Baby. He is a distinguished alumnus of webster University, a proud member of WGA, the Dramatists Guild, and a MacDowell fellow.

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Michael Berresse

Director/Choreographer-is very proud to return to this collaboration and to the Vineyard with NOW. HERE. THIS., having previously been honored with an OBIE award for his direction of the Vineyard’s production of [title of show] in 2006. Though he made his Broadway directing debut with [title of show] in 2008, Michael has been a Broadway presence as an actor for many years, receiving Tony, Olivier, Outer Critics’ Circle and Astaire Award nominations. Broadway productions include: [title of show], A CHORUS LINE, THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, KISS ME, KATE, CHICAGO, DAMN YANKEES, FASCINATING RHYTHM, GUYS & DOLLS, CAROUSEL, FIDDLER ON THE ROOf. Off-Broadway: [title of show], NO, NO, NANETTE, THE COCOANUTS, FOREVER PLAID, A WONDERFUL LIFE. Film: A.I., State of Play, and the forthcoming The Bourne Legacy. TV: “Person of  Interest”, “Law and Order”, “Law and Order: SVU”, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”, “Great Performances, Live from Lincoln Center”. As co-author of a development project for ABC, Michael recently joined his 5th union, count ‘em five.

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Susan Blackwell

Actor/Writer- played ‘Susan’ in the Broadway musical [title of show]. She has written and performed original material for many projects, including [title of show], Funny or Die’s Billy on the Street, and Broadway.com’s Side by Side by Susan Blackwell. As an actor, she has also appeared in [title of show] at the Vineyard, NyMf, The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center and Ars Nova, SPEECH AND DEBATE at The Roundabout, THE kID at The New Group, ANON at The Atlantic, and Peter Patrone in THE HEIDI CHRONICLES. TV: “Onion News Network”, “The Good wife”, “The Sopranos”, “Law & Order”. film: Margin Call, P.S.: I Love You, Margot at the Wedding. Susan is a proud MacDowell fellow, and an avid teacher of creative writing, performance and vampire slaying. www.susanblackwell.com.

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Heidi Blickenstaff

Most recently on Broadway, Heidi played Alice Beineke in THE ADDAMS FAMILY. Other Broadway credits include Ursula in THE LITTLE MERMAID, THE FULL MONTY, and her favorite Broadway role, playing herself in [title of show] with her friends and creative collaborators. Some Off-Broadway and regional credits include NOW.HERE.THIS. and [title of show] at The Vineyard Theatre, the solo piece, MOSAIC (Ruth) with Primary Stages, MEET JOHN DOE (Ann Mitchell) at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. (Helen Hayes Award), and FIRST YOU DREAM: THE MUSIC Of KANDER AND EBB at The Signature Theatre. I love you, Dad, Mom and Matt.

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Jeff Bowen

Actor/Music and Lyrics/Vocal Arrangements- Broadway: [title of show] (2009 Best Plays yearbook, Broadway.com Audience Award). Off-Broadway: NOW. HERRE. THIS, [title of show] (Vineyard Theatre, Obie Award, Drama League Nomination), SPARKLEFEST 2000 (Dixon Place). Music & Lyrics: VILLAINS TONIGHT! (Walt Disney Company), 53rd Drama Desk Awards, Actors fund 125, numerous Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS events. TV writing: “Glass Houses” (ABC Studios). Composition recordings: [title of show] (Original Cast), “Wonderland” for Broadway Bares Openings, and “Poppy” for Over the Moon: Broadway Lullaby Project. Internet: the [title of show] show. Member: ASCAP, AEA, WGAE, Dramatist Guild and the National    Audubon Society.

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Jeff Croiter

Lighting Design- Credits include: NEWSIES, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, THE PEE-WEE HERMAN SHOW, SILENCE THE MUSICAL, NEXT FALL, LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE, KIKI AND HERB ALIVE ON BROADWAY, MEET VERA STARK, SIDE EFFECTS, A LIE OF THE MIND, ORDINARY DAYS, KNICKERBOCKER, FAMILY GUYS SINGS, JERRY SPRINGER THE OPERA, THE VOYSEY INHERITANCE, THE INTERNATIONALIST, ALMOST, MAINE, STREAMERS, NOW. HERE. THIS. Rufus Wainwright’s Judy Concert at Carnegie Hall, Jennifer Muller THE WORKS. Jeff is a producer of Submissions Only.

