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Congratulations are in order...

2017 NYMF AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE
WINNER - Brian Charles Rooney - OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A LEADING ROLE
NOMINATED - Jason Jacobs - OUTSTANDING BOOK

"bursting with memorable numbers magnificently performed by Brian Charles Rooney"

"an intelligent and timely piece"

"the music itself shows sophistication"

""a nuanced story and a tour de force performance"

"Brian Charles Rooney is mesmerizing"

"a fine tuned, superbly crafted piece of theatre"

"Jason Jacobs book is heartbreaking and touching"

"Jason Jacobs and Matthew C. Pritchard have developed a masterful story"


You never know a person 'til you walk in her heels.

1969 New Orleans
It’s standing room only at The Golden Lantern. The band strikes up and begins to play the opening number for Miss Blanche, the hottest act in the Quarter — but Miss Blanche is missing in action. Instead, a fiery young man takes the stage. Relaying tales from his brutal childhood, he reveals a mysterious trunk, filled with clues about his past and the key to his future.

Inspired by the imagination of Tennessee Williams, this intimate and seductive musical takes us on one man’s journey of desire, self-expression and liberation.

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Where Miss Blanche Has Been

  • Fall 2015: Development on the show began as a collaborative project in a laboratory for Columbia MFA theatre alumni. Drawing upon situations from Streetcar Named Desire as the leaping point for an original play, we began exploring the implications of performing gender - on stage and in life.
     

  • Fall 2016: Next, we decided to expand it into a full-length musical. We workshopped the piece once in June 2016 and then again at the HOT! Festival at Dixon Place in July 2016, showing half the show to an enthusiastic audience.
     

  • Where She is Now: We have successfully completed our run in NYMF 2017 (New York Musical Festival) at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater and now the world must wait to find out what becomes of her next.

Thank You

Miss Blanche owes a tremendous debt to the actors who have walked in heels in our workshops: Sara Buffamanti, Robbie Tann, Jamie Boswell, and Cameron Clay.  She also thanks Isam Rum, Jessica Rieken, Kyle Picone, Columbia Collaboration (Coco) Lab, and her friends at Dixon Place and the New York Musical Festival (NYMF), for helping her get where she is today!

Introducing Miss Blanche

BRIAN CHARLES ROONEY
Lee/Blanche

Brian was recently lauded by both The New York Times and Time Out NY for his performance as Dionne Salon in the hit Off-Broadway musical, Bedbugs!!! In a performance that Entertainment Weekly said "ignited the stage," he made his Broadway debut as Lucy Brown in The Threepenny Opera for The Roundabout Theatre Co., co-starring Alan Cumming, Cyndi Lauper, Jim Dale, Nellie McKay, and Ana Gasteyer.  He won the Connecticut Critics Circle Award for "Best Actor in a Musical" as Candy Darling in Anna Jacobs & Maggie Kate Coleman's musical POP! at Yale Repertory Theatre, directed by Mark Brokaw. He has won two NY Musical Theatre Festival Outstanding Performance Awards for Bedbugs!!! (2008) & Bayonets of Angst (2014); as well as the FringeNYC Award for Outstanding Performance as Satan in the new rock musical, Winner Take All. Brian appeared with Kristin Chenoweth and composer Andrew Lippa, at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in I Am Harvey Milk, an oratorio celebrating the life of the famous activist. He has appeared as a soloist in Martin Charnin's theatrical revue, Rodgers &..., a retrospective of Richard Rodgers' monumental body of work at the Emelin Theatre; and in the Carnegie Hall Concert Production of Guys & Dolls starring Nathan Lane & Megan Mullally.  He was a featured soloist with UK Pop legend Petula Clark on the North American Tour of The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.  He received a Carbonell Award Nomination for his performance in Floyd Collins at The Actors' Playhouse (Coral Gables, FL;), a Metro-Carolina Award Nomination as Jinx in Forever Plaid at The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center (Charlotte, NC).  He played the title role in Bat Boy! The Musical at Charleston Stage Co., in Charleston, SC. His Television credits include Camelot, Live from Lincoln Center and Sondheim! The Birthday Concert, both directed by Lonny Price for PBS at Lincoln Center.   In 2007, Brian won The Kurt Weill Foundation's Lys Symonette Award for Dramatic Excellence. He has appeared in concert at 54 Below & Joe's Pub, and as a soloist with the Oregon & Seattle Symphony Orchestras.  www.BrianCharlesRooney.com 

