The Last Word

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Brett Sullivan; Additional Lyrics by Ryan Cunningham

The Last Word

at The Duke  [map]

  • Friday, July 22, 2016 at 8:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 8:00 pm
  • Friday, July 29, 2016 at 5:00 pm
  • Friday, July 29, 2016 at 9:00 pm

A quest to save Paradise one tile at a time. 

East Cleveland, 1976. Jay is a charismatic slacker living above Paradise, the restaurant his father left him. But Jay has accumulated a trail of debt which includes Earlene Floyd, a local parking lot mogul, who wants to bulldoze Paradise and put up a parking lot. Jay enlists his old school gang of misfits with plans to raise cash by hustling across America - one game of Scrabble at a time. But old factions and Earlene’s offensive to crush them threaten Paradise forever. Who will have the last word?

 

Running time: 2 hours.

Brett Sullivan

Brett Sullivan (Book, Music, Lyrics)

Brett Sullivan is a London based film director. He directs music videos, commercials, documentaries and concert films for music artists and theatrical productions. He produced the live films of Les Misérables 25th, Phantom of the Opera at Royal Albert Hall, Jesus Christ Superstar Arena, and directed Love Never Dies, Billy Elliot Live, and forthcoming Miss Saigon Live. The Last Word is his debut musical. www.steammotionandsound.com  



Michael Bello (Director)

"What Do Critics Know?" (winner of 2 Best of Fest Awards NYMF 2015); ”Next to Normal", (NYIT Award nom. Outstanding Prod. of Musical), "We Are The Tigers", Ryan Scott Oliver’s "Darling: A New Musical", "Hello Again" (IRNE noms. Best Musical & Best Director), current - "In The Heights" at The Gallery Players . Assisting: "Doctor Zhivago" (Broadway Theater, dir. Des McAnuff), "Fly By Night" (Dallas Theater Center, TheaterWorks) among others. www.MichaelBello.com  



Conrad Helfrich (Musical Director)

Musical Director/Supervisor and Arranger "Dirty Dancing" (Hamburg, 2006-2008), London (2006-2011 and 2013), Toronto, Utrecht, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Berlin, Oberhausen, Stockholm, German National Tour, Milan, Paris and the current US National Tour, "The Australian Outback Spectacular" (2006-2010) for Warner Village Theme Parks, "The Full Monty" (2003 Australia), "Singin’ in the Rain" (2001 Australia and Asia), "The Man from Snowy River" (2001/2002 Australia), "Jolson" (1999/2000 Australia)  



Nick Kenkel (Choreographer)

Broadway,: Co-choreographer with Jerry Mitchell on Gotta Dance. Assistant Choreographer on Legally Blonde, Associate Choreographer on Catch Me If You Can. Nick was the Associate Director and Co-Choreographer for PEEPSHOW in Las Vegas. Nick has also directed/choreographed his own versions of Dreamgirls, Chicago, and Legally Blonde at North Shore Music Theatre receiving numerous IRNE Award Nominations including Best Director and Best Choreographer. Nick has directed the last three annual instalments of Broadway Bares.



Ryan Cunningham (Additional Lyrics)

Jonathan Larson Award-winning lyricist and bookwriter, and a Drama Desk and MAC Award nominee. His Off-Broadway musical, "I Love You Because", was in the NAMT Festival of New Musicals and went on to be produced all over the world in five languages. His musical, "Next Thing You Know", has been produced at CAP 21 in New York, across America and Europe, and was called “Rent for this generation,” by The New York Times.  



Adam Crinson (Scenic Design)

is a Scenic Designer from Detroit, MI currently based in NYC. Recent designs include Galileo Galilei with Des Moines Metro Opera, Cosi Fan Tutti with Land of Enchantment Opera, and Florencia en al Amazonas with Tulsa Opera. Upcoming projects include The Rakes Progress, The Nutcracker, and Gypsy. 


CHRISTOPHER VERGARA (Costume Design)

Recent credits: What Do Critics Know? (NYMF); The Golem of Havana (La Mama, Miami New Drama); Texas in Paris, Last Dance (York Theatre); Danza-de-Fernando (somedance company); like the eagle (DASH); Madame Butterfly, Kiss Me Kate, La Traviata, Pirates of Penzance (Brevard Music Festival); Harlequinade, Walpurgisnacht, Majisimas (Les Ballets Trockadero). Broadway Associate credits include The Visit, Eclipsed & the revival of The Color Purple. He is an alumnus of The Professional Internship Program of The Juilliard School.


