Bryan Stephenson Directs

Hayashi & Abdul Bring (title of show) to MST&DA

Updated 3 weeks ago David Stone
Sondheim On Sondheim, featuring Aya Esther Hayashi and Kaitlyn Abdul, in April at Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance.
Sondheim On Sondheim, featuring Aya Esther Hayashi and Kaitlyn Abdul, in April at Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance.
Photo: Claudio Abdul

"Who says four chairs and a keyboard can't make a musical?"

"My friend and fellow Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance staff member Kaitlyn Abdul and I were wanting to push ourselves creatively after last season," enthuses Aya Esther Hayashi.

Last spring, both were featured in an exciting, successful run of Sondheim On Sondheim, directed by Jackie Lucid-Cusick.

"We decided to produce our own musical. I stumbled across [title of show] as I was looking for shows that would be good for the Howe Theatre and proposed the idea to Kristi (Towey, MST&DA Executive Director).

"She gave us the go-ahead. We roped in our friends Ryan Hiers, Bruce Jimenez, Sarah Glassman, and Bryan Stephenson to help fill out the cast and to direct."

(title of show) is a one-act musical, with music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen and a book by Hunter Bell. Two aspiring musicians get together with their actress friends to create a musical from scratch.

"Follow the adventures of Jeff and Hunter (and their friends Heidi, Susan, and Mary) as they write a new musical that's about writing a musical," encourages the team's website.

"Friendships are made and tested, jealousies and self-doubts prowl, and creative obstacles overcome. This show speaks to the artist in us all. Come join these friends for an evening of laughs, tears, inspiration, and the search to be nine people's favorite thing."

This production of [title of show] stars Kaitlyn Abdul as Heidi and Aya Esther Hayashi as Susan. They are joined by Ryan Hiers as Hunter and Bruce Jimenez as Jeff.

Bryan Stephenson makes his New York City directorial debut. Sarah Glassman directs the music and plays Mary.

(title of show) is expected to fill the house at MST&DA's Howe Theatre, 548 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, on consecutive weekends in November, opening on November 10th, followed by performances on the 11th and 12th, and a week later from the 17th to the 19th. 

Check for available tickets and showtimes at the (title of show) website.

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