The Apple Boys:
A New Barbershop
Wednesday, November 8 @ 7PM & 9:30PM
Book by Jonothon Lyons
Music & Lyrics by Ben Bonnema
Directed by David Alpert
Music Direction by Alex Parrish
Produced by Wayward Creatives
Starring Emily Skeggs*, Britton Smith*, Teddy Yudain* & Jonothon Lyons
with Alex Parrish*
*Member, Actors’ Equity Association
ABOUT THE SHOW
At the turn of the century in Coney Island, a strongman, a hotdog vendor, a roller coaster operator and an apple delivery man meet and discover the magic of barbershop harmony. The Apple Boys celebrates the perseverance of the American spirit, the value of friendship and the dream of a community coming together to discover that the whole truly is greater than the sum of its parts.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
DAVID ALPERT (Director) worked on the Broadway productions of IF/THEN, The Trip to Bountiful, The Best Man and Guys & Dolls, as well as Talley’s Folly (Roundabout), Old Friends (Signature), Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide…(Guthrie) and Flashdance (1st National). Other New York credits include A Little Night Music (NYU), Death Note (Frank Wildhorn), A Scythe of Time (NYMF, Best Director Nomination), Idina Menzel at Radio City Music Hall (Creative Consultant), Tonya & Nancy (NYMF). Every year, David presents the “Living for Today” concert series benefiting Gilana’s Fund. David holds a BA from Western Michigan University, and in 2016 was selected as a Distinguished Alumni. He is the Artistic Director of Headline Programming for BroadwayCon.
BEN BONNEMA (Music & Lyrics) was a recipient of a 2017 Jonathan Larson Grant by the American Theatre Wing. He wrote book, music & lyrics to Adult Swim’s Peter Panic, a musical video game that’s been played by over a half million people (developed by James Marion). His slumber party musical, Boys Who Tricked Me, was called “heart-healing musical theatre” by Joshua Barone of the New York Times. Other full-length: One Way, with Christopher Staskel (reading at Playwrights Horizons) and The Lost Girl with Arianna Rose (Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival). He contributed additional sound design and composition to Punchdrunk’s award winning show Sleep No More. Ben holds an MFA from NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program and is currently Marc Shaiman’s music associate.
JONOTHON LYONS (Book & Warren Lincoln Travis) Performance credits include Blue Man Group, Sleep No More, Off the Main Road (Williamstown Theatre Festival, starring Kyra Sedgwick), Basil Twist’s Sisters’ Follies (Abrams Arts Center) and Rite of Spring (Lincoln Center), Moisés Kaufman’s El Gato con Botas(New Victory Theatre) and Anthony Minghella’s Madama Butterfly (MET). Writing credits include The Tenement (HERE Arts Center), winner of the 2010 NY Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Original Short Script and Ensō, recipient of a 2014 Jim Henson Foundation Seed Grant. jonothonlyons.com
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