JOSH LIEBERT (Sound Design)

Selected Designs: Rocky Horror (Buck’s County);
Central Avenue Breakdown (NYMF/South Korea); Ain’t Misbehavin’ (European Tour); The Last Confession (Toronto); The Story of My Life, South Pacific
(Delaware Theatre Co.); King John, Taming of the Shrew, (Shakespeare & Co.); Off-Broadway: The Other Josh Cohen; Son of A Gun.



Isabella Byrd (Light Design)

is a Brooklyn based Lighting Designer working in theatre, opera, and experimental installation. Selected: We Remain Prepared (ARTBARN/Satori), For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday (Berkeley Rep/Humana Fest), The Flick (The National Theatre, London), Pirates of Penzance (Amarillo Opera), Queen for a Day (St. Clements). 


Nathan Lucrezio

Nathan Lucrezio (Jay Subasinghe)

is thrilled to be a part of The Last Word. Currently he is in Aladdin on Broadway. Credits: Cinderella (Broadway), Man of La Mancha (Shakespeare Theatre Company), A Chorus Line (National Tour), Smash (NBC), Lotte Lenya Competition (Emerging Talent Award). BFA from Penn State. 


Travis Kent

Travis Kent (Neil Jackson)

Broadway: Disaster! (Workman/Chef, U/S Chad). NYC: Pyre Cantata (Polyneices; world premier), My First Time: Live + Unprotected at 54 Below, Ryan Scott Oliver’s American Songbook at Lincoln Center. Graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Product of Colorado. 


MJ Rodriguez

MJ Rodriguez (Carlise Washington)

is known for her role as Angel in the 2011 revival of RENT The Musical. Since then, she has made appearances in Nurse Jackie, Carrie Diaries, and the new Netflix series Luke Cage. Mj is very pleased to be joining this awesome cast of The Last Word.  


PHILIP JACKSON SMITH*

PHILIP JACKSON SMITH* (Benny Jacowitz)

is thrilled to join the cast of The Last Word 6 years after his NYMF debut in Oklahomo (Dave). Previous credits include Mozart in the Jungle (Mike, current) and Hello Out There (David, Goodspeed Musicals). Hartt School Class of 2010. 


JESSICA JAIN*

JESSICA JAIN* (Santine Subasinghe)

is thrilled to make her NYMF debut! Favorite Credits Include: Pitch Perfect, A Free Man of Color (Marjorie), The Metal Children (Vera), Godspell, August: Osage County (Johanna). Proud graduate of the Louisiana State M.F.A. acting program. 


FELICIA FINLEY*

FELICIA FINLEY* (Earlene Floyd)

Broadway debut was Smokey Joe’s Café. Original Companies: The Wedding Singer, The LIfe, Lippa’s The Wild Party, Bubbly Black Girl... Felicia released her solo debut album, Great Mood for a Tuesday to critical acclaim (you can get on iTunes). 


MICHAEL GRACEFFA*

MICHAEL GRACEFFA* (Billy Joe 1/Ensemble)

is ecstatic to make his NYMF debut with The Last Word! National Tours: Matilda (Rudolpho), Catch Me If You Can. Regional: Signature Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO, Music Theatre Wichita, Maine State Music Theatre, Fulton Theatre, Westchester Broadway and more. Proud Vassar alum. 


KIT TREECE*

KIT TREECE* (Billy Joe 2/Ensemble)

last seen in Mariah MacCarthy’s Until She Claws Her Way Out, presented as part of the Ensemble Studio Theatre’s 35th Marathon of One-Act Plays after completing a run at Radio City Music Hall understudying Derek Hough in the New York Spring Spectacular. National Tours: A Chorus Line (Bobby), Hairspray. Regional Theater Credits include The Rocky Horror Show at San Diego's Old Globe, Mame at Goodspeed Opera House, A Christmas Carol at Hartford Stage Co., West Side Story at Gateway Playhouse (Riff), Chicago at North Shore Music Theatre (Fred Casely) and My Fair Lady at The Monomoy Theatre (Freddy Eynesford-Hill). Graduate of the Hartt School.


KRISTIAN ESPIRITU*

KRISTIAN ESPIRITU* (Ensemble)

Recent credits: Here Lies Love (Ensemble/Soloist/Interviewer) at The Public Theater, Little Shop of Horrors (Crystal) at Music Theatre Of Connecticut. Kristian is also the front woman of the band Over The Pass, a regular singer in LezCab, and involved in other music projects within the city. 


