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THE NEW MUSICAL THAT BEARS A REMARKABLE
RESEMBLANCE TO THE CURRENT CAMPAIGN FOR PRESIDENT
Heather Smiley for President, a new musical comedy, is being presented by Theater for the New City, Crystal Field, Executive Director, as a world premiere with book and lyrics by Tom Attea and music composed by Arthur Abrams. As timely as today’s headlines, the musical spotlights Heather Smiley, a female Democratic candidate, as she struggles to present herself in a winning way against a growing field of Republican and Democratic candidates. Her husband, Bob, who has already been the President, supports her equal right to be the President. As one lyric states, they’ll be “the first mates to be Presidents of the United States.”

Heather Smiley, played by Rebecca Holt, with her husband and former President, Bob Smiley, played by Joris Stuyck. Will they be back in the White House again?  Photo: Jeremy Daniel

Heather Smiley, played by Rebecca Holt, with her husband and former President, Bob Smiley, played by Joris Stuyck. Will they be back in the White House again? Photo: Jeremy Daniel
Tickets

Tickets to Heather Smiley for President are $15 ($10 for seniors and students.) TDF Vouchers accepted. Box office: 212.254.1109

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Performance schedule

October 1st through October 25th, with performances Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM.

Senator George Worthington (Todd Lewis), with his wife, Martha Worthington (Carol Tammen). George is the only Republican candidate who never told a lie. Photo: Jeremy Daniel

Senator George Worthington (Todd Lewis), with his wife, Martha Worthington (Carol Tammen). George is the only Republican candidate who never told a lie. Photo: Jeremy Daniel

Book & Lyrics by Tom Attea, Music Composed by Arthur Abrams, Directed by Mark Marcante*, Choreography by Angela Harriell

Lighting Designer: Alexander Bartenieff, Sound Designer: Alex Santullo, Costume & Prop Designers: Lytza Colon & Arlee Chadwick, Set Designer: Mark Marcante*, Assistant Director: Danielle Hauser, Stage Manager: Rob Shepard
Cast
Rebecca Holt*, Joris Stuyck*, Todd Lewis*, Carol Tammen*, Nellesa Walthour*, David Slone, Esq., Jacob Storms, Melissa Carlile-Price*. Supporting: David Zen Mansley, Robert Homeyer, Matthew Angel, Aron Canter, Akiko Tokuoka, Primy Rivera, Sarah Burns, Brandon Mellette.                    
*Appears Courtesy of Actors Equity Association

Band

The Art Lillard Trio, which has been featured at The Iridium Jazz Club and Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing, with Art Lillard on drums, Annie Lebaux on piano, and Ralph Hamperian on bass. Annie Lebaux is also the music director of the show.

George Worthington, Jr., played by Jacob Storms, with Martha Albright, played by Melissa Carlile-Price, an ethicist who's writing a book titled <em>Duplicity in American Politics.<em>

George Worthington, Jr. (Jacob Storms) and Martha Albright (Melissa Carlile-Price), who's writing a book about duplicity in American politics, develop an apolitical attraction. Photo: Jeremy Daniel

Tom Attea, Playwright and Lyricist, has written 11 previous shows that have been produced in the publicly funded Off-Broadway theater. The first show, Brief Chronicles of the Time, was a contemporary revue presented by The Actors Studio, where he was a member of The Playwrights Unit for 10 years. Nine previous musicals for which he wrote the book and lyrics and two full-length plays have been presented by Theater for the New City. Tom received a TNC/Jerome Foundation emerging playwright grant and is a member of The Dramatists Guild. He studied composition and orchestration at Juilliard, sight-singing with Helen Hobbs Jordan and voice with David Sorin Collyer, acting and directing at HB Studios, and piano with Norman Gold, John Corrigan, and Milton Kaye. Critics have called Tom Attea’s writing “Hilarious … and simply charming.” – The Village Voice; “Delightfully funny … humorous and thoughtful.” – The Villager; and “Compelling … good storytelling” – Theater Pizzazz. He supports his literary work as a freelance copywriter. He has won many awards for creative copywriting, including four Clios in one night, Gold and Silver Lions from Cannes, The Gold Telly, The Gold Mobius, and many other awards.

