Local Broadway Talent: Board the Midtown Direct Rep

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Maplewood/South Orange is so rich in stage and musical talent that it’s often joked that Broadway sleeps here. In fact it’s estimated that more professional theatre artists per capita live in this neighborhood than in any other NYC suburb.
The South Orange Performing Arts Center’s (SOPAC) new resident theater company, The Midtown Direct Rep, is providing a theatrical home for works directed, written and acted by seasoned Broadway performers living in Maplewood/South Orange. Broadway stars with credits in shows like “Billy Elliot”, “Chicago” and “Wicked” will take to the SOPAC stage, including Tony Award nominee Christiane Noll (Ragtime) and Charlie Pollock (9 to 5).

“Midtown Direct Rep was formed because there’s an incredible amount of theater talent that has chosen to make their homes in this area, and we wanted to be able to do great work with other professionals within our own community at a state of the art facility like SOPAC,” said Jeremy Dobrish, Midtown Direct Rep Co-Artistic Director.
The first Midtown Direct Rep production, a staged reading of “Rated P,” comes with the advisory “may not be suitable for prospective parents.” The sketch comedy about parenthood celebrates the wonder and lunacy of raising kids from conception to college. It’s written by Maplewood resident, actor, comedienne and improvisation queen, Sandy Rustin with music and lyrics by Dan Lipton and David Rossmer. Its cast of Broadway stars include Michelle Federer (Wicked) and David Josefsberg (Alter Boyz).
The second production is “The Girl in the Frame,” a fast-paced musical comedy and sexy parable of modern love written by Jeremy Desmon and starring Becky Gulsvig (Legally Blonde), David Josefsberg, Christiane Noll and Charlie Pollock.
Sopac and Baristanet have three pairs of tickets to giveaway for Rated P on Wed Aug 18 and for The Girl in the Frame on Wed Sep 1. Tickets will go to the first to respond to us at tips@baristanet.com with the correct answer to the question below. Make sure to indicate which date is good for you, and as usual, please don’t play if you can’t go.
Question: In the Broadway play Three Days of Rain, which of the Midtown Direct Rep actors understudied for Julia Roberts?
Show details are:
Rated P
Wed Aug 18, 8pm
Thurs Aug 19, 8pm
Q&A with the cast, writers and director to follow.
The Girl in the Frame
Wed Sep 1, 8pm
Thurs Sep 2, 8pm
Q&A with cast, writers and director to follow.
Tickets are $15 each, $20 for both shows. Click here, or call
tel: 973 313 ARTS (2787)
Story by Gudrun Lake, Baristanet contributor

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