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The Burnt Part Boys

April 30 - June 13, 2010

In co-production with Playwrights Horizons
Book by Mariana Elder
Music by Chris Miller
Lyrics by Nathan Tysen
Direction & Musical Staging by Joe Calarco
With Charlie Brady, Al Calderon, Andrew Durand, Steve French, Noah Galvin, Michael Park, Molly Ranson, Randy Redd, Asa Somers

Playwrights Horizons (Artistic Director, Tim Sanford; Managing Director, Leslie Marcus) and the Vineyard Theatre (Artistic Director, Douglas Aibel; Executive Director, Jennifer Garvey-Blackwell) have announced that four-time Helen Hayes Award-winning director Joe Calarco (Shakespeare’s R&J) has joined the creative team of the upcoming new musical THE BURNT PART BOYS by Mariana Elder (book), Nathan Tysen (lyrics) and Chris Miller (music).  Calarco, who directed an earlier lab production of the musical for Barrington Stage Company, succeeds Erica Schmidt, who is not continuing with the production by mutual agreement.

Joe Calarco is the adaptor/director of Shakespeare’s R&J, which ran for a year Off-Broadway, becoming the longest running version of Romeo and Juliet in New York history, and earning him a Lortel Award.  He also directed the play’s award-winning premieres in Chicago, DC, London and Tokyo.  He’s previously worked with THE BURNT PART BOYS writers Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen directing their song cycle Fugitive Songs (Drama Desk nomination, Best Musical Revue) and directed at Playwrights Horizons the new musical Floyd and Clea Under the Western Sky.  Additional New York credits include Boy (Primary Stages), …in the absence of spring…(Second Stage), Bury the Dead (Transport Group) and Sarah, Plain and Tall. He’s earned four Helen Hayes Awards for Best Director (Assassins, Urinetown, Nijinsky’s Last Dance and Side Show, all at Signature Theatre) and he’s currently directing Philadelphia Theatre Company’s production of The Light in the Piazza, which begins performances on November 13.

THE BURNT PART BOYS has had an innovative production and development schedule on its way to its upcoming Off-Broadway premiere in the spring of 2010, when it will be presented as a co-production by Playwrights Horizons and the Vineyard Theatre at Playwrights Horizons, as previously-announced by both non-profit theaters.  Following a developmental Lab Production at The Vineyard last spring, THE BURNT PART BOYS was presented this past summer at New York Stage and Film (Artistic Director, Johanna Pfaelzer; Producing Directors Mark Linn-Baker, Max Mayer, Leslie Urdang) at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, prior to its upcoming New York City premiere next spring.

The unique developmental track of THE BURNT PART BOYS – which involves the collaboration of two New York City theater companies, Vineyard Theatre and Playwrights Horizons, and one regional theater, New York Stage and Film Company – comes in part under the aegis of the Musicals in Partnership Initiative.  This program is funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop new musicals in partnership with a regional theater, wholly within the non-profit system from start to finish.

The 2010 debut of THE BURNT PART BOYS marks the first time that the two award-winning theaters, Playwrights Horizons and Vineyard Theatre, have co-produced together.  The Mellon Foundation grant will support this unique model for the development and production of an original American musical.

With THE BURNT PART BOYS, Playwrights Horizons, Vineyard Theatre and New York Stage and Film continue their commitment to developing unique and ground-breaking new musicals.  At Playwrights Horizons, these include such musicals as Grey Gardens, James Joyce’s The Dead, Floyd Collins, Assassins, Once on This Island and Sunday in the Park with George, and at the Vineyard Theatre these include such musicals as Avenue Q, [title of show], The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island, Eli’s Comin’ and Dream True.  New York Stage and Film has developed new musicals by artists including Pete Townshend, Duncan Sheik and Steven Slater, John Patrick Shanley and Henry Krieger, and Christopher Durang.

THE BURNT PART BOYS is set in West Virginia in 1962.  The musical follows a group of teenagers whose fathers were killed ten years earlier in a tragic coal mining accident.  When they learn that the mine will be reopened, they set out secretly in the hope of seeing the site, and keeping it closed. A deeply moving and powerful odyssey, THE BURNT PART BOYS is an unforgettable coming of age tale set to a haunting and distinctive bluegrass and pop-inspired score.

Composer Chris Miller and Lyricist Nathan Tysen were the 2008 winners of The Vineyard’s Kitty Carlisle Hart Musical Theatre Award, as well as the Jonathan Larson Award and the Richard Rodgers Award.  Their collaborations include Fugitive Songs, presented Off-Broadway last season, and The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (book by Joe Calarco), which received a workshop production at Barrington Stage in 2008.  Book writer Mariana Elder’s plays, sketch comedy and musicals have been performed across the country, including Barrington Stage Co., Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Director’s Lab, Theatre for a New City and Manhattan Theater Source.

Casting for the New York City production is to be announced.

