“Anyone who likes the zany humor of Monty Python will love this two-hour festival of silliness, laughter and joy about two guys and a pianist pitching an incredibly ludicrous, over-the-top musical filled with 16 ridiculous songs.”

I love theater.  And apparently so do Doug and Bud.

So when I saw that Milwaukee Repertory Theater would be kicking off its 2012/13 Season with the wacky, award-winning musical comedy, Gutenberg! The Musical!, I thought, Ok time for some laughs.  But bummer!  It’s not in LA.

That doesn’t mean, however, that the rest of you out there searching GOTMLA today can’t enjoy, two men, one pianist, thirty baseball caps – and one massively misguided dream!

Nutley, New Jersians, Bud and Doug wrote a big, splashy musical about Johann Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press, the evil monk trying to stop him and the beautiful girl who loved him.

“Tonight is the night that they are pitching this fabulous show to potential Broadway producers. It’s a “reading” of the musical, so there’s no set, no real props and no cast. Bud and Doug must play all the parts themselves. And that’s where the fun begins. They are so proud and so excited, that they have no idea that their material isn’t really as good as Wicked or Les Miserables.  But Bud and Doug love to dream big. And they’re having the best night of their lives.”

They may not have a cast, an orchestra or a clue, but with an unending supply of enthusiasm, they’re pitching their hilarious, 16-song epic to Broadway producers who just might fulfill their bright-eyed ambitions!

Listen to the Gutenberg MegaMix!

25 Gutenberg! The Megamix! (recorded in Bud_s apartment)

Gutenberg! The Musical runs in the Stackner Cabaret from August 24 – October 14, and opens Sunday, August 26.

Originally workshopped at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York and the 2005 New York Musical Theatre Festival. The first two-act version premiered in London in January 2006. Since its premiere, the show has been performed extensively throughout the U.S. as well as internationally in Australia and Finland. The musical has won numerous awards including the 2007 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical. Playwrights Scott Brown and Anthony King won the 2007 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical and Gutenberg! The Musical! also won the 2007 Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical.

GO BUD AND DOUG!!!

TICKETS

Tickets for Gutenberg! The Musical! start at $35.00. Single Tickets for all of Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s 2012/13 productions are now on sale and can be purchased online 24/7 atwww.MilwaukeeRep.com, through The Rep’s Ticket Office by calling 414-224-9490 or in person at 108 E. Wells Street. Group tickets are also available for purchase by calling Patron Relations Manager Christine Yundem at 414-290-5340.

THE CAST

Gerard Neugent (Doug) just completed his tenth season with The Rep, his sixth as a member of The Rep’s Resident Acting Company and, with the start of the 2012/13 Season, is now a Rep Associate Artist.

Eric Damon Smith (Bud) is a former Milwaukee Rep acting intern from the 2002/03 Season.

Paul Helm (Music Director/Pianist) returns to The Rep after performing in Always . . . Patsy Cline last season. 

CREATIVE TEAM

Stephen Carmody (Scenic Designer); Rachel Laritz (Costume Designer) Charles Cooper (Lighting Designer); Sarah Hoffmann (Stage Manager) Jason Simpson (Stage Management Apprentice) Maggie Ellsworth (Assistant Director).

Laura Gordon (Director)

To learn more about The Rep or its productions, please visit www.MilwaukeeRep.com.

Milwaukee Repertory Theater is a nationally-recognized company that presents compelling dramas, powerful classics, award-winning contemporary works, full-scale musicals and side-splitting comedies housed in its three unique performance venues – the Quadracci Powerhouse, Stiemke Studio and Stackner Cabaret. The Rep also produces an annual production of A Christmas Carol at the Pabst Theater. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mark Clements, The Rep is committed to creating plays that are meaningful and relevant to the society we live in – plays that are challenging, visceral and engage the community through the issues they explore.

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