The cast album of First Date, with music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner, was released digitally Tuesday, September 24, 2013, and is now exclusively available at the production’s current home, the Longacre Theatre. Executive produced by Altar Identity Studios, the CD, released by Yellow Sound Label, will be available in stores and everywhere music is sold Tuesday, October 15, 2013. With a book by Austin Winsberg, First Date is directed by Bill Berry, has musical staging by Josh Rhodes, with orchestrations by August Eriksmoen and musical supervision, vocal and incidental arrangements by Dominick Amendum.
First Date stars Zachary Levi as Aaron and Krysta Rodriguez as Casey, features Sara Chase, Kristoffer Cusick, Blake Hammond, Kate Loprest and Bryce Ryness, and the cast also includes Eric Ankrim, Kevin Kern, Vicki Noon and Sydney Shepherd. First Date began performances Tuesday, July 9, 2013, and opened Thursday, August 8, 2013, at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street).
When tightly wound Aaron (Zachary Levi) is set up with serial-dater Casey (Krysta Rodriguez) a quick drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious, high-stakes dinner. As the date unfolds in real time, the couple quickly finds they are not alone on this date as Casey and Aaron’s inner critics take on a life of their own when other restaurant patrons and the wait staff get into the act. Dinner is served with sides of Google background checks, fake emergency phone calls, supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines. First Date is Broadway’s new hysterical and hopeful new musical about the chances we take to find love.
The performance schedule is as follows: Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm and 7pm. Starting Tuesday, October 8th the performance schedule will be: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7pm, Thursday-Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3 and 7pm.
The Associated Press calls First Date “sassy, madcap fun!” New York Magazine says, “The songs by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner are broadpop bonbons.” The New York Post dubs Zachary Levi’s 11 o’clock number, ‘In Love With You,’ “a tour de force of comic timing, physical clowning and effective interpretation.” The Wall Street Journal calls Krysta Rodriguez “a spunky sasspot with grade-A pipes.” The Hollywood Reporter says “First Date displays a genuine wit and musical flair that marks a refreshing change from the onslaught of overblown musicals permeating Broadway these days.” New York 1 News proclaims “With snappy tunes by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner, this is one First Date you don’t want to end!”
First Date has scenic and media design by David Gallo, costume design by David C. Woolard, lighting design by Mike Baldassari, sound design by Kai Harada, Hair Design by Josh Marquette. First Date is produced by Junkyard Dog Productions (Randy Adams, Marleen and Kenny Alhadeff, Sue Frost) in association with Stem Productions, Altar Identity Studios (Wade Bradley), Alex and Katya Lukianov, Susan W. and James C. Blair Family LP, Linda and Bill Potter, Yasuhiro Kawana, Vijay and Sita Vashee, Kevin and Lynn Foley, Jeff and Julie Goldstein, Edward and Mimi Kirsch, Frank and Denise Phillips, Stephen Reynolds and Paula Rosput Reynolds, Land Line Productions, Alhadeff Family Productions/Sheri and Les Biller , Pat Halloran/Laura Little Theatrical Productions, Tony Meola/Remmel T. Dickinson and John Yonover, and ShadowCatcher Entertainment/Tom and Connie Walsh.
First Date was originally co-produced by The 5th Avenue Theatre (David Armstrong, Executive Producer and Artistic Director; Bernadine Griffin, Managing Director; Bill Berry, Producing Director), and A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle, WA (Kurt Beattie, Artistic Director; Carlo Scandiuzzi, Executive Director) from March 10 to May 20, 2012. Variety called First Date “Flat-out ingenious!” and The Seattle Times said First Date is “Terrific – snappy and irreverent!” The production was awarded four Seattle Times Footlight Awards, including best musical.
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