HALEY HANNAH*

HALEY HANNAH* (Ensemble)

NYMF debut! Broadway: Bring It On(u/s Campbell/Eva). 1st National Tours: Flashdance (u/s Alex), Bring It On. NYC: A Bronx Tale. Selected Regional: Annette in Saturday Night Fever (Ogunquit Playhouse/Gateway Playhouse), Cutman: A Boxing Musical (Goodspeed). TV: Good Morning America(singer for Demi Lovato, Jonas Brothers), American Comedy Awards (dancer for Akon, Lonely Island). BFA University of Michigan. 


AMANDA BRAUN*

AMANDA BRAUN* (Ensemble/Dance Captain)

is excited to be joining the cast and creative team for The Last Word! National Tours: Catch Me If You Can (1st National), Joseph…Dreamcoat directed by Andy Blankenbuehler, and Elf the Musical at MSG. Trainer at AKT InMotion. 


HERMAN SEBEK*

HERMAN SEBEK* (Nish/Ensemble)

credits include Broadway’s West Side Story 1980 revival, original Cats – both while earning a BFA in dance from Juilliard - Song & Dance, Shogun, & Miss Saigon as The Engineer - role reprised internationally and regionally winning him the 2011 Carbonell Award for Best Actor in a Musical. 


ANDREAS WYDER

ANDREAS WYDER (Company Stand-By)

is overjoyed to be making his NYMF debut with this incredible company! Favorite selected credits include: NATIONAL TOURS: Peter Pan 360 (Nibs), How The Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical (Young Max) for 2 years, Titanic: The Musical (Bellboy), OFF-BROADWAY/NYC WORKSHOPS: Vestments of the Gods (produced by Lin-Manuel Miranda), Zombie Wedding, REGIONAL: Next to Normal (Gabe). 


RACHAEL DANIELLE ALBERT* (Stage Manager)

(Production Stage Manager): Selected credits: Bright Star (Kennedy Center); Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End, The City of Conversation (Arena Stage); Up Here, Ether Dome, Peer Gynt (La Jolla Playhouse); Rich Girl (The Old Globe); The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Stage773). Founding member: Ubuntu Theater Project. MFA: UCSD. BFA: Michigan. Proud AEA member.


DANIEL VAUGHN (Assistant Stage Manager)

(Assistant Stage Manager) is a second year Stage Management MFA candidate at Columbia University. He graduated cum laude from California State University, Fresno with a BA in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Design and Technology. While at CSU Fresno he also received a certificate in Sports and Entertainment Facility Management and was actively involved with a student run theatre company acting as a stage manager, sound designer, and board member of the company. Previous stage management credits include Trial By Fire and The Three Sisters at Columbia University and was the assistant stage manager for Our Town and The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer with Columbia Stages. This is Daniel’s NY debut!


RACHAEL DANIELLE ALBERT* (Stage Manager)

(Production Stage Manager): Selected credits: Bright Star (Kennedy Center); Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End, The City of Conversation (Arena Stage); Up Here, Ether Dome, Peer Gynt (La Jolla Playhouse); Rich Girl (The Old Globe); The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Stage773). Founding member: Ubuntu Theater Project. MFA: UCSD. BFA: Michigan. Proud AEA member. 


DANIEL VAUGHN (Assistant Stage Manager)

is a second year Stage Management MFA candidate at Columbia University. He graduated cum laude from California State University, Fresno with a BA in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Design and Technology. While at CSU Fresno, he also received a certificate in Sports and Entertainment Facility Management and was actively involved with a student run theatre company acting as a stage manager, sound designer, and board member of the company. Stage management credits include Trial By Fire and The Three Sisters at Columbia University. Assistant stage manager for Our Town and The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer with Columbia Stages. This is Daniel’s NY debut! 


ALAN J. PLADO (Assistant Musical Director)

Broadway national tours: Dirty Dancing, Legally Blonde, ELF, Memphis, Beauty and the Beast. Off-Broadway: We’re Still Hot, Just a Matter of Time. West End: Menopause The Musical (Shaw Theatre). Regional: Legally Blonde with Sally Struthers (Ogunquit Playhouse); Chaps, Crazy For You (PCPA); Striking 12 (Capital Repertory); Best Little Whorehouse (Phoenix Theater), and appearances at Laguna Playhouse, Alabama Shakespeare, Milwaukee Repertory. 


Herman Sebek*

Herman Sebek* (Nish/Ensemble)

His credits include Broadway’s West Side Story 1980 revival, original Cats – both while earning a BFA in dance from Juilliard - Song & Dance, Shogun, & Miss Saigon as "The Engineer" - role reprised internationally and regionally winning him the 2011 Carbonell Award for Best Actor in a Musical.