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Gregory Dale

Costume Design- Broadway: CYRANO DE BERGERAC (Tony Award Nomination, Henry Hewes Design Award Nomination, also seen on PBS Great Performances), ROCK OF AGES (Tony Award Nomination, Henry Hewes Design Award Nomination), ARCADIA, THE WEDDING SINGER (Drama Desk Nomination), URINETOWN (Lucille Lortel Nomination), BAND IN BERLIN. Off-Broadway: NOW. HERE. THIS, THE VOYSEY INHERITANCE, Lucille Lortel Award, Henry Hewes Design Award Nomination (Atlantic), THE MILLINER, Lucille Lortel Nomination (CSC), THE THIRD STORY, Henry Hewes Design Award, Nomination (MTC), MARY STUART, THE INFERNAL MACHINE, THE PRINCE Of HOMBURG (Jean Cocteau); COUNTRY CLUB, Drama Desk Nomination, THE TORCH-BEARERS, UNCLE TOM’S CABIN, (Drama Dept). Irene Sharaff young Master Award. www.gregorygale.com.

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Richard Dibella

Projection Design- NOW. HERE. THIS., BROADWAY ROX (Queens Theater in the Park), RATED P FOR PARENTHOOD (Westside Theater), SILENCE! (PS122), FROM THE FIRE (New School), THIS WIDE NIGHT (Naked Angels), WHORE (SPF), BENCH (Jennifer Muller: The Works), MISSED CONNECTIONS NYC, PLAYLIST, HOLY CROSS SUCKS! (Ars Nova) CREATION NATION (Ars Nova, South Beach Comedy Festival, HBO Comedy Arts Festival), BILLY EICHNER: GAY, WHITE & TERRIFIED (Joe’s Pub), THE GINGERBREAD HOUSE (stageFARM), THE DOME (Prospect Theater), KIDZ BOP LIVE! (Tour and Six Flags Amusement Parks).

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Howard Joines

Music Coordinator- GHOST, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, PROMISES, PROMISES, BYE BYE BIRDIE, GREASE, THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, VANITIES, ROMANTIC POETRY, ADRIFT IN MACAO, NOW. HERE. THIS. Conductor/Percussionist/Drummer: GHOST, BILLY ELLIOT, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, NEVER GONNA DANCE, FLOWER DRUM SONG, FULL MONTY, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, MISS SAIGON, LES MISERABLES, SINGING IN THE RAIN, THE KING AND I, CLEAVAGE, and THE RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR. Numerous appearances with orchestras in New york and around the United States, as well as recordings for albums, jingles, television, and film. On-camera performances include: Maid in Manhattan and “Guiding Light”. For Robin and Taylor.

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Neil Patel

Scenic Design- Broadway: NOW. HERE. THIS., [title of show], OLEANNA, SIDEMAN, ‘NIGHT MOTHER, RING OF FIRE and WONDERLAND. Off-Broadway: Second Stage, Manhattan Theater Club, Roundabout Theatre Company, BAM, New York Theater Workshop, Vineyard Theater and Playwrights Horizon, having designed productions of BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK, LIVING OUT, HERE LIES JENNY, DINNER WITH FRIENDS, THE LONG CHRISTMAS RIDE HOME, QUILLS and THE GREY ZONE. Television: HBO’s "In Treatment". Dance: Shadowland for Pilobolus which is currently on tour in Europe. Awards include the Helen Hayes Award, the 2000 EDDY Award, numerous Drama Desk and Hewes nominations and the 1996 and 2001 Obie Awards for sustained excellence in set design.

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Larry Pressgrove

Music Direction/Orchestrations/ Vocal Arrangements- NOW. HERE. THIS. Music director/arranger for the Tony-nominated [title of show] for its premiere at the Vineyard and on Broadway. He was music director/arranger for EMMET OTTER’S JUG-BAND CHRISTMAS at Goodspeed Opera House with Christopher Gatelli as director and music directed CATS (Broadway), LES MISERABLES (national tour) and conducted Colm Wilkinson’s last staged performance of LES MIZ in Shanghai. With playwright/ lyricist Rachel Lampert, he composed the scores for THE ANGLE Of THE SUN (NYMF 2007) and ESTELLE’S KITCHEN, which premieres at the Kitchen Theater in Ithaca this spring. He is currently Music Director for La Guardia High School of Music and Performing Arts.

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Rob Preuss

Orchestrations-Rob started playing piano at age 5 and hasn’t stopped yet. He is very happy to be with Larry and the NOW. HERE. THIS. gang again. Other current projects include MAMMA MIA and ONCE.

