Wednesday, March 11, 2020

PLAYWORKS/NEW PLAY READINGS OPENS WITH “ELLIOT AND ME” ON MARCH 16

HUDSON THEATRE WORKS PRESENTS

PlayWorks: READINGS OF NEW PLAYS/TALK BACK WITH THE PLAYWRIGHT!

ELLIOT AND ME: A MUSICAL
by Steven Willensky, Scott Coulter & Michael Holland
Directed by Michael Bias

WHEN: MONDAY, MARCH 16 @8:00PM
Hudson Theatre Works, 80 Hauxhurst Avenue in Weehawken
ADMISSION: free; $10 Suggested Donation
For more information go to www.hudsontheatreworks.com or write to us at hudsontheatreworks@gmail.com. To see a full schedule of events for The Stages Festival please visit www.njtheatrealliance.org/stages.

Elliot and Me is a musical comedy based on the lives of songwriter Elliot Willensky and his younger brother Steven. The brothers have written a 2-man show they are preparing to pitch to legendary Broadway producer Max Stone.

It's a heartfelt story of brotherly love based on a powerful bond that has grown through the years. Elliot is a charming, free-spirited ladies' man, overflowing with talent and joie de vivre... with a knack to drive Steven crazy. Elliot and Steven both reflect on the volatile ups and downs of their shared experiences from their raucous "wonder years" growing up in Bayonne, NJ to the painful conflict when Elliot defies the expectations of his traditional middle-class Jewish family and drops out of medical school to write pop songs to Elliot's rise to stardom writing hits for Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston and Steven's starry-eyed admiration for his Hollywood lifestyle and eventually to their role reversals when Elliot's career hits a few bumps in the road and he needs to rely on Steven for help.

Brandon Lambert (Elliot) and Martin Landry (Steven) star, the book is by Scott Coulter and Steven Willensky, the songs by Elliot Willensky, musical arrangements by Michael Holland and directed by Michael Bias.

COMING UP NEXT

March 30 - Bird in a Box by Joanne Hoersch

Two sisters, two very different memories of their shared childhood.

April 6 - Fever by Robert Clem
Dostoyevsky's novel, Crime and Punishment, on New York City's lower east side in 1969.

April 30—And our MainStage production, the world premiere of Bunnies, by New Jersey playwright, Joanne Hoersch.

In 1973, at the New York Playboy Club, five Playboy Bunnies find themselves uplifted by the rise of feminism, haunted by the Good Bar murder and conflicted about their jobs as sex symbols, while they bond in humor and compassion over the course of one evening.