Heather Smiley, exhausted after a day of campaigning with a smile, being consoled by her speechwriter, Anne Howe.

Heather Smiley, exhausted after a day of campaigning with a smile, being consoled by her speechwriter, Anne Howe (Nellesa Walthour). Photo: Jeremy Daniel

Arthur Abrams, Composer, began his collaboration with Tom Attea in 1982 at the Actors Studio, when they were both working with Charles Friedman on the revue Brief Chronicles of the Time. Mr. Friedman, noted director of Pins and Needles and Sing Out The News, was also their mentor. Mr. Abrams and Mr. Attea continued their collaboration at TNC, starting with the revues It's An Emergency, Don’t Hurry and Dropping In On The Earth, and continuing with the musicals Abstinence, Lincoln Plaza, Living In A Musical, The Capitalist Ventriloquist, Digital Dilemmas, Samantha and the Glass Ceiling and An American Worker. He also collaborated with David Willinger, Barbara Kahn, Laurel Hessing , Ruthy Rosen, Elizabeth Ruf -Maldonado, Walter Corwin and Martin bard writing scores for musicals and incidental music for plays.. He was pianist, music director and composer for the documentary film The Golden Age of Second Avenue, which was produced by Arthur Cantor, a film about the Yiddish Theater on New York's Lower East Side. The documentary is still shown on PBS. In the film, he accompanies Molly Picon. He was also music director and pianist for the Lambs Club presentation of Yankel in America, starring Theodore Bikel. His awards include a DAAD music fellowship to Mannheim, Germany, a scholarship to the Orff Institute at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and a “Meet the Composer” grant for the score of The Golden Bear. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild. 

John Traynor, campaign manager, fretting with Senator George Worthington about how a man can compete with a woman for the female vote.

John Traynor, campaign manager (David Zen Mansley), fretting with Senator George Worthington about how a man can compete with a woman for the female vote. Photo: Jeremy Daniel

Mark Marcante, Director, a graduate of Kutztown University, has studied and performed Commedia Del Arte with Alessandro Bressanello and Michael Conenna from the T.A.G. Theatre of Venice, Italy. Mr. Marcante has worked and toured with The People's Theater Company, Theater East and The Guthsville Playhouse. Mr. Marcante was the theatrical and technical consultant for the Arts Connection. This is his eleventh production with Tom Attea and Arthur Abrams, whom he has collaborated with on It's An Emergency Don't Hurry, Dropping in on the Earth, Life Knocks, Lincoln Plaza, Abstinence, Living in a Musical, The Capitalist Ventriloquist, Digital Dilemmas, Benedictus, Samantha and the Glass Ceiling, and An American Worker. Other shows Mr. Marcante has directed include Rizzante Returns from the War, Benny's Barber Shop, Promises Best Kept, British Music Hall, Strangely Wonderful and One Director Against His Cast, written by Crystal Field, which premiered in Italy. 

George Worthington, the Republican nominee, and Heather Smiley, the Democratic nominee, in a debate.

George Worthington, the Republican nominee, and Heather Smiley, the Democratic nominee, in a debate. Can he possibly persuade more Americans to vote for him? Photo: Jeremy Daniel

Angela Harriell, Choreographer, has worked with Attea, Abrams, and Marcante on five previous musicals.  She is the director and choreographer of the popular Nutcracker: Rated R, as well as the founder and choreographer of the theatrical dance company, The Love Show. Angela has danced with Elisa Monte and David Brown Dance, Randy James Danceworks, Brooklyn Ballet, Opera Francais De New York, The Box, and was a professor teaching ballet at Binghamton University. Cointreau, Vogue magazine, The BBC, and Dom Perignon  have commissioned pieces from her, and she has created and directed four original Off Broadway productions, the most recent, Nutcracker: Rated R, selling out in its runs over the past seven seasons. Angela was commissioned to create original choreography for the New York screening of The Antics Roadshow, a new film by Banksy and she has toured Tokyo, Japan with her company, The Love Show, performing two of her original productions in Rappongi and Shibuya.

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