According to Lincoln Center's new LCT3 project at its slogan, it takes "New Audiences for New Artists." It also takes new critics, hence the establishment of Theater Talk's New Theater Corps in 2005, a way for up-and-coming theater writers and eager new theatergoers to get exposure to the ever-growing theater scene in New York City. Writers for the New Theater Corps are given the opportunity to immerse themselves in the off-off and off-Broadway theater scene, learning and giving back high-quality reviews at the same time. Driven by a passion and love of the arts, the New Theater Corps aims to identify, support, and grow the arts community, one show and one person at a time.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Gutenberg! The Musical!

(Chosen as one of The New Theater Corps'
FIVE FAVORITES for 2/2/07)

Hysterical, sharp, and extremely smart, Gutenberg! The Musical! is one of the best shows off-Broadway this season. Whether you are proficient in musical theater, or going to your first theatrical experience, this show does not fail to entertain. Featuring exceptional writing by Scott Brown and Anthony King, and spot-on direction by Alex Timbers, this musical is definitely not to be missed.

Gutenberg! The Musical! revolves around Bud Davenport and Doug Simon, spectacularly played by Christopher Fitzgerald and Jeremy Shamos, who are trying to get their musical produced on Broadway. To do so, they decide to act out their musical by playing all the characters, distinguished only by the names printed on the baseball caps they wear. Early on, Bud and Doug admit that there is not much information on Johann Gutenberg, the creator of the printing press, so their musical is based on events that could have occurred. They proceed to perform a musical filled with catchy music, witty lyrics, and very entertaining staging. The show openly acknowledges itself as a musical by using numerous theatrical devices, and the audience is made to feel like they are being let in on a very exciting secret; a secret they cannot wait to spill.

Gutenberg! The Musical! is currently playing at the Actors’ Playhouse; 100 7th Avenue South, NY, NY

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