Complete casting announced for New York premiere of “Rated P for Parenthood” a new musical comedy
FOR RELEASE ON MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 2012
COMPLETE CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR
NEW YORK PREMIERE OF
“R A T E D P F O R P A R E N T H O O D”
A NEW MUSICAL COMEDY
COURTNEY BALAN, CHRIS HOCH,
DAVID JOSEFSBERG AND JOANNA YOUNG
JOIN THE CAST
OPENING NIGHT NOW SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29th**
New York, NY (January 9, 2011) – Producers Andrew Asnes and Timothy Schmidt have announced the complete casting for the New York Premiere of the new musical comedy Rated P for Parenthood. The cast will feature Courtney Balan ([title of show], Cry Baby), Chris Hoch (La Cage Aux Folles, Shrek), David Josefsberg (The Wedding Singer, Grease!) and Joanna Young (The Drowsy Chaperone, Grease!) with Natalie Charle Ellis (9-5, National Tour) and Spencer Moses (Guys and Dolls).
Following on the heels of a successful World Premiere at the South Orange Performing Arts Center in May, 2011, Rated P will begin performances on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 with Opening Night, which was previously set for February 26th, now scheduled for Wednesday, February 29th (**because a show like this only comes around every four years), upstairs at the Westside Theatre (407 West 43rd Street).
With book and lyrics by Sandy Rustin, music and lyrics by Dan Lipton & David Rossmer and direction by Jeremy Dobrish, Rated P for Parenthood chronicles every stage of modern-day parenting, from conception to college, with giant doses of heart and humor. A versatile cast of four takes the audience through the ups and downs of childrearing – from the sublime to the ridiculous – in a series of comic and musical vignettes in under 90 minutes. A hilarious, fresh, and decidedly irreverent look at an age old topic, Rated P provides all the wistful joy of childrearing …at a fraction of the cost of braces!
The creative team includes Rachel Bress (Choreography), Steven Capone (Scenic Design), Emily DeAngelis (Costume Design), Michael Gottlieb (Lighting Design), Jill BC DuBoff and David Sanderson (Sound Design) and Cambra Overend (Stage Management).
Tickets are $89.50 and can be purchased through Telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200. Rated P for Parenthood will play the following schedule: Tuesday – Thursday at 7:00, Wednesday and Saturday at 2:30, Friday and Saturday at 8, and Sunday at 3:00.
The World Premiere of Rated P for Parenthood was produced by Midtown Direct Rep at the South Orange Performing Arts Center in May 2011.
Courtney Balan (Woman 1) created this role in the regional premiere at SOPAC. Original Broadway casts of: [title of show] (stand-by), Cry-Baby (Hatchet-Face) and In My Life. Off-Broadway: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, The Marvelous Wonderettes, I Love You Because. Regional: Into the Woods (Baker’s Wife) at the Alliance Theatre, Oklahoma! (Ado Annie) at Lyric of Oklahoma. Graduate of University of Michigan.
Chris Hoch (Man 2) Broadway: La Cage Aux Folles (2010 revival), Shrek, Spamalot, Dracula, Beauty and the Beast. Off-Broadway: Play It Cool (Acorn); Die, Mommie, Die! (New World Stages); I Can Get It For You Wholesale, The Mad Show (York Theatre Company); Face the Music (Encores!). National Tour: Beauty and the Beast. Regional: Dracula, Zhivago, Palm Beach, Private Fittings (La Jolla Playhouse); Candide (Prince Music Theatre); Picasso At The Lapin Agile (City Theatre); Caraboo (Goodspeed); Suprema (O’Neill Theater Center). Television: “The Good Wife,” “30 Rock,” “Third Watch,” “Guiding Light,” “All My Children,” “One Life To Live.”
David Josefsberg (Man 1) Broadway: The Wedding Singer, Grease, Les Miserables, On the 20th Century. Off- Broadway: Altar Boyz (drama league nom.) Slut, Joys of Sex. Other: It Shoulda Been You, Last 5 Years. TV: “The Mork and Mindy Story” (The Fonz), David is part of the comedy duo Joberg and Gurner (Comedy Central Records, Itunes).
Joanna Young (Woman 2) Broadway: The Drowsy Chaperone (Janet/Kitty u/s), Grease! (Rizzo/Marty u/s). National tours: Les Miserables (Eponine/Cosette), Grease!. Selected regional: Everything’s Ducky (Mildred Mallard), A Chorus Line (Diana and Val), Seussical (Gertrude McFuzz). Joanna is a founding member of Midtown Direct Rep. theatre company, performing in the premiere production of Rated P.
Natalie Charle Ellis (Female Understudy) Off Broadway Debut! National Tours: 9-5 The Musical (Missy Hart/ Judy Cover) Favorite Credits: Hurricane (NYMF), Dancing with Abandon (Fringe), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie), Chicago (Roxie) and Into the Woods (Cinderella). www.nataliecharleellis.com
Spencer Moses (Male Understudy) Broadway: Guys & Dolls and Aaron Sorkin’s The Farnsworth Invention. Regional: June Moon (Dorset Theatre Festival), The Farnsworth Invention, Zhivago, Palm Beach (La Jolla Playhouse), How The Grinch Stole Christmas (The Old Globe). TV: “Nurse Jackie”, “Boardwalk Empire” and “The Electric Company.” www.spencermoses.com