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The Man in the Ceiling

Bay Street Theater launches Summer Season with World Premiere of charming new musical by Jules Feiffer and Andrew Lippa.

The Man in the Ceiling, a whimsical tale about a boy cartoonist, with a sweet book by Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer based on his 1995 young adult novel of the same name, and featuring endearing music by Andrew Lippa opened at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor on Saturday, June 3. The story follows Jimmy Jibbett, played by a terrifically poised 12-year-old Jonah Broscow, as he struggles to express his uniqueness in an unsupportive environment, where his only solace is in the comic characters he invents.

Jeffrey Seller, Jules Feiffer, Andrew Lippa

Bay Street Theater launches Summer Season with World Premiere of charming new musical by Jules Feiffer and Andrew Lippa.

The Man in the Ceiling, a whimsical tale about a boy cartoonist, with a sweet book by Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer based on his 1995 young adult novel of the same name, and featuring endearing music by Andrew Lippa opened at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor on Saturday, June 3. The story follows Jimmy Jibbett, played by a terrifically poised 12-year-old Jonah Broscow, as he struggles to express his uniqueness in an unsupportive environment, where his only solace is in the comic characters he invents.

The inspirational musical directed by Hamilton producer Jeffery Seller features a strong cast of exceptional singers that includes Andrew Lippa as Uncle Lester, Erin Kommor as Jimmy’s sister Lisi, Brett Gray as Charlie Beemer, Danny Binstock as Father and Nicole Parker as Mother.

Erin Kommor, Nicole Parker, Jonah Broscow, Brett Gray, Andrew Lippa, Danny Binstock

The outstanding design team boasts playful and vivid projections by Daniel Brodie and a set by Broadway designer David Korins.

Director, Jeffery Seller, is the producer of four Tony-Award -winning best musicals, Rent (1996), Avenue Q (2003), In the Heights (2008) and Hamilton (2015).  Composer and lyrist Andrea Lippa is probably best known for his Broadway credits, which include his Tony nominated score for The Addams Family, and hit song “Evil Like Me,” which was featured on the Disney Channel’s musical film Descendants, and performed by his frequent collaborator, Kristin Chenoweth.

The Man in the Ceiling is now playing at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor through June 25. Tickets are available by calling the Box Office at 631-725-9500 or online at www.baystreet.org.

 

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