The Elysian Fields

ROBERT FROST "Pete" Music Direction/Piano & Keys

ROBERT FROST
"Pete"
Music Direction/Piano & Keys

MARK VAN ZIEGLER  "Ziggy" Double Bass

MARK VAN ZIEGLER 
"Ziggy"
Double Bass

KYLIE ANDREWS "Kylie" Drums/Percussion

KYLIE ANDREWS
"Kylie"
Drums/Percussion


The Creative Team

Jason Jacobs & Matthew C. Pritchard

JASON JACOBS
Book & Lyrics

Jason has been named a NYTheatre.com ‘‘Person of the Year.’’ He was formerly the co-artistic director of Theatre Askew, where he co-created and directed Bald Diva! and devised numerous projects with LGBTQA youth. He directed Jeremy Lawrence’s Lavender Songs (TOSOS II & Pangea, 2008 Bistro Award), After the Chairs (2014 Fresh Fruit Festival, Best Direction) and the Modern Living series (LaMama Club). His co-adaptation of Uncle Tom’s Cabin recently appeared at Pittsburgh Playhouse and his play Another Horatio Alger Story was seen at Chicago’s Pride Film and Players Gay Play Fest. Regional productions at Vermont Stage Company and Kitchen Theatre. Member of Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab.  B.A., Yale and M.F.A., Columbia.  
www.Jason-Jacobs.com 

MATTHEW C. PRITCHARD
Music & Lyrics

Matthew began his career as a boy soprano studying at the Peabody Preparatory of Music and the Baltimore School for the Arts, followed by stints at Manhattan School of Music and New York University. He's performed with the Baltimore Opera Company, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and, for the Metropolitan Opera Guild/Kennedy Center, he originated the title role in the workshop of Carly Simon's opera Romulus Hunt. With songwriting partner Isam Rum he has provided original music and/or sound design for Bianca Leigh’s BUSTEDThe MusicalI, Claudius Live and the GLAAD Award nominated productions of Bald Diva! & I Google Myself (all for Theatre Askew), The Abduction of Becky Morris & The Return of Coyote Katie (NY International Fringe Festival), Home/Away & The F On My Chest (Theatre Askew Youth Performance Experience), Jason Jacobs’ Another Horatio Alger Story (The Cell). His music and sound design can also be heard on the popular podcast series Uncanny County.


The Creative Team

for the 2017 New York Musical Festival production at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater

GISELA CARDENAS Direction

GISELA CARDENAS
Direction

PHILIP HECKMAN Costume Design

PHILIP HECKMAN
Costume Design

CHRISTOPHER WESTON Lighting Design

CHRISTOPHER WESTON
Lighting Design

NICOLE CURCIO Choreography

NICOLE CURCIO
Choreography

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Press & Reviews

"(Brian Charles Rooney) is a consummate performer who dazzles (and) peels away the vulnerable layers of Lee's identity in a subtle and polished performance"

"Part cabaret, part literary mystery, Miss Blanche Tells It All is among the top shows at this year's NYMF. Jason Jacobs and Matthew C. Pritchard's musical, bursting with memorable numbers magnificently performed by Brian Charles Rooney, blend the confessional format of Hedwig and the Angry Inch with the breathy nostalgia of Tennessee Williams in a moving and highly satisfying work."

"The music itself shows sophistication and a deep sensitivity to this cabaret style of storytelling. . .nothing prepares us for the crushingly beautiful "Too Much Skin in the Game," the show's most haunting and memorable number"

NYMF 2017: Miss Blanche Tells It AllThe Cadaver SynodThe Body Politic
By Pete Hempstead, Theatermania.com


"an intelligent and timely piece"

"Brian Charles Rooney is mesmerizing"

"the band is hot"

"Jason Jacobs book is heartbreaking and touching. The music by Matthew C. Pritchard, and lyrics by the duo, is worth a CD so that it does not get lost in the shuffle. I can not wait to see what these two do next"

NYMF: Miss Blanche Tells It All and Wins Our Hearts
by Suzanna Bowling, TimesSquareChronicles


"a nuanced story and a tour de force performance by a consummate professional"

"Kudos also to Jacobs & Pritchard for writing a piece that both looks back but resonates today, and has layers of interest and meaning to keep us interested and focused"

"jaw-dropping performance by the mega-talented Brian Charles Rooney"

Review of Miss Blanche Tells It All
by Donna Herman, www.TheFrontRowCenter.com

The best musicals to see at NYMF in 2017
by Adam Feldman, TimeOut NY

5 NYMF Shows That Are Grabbing Everyone's Attention
by Zachary Stewart, Theatermania.com

PLAYBILL JUNE 15, 2017
Audra McDonald Named Honorary Chair of New York Musical Festival

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MISS BLANCHE TELLS IT ALL announced as an invited production to NYMF 2017
Click here to read the press release.

