Transport Group, the Drama Desk and OBIE award-winning theatre company, has announced that the New York premiere of a new musical, The Memory Show, book and lyrics by Sara Cooper; music by Zach Redler; directed by Joe Calarco, will begin performances Tuesday, April 16, at 7pm at The Duke on 42nd Street, a New 42nd Street project, at 229 West 42nd Street. The Memory Show features Catherine Cox and Leslie Kritzer. Opening night is scheduled for Tuesday, April 30 at 7pm.
Showing up is half the battle...and then there's the other half. When a daughter comes home to care for her aging mother, memory is only one land mine in the new musical The Memory Show. Conflicting versions of the past collide in this honest and darkly funny portrait of a mother, a daughter, and their inescapable relationship.
Catherine Cox most recently appeared as Janet in Vote for Me (NYMF) and just prior to that, she received wonderful notices for her works as "Mother" in the world premiere of The Memory Show at Barrington Stage Company. Her Broadway credits include leading roles in Footloose, Oh, Coward! (Tony Nomination), Baby (Drama Desk Award), Rumors, Music Is, Whoopee!, Barnum, and One Night Stand. Off-Broadway, she has appeared in William Finn's In Trousers, Rap Master Ronnie, By Strouse, It's Better With A Band and The Waves. Directing credits: Baby, Quilters, Once on this Island, Seussical, Bye Bye Birdie, and A, My Name is Alice. Catherine is an adjunct professor for the Drama Department at Queens College and currently teaches Musical Theater Performance at AMDA (American Musical and Dramatic Academy) in New York.
Leslie Kritzer is about to have her own show at Joe's Pub where her 2006 SRO debut Leslie Kritzer is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches created a sensation earning her a TimeOut NY Award. Her Broadway credits include Sondheim on Sondheim, A Catered Affair(Drama Desk Nomination), Legally Blonde (Clarence Derwent Award for Most Promising Performer) and Hairspray. Off-Broadway and regional credits include Judas and Me, (NYMF-2009 Outstanding Individual Performance Award), Rooms: A Rock Romance (Outer Critics Circle Nomination), On The Town (Encores!), The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Drama Desk Nomination), Bat Boy, Godspell, The Memory Show, Damn Yankees, the world premiere of POP! (Yale Rep), Regional: Three Generations (Kennedy Center),Cabaret, Born Yesterday, the world premiere of Vanities, Urinetown (National Tour), Evita, and Funny Girl.
Zach Redler is an active composer, pianist, arranger, copyist, musicologist and musical director in and out of New York City. Recent productions as composer: The Memory Show (Barrington Stage; NAMT Festival of New Musicals; reading, Barrington Stage Company, lyrics by Sara Cooper); Loving Leo (Workshop at ATF July 2010); May Day (GMTWP Reading); Adeyele (short musical, GMTWP Reading); Perez Hilton Saves the Universe (Best Musical Fringe Festival 2008 and Best Musical in the Talkin' Broadway 2008 Summer Theatre Festival Citations). Zach's music has been performed at Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Joe's Pub and many other venues in and out of New York City. Music Directing/Assistant Music Directing credits: Damn Yankees, Rent, One, Golden Apple, A Little Night Music. Broadway: Xanadu. Off Broadway: H.M.S. Pinafore, Captain Louie, Marriage of Better and Boo. He is a member of ASCAP, Local 802 and a graduate of NYU Tisch's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.
Sara Cooper is a graduate of the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, as well as the undergraduate Dramatic Writing Program, at the Tisch School of the Arts (NYU). Bookwriting and lyric credits include: "The Memory Show" (music by Zach Redler); Loving Leo (music by Zach Redler); "The Tenth Floor," (book only) - Next Link Project, New York Musical Theatre Festival (2010), Talkin' Broadway 2010 Summer Theatre Festival Citations: Outstanding New Musical (2010);"The Yehuatl" (20-minute musical, music by Jaime Lozano), Lee Strasberg Institute (2009), Dramatists Guild Friday Night Footlights (2008); "A Corpse In The Kitchen" (one-act play), Shandaken Theatrical Society PlayFair (2008), Lower East Side Festival at Theater for the New City (2008); "EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION!: THE MUSICAL," Theater for the New City (2007); Sara is a Teaching Artist at Lincoln Center and is a member of the Dramatists Guild and ASCAP, and is represented by Jessica Amato at the Gersh Agency.