Entries in UpStairs Musical (15)

Saturday
Jan072017

The View UpStairs @ The Lynn Redgrave Theatre!! 

So excited to announce my first New York production!! TIX ON SALE NOW:

http://www.theviewupstairs.com/

The View UpStairs will open Off-Bway in February at the Lynn Redgrave Theatre with an incredible group of performers (Nathan Lee Graham Frenchie Davis Michael Longoria Jeremy Pope Doreen Montalvo Mann Taylor Frey Randy Redd Richard E. Waits Anthony Alfaro Benjamin Howes) and crew whose Charisma Uniqueness Nerve and Talent blows my mind. I've spent the last 5 years putting everything I have artistically and emotionally into this show and trying to do justice to the story of the UpStairs Lounge- The show explores what has changed over the last 40+ years in the queer community -what we've gained and lost in the fight for equality, and if we're better off. In context of this current moment of cultural backlash and far-right extremism, not to mention the hate crime earlier this year at Pulse, I'm less sure than I've ever been of the answer to that question BUT... getting to create a new musical full of characters who are 3-dimensional, dirty, queer, decadent, fierce, and fucked up- has kept me going. I hope you'll come see the world we've created and join us at the UpStairs Lounge! X

Thursday
Apr072016

The View UpStairs

Invisible Wall's workshop presentation of The View UpStairs took place last week on 3/31 and 4/1. So proud of what we were able to create with only 2 1/2 weeks of rehearsal. It was the most creatively inspired I've ever felt & I loved my cast and creative team. Onward and upward!

The View UpStairs by Max Vernon

Dir: Scott Ebersold

Music Dir: Matt Aument

Choreo: Spencer Liff

Cast: Frenchie Davis, Nathan Lee Graham, Robin de Jesus, Ben Mayne, Doreen Montalvo, Justin Sargent, Jason Tam, Clarke Thorell, Michael Winther.

http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Nathan-Lee-Graham-Robin-De-Jesus-Jason-Tam-Lead-Industry-Readings-of-THE-VIEW-UPSTAIRS-This-Week-20160331

 

 

 

Friday
Jun282013

The View UpStairs @ The Living Room Videos!

Check out these three videos from the concert on June 24th. Featuring the talents of Michael McElroy, Nathan Lee Graham, Katie Thompson, Andrew Durand, Blake Daniel, Doreen Montalvo, and Blake Daniel.

Some Kind of Paradise

 

Lost or Found?

 

The Most Important Thing

 

Theme Song

Monday
Jun172013

The View UpStairs Song Premiere - Out Magazine!

http://www.out.com/entertainment/popnography/2013/06/17/max-vernon-view-upstairs-musical-sex-legs

The playwright unveils new musical, 'The View UpStairs,' inspired by the infamous arson that killed LGBT people in 1973.

The UpStairs Lounge Fire, a 1973 arson attack at a New Orleans gay bar that killed 32 people, remains the deadliest massacre in U.S. LGBT history. Now creative polymath Max Vernon has taken inspiration from the event for a musical theater event, titled The View UpStairs. 

“It’s shocking to me that most people have never heard of the UpStairs Lounge Fire, given its significance,” Vernon says. “Even as a queer studies major, the fire was never mentioned in any of my classes. Now, with the recent violence and hate crimes occurring around NYC, it feels more important than ever to tell this story and reclaim this event.”

The concert performance of the musical takes place June 24 at the Living Room in the Lower East Side of New York City, which also happens to be the 40th anniversary of the fire and features top talent, including Michael McElroy (Big River, The Wild Party, Rent), Nathan Lee Graham (The Wild Party, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Zoolander), Katie Thompson (Big Fish, Giant), Blake Daniel (Spring Awakening, Hello Again), Doreen Montalvo (Giant, In the Heights), Andrew Durand (War Horse, Spring Awakening, Yank!), MJ Rodriguez (Rent), and Rania Salem Manganaro (Hit the Wall). 

Nathan Lee Graham, who was last seen Off-Broadway in Hit the Wall, said he's excited since it's the first time he and Michael McElroy have worked together since The Wild Party, and the role of "Willie" was written especially for him. "The music is quite fantastic. Max Vernon's score is wonderful," Graham says. "He's really got a bright future ahead."

 

Thursday
May302013

The View UpStairs Musical on Playbill

So excited to have this incredible cast and to premiere these songs on June 24th, the 40th anniversary of the UpStairs Lounge Fire. Check out the article on Playbill here:

http://www.playbill.com/news/article/178494-Michael-McElroy-Katie-Thompson-Doreen-Montalvo-Derek-Klena-Will-Be-Part-of-Concert-Reading-of-New-Musical-The-View-UpStairs

 

 

 

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