Andrew Durand

(Brent) Broadway: WAR HORSE, SPRING AWAKENING. West End: THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG. Off-Broadway: LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST, THE WILD BRIDE, YANK, THE BURNT PART BOYS. TV: “Madam Secretary” guest star CBS. Andrew has toured the US and UK extensively doing multiple shows with Kneehigh Theater Co. to venues such as Berkeley Rep, Chicago Shakespeare, The Guthrie, St Ann’s Warehouse, Liverpool Everyman Playhouse, and The Bristol Old Vic.

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Charlie Brady

(Jake) Broadway debut in the Lincoln Center Theater production of SOUTH PACIFIC. Off-Broadway: THE BURNT PART BOYS (Vineyard Theatre). National tours: LES MISÉRABLES, MAMMA MIA! Regional: Barrington Stage Company (THE BURNT PART BOYS, THE MYSTERIES OF HARRIS BURDICK), North Shore Music Theater (LES MISÉRABLES), St. Louis Muny (MISS SAIGON), Moonlight Amphitheater (THE MUSIC MAN). He was a series regular on the TV show “Kids Incorporated.”

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Joe Calarco

(Direction and Musical Staging) is the adaptor/director ofSHAKESPEARE’S R&J, which ran for a year Off-Broadway, becoming the longest running version of Romeo and Juliet in New York history, and earning him a Lortel Award.  He also directed the play’s award-winning premieres in Chicago, DC, London and Tokyo.  He’s previously worked with THE BURNT PART BOYS writers Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen directing their song cycle FUGITIVE SONGS (Drama Desk nomination, Best Musical Revue). Additional New York credits include FLOYD AND CLEA UNDER THE WESTERN SKY (Playwrights Horizons), BOY(Primary Stages), …IN THE ABSENCE OF SPRING…(Second Stage), BURY THE DEAD (Transport Group) and SARAH, PLAIN AND TALL. He’s earned four Helen Hayes Awards for Best Director (ASSASSINS, URINETOWN, NIJINSKY’S LAST DANCE and SIDE SHOW, all at Signature Theatre).

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Al Calderon

(Pete) Made his Broadway debut as Eddie in the Jason Robert Brown musical 13.  He performed the role of Patrick in the RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR 2007, also appearing in the role on television. Off-Broadway: THE BURNT PART BOYS. Regional: GREASE, BYE BYE BIRDIE, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, 13.

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Mariana Elder

(Book) Credits include THE BURNT PART BOYS (New York Stage and Film, Vineyard Theatre, Barrington Stage Company, Theatreworks Palo Alto, University of Nebraska: Lincoln, National Endowment of the Arts Grant, American Critics New Play Finalist); THIS SIDE OF PARADISE (Theater for a New City, Bank Street Theater, Hudson Backstage Theater, Manhattan Theatre Source, published Estrogenius Sourcebook); RUN TEDDY RUN (Electric Pear, NYU/Playwrights Horizons, Musical Theater Works, Ensemble Studio Theatre Rusty Magee Fellowship, Daryl Roth Award).  Graduate of NYU Tisch (Dean's Fellow) and Grinnell College, teaching artist for Lincoln Center Theater and Dreamyard Project.

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Steve French

(Miner Tinns) New York: THE BURNT PART BOYS (Vineyard Theatre), MANIFESTO (Second Stage); STILL THE RIVER RUNS, PROFESSIONAL SKEPTICISM(Zootopia). Regional: AVENUE X (Alliance Theatre); CAMELOT, BIG RIVER (Goodspeed Musicals); OTHELLO, A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Hartford Stage Company); A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN, THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP (Long Wharf).

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Noah Galvin

(Dusty) Originated the role of Billy in ACE (Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Playhouse in the Park in Cincinnati) for which he won a Kevin Kline Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical. Galvin also originated the role of Jamie in Cirque du Soleil’s WINTUK at Madison Square Garden. Off-Broadway: THE BURNT PART BOYS. National tour: LES MISÉRABLES (Gavroche). Regional: THE WHO’S TOMMY (Bay Street Theatre).

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Chris Miller

(Music) THE BURNT PART BOYS (Vineyard Theatre). Chris studied piano and voice at Elon University and Musical Theatre Writing at NYU. With Nathan Tysen, he has written an album of folk/cabaret songs entitled Point A, a musical based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg THE MYSTERIES OF HARRIS BURDICK (Joe Calarco, book) and the Off-Broadway song cycle FUGITIVE SONGS, which was nominated for a Drama Desk Award (Outstanding Revue). He is a contributing composer (Mark Campbell, lyrics) to the song cycle SONGS FROM AN UNMADE BED produced at NYTW in 2005 (cast album on Sh-K-Boom Records). His string quartet MOMENT OF WEAKNESS premiered at Symphony Space in 2007. His songs have been performed at Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub, Don’t Tell Mamas, The Triad and The Knitting Factory.  Awards: 2003 Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Grant, 2003 Frederick Lowe Foundation Grant, 2004 Daryl Roth Creative Spirit Award, 2006 Richard Rodgers Award, 2007 Kitty Carlisle Hart Musical Theatre Award from the Vineyard Theatre, ASCAP Plus Awards 2005-07, one of the Dramatists Guild Magazine’s “50 To Watch” in 2007.

