Tickets are now on sale for THE JURY at Theater Now
Theater Now has announced that tickets are now on sale for The Jury, a new life-firming musical. Performances will take place February 11-26 at the Jeffrey & Paula Gural Theater at ART / NY 502 W 53rd St.
Tickets range from $ 25 to $ 35, with two performances that are chargeable, and are available for purchase at www.tnny.org or by calling 855-254-7469. Strict COVID protocols will be followed during all performances, including the requirement for proof of vaccination and mask adhesion.
The Jury is a new musical with a book and lyrics by Casey Kendall and music by Jonathan Bauerfeld. It tells the story of Tess Butler, who died after a short life spent battling opioid addiction and burning bridges. Now it’s seven people in her life to come together and decide if she’s worth saving. Tess can only testify as they rebuild her life, uncover secrets, confront hard truths, and slowly come to a consensus. Originally slated to premiere in March 2020 and postponed due to the COVID pandemic, The Jury will be the first production to be presented by Theater Now’s Musical Writers Lab.
“The jury is an exhilarating review of a difficult national crisis, full of humanity and heart, and a great contribution to the future of musical theater storytelling,” said Theater Now artistic director Thomas Morrissey. “After its premiere was originally scheduled for March 2020 and postponed due to the COVID pandemic, we are delighted to finally share The Jury with an audience.”
Casey Kendall (Book and Lyrics) is a lyricist and librettist whose works address major American issues such as bipartisanship, the opioid epidemic and immigration, family and injustice. His work with Bauerfeld was presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2018 and 2019, the latter in partnership and commissioned by the American Music Theater Project and the Royal Conservatory of Scotland. Jonathan Bauerfeld (Music) is a Certified Composer, Arranger, Orchestrator, Music Director and Vocal Coach who has worked as part of the music team for several Broadway shows and premier nationwide tours. He recently wrote the score for The Comedy of Errors at the Tony Award winning Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
The jury will be led by Lucky Stiff, a trans / non-binary director, writer and performer working in Chicago and New York, whose work has been shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Steppenwolf Theater Company, Goodman Theater, Blue Man Group Chicago , Boy Friday Dance Company and Bushwig Festival of Drag. Musical direction will be provided by Jason Weisinger, a music director / producer, singer and songwriter / orchestra whose recent productions include the Bridge Production Group presentation of [title of show] at Brooklyn Navy Yard, and MetLiveArts’ editing of The Ninth Hour by Kate Douglas and Shayfer James at the Met Cloisters. The jury will also present a choreography by Ambika Raina, whose work has been seen in concerts, music videos and theatrical productions and has earned her an observer award from the Foundation of Directors and Choreographers (SDCF) to attend Camille A. Brown in the choreography of the iconic Off-Broadway cover of For Colored Girls … at the Public Theater.
Kendall and Bauerfeld are both members of Theater Now’s Musical Writers Lab, which features 20 writing teams across the country. Membership is done through a very selective application process. The Writers Lab meets every two months to showcase new work at various stages and levels of development. The Lab offers its members a variety of development opportunities, including Cabaret nights of new music performances, development workshop productions, and new show licensing.
Theater Now is an artist services organization dedicated to the development, production, publication and broadcast of short and long musicals, providing ongoing support to writers and their work to nurture voices and forms. that push the boundaries of musical theater. Theater Now bridges the gap between early readings and fully produced theatrical sequences by delivering developmental productions staged and performed to plays ready to live on their feet. They strive to ensure the continuity and growth of their production process by collaborating with artists on the development of the story through song and dialogue and by focusing on their potential audience. For more information, visit tnny.org.