MISS BLANCHE TELLS IT ALL (a new, work in progress at Dixon Place HOT! Festival)
Click here to read an interview with Jason Jacobs

 

"The story is so well crafted by Jason Jacobs and the storytelling by Brian Charles Rooney is so pristine that to give much detail would require a spoiler alert"

"a fine tuned, superbly crafted piece of theatre"

"Jason Jacobs and Matthew C. Pritchard have developed a masterful story"

"Brian Charles Rooney delivers a bravura performance"

Off-Broadway Review: “Miss Blanche Tells It All” at the New York Musical Festival at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater
by David Roberts, Theatre Reviews Limited


“(Brian Charles Rooney) can seemingly do anything and be anything. He can sing and look convincingly dramatic as a man, woman, or the vast spectrum in between. His voice can be lovely and classically feminine without camp, can be delicate or heavy-duty or crackle with fire. With the flicker of a manicured eyelash or fingernail, he can turn on a dime and change moods, gender, persona, or the temperature in the room by forty degrees. The miracle man is mesmerizing.”

“Rooney is everything and anything. You believe him. You root for him. You wonder about his character and want to protect the little boy he was. You want to hear him sing everything and play every role. And he has a better chance of scoring with them than just about anyone. Versatility is his flag and he waves it with command. It’s not quite news to some of us, but it’s solid proof. The audience belongs to him and to his character.”

“(Pete) portrayed by Robert Frost with restraint but unblinking challenge and playing the keyboard with aplomb and suitable stylings"

2 NYMF Weekend Hits Likely to Come Back: Would You Believe Blanche DuBois and Matthew McConaughey
by Rob Lester, NiteLifeExchange.com


"(Brian Charles Rooney) is particularly comfortable portraying bittersweet sexual ambiguity and androgyny, and his vocal agility is the show’s greatest asset."

- ELISABETH VINCENTELLI,
THE NEW YORK TIMES
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The Kindness of Strangers

Thank you from everyone involved in making Miss Blanche Tells It All such a success at NYMF 2017.

A special thanks goes out to our generous Corporate Sponsors and Individual Donors!



Our Individual Donors

Angels of Mercy (up to $6000)

Paul and Joy Jacobs  

Knights in Armor  (up to $2000)

Ralph and Heidi Derbyshire

Flames (up to $1000)

The Scott L Bennett Charitable Fund at Our Fund, Angie Sanfilippo

Beaux (Up to $500)

Jason & Hillary Booth, Jeffrey Jackman, Carol Tolan

Gentle Wo/men Callers (up to $250)

Thomas Bullock,  Helena & David Hershkowitz,  Jacob Wilson

Admirers (Up to $100)

Florence D. Arrow, Joseph Colletti, Stu Chamberlain, Betty & Richard Derbyshire, Mary Derbyshire, Hook & Eye Theater, James Paulk, Diego Rose, Tomas Seisdedos,
William & Ann Suda

Dear Friends (Up to $50)

Michael Carr, Trent Hanover, Ralph Lewis, Elisa London, Gordon Miller, David Syner, Dennis Warlick, Casimir J Yanish

Well Wishers (Up to $25)

Sal Joe Aiello, Erik Andrews, Cheryl Barkin, Blue Bliss, Julia Campanelli, Marty Casella,  KF Daves, Elizabeth Dunn-Ruiz,  Lee Garro, Jim Gaylord, Lynn Harris,  Jackie Hoffenberg, Menachem Horn & Alison Crane, Douglas Levine, Lissenup, Mark Nash, Leah Reddy, Michael Saltz, Ted Sod, Christopher Sunday, Vickie Tanner, Kim Weild, Deborah White

Kind Strangers (Up to $10)

Anonymous (3), Jamie Boswell, Tyler Stettler, Olivia Lodge, Elena Lazaro

Photos & Video

Production Photos from the 2017 NYMF production starring Brian Charles Rooney

Photos by Bjorn Bolinder

From sound check for the NYMF Patron Preview event at Green Room 42 @ YOTEL on 05/11/17 with Brian Charles Rooney and Robert Frost at the piano.


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Miss Blanche Tells It All

Music by
Matthew C. Pritchard
Lyrics by Matthew C. Pritchard & Jason Jacobs

Performed by
Brian Charles Rooney
Robert Frost, Piano
Mark van Ziegler, Double Bass
Kylie Andrews, Drums/Percussion

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Contact Us

 

 

Miss Blanche is interested in speaking to producers, investors, and kind strangers interested in the future of the show.  Please send queries about the project to Jason Jacobs and include BLANCHE in the subject line.
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