"Call Me Adam" went behind-the-scenes to New World Stages in NYC to interview the cast and writer, Michael Roberts, of the new Off-Broadway musical Greed: A Musical For Our Times. Find out about the creation of the show as well as why the show is so much fun to perform in! Greed: A Musical For Our Times plays at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street). Click here for tickets!
Call Me Adam's Video Interview with the cast of Greed:
Michael Roberts is the author, composer and lyricist of the hit Off-Broadway comedy GOLF: THE MUSICAL. After its critically-acclaimed 2003-2004 Off-Broadway run at the John Houseman Theater, there continue to be dozens of national and international productions. In the nine years since it's New York debut, GOLF has been revived Off-Broadway twice, and has played in twenty-five US states, and in five countries on four continents, from Japan to New Zealand and Scotland. Recently there have been new productions in Texas, Canada, and Finland. He is a two-time recipient of the ASCAP PLUS AWARD for his work in musical theater.
He is the composer and lyricist for the Off-Broadway musical, THE FARTISTE, which won the award for Best Musical at the 2006 Fringe NYC Festival. A successful run Off-Broadway in the 2011-2012 season was followed by a concert performance at The Charing Cross Theatre on London's West End.
His newest musical, (again with FARTISTE collaborator Charlie Schulman), The Goldstein Variations, made its concert debut at the JCC in Manhattan in May, 2008 and has since been produced at American University and in concert at NYC's Abingdon Theatre. It is being prepared for an Off-Broadway opening in 2014. Michael’s Thanks for the Memories, a one-man show about Bob Hope featuring two-time Tony-nominee Joel Blum, received its premiere at Peoria's Prairie Theater in 2006, with a second production in Marin, CA in 2010. He was, for fifteen years, the composer/lyricist and music director for The Broadway Kids, which had a successful run at The Lambs Theater in 2005-2006, and returned to Off-Broadway at New World Stages in December, 2008.
Michael composed the incidental music for 2007's MY SECRET GARDEN at New York's 45th Street Theater, and The Storm Theatre's TIDINGS BROUGHT TO MARY (2009). He also arranged incidental music for the Off-Broadway hit JEWTOPIA.
Michael’s music for the screen includes independent films, documentaries and features, including Tri-Star’s Love Walked In, starring Dennis Leary, and the multiple-award-winning Lemonade Stand. His music for television includes four seasons as a composer for the Emmy-Award-Winning sitcom Remember WENN. Additional television credits include music for ABC, CNN, ESPN, The Golf Channel, and Bravo. As a music director, he has collaborated with Donna Murphy, Rupert Holmes, Richard Kind, Leslie Gore, Hinton Battle, Stephanie Mills, Peter Noone, Bobby Sherman, Joan Rivers, and The Capitol Steps, as well as numerous stage productions. Michael was a nominee for a 2012 Broadway World Award for his work in musical direction.
James appeared Off-Broadway in three editions of FORBIDDEN BROADWAY and on two albums (the Rude Awakening and Forbidden Broadway Goes to Rehab editions). His CD So Much Spring is available on iTunes. You can also take singing lessons with James (jamesdonegan.net), or he can design your website (jamesdidit.net).
Julia is recently back in New York from starring as "Magnolia" in SHOW BOAT with the Central City Opera Company performed at the beautiful 2800 seat theater of The Buell in Denver. A few favorite credits include playing "Marian" in THE MUSIC MAN opposite Peter Scolari at Ogunquit Playhouse; "Lori-Beth" in HAPPY DAYS produced by Garry Marshall at Goodspeed Opera House and Papermill Playhouse and appears on the Original Cast recording; "Cornelia" in PIRATES! at Papermill Playhouse; Company at Reprise! L.A. starring Judith Light and Christopher Sieber; "Darla" in VITAL SIGNS at the Off-Broadway Theater At St. Clements; Les Miserables at Northern Stage; and "Millie" in a concert version of THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE directed by Susan Egan. Julia has performed in many concerts, workshops and readings in New York. To keep updated on Julia, you can visit JuliaBurrows.com.
Neal Mayer recently returned to New York after performing across the U.S. with the national tour of PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT. Neal’s New York credits include the Broadway company of LES MISERABLES and such Off-Broadway shows as FORBIDDEN BROADWAY, BUSH IS BAD (CD), PLAISIR D'AMOUR, and WALMARTOPIA. In addition to the national tour of 101 DALMATIONS (directed by Jerry Zaks), he has appeared at numerous regional theaters such as Arena Stage, Goodspeed, North Shore Music Theatre, Ivoryton Playhouse, Skylight Opera, Weston Playhouse, the Schoolhouse Theater, and the Bushnell. Favorite roles include “Malvolio” in TWELFTH NIGHT, “Harding” in ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, “Mendel” in FALSETTOS and “Fagin” in OLIVER! Neal’s television credits include Blue Bloods, All My Children, and numerous sketches on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Neal is happy to reunite with Michael, Chris, and Eric, after previously appearing in GOLF: THE MUSICAL.
Stephanie D'Abruzzo is best known for her Tony and Drama Desk nominated performances as "Kate" and "Lucy" both off and on Broadway in AVENUE Q, for which she also received a Theatre World Award and a special ensemble award from the Outer Critics’ Circle. She has also graced the New York stage in TOM FOOLERY and THE MAD SHOW (for the York Theatre’s “Musicals in Mufti”), LOVE AND REAL ESTATE, IT MUST BE HIM, STUFFED AND UNSTRUNG, GRAVID WATER at Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre, DON'T SAY ANOTHER WORD, PLAISIR D'AMOUR, IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE AND OTHER STORYBOOKS, I LOVE YOU BECAUSE, and CARNIVAL (Encores!), among others. Regional credits include [title of show] at St. Louis Rep and the world premiere of KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL at the Kennedy Center. She has appeared in countless benefits and concerts, including Jim Henson’s Musical World and Skitch Henderson’s New Faces of 2004 (both at Carnegie Hall) and Stephen Sondheim’s 75th birthday celebrations in New York and at the Hollywood Bowl. Her TV work ranges from 21 seasons of "Sesame Street" to the musical episode of "Scrubs." She is the product of Pittsburgh, PA and Northwestern University. More information available at: stephaniedabruzzo.com.