Will Pomerantz directed Prospect Theater's Company's acclaimed production of Cole Porter's NYMPH ERRANT. He has directed and developed new musicals and plays for such theaters as The Guthrie, American Repertory Theatre, 2nd Stage, Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theatre, Hartford Stage, New York Theater Workshop, The Signature Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theater, Culture Project, The Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Studio Theatre, and The Mark Taper Forum. He has directed world premieres by such playwrights as John Guare, David Auburn, Neil LaBute, Craig Lucas, Kia Corthron, David Lindsay-Abaire, Stephen Belber, Noah Haidle, Linda Cho and Kira Obolensky. He has directed and developed new musicals for NYMF, NAMT and Paulette Haupt's PREMIERES. His production of the musical The Blue Flower, which originally premiered at Prospect Theater Company, swept all the major awards in the Boston Area, winning both the Elliot Norton and the Independent Reviewers of New England (I.R.N.E.) Awards for Outstanding Production, Outstanding Design, and Best Musical of the Year.
The Prospect Theater Company has also announced their upcoming season.
A concert presentation of The Rockae, a hard rock concert based on Euripides' The Bacchae featuring music and lyrics by Peter Mills and a book by Mills and Cara Reichel, kicked off Prospect Theater Company's 2012 – 2013 season on October 7 at Le Poisson Rouge. Rock of Ages' Mitch Jarvisand Hairspray's Michael Cunio were among the cast.
A newly-revised production of Working – A Musical began performances on December 1, 2012 at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, NYC). Six actors embody thirty-six everyday Americans in this tuneful musical exploring the concept of working. Adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso from the book by Studs Terkel, with additional contributions by Gordon Greenberg, Working features songs by Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers and Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz and James Taylor, plus two brand-new songs by Tony Award-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights). The production is directed by Greenberg, with choreography by Josh Rhodes and new orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire.
Death For Five Voices, a world premiere original musical drama from Prospect Theater Company founding artists Peter Mills and Cara Reichel, will be presented at the West End Theatre (263 West 86th St., NYC) in March 2013. Based on true events in the life of the brilliant and infamous Renaissance composer and murderer Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa, Death For Five Voices is a compelling and psychologically complex new work with a score that explores the darker realms of desire and inspiration.
Unlock'd, the "Best of Fest" winner at the 2007 New York Musical Theatre Festival, will be presented in Summer 2013 at a venue to be announced. Classical meets pop in this spoof of 18th century romance with music by Derek Gregor and book and lyrics by Sam Carner. Based on Alexander Pope's tempest-in-a-teapot tale of squabbling lovers and the mischievous spirits who surround them, gnomes skulk, tresses sing, and playing cards do battle in this delightfully inventive musical comedy as both the bright and the beautiful, the geek and the gorgeous, frolic through the tangled gardens of Love.
Prospect Theater Company is one of America's leading producers of new musical theater. Since 2000, the company has fully produced 18 new musicals in New York City, in addition to mounting productions of new plays and classic works, and supporting other developmental opportunities for emerging musical theater writers. Prospect was founded in 1998 by five graduates of Princeton University in order to allow a diverse group of emerging theater professionals to work together in pursuit of artistic excellence and innovation. The company remains the home of founding member Peter Mills, critically-acclaimed composer / lyricist who has been honored for his work with the prestigious Cole Porter Award (2011), Kleban Prize for Lyrics (2010), and the Fred Ebb Award (2007), among others. The company membership now includes a network of almost 1,000 affiliated artists. Notable productions include: Iron Curtain (2006, 2011), With Glee (2010), The Blue Flower (2008), Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge (2009), The Hidden Sky (2010),Illyria (2002, 2008), and the Drama-Desk nominated The Pursuit of Persephone (2005).
The reading will take place on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 2:15pm at 59e59, located at 59 East 59th Street, NYC. The reading was previously scheduled for November 5 but was rescheduled due to Hurricane Sandy.
Admission is free, by invitation only. For more information, email info@ProspectTheater.org.