David Stone

Friday, November 10th, (title of show) premieres at Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance in the Howe Theatre, 548 Main Street. It's a show about producing a show as actors and directors wrestle with the challenges of creating something from scratch with their eyes on Broadway. We dropped in on the dress rehearsal.

Last chance.

Director Bryan Stephenson watches from the audience.
Director Bryan Stephenson watches from the audience.
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With director Bryan Stephenson as an audience of one, the performers get set on stage for a difficult number with rapidly changing dynamics driven by the multiple, conflicting stressors engaged in creating a musical from scratch... with an eye on Broadway.

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Waiting to begin, from a non-performers point of view, seems harder to manage than the performance itself.

Aya Esther Hayashi, co-producer and performer, stretches to relax before the work begins.
Aya Esther Hayashi, co-producer and performer, stretches to relax before the work begins.
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Sarah Glassman, the piano player, kills time before the actors are all assembled.
Sarah Glassman, the piano player, kills time before the actors are all assembled.
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The magic of theatre happens when real people figure out how to be other real people with lives very different from their own.

In a scene, co-producer and performer Kaitlyn Abdul is a sea of calm in an ocean of anxiety.
In a scene, co-producer and performer Kaitlyn Abdul is a sea of calm in an ocean of anxiety.
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It's doubly difficult when portraying individuals, the writers of (title of show), who built the musical by putting together imitations of themselves.

Ryan Hiers and Bruce Jimenez, playing the shows creators, bounce competing ideas off, around and between each other.
Ryan Hiers and Bruce Jimenez, playing the shows creators, bounce competing ideas off, around and between each other.
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At some point, everyone has to trust the directors eye and advice, like it or not. That's what makes the combination of talent and art make magic.

Final polish - Bryan Stephenson instructs the cast on its final run through before opening.
Final polish - Bryan Stephenson instructs the cast on its final run through before opening.
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(title of show) premieres tonight at 8:00 in the Howe Theatre, Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance, 548 Main Street, Roosevelt Island. Click here for tickets to the opening and five following performances.