New Jersey Stage

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Peter Schneider set to direct East Coast Premiere of The Break-Up Notebook with ReVision Theatre in Asbury Park!

(Asbury Park, NJ) -- ReVision Theatre, is pleased to present the East Coast Premiere of The Break-Up Notebook: The Lesbian Musical, produced by Special Arrangement with Red Shoes Productions.  With music and lyrics by Lori Scarlett, and book by Patricia Cotter (based on her play).  This production is set to be directed by Peter Schneider, with Musical Direction by Aaron Gandy, and choreography by Christine Lakin.

Peter Schneider is the Tony-Award-winning producer of the internationally acclaimed Broadway musical The Lion King and is the director of Sister Act, The Musical in London and My Life with Men… and Other Animals, starring Maria Cassi. His other directing projects include Marc Blitzstein's opera Regina, Glen Roven's Norman's Ark, The Break-Up Notebook, a revival of Grand Hotel, the Musical, as well as projects at the WPA Theatre, Playwrights Horizon and Circle Rep. He produced Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida on Broadway and is one of the producers of the New York hit The Marvelous Wonderettes and its sequel Life Could be a Dream.

He produced the award-winning documentary, Waking Sleeping Beauty, about Disney Animation from 1984 – 1994, which chronicles ten years Schneider's  seventeen-year tenure at the Walt Disney Company where he held several different titles, including President of Animation and Theatre and Chairman of the Studio. He was responsible for creating and distributing over fifty animated and live-action movies including The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, (Golden Globe Award), The Little Mermaid, Toy Story, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Remember the Titans and The Princess Diaries. In 2004, he directed a Live Action / Animation short starring Julie Andrews which celebrated the 40th anniversary of Mary Poppins.

Peter states, "I have loved the Break-Up Notebook project for so many years now, and was part of the development of the show in San Diego.  When I read and heard the work of Patricia Cotter and Lori Scarlett, I laugh and cried and was really moved by the characters.  The music is so original and the book genuinely funny.  I just find the story to be universal, and one that we all go thru and live to tell about it."

"In addition, as it turns out, I have known ReVision Theatre's Producing Artistic Director Tom Morrissey from our summer stock days 40 years ago. I love the diverse community in Asbury Park, and think the unique space of The Carousel House is a perfect match for this wonderful production."

The Break-Up Notebook story revolves around Helen Hill, a thirty-three year old lesbian who has recently been dumped. She is heartbroken, she's stunned and she's determined to go out there and do it all over again. So with the support of her best gay boyfriend, Bob and her butch femme gal pals, Monica and Joanie she jumps back into the dating pool. And what she finds takes her a bit by surprise...two-stepping twelve-steppers, anxiety prone lawyers, a dominatrix,, dental dams, grrrl bands, rebound bad dates, rebound great dates, hot girl on girl action, and maybe...just maybe...somewhere out there...Helen might find the girl of her dreams.

The incredibly talented cast features, Beth Malone, Christine Lakin, Briana Davis, Jamison Stern, Nadine Zahr, Natalie Wachen, Jenn Furman, Ariel Tyler Page, Melissa Hammans and Caitlin Lee Reid.

The Break-Up Notebook will run from September 8 – 25 at The Carousel House located at 700 Ocean Avenue on the boardwalk in Asbury Park. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 7 pm. Tickets and season subscriptions are on sale now! or by phone 732-455-3059 or at a ReVision Theatre  ticket outlet, Flying Saucers Retro Kitchenware, 659 Cookman Ave,  in Asbury Park.  Please consider buying your season tickets in advance as you will receive the greatest discounts.

ReVision Theatre is a professional regional Equity theatre company dedicated to producing invigorating theatre with a fresh new perspective reaching the diverse community of Asbury Park and beyond. ReVision Theatre produces reinventions of previously produced classics, overlooked or forgotten work in a new way, and new work with a fresh voice. ReVision Theatre produces readings, workshops, cabarets, concerts, and main stage productions. ReVision Theatre is a not for profit 501(c) (3) organization.