Wait Wait Composer and Lyricist, Alan Schmuckler, Wins Prestigious Kleban Award

Ricky Falbo, left, and Autumn Ness in “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Musical.” Alan Schmuckler, a winner of the Kleban Prize, co-wrote its music and lyrics.  Photo by:  Dan Norman

Ricky Falbo, left, and Autumn Ness in “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Musical.” Alan Schmuckler, a winner of the Kleban Prize, co-wrote its music and lyrics.  Photo by:  Dan Norman

NY Times:  3 Promising Musical Theater Writers Receive $100,000 Prizes

"In his will, Edward Kleban, the Tony Award-winning lyricist of A Chorus Line, made provisions to underwrite two cash prizes for musical theater writers whose work shows great potential: one to a lyricist and one to a librettist.

This year, however, there are three winners of the Kleban Prize, each of whom will receive $100,000, payable over two years.

Alan Schmuckler and Amanda Yesnowitz were given the lyricist prize, while Christian Duhamel is the recipient of this year’s librettist award.

Mr. Schmuckler wrote, along with Michael Mahler, the music and lyrics of Diary of Wimpy Kid: The Musical, which premiered at the Children’s Theater Company in Minneapolis in 2016..."

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Casting News for Dave Holstein's Showtime Series, Kidding

CREDIT: REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

CREDIT: REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

Exciting news for Showtime's, Kidding, created by Wait Wait Don't Kill Me book writer, Dave Holstein.  Check out the casting information below:

Jim Carrey to Star in New Showtime Comedy Series ‘Kidding’

Catherine Keener To Co-Star In Jim Carrey Comedy Series ‘Kidding’ On Showtime

‘Kidding’: Frank Langella Cast In Jim Carrey Comedy Series On Showtime

 

MAC featured in American Theatre Magazine: On the Road Again

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"Challenge
To bring ready-made productions of new works to regional theatres

Plan
To present and produce new works as tours

What Worked
Finding collaborators

What Needs Work
Managing time and expectations

What’s Next
Planning the 2018-19 tour circuit

New theatre works that call for big casts and big creative teams usually require big budgets. One way to defray these costs, both for creators and the theatres presenting, is the touring route. That’s where Mainspring Arts Cooperative (MAC) comes in, bringing together troupes with high aspirations and limited resources and regional theatres who would otherwise not be able to afford to produce these new plays and musicals in their own season lineups." - Allison Considine

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Broadwayworld.com: WAIT WAIT DON'T KILL ME Musical Inspired by NPR's 'Serial' Podcast Gets Industry Reading

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"Mainspring Arts Cooperative (Frank ButlerPeter Flynn, Trish Santini) announces an industry reading of WAIT WAIT DON'T KILL ME on Friday, November 10 at 3:00 pm at Ripley-Grier Studios.

WAIT WAIT DON'T KILL ME is a darkly comedic musical satire inspired by the making of NPR's hit Serial. Also a Webby Award-winning podcast featured on Wondery's Secrets, Crimes & Audiotape, the new musical features a book by Dave Holstein (Showtime's Kidding starring Jim Carrey), music and lyrics by Alan Schmuckler(Diary of a Wimpy Kid), direction by Kevin Laibson (People's Improv Theater), staging by Byron Easley(The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin), and musical direction by Madeline Smith (Waitress)."

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Playbill.com: Annie Golden and Morgan Weed Will Star in Reading of New Musical Wait Wait Don't Kill Me

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Annie Golden

"An industry reading of Wait Wait Don't Kill Me, based on the Webby Award–winning musical podcast featured on Wondery's Secrets, Crimes & Audiotape, will be presented November 10 at 3 PM at Ripley-Grier Studios in New York.

Inspired by the making of NPR's hit Serial, the comedic musical satire has a book by Dave Holstein and music and lyrics by Alan Schmuckler.

The cast will be led by Morgan Weed (American Psycho) as Sarah Koenig, Annie Golden (Violet) as Ira Glass, Greg Hildreth (Frozen) as Charlie, and Nehal Joshi (School of Rock) as Adnan. The four actors will be joined by Alyse Alan Louis, Renee Albulario, Imari Hardon, Anthony Jackson, Bonnie Milligan, and Larry Owens."

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TimeOut NY gives 4 stars for Uncommon Sense

Pictured: Andrew Duff and Oberon K.A. Adjepong Photo by: Joan Marcus © 2017

Pictured: Andrew Duff and Oberon K.A. Adjepong
Photo by: Joan Marcus © 2017

"Neurodiversity takes the stage in Uncommon Sense, Tectonic Theater Project’s moving and at times surprisingly funny play about autism...A compassionate and nuanced work that eschews stereotypes, maudlin arcs and pat resolutions, Uncommon Sense invites us to experience a diverse and vibrant spectrum instead." - Alana Murphy

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TDFStages: What's it like being on the Autism Spectrum?

Pictured: Michi Barall, Andrew Duff, Brian Hastert Photo by: Joan Marcus © 2017

Pictured: Michi Barall, Andrew Duff, Brian Hastert
Photo by: Joan Marcus © 2017

"Of the many breakups, breakdowns, and breakthroughs featured in Uncommon SenseTectonic Theater Project's new play about people on the autism spectrum, cast member Andrew Duff's favorite scene involves "Noodle Night." Dan, who's on the spectrum, invites Sarah, who has no official diagnosis, to dinner, but when he has trouble using his fork, she tosses hers away and they both dig in with their hands, feeding each other, getting wildly playful, and ending up in a kiss. 'It's a moment of connecting and understanding without a need for words,' says Duff. 'They accept each other for the way they are.'"  - Jonathan Mandell

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Theatremania Offers a First Look

Pictured: Jessica Almasy Photo by: Joan Marcus © 2017

Pictured: Jessica Almasy
Photo by: Joan Marcus © 2017

"The Sheen Center's New York premiere of Tectonic Theater Project's production of Uncommon Sense, a new play about living on the autism spectrum, has released its first set of production photos. Written by Anushka Paris-Carter and Andy Paris and directed by Paris, Uncommon Sense will run for through November 26 at the Sheen Center's Loreto Theatre."

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Broadway World Announces Companion Programming

Photo by: Darcy Dempster © 2017, GBPAC

Photo by: Darcy Dempster © 2017, GBPAC

"Tectonic Theater Project and The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture have announced an array of programs to accompany the New York premiere of Uncommon Sense, written by Anushka Paris-Carter and Andy Paris and directed by Andy Paris, produced by Tectonic Theater Project under the artistic direction of Moisés Kaufman.

Programs include previously announced relaxed performances, an ASL performance in collaboration with HandsOn.org, a gallery exhibit, presented by Pure Vision Arts, and an array of panels and discussions related to autism, theater and disability activism..."

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