NYTB IN THE D-LOUNGE / APRIL 2013
SET 1: THE CRAZY ONES
The Crazy Ones is a new musical about Apple and Steve Jobs, that tracks the journey from the creation of the Macintosh, to the technological revolutions that it inspires. The show focuses on specific times in Jobs’ life, uniting his personal hurdles and professional experiences to show how an icon’s strengths, and flaws, come together to build some of the most important products of an era. “Because the people who are crazy enough to change the world…are the ones who do”
With Preston Sadlier (Next To Normal), Molly Hager (Fat Camp), Jess Kent (Speargrove Presents), Monet Julia Sabel, Keith White, and Alexander Sage Oyen
Zack Zadek (Music and Lyrics) is a Long Island born singer/songwriter and composer/lyricist. His work has been heard at Joe’s Pub, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Galapagos Art Space, and as part of “In The Valley: The Songs of Zack Zadek” at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Zack’s sold-out musical “6,” an intimate telling of six New Yorkers who, by six degrees of separation, unknowingly change each other’s lives, was selected by the 2012 New York Musical Theatre Festival. In addition to writing and performing new musical theatre, Zack is an active solo artist who has banged on pianos across New York and Los Angeles. His current projects include “The Crazy Ones,” a new musical about Steve Jobs and Apple, Inc., a new song cycle, and an upcoming solo EP. Zack currently studies at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. He is a proud member of ASCAP and the Dramatist’s Guild of America. Follow him @zackzadek!
Alex Pototsky (Book) is a bookwriter, screenwriter, playwright, and novelist. A Colorado native, Alex has been writing professionally for the past 5 years. As a screenwriter, his scripts “Deer Crossing” and “Post Millennium” are currently being workshopped and marketed. His first play, “Cast and Characters” was recently given a production in the Festival of New Work at New York University, Current projects “American Brother”, a new novel, as well as book for “The Crazy Ones”, a new musical about Steve Jobs and Apple Inc. (w/ Zack Zadek). He currently studies Dramatic Writing at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
SET 2: SWISH: My Quest to Become the Gayest Person Ever
In SWISH, when JD’s boyfriend dumps him for not being gay enough, JD decides to get him back by going on a quest to become the gayest person ever. After going to gay summer camp, teaching aerobics, learning to knit, and working as a go-go dancer, however, he discovers that what he’s really becoming is not the gayest person ever but himself.
With Cole Burden, Nick Cearley, Joel Waggoner, Stephen DeRosa (Into the Woods, Hairspray)
Joel Derfner (Music) has written the music to Signs of Life (off-Broadway: Amas Musical Theater), Postcards From Another Planet (Bridewell Theatre, London), Spirit Child (Thomas Pullen School of the Performing Arts) and Spontaneous Combustion (Genesius Guild). He is also the author of Gay Haiku (Random House, 2005) and Swish: My Quest to Become the Gayest Person Ever and What Happened Instead (Random House, 2008; Lambda Book Award and Stonewall Award nominee). MFA in Musical Theater Writing from NYU.
Dan Marshall (Lyrics), a native of Sandusky, Ohio, has contributed book and lyrics for The Suicide Club (MFA Thesis NYU); Christmas Carolyn (Brooks Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse); and Academia Nuts (Emerging Artists Theatre). His work has been showcased in Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists You Probably Don’t Know but Should (Barrington Stage) and Red Hot and New (Genesius Guild). He is the Associate Artistic Director of Mercury Summer Theatre in Cleveland.
Tim Acito (Book) has written the book, music, and lyrics to Zanna Don’t (“smart, funny, and humane” – NY Times) and The Women of Brewster Place (“extremely impressive” — Variety),earning an LA Ovation Award for Best Musical, three Drama Desk nominations, a national GLAAD media award, eight ASCAP development grants, Best Musical in Korea (for composing The 200 Pound Beauty), and a residency at Sundance. He has toured the world as a modern dancer, and holds an MFA from Yale.