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Michael Park

(Cop) Broadway: SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ; CAROUSEL; LITTLE ME; Encores: APPLAUSE; BLOOMER GIRL. Off-Broadway: MIDDLETOWN (Vineyard Theatre), THE BURNT PART BOYS (Vineyard, Playwrights Horizons); VIOLET (Playwrights Horizons); HELLO AGAIN (Lincoln Center); MILK AND HONEY (AJT); THE LAST GOODBYE (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Cast Recordings: SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ; HELLO AGAIN; LITTLE ME; VIOLET. TV: “As theWorld Turns”,(2010 Emmy Winner).

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Molly Ranson

(Frances) Broadway/London: Jean in AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (2009 Olivier Award nomination, Best Company Performance). Recent graduate of LaGuardia Arts High School: Mother in RAGTIME, Moll in THE CRADLE WILL ROCK. She had the distinction of playing the title role in the recent workshop of the notorious musical CARRIE. Off-Broadway- THE BURNT PART BOYS (Vineyard Theatre).

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Randy Redd

(Miner Boggs) Broadway: RING OF FIRE, PARADE (Lincoln Center and national tour).  Other credits include THE BURNT PART BOYS (Vineyard Theatre), SOME MEN (Second Stage), LUCKY STIFF (York),SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN (Lambs), PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES (20th Anniversary) and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s BY JEEVES (Kennedy Center). Film: KINSEY, AFTER THE STORM.

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Asa Somers

(Miner Taylor) Originated the role of Doctor Madden in the Second Stage production of NEXT TO NORMAL and recently joined the Broadway production. Other Broadway: GREY GARDENS, TABOO, DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES,THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW. Off-Broadway: THE BURNT PART BOYS, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (title role), ONCE AROUND THE SUN. Regional includes THE MAN IN THE WHITE SUIT (NY Stage & Film) and HAIR (TUTS Houston).

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Nathan Tysen

(Lyrics) Nathan Tysen, profiled in The Dramatist Magazine under “Fifty to Watch,” has written THE BURNT PART BOYS (music by Chris Miller, book by Mariana Elder, finalist for the American Theatre Critics New Play Award).  Other work with Miller includestheir song cycle FUGITIVE SONGS (2008 Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Revue) and an adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg’s picture book THE MYSTERIES OF HARRIS BURDICK  (book by Joe Calarco, world premiere at Barrington Stage, Boston Globe Top Ten Pick of 2008).  He’s received awards and grants from many foundations including Richard Rodgers, Jonathan Larson, Frederick Loewe, Kitty Carlisle Hart and Daryl Roth.  He is currently working with Miller on MOLLY'S DELICIOUS (book by Craig Wright) for Playwrights Horizons/Theatreworks, an adaptation of TUCK EVERLASTING, and a new musical commissioned by Lincoln Center Theater.

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Al Calderon in THE BURNT PART BOYS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Molly Ranson in THE BURNT PART BOYS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Al Calderon and Michael Park in THE BURNT PART BOYS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Noah Galvin in THE BURNT PART BOYS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Molly Ranson and Al Calderon in THE BURNT PART BOYS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Al Calderon, Noah Galvin, and Michael Park in THE BURNT PART BOYS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Charlie Brady, Michael Park, and Al Calderon in THE BURNT PART BOYS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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The cast of THE BURNT PART BOYS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Andrew Durand, Charlie Brady, Al Calderon, Noah Galvin, and Molly Ranson in THE BURNT PART BOYS. Photo by Carol Rosegg
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Noah Galvin and Al Calderon in THE BURNT PART BOYS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Andrew Durand, Charlie Brady, Al Calderon, and Noah Galvin in THE BURNT PART BOYS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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The cast of THE BURNT PART BOYS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Al Calderon, Noah Galvin, and Molly Ranson in THE BURNT PART BOYS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Andrew Durand, Charlie Brady, Al Calderon, and Molly Ranson in THE BURNT PART BOYS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Charlie Brady, Al Calderon, and company in THE BURNT PART BOYS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Al Calderon in THE BURNT PART BOYS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Charlie Brady and Andrew Durand in THE BURNT PART BOYS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Andrew Durand in THE BURNT PART BOYS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Molly Ranson in THE BURNT PART BOYS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Michael Park in THE BURNT PART BOYS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Charlie Brady in THE BURNT PART BOYS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Al Calderon, Michael Park, and company in THE BURNT PART BOYS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Andrew Durand and Charlie Day in THE BURNT PART BOYS. Photo by Carol Rosegg
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Charlie Brady and Andrew Durand in THE BURNT PART BOYS. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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Al Calderon and Charlie Day in THE BURNT PART BOYS. Photo by Carol Rosegg
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