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Grant Yeager

Lighting Design- New York: NOW. HERE. THIS. (Vineyard Theatre), BETWEEN WORLDS (New World Stages), LOVE CHILD (New World Stages), SEVEN MINUTES (Colt Coeur), ABRAHAM LINCOLN’S BIG GAY DANCE PARTY (Acorn Theatre), A TRIBUTE TO MOTOWN (Carnegie Hall), KEVIN SMITH SPEAKS (Carnegie Hall), co-designer of the New York Musical Theatre Festival for the last three years. Regional/Int’l: LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT (Yale Dramatic Assoc.), SOUL DOCTOR (Parker Playhouse), LAST SMOKER IN AMERICA (CATCO), BACKWARDS IN HIGH HEELS (Cleveland Playhouse), VICES (Theatre Aspen), ACADEMY (Daegu International Musical Festival), THE TEMPEST (Bermuda Arts Festival).

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Acme Sound Partners

Sound Design- Vineyard Theater: [title of show], NOW. HERE. THIS. Over thirty Broadway shows since 2000 including: PORGY AND BESS, VENUS IN FUR, MOTHERF**KER WITH A HAT, BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO (Tony Nomination), THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, LOMBARDI, FENCES (Tony Nomination), THE ADDAMS FAMILY, RAGTIME, HAIR (Tony Nomination), IN THE HEIGHTS (Tony Nomination), [title of show], LEGALLY BLONDE, A CHORUS LINE (2006), THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT, AVENUE Q, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, and LA BOHÈME. Acme is Tom Clark, Mark Menard and Sten Severson.

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Hunter Bell, Heidi Blickenstaff, Susan Blackwell, and Jeff Bowen in NOW. HERE. THIS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Jeff Bowen, Heidi Blickenstaff, Susan Blackwell, and Hunter Bell in NOW. HERE. THIS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Hunter Bell, Jeff Bowen, Susan Blackwell, and Heidi Blickenstaff in NOW. HERE. THIS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Hunter Bell, Jeff Bowen, Susan Blackwell, and Heidi Blickenstaff in NOW. HERE. THIS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Jeff Bowen, Hunter Bell, Heidi Blickenstaff, and Susan Blackwell in NOW. HERE. THIS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Hunter Bell, Jeff Bowen, Heidi Blickenstaff, and Susan Blackwell in NOW. HERE. THIS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Heidi Blickenstaff and Susan Blackwell in NOW. HERE. THIS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Heidi Blickenstaff, Susan Blackwell, Jeff Bowen, and Hunter Bell in NOW. HERE. THIS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Heidi Blickenstaff and Jeff Bowen in NOW. HERE. THIS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell in NOW. HERE. THIS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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NOW.HERE.THIS. Review Quotes

"GOOD NEWS! NOW. HERE. THIS. IS ENDEARINGLY GOOFY AND ADORABLE!

The lovable gang from ‘title of show’ is back. A blend of good humor and good feeling with an audience-embracing brio that never flags." -Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

“A FUNNY, EMPATHETIC, ENTERTAINING SHOW. SWEET, PEPPY AND TUNEFUL!

If it takes a tuneful musical to remin

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Hunter Bell, Susan Blackwell and Jeff Bowen talk creativity, collaboration and dinosaurs.

Time traveling to the beat NOW. HERE. THIS. marks the return to The Vineyard of the ultra-talented team behind the Obie Award-winning [title of show], which premiered at The Vineyard in 2006, and went on to an acclaimed Broadway run in 2008. With NOW. HERE. THIS., the six original collaborators — H

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Playbill Feature: Now Hear This! The [title of show] Creators Reunite for Now. Here. This.

The [title of show] writers-actors of Broadway's cult-favorite meta-musical [title of show] draw on their life stories for a new song-filled comedy that asks The Big Questions. Heidi, Hunter, Susan and Jeff explain it all for you. 'Twas the morning after the night before — that night before being Preview One o

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tdf STAGES Feature: Rewriting a Musical He Stars In

During dress rehearsals and preview performances, a new musical constantly adds, deletes, and changes songs. This can be stressfully exhilarating for the composer, who has to crank out fresh material, and for actors, who have to learn it on the spot. But when you’re the composer and the actor, you face t

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NOW.HERE.THIS. to Open at Vineyard Theatre in March

NOW.HERE.THIS. -- which last year received a Developmental Lab Production at The Vineyard - will be given a fully staged, world-premiere production with previews beginning March 7 prior to an official press opening of March 28 at the Vineyard Theatre (108 East 15th Street), it has been announced by Artistic Director Douglas Aibel, and Co-

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