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 MONTCLAIR THEATRE PROJECT PRESENTS

THE OLDENBURG SUITE

WINNER OF 2019 NEW YORK MUSICAL FESTIVAL “BEST OF FEST” AWARD


November 22, 2019, MONTCLAIR, NJ – The Montclair Theatre Project today announced the concert production of THE OLDENBURG SUITE to take place on Friday, January 3 and Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 7:30 PM at Leshowitz Hall in the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University, located at 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ.  Tickets for the concert production are available at https://montclairtheatreproject.seatyourself.biz beginning today.


THE OLDENBURG SUITE, with book and lyrics by Montclair native James Feinberg and music by Matthew Dylan Rose, is a sung-through musical about twelve tumultuous years in the lives of the sculptor Claes Oldenburg; his wife, the artist and art historian Coosje van Bruggen; and his brother Richard, Director of the Museum of Modern Art.  A saga of 1970s self-invention narrated by Andy Warhol, the show follows Claes as he struggles to overcome his audience's preconceptions, Coosje as she becomes an artist in her own right, and Richard as he fights to lend stability to the strike-rattled MoMA and invents the modern museum. THE OLDENBURG SUITE features a collage of ’70s musical styles from funk to folk to disco.


THE OLDENBURG SUITE had its world premiere on July 27, 2019 at The Laurie Beechman Theatre in midtown Manhattan as an official selection of the 2019 New York Musical Festival, the premier musical theater event in the world, and a preeminent site for discovering new talent and exciting new works, many of which continue to productions on and off Broadway and in regional theaters. On August 6, 2019, the Festival announced that the 2019 NYMF Award for Excellence, Best Concert of the Festival, had been awarded to THE OLDENBURG SUITE


“We are thrilled to be presenting this compelling new musical work featuring local artists at the magnificent Leshowitz Hall at Montclair State University’s John J. Cali School of Music. THE OLDENBURG SUITE, with book and lyrics by Montclair native James Feinberg (MHS ’16), features Wesley Cappiello (MSU ’18), Taylor Bera (MSU ’20), Julie Graham (MHS ’14 and MSU ’18) and Caroline Graham (MHS ’19), as well as Kristen Hoyt, former musical director at Montclair High’s SVPA,” said Montclair Theatre Project President, Betsy Harris. “The idea for the Theatre Project is to produce new theatrical works in Montclair to enrich the community and show off our home-grown talent, and we are excited to be kicking off this venture with a concert production of THE OLDENBURG SUITE.”


The production stars Bryan Freedman as Claes Oldenburg, Wesley Cappiello* as Richard Oldenburg, Taylor Bera*  as Coosje van Bruggen, Donté Wilder as Andy Warhol, Julie Graham as Hannah Wilke/Alicia Legg, Jordan Stam as Patty Mucha/Susan Bertram, Ray Fanara as John Hightower/Javier Tusell, Kristen Hoyt as Mrs. Blanchette Rockefeller, Caroline Graham as Superstar 1, and Sylvia Coopersmith as Superstar 2.


ABOUT MONTCLAIR THEATRE PROJECT

Montclair Theatre Project is a new non-profit theatre organization dedicated to the production and presentation of classic and contemporary dramas, musicals and other performing arts for the Montclair community, including exciting new works in development, featuring local writers and artists. For more information, visit www.montclairtheatreproject.org.


ABOUT THE CREATORS

James Feinberg is an award-winning lyricist, librettist, and screenwriter, most recently winning Best Concert Presentation (with Matthew Dylan Rose) at New York Musical Festival 2019 for The Oldenburg Suite. Boy Meets Girl, James’s first musical, which premiered at Montclair High School’s Little Theater in 2016, has been performed on the New York stage, across the US, and internationally.  His short plays, The Comedy of Chances and Codswallop, were produced at Brown University, and his screenplays The New Yorkers and The Keaton Effect were award-recipients at the Ivy Film Festival.  James wrote lyrics and the screenplay for the musical short film The Eminent Carmine Craig (Monarch Film Festival, Montclair Film Festival, Grove Film Festival), as well as Let's Go to the Movies, the sizzle reel for the 2018 Montclair Film Festival (both with composer Matthew Dylan Rose).   

Matthew Dylan Rose is an award-winning musical theatre composer and producer, most recently winning Best Concert Presentation (with James Feinberg) at New York Musical Festival 2019 for The Oldenburg Suite. As a composer and producer, credits include The Oldenburg Suite, Boy Meets Girl and The Eminent Carmine Craig (film). As a general manager, credits include Next to Normal (Soho Playhouse) and Legally Blonde (The Skirball Center for Performing Arts). Matthew's previous work in Montclair includes Let's Go to the Movies, the sizzle reel for the 2018 Montclair Film Festival (with lyricist James Feinberg), a collaboration with Montclair State University and the Montclair Symphony Orchestra. 

For more information, contact montclairtheatreproject@gmail.com.