Darien native directs parenting musical comedy
A new musical comedy born of the good, and not so good, of raising children will play for a limited run in Curtain Call's Dressing Room Theatre. Leading the production team is Darien native, BT McNicoll. "Blindsided By A Diaper" will play Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. through May 28.
Based on the Three Rivers Press book of the same name, "Blindsided By A Diaper" is a new musical written by Dana Hilmer and William Squier with music by Jeffrey Lodin. The book is a collection of 30 essays written by men and women who give an unflinching portrait of how having a baby changed their relationship. Some of the essays are hilarious, some are sad, but all have a breathtaking honesty to them, as they tackle some aspect of parenthood.
"The audience was roaring with laughter when we did a staged reading of this musical four years ago," Lou Ursone, Curtain Call's executive director and producer for the project said. "I was just waiting for Dana, Bill and Jeff to finish writing it so we could mount a full production and I'm so glad we now have that chance."
"This is a marvelous, tuneful new musical by two gifted songwriters whom I've been working with for 15 years," McNicoll said. "Since it's based on Dana Hilmer's astute source material, the whole piece is insightful, funny, clever and sweet. Anybody who's ever changed a diaper -- or, indeed, been in one -- will relate to it." His current projects include serving as acting coach on a new Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock film; director of the overseas productions of "Billy Elliot" and "Cabaret;" and director of the national tour of "Spamalot."
Featured in this cast are Jeff Porper, Ellen Krinick-Porto; Alysia Jordan, Matt Dyer, Kenneth Grace and Betty McCready. Music direction is by Issac Harlan with additional musical staging by Gail Yudain, and production design by Peter Barbieri, Jr. Costumes are by Megan Latte Ormond and stage management by John Zimmerman.
"While this may sound like a family-friendly event, it really has some language and topics that may be inappropriate for younger audiences -- under 16 or so," Ursone said. "But the cast performing the material is amazing," he said.
"The cast is very special: you'd want to see each one of them perform individually, so when they're all together, it's a treat," McNicoll said.
Performances in The Dressing Room Theatre feature cabaret-style seating and a BYOEverything picnic format, Doors open one hour before show time. Tickets are available by calling the box office 203-461-6358, ext. 13, or online at www.curtaincallinc.com: Tickets are $28 for adults, $20 for senior citizens and $14 for students and children. Thrifty Thursday pricing -- all seats $18.
The final show in Curtain Call's 20th anniversary season will be "A Chorus Line," playing in The Kweskin Theatre, June 3 through 25. Curtain Call is Stamford's longest-running and only near-round, non-profit producing theatre company providing live performances as well as educational workshops by and for the community. Recently awarded The Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, Curtain Call has been Fairfield County's Best Local Theatre group since 2004 (Fairfield Weekly Readers' Poll).