Finish on Top: (Re:) Directions Theatre Offering Semi-Staged ‘Seesaw’
Courtesy of my friend Tom Berger comes the following announcement. (What rock are you living under if you don’t know Tom? Click here, peeps.)
We’re big fans of all things Berger-y and (re:) Directions-y, which totally prejudices us in his/their direction. Nyeh.
Still, if you’re not doing anything on Dec. 19, just remember: It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish!
Here’s the press release:
(re:) Directions Theatre Company is thrilled to announce a one-night-only semi-staged concert of the rare Coleman/Field/Bennett classic Seesaw, based on the play Two for the Seesaw.
Seesaw is the first of RTC’s Undersung Heroes Series, a trio of concerts celebrating rarely produced musicals and benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and (re:) Directions.
From the composing team of Sweet Charity, Seesaw is an intimate, engaging love story and a big, brassy musical comedy rolled into one delightful evening of theater. Jerry Ryan (Kilty Reidy), a handsome WASPish lawyer from Omaha who has left his wife and fled to New York, meets Gittel Mosca (Celina Carvajal), a single, lovable Jewish girl from the Bronx who’s studying to be a dancer. This unlikely pair meet, fall in love and part in a bittersweet tale that is full of fun, music and laughter through tears. Sparkling musical numbers capture the excitement of New York streetlife and the up and down the “seesaw” of Gittel and Jerry’s affair.
(re:) Directions Theatre Company has performed such diverse work as the first NYC revival of Jones & Schmidt’s Celebration, Edward II, the NYC premiere of Eric Overmeyer’s Figaro/Figaro and the Anybody but Shakespeare Classics Festival. Part of RTC’s mission is to bring to light rarely produced musicals; in the spring, they will be producing John Bronston and Joshua Robinson’s Fairy Tale, a gender-bended take on the Sleeping Beauty legend.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) is the nation’s leading industry based, not-for-profit AIDS fundraising and grantmaking organization.
Seesaw will be performed at 9pm on Sun., Dec. 19, at the Triad, 158 W. 72nd St. It will star Celina Carvajal (Toxic Avenger, Tarzan, Dracula) as Gittel Mosca, Kilty Reidy (Drowsy Chaperone, In My Life) as Jerry Ryan, Ben Cameron (Wicked, Aida, Footloose) as David, Erik Sisco as Oscar and LaDonna Burns as Sophie. Direction is by RTC Associate Artistic Director John Bronston. Tickets, priced at $40 and $25, are being sold on a first-come, first-served basis, and are available at www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling 800-838-3006.