Jack Perry is Alive (and Dating!) is a romantic story of a man and New York, exploring the sights, sounds, and neuroses of dating in the city. Performances start October 4th at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre, and tickets can be purchased here. To tell you more about the show, composer (and former fellow Crazytown blogger) Julia Meinwald answers 5 questions about the show (on behalf of Team Jack Perry that includes book and lyric writers Harrison David Rivers and Daniella Shoshan):
Me: How would you describe your show in one sentence?
Julia Meinwald: A romp. I would call Jack Perry is Alive (and Dating!) an hour-long, rose-colored romp through Manhattan with one jaded New Yorker who might not be as cynical about love as he thought he was.
Me: Protagonist Jack Perry is a Manhattanite. What role does New York play in the show?
Julia: You can really see NYC in the set design--we've got these cool tubes of light that evoke subway lines, the band may or may not be set up as buskers....Thematically, New York looms large for Jack because he's seen so many images, films, etc about Finding Love In New York. His reality pales in comparison, and he starts to feel a bit bitter about it.
Me: Jack Perry is Alive (and Dating!) is described as a “day-in-the-life” musical. How does time function over the course of the show?
Julia: The show takes place over the course of a single night, during which Jack tracks down all of his major exes in search of the source of a mysterious, flirtatious text message. So, he revisits many points in his romantic history within a few hours.
Me: How would you describe Jack Perry is Alive (and Dating!) musically?
Julia: Oh, you know....contemporary musical theatre...the score's got some pop influences, and a lot of the songs are short and sweet, which goes along with the general fast-paced feel of the show.
Me: What are you most looking forward to about NYMF?
Julia: It's always thrilling to have a show actually produced. You learn so much from workshops and readings, but actual blocking, sets, etc are gonna be pretty sweet. Also excited to see the other shows in our venue!