All Aboard!, New “Journey” Musical by National Pastime’s Al Tapper and Tony Sportiello, Opens
By: Ellis Nassour
Girl Behind the Curtain Productions (Sonia Carrion) will present the premiere of the original musical All Aboard!, with music and lyrics by Al Tapper and book by Tony Sportiello . The train leaves the station Friday (2/17) at the Theatre at the 14th Street Y [344 East 14th Street, between First and Second Avenues]. Opening night is Saturday (2/18). The limited engagement closes March 5.
Warren Scott Friedman is directing the three-member ensemble. David Wolfson, associate conductor of How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Theatre at MSqG, is music director.
The creative duo are co-artistic directors of Algonquin Theater Productions. Tapper, author and Peabody Award winner for Excellence in Broadcasting for his 2013 documentary Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy, and theater and TV producer Sportiello, wrote the “screwball comedy: musical National Pastime. It debuted at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, had its New York debut at Playwrights Horizons Peter J. Sharp Theatre in 2012 and went on to play across the country. It ran most recently at the Bucks County Playhouse, with Hunter Foster directing. It will have its international premiere in Guadalajara, Mexico April 1 at the Teatro Vivian Blumenthal.
Tapper wrote music and lyrics for An Evening at the Carlyle,music, lyrics, and book for the musical Sessions, and music for Imperfect Chemistry.
All Aboard! is anything but your run-of-the-mill romantic musical. For one thing, it’s a musical in three acts. And don’t let the title fool you into thinking this is a bright and breeze, homey concoction. To quote a bit of JohnA Passaro: “Life is like a train ride. The passengers are seemingly going to the same destination as you, but based on their belief that the train will get them to their desired destination they will stay on or get off…”
Sportiello describes this riveting ride of six lives as “a timeless, mystical, and musical locomotive that unravels the mysterious tales of three couples and the different journeys they take.”
There’s Larry and Kim, whose happy marriage is threatened when Larry announces his desire to have an affair — but only if she agrees. Then there’s Jake and Karen, political spin doctors who encounter a scandal that’s so hot they may end up scorched. Finally, Marie, a successful entrepreneur is approached by Terry, who instead of being the angel she so desires turns out to be — No! not going there. No Spoiler Alert needed.
“Each of the characters discovers life and death, love and heartbreak, ambition and despair,” states Sportiello, “as they journey toward their own surprising and inexorable destinations.”
All Aboard! stars Brian Demar Jones (TV’s Grimm) as the conductor guiding the three couple to their ultimate destinynation; and doing triple duty portraying all three couples are Sammi Sadicario (Rock of Ages, regional) and Nathan Oesterle .
All Aboard! tickets are $50, general admission; $25, students/seniors. Purchase at the 14th Street Y box office, online at www.allaboardthemusical.com/tickets-please, or by calling (646) 395-4310. For more information, visit www/allaboardthemusical.com.
The Girl Behind the Curtain Productions is a boutique production house formed in 2014, It focuses on the creation and selling of original works for stage, TV, and concert/recordings. Producer Sonia Carrion previously worked with Cambridge’s American Repertory under Diane Paulus. For more information, visit www.thegirlbehindthecurtain.com.