The Star-Ledger Writes on Randy Klein’s Work at the New York Musical Theatre Festival
"Just as Broadway has its collection of strange bedfellows, with "Kinky Boots" around the corner from the orphans of "Annie," so does the New York Musical Theatre Festival.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, with a special Drama Desk Award received for its efforts, the festival provides a showcase for new works. More than 350 shows have played NYMF stages. <…>
Shows written by artists with New Jersey ties exemplify this year’s diverse mix of shows. They honor the past and imagine the future, and range from fairy tale to sci-fi horror — and an homage to the dancing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
Randy Klein, who grew up in Union City and Fort Lee, appeared at the festival last year with “Flambé Dreams,” a kitchen comedy.
"It was a wonderful experience to see the show on its feet," he says. "We’re moving forward, we learned where the laughs fall. We’re shopping it around now and trying to get it produced."
In addition to finding new life for his that show, for Klein, one NYMF entry led to another. At a performance last season, the writer Jill Jayson sat in front of him.
Thank You to All of the Flambé Dreams Team!
After the last performance of Flambé Dreams on Friday night at the 45th Street Theater, I had a sad feeling, like when a friend goes away. I loved every moment of the process of mounting Flambé Dreams and learning from it, so seeing it close, was not an enjoyable moment, even though I was very happy about the most successful result. The audiences love our show!
I want to give a special thank you to all of the cast, crew and Flambé Dreams family that put their collective hearts into the New York Musical Theatre Festival production. I am proud to have worked with you. The professionalism you brought to the production was of the highest level. The show was a success because of your efforts. You stood the heat (oh yeah!!!) and the fire. I have a flame lit in my heart for all of you that growing higher and higher. Stay tune for more Flambé Dreams.
As I sat in the audience for the final performance of our show Flambé Dreams (not so final – the show has been given an extension), I found myself feeling completely happy and elated. The audience was laughing in all the right places and the songs which Matthew Hardy and I toiled over for the last years were getting extended applause. So I sat there in the audience watching and simply enjoying the moment. I want to thank all of the cast and creative team who have given their time and energy to Flambé Dreams to make it come alive and for my evening of complete exhilaration.
I have always loved going to the theatre and escaping into the world of the show I was watching. Tonight I escaped into the world of the show that I was part of creating.
Special congratulations to my collaborator Matthew Hardy. His vision of the show became very clear last night. I was particularly proud and happy for him.
Broadway Sessions featured NYMF Sneak Peek at the Laurie Beechman Theater last night. Jillian Louis and J. Elaine Marcos tear it up singing ‘Lesion On My Heart’ from Flambé Dreams. Composer, Randy Klein at the piano.
Opening night of Flambé Dreams production for the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) at the 45th Street Theatre (Mainstage) on July 9, 2012 was a big success! The show went off without a hitch. Congratulations to all! It was a long day for everyone. Rehearsal started at 10 a.m. and the cast ran the show twice. Special thanks to the musicians and the cast! Auidence laughed and applauded loudly! Really great!
Broadway World - Photo Flash: Jarrod Spector, Catherine Cox et al. in Rehearsal for NYMF’s FLAMBÉ DREAMS
TheaterMania - SPECIAL REPORT: 2012 New York Musical Theatre Festival Preview
The Associated Press article - Hopes soar at NYC musical theater festival
Playbill - DIVA TALK: Chats With NYMF’s Catherine Cox, Michelle Federer, Anika Larsen, J. Elaine Marcos, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Melissa van der Schyff
Playbill - Jarrod Spector, Catherine Cox and J. Elaine Marcos Share Flambé Dreams Beginning July 9 at NYMF
Playbill - STAGE VIEWS: Jersey Boys and Flambe Dreams Star Jarrod Spector
I can’t tell you how exciting it is to see something you’ve been working on for seven years coming to life before your eyes! It’s really a fantastic show, and I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to work with all of these talented and creative people who are bringing Flambé Dreams to life!
I have always been aware of a musical theatre axiom, that everyone should be putting up the same show. We are very lucky to have a team of creative musical theatre pros who are putting up the same show and that is Flambé Dreams. Mounting Flambé Dreams is a wonderful experience. The show is funny, heartfelt and really crazy. We’re having a terrific time at rehearsals, laughing a lot. The Monday performance on July 9th is sold out. Seats are going fast for the other 5 performances. For reservations go here. Help to bring Flambé Dreams to the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF)! Thanks to all. More to come…. Randy
Photo: Randy Klein, Composer; Larry Pressgrove, Musical Director; Jarrod Spector, ‘Joseph Christiansen’; West Hyler, Director for the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) production - June 23, 2012.
A fantastic end to our first week of rehearsals of Flambé Dreams for the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF)! We began the day with the staging of the Act I closer, Perfection and with the 11’O’Clock number, My Dream with photographer, Lena Adasheva present shooting still shots throughout the morning session. Stephen Gabis joined us again and continued to work dialect with Jarrod Spector and Catherine Cox. We finished the afternoon reviewing music with Larry Pressgrove. Larry is a wonderful musical director, patient, communicative and a wonderful individual to be around. Everyone is upbeat and excited about the show and looking forward to week two! The cast did a nice job of pushing through a busy week. I am personally pleased with hearing and seeing the show come alive. The process is really uplifting. Thanks everybody for a great week. More to come…..
Auburnpub.com reviews the Flambé Dreams Pitch at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival
A stellar closing performance of the Flambé Dreams Pitch with Jillian Louis , Matthew Hardy and Randy Klein! The best of the four performances - loose and funny. Audience roared! We are so thankful to all of our new friends at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival. Ed Sayles, Walter Ryon and the entire production staff, we thank you for a spectacular experience! We had a wonderful time and look forward to seeing you soon. Flambé Dreams and the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival…a great match!
Many thanks to Keith Varney for the photos! More photos.
The first run through of the Flambé Dreams Pitch at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival went very well and we are looking forward to our opening night performance tomorrow, June 14, 2012 . Jillian Louis, Matthew Hardy and Randy Klein are having fun. The staff at the festival is great and we are thankful to be here. More to come…
Flambé Dreams Pitch update from the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival in Auburn, NY.
Matthew Hardy and Randy Klein, burning the candle, are busy writing the Flambé Dreams Pitch at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival. There will be 4 performances with Opening night on Thursday, June 14, 2012, already sold out. We are having a great time here and the staff of the Merry Go Round Theatre is just terrific. Jillian Louis will be performing with Matt and Randy. More pictures and reports to come.
Flambé Dreams @Week 1 of The PITCH:
Thursday,June 14- 7:30pm,
Friday,June 15- 8:00pm,
Saturday,June 16- 5:00pm, 8:00pm
Theater Mack at the Cayuga Museum, 203 Genesee Street, Auburn, NY
For more information go here.
Flambé Dreams has risen in the ranks to the top of most popular Kickstarter campaigns in Theatre. As of this post, $2958 has been pledged toward the $10,000 mark that will help us mount Flambé Dreams at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Thank you all who have kicked in and please tell your friends about Flambé Dreams. Fuel The FLAME!!! Thank you again!!!