Baby Case

Patricia Noonan

The New York Musical Theatre Festival will present Michael Ogborn’s award winning musical Baby Case, directed by Jeremy Dobrish, produced by Charlie Fink, Michael Ogborn, Robert Soslow, Juliana Schauerman, Dorothy Flynn, Caroline Castagno, Glenn Gunderson, Kathy Lou Leone, Diane Santillo, and Anne Makara. Baby Case will play from July 16 – 22, 2012.at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 W 42 St). In 1927, publicity-shy Charles Lindbergh, Jr. makes the first non-stop, solo flight across the Atlantic and becomes a great American hero, the envy of millions… until his infant son is kidnapped, setting off the first true media circus of modern times! Baby Case gives a kaleidoscopic look at a nation gripped by gossip and hypnotized by the strobe of flash bulbs as one family’s personal tragedy spirals into a national obsession and a murder trial morphs into sensationalized, headline entertainment.

The cast of the musical includes: Eugene Barry-Hill (The Lion King, Ain't Misbehavin'), Jason Collins (National Tour: Annie, Signs of Life), Tom Riis Farrell (B’way: Chicago, Coram Boy, Dirty Blonde, Wrong Mountain, 1776.), Michael Thomas Holmes (B’way: Oklahoma!, National Tour The Producers), Anika Larsen (Seth Rudetsky's Disaster! The Musical, B’way’s Avenue Q, Xanadu, All Shook Up, Rent ), Matthew G. Myers (National Tour Handel’s Messiah Rocks, Jesus Christ Superstar), Patricia Noonan (NYMF’s Pride and Prejudice, Death Takes a Holiday, Signs of Life), Melissa van der Schyff (B’way Bonnie & Clyde- Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award Noms, Big River), Will Reynolds (National Tour Mamma Mia Regional: A Room With A View, Emma,), Kurt Zischke (Signs of Life, Whistle Down the Wind.). Creative team includes: Denise Puricelli (Music Director), Warren Adams (Choreography), Martin Lopez (Set & Costume Design), Michael Gottleib (Lighting Design), Daryl Eisenberg, CSA (Casting), Heather Hogan (Stage Manager) and Liz Ulmer (Consulting Producer).

Baby Case was originally presented by Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia, where the world premiere production received raves from audiences and critics alike, The Philadelphia Inquirer headline declared "'Crime of the Century' yields the season's best musical." That production won four Barrymore Awards, including Best Musical and Best Score.

Baby Case

Written by Michael Ogborn, Directed by Jeremy Dobrish

With Choreography by Warren Adams;

Musical Direction by Denise Puricelli

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at www.nymf.org or by calling (212)352-3101.

The Pershing Square Signature Center is located at 480 West 42nd Street

Monday, Jul 16th, 2012 at 8:00 pm
Tuesday, Jul 17th, 2012 at 9:00 pm
Wednesday, Jul 18th, 2012 at 9:00 pm
Saturday, Jul 21st, 2012 at 5:00 pm
Saturday, Jul 21st, 2012 at 9:00 pm
Sunday, Jul 22nd, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Running time 2hrs with intermission

Who’s Who: 

MICHAEL OGBORN (Book, Music & Lyrics) was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, and currently makes his home in New York City. A graduate of DeSales University, he made his Off-Broadway debut in 1993 with the critically acclaimed musical revue Box Office of the Damned, featuring then “new-comer” Kristen Chenoweth. He has worked steadily in the professional theater for the past twenty years composing original musicals, cabaret revues, song cycles and special material. His work has been produced at the Arden Theatre Company, People’s Light & Theater Company, The Wilma Theater, and 1812 Productions in Philadelphia, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC; City Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA; Horizon Theater, Atlanta, GA; Diversionary Theater in San Diego, CA; Theater LaB, Houston, TX and Radio City Music Hall, in New York City. Some career highlights and awards include the World Premier productions of Baby Case and CafĂ© Puttanesca at the Arden Theatre Company under the direction of Terry Nolen; creating special material for the legendary Radio City Rockettes, and receiving first prize for piano composition in the Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition. As a “Piano Man”, he received Philadelphia Magazine’s 1992 “Best of Philly” Award for Cabaret Performer, a Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award in 1993 for the PBS music video “Soldiers in the Sky” and in 2003, the “Harrington Award” for outstanding creative achievement given by BMI Musical Theater Workshop. In 2002, his musical fantasia Baby Case, won four Barrymore Awards, including Best Musical.

JEREMY DOBRISH (Director) recently helmed JUDAS AND ME (NYMF), SPAIN (MCC) and Election Day(Second Stage). Regional credits include Barrington Stage, Goodspeed, Hangar, North Shore, NY Stage and Film, O'Neill, Village. For Theatreworks USA he wrote and directed CURIOUS GEORGE and directed Paul Revere. Festival credits include Fringe NYC, NYMF, SPF. Jeremy has served as an Artistic Associate at Second Stage, and was the Artistic Director of adobe theatre company for 13 years, for which he has written and/or directed over twenty plays. Jeremy's plays include Notions In Motion, The Handless Maiden, Blink Of An Eye, Superpowers, Orpheus & Eurydice (all adobe) and Eight Days (Backwards) (Vineyard).

CHARLIE FINK (Lead Producer & General Manager) the founder and artistic director of the not-for-profit New Musical Development Foundation, which supports the development of new musicals underwriting and producing readings and workshop productions. This summer he is proud to be producing Michael Ogborn's Barrymore award winning Best Musical, Baby Case, at the New York Musical Festival. Last year, Charlie's production of Marshall Pailet and AD Penedo's new musical Who's Your Baghdaddy or How I Started the Iraq War won Best Show in the 2011 DC Capital Fringe Festival. Other new musicals include F#@king Up Everything (NYMF 09, DC 11), Super Claudio Bros. (Best Musical, 2010 DC Fringe) and Dizzy Miss Lizzie's Roadside Revue.


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