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Ernest Shackleton Loves Me

April 22 — May 17, 2015

April 22 — May 17, 2015

Writer (Book)
Joe DiPietro

Joe DiPietro

Writer (Book)

Previously at George Street Playhouse: The Second Mrs. Wilson,The Toxic Avenger, Creating Claire, Clever Little Lies and Ernest Shackleton Loves Me.  He is a two-time Tony Award winner for Memphis, which also received the 2010 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical.  He received a Tony nomination & Drama Desk Award for Nice Work If You Can Get It. His comedy Clever Little Lies, which stars Marlo Thomas and premiered at GSP in 2013, ran off-Broadway in 2015 under the direction of GSP Artistic Director David Saint.  He also wrote the long-running off-Broadway hits, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and Over the River and Through the Woods. 

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Music & Lyrics
Brendan Milburn

Brendan Milburn

Music & Lyrics

Brendan Milburn writes songs for theatre and film (mostly with Valerie Vigoda), produces recordings, arranges and orchestrates other people’s stuff, and is a stay-at-home dad when he’s not off rewriting the opening number before the last preview at some regional theatre somewhere. Musicals: Striking 12 (off- Broadway & regional), Sleeping Beauty Wakes (CTG, McCarter, La Jolla), Beautiful Poison (5th Avenue), Wheelhouse (TheatreWorks), Toy Story: The Musical (Disney), Fantasy Faire (Disneyland), Long Story Short (regional), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Dir. Tina Landau) and its complete reworking: Midsummer Night (in development), Ernest Shackleton Loves Me (Balagan/Seattle Rep/ACT), Watt?!? (Village Theatre), The Behavior of Broadus (CTG/ Sacred Fools). Film: four movies about Tinker Bell (Disney). LA Ovation Award (2007), Jonathan Larson Award (2006 and 2008), ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award (2009), LA Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Score (2015). Proudest production: son, Mose. 

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Val Vigoda

Val Vigoda

Music & Lyrics

Valerie Vigoda (Kat) is a composer, electric violinist and singer. She is a classically-trained musician and former Army lieutenant. She has toured the world with Cyndi Lauper (opening for Tina Turner and Cher), Joe Jackson, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and her own band GrooveLily. Now she tours less and writes more: Striking 12 (off-Broadway & many regional and international licensed productions, including far-flung theatres in Zimbabwe and Finland); Sleeping Beauty Wakes (Center Theatre Group, Deaf West, McCarter, La Jolla Playhouse, 5th Avenue Theatre); Wheelhouse (TheatreWorks); Toy Story: The Musical (Disney); Long Story Short (Pittsburgh City Theatre, TheatreWorks, San Diego Rep, Prospect Theatre Company); A Midsummer Night's Dream (McCarter/Paper Mill Playhouse) and its complete reworking as the rock musical Midsummer Night (Tennessee Shakespeare Festival); Fantasy Faire (Disneyland); Beautiful Poison (commissioned by 5th Avenue Theatre); and Ernest Shackleton Loves Me (commissioned by TheatreWorks/ La Jolla Playhouse, premiered Balagan/ Seattle Rep 2014). Valerie and her longtime collaborator Brendan Milburn have also written many songs for animated film (Disney, Amazon), and together have won the Jonathan Larson Award for Excellence in Theatre (2006 & 2008), the Los Angeles Ovation Award for Outstanding New Musical (2007), and the ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award (2009), as well as multiple Broadway World Seattle Critic’s Choice Awards (2014). Valerie has been a first-call lyric doctor for Disney live events on two continents. She is especially passionate about creating her new solo live-looping project, Just Getting Good, with vocals, electric violin, Ableton Live and video projections...and walking her son to school. Valerie lived in NYC for over a decade, and now resides in L.A.; son Mose is the proudest production of all. valerievigoda.com 

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Director
Lisa Peterson

Lisa Peterson

Director

Recent N.Y. credits include An Iliad, written with Denis O’Hare (NYTW- 2012 Obie Award, Lortel Award, Drama Desk nominations); To The Bone by Lisa Ramirez (Cherry Lane); Patron Saint of Sea Monsters by Marlane Meyer (Playwrights Horizons); Shipwrecked by Donald Margulies (Primary Stages); The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek by Naomi Wallace, Slavs by Tony Kushner, Traps by Caryl Churchill, The Waves (adapted from Virginia Woolf) by Peterson and David Bucknam (Drama Desk nominations); and Light Shining in Buckinghamshire by Caryl Churchill (Obie Award for Directing), all at New York Theatre Workshop; The Fourth Sister by Janusz Glowacki (Vineyard Theatre); The Poor Itch by John Belluso, The Square by 16 writers, and Tongue of a Bird (The Public); Collected Stories by Donald Margulies (MTC); The Chemistry of Change by Marlane Meyer (Playwrights Horizons/WP); The Model Apartment by Donald Margulies (Primary Stages); and Sueno by Jose Rivera (MCC). Lisa has directed regionally at the Mark Taper Forum (where she was Resident Director for 10 years), La Jolla Playhouse (Associate Director for 3 years), Guthrie, Berkeley Rep, Seattle Rep, Arena Stage, McCarter, Actors’ Theater of Louisville, Hartford Stage, Long Wharf, Yale Rep, Baltimore Center Stage, and many more. 

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Musical Director
Ryan O'Connell

Ryan O'Connell

Musical Director

Ryan O’Connell is thrilled to be a part of the next chapter of this amazing show! As music director: The Grammy Experience (Norwegian Cruise Line), Nightline: JFK Anniversary Special (NBC), Midsummer Night (LA Premiere), Bronies (Hollywood Fringe), Real Housekeepers of Studio City (Hollywood Fringe), Edges (LA Premiere). As orchestrator: Loch Ness: The Musical (Chance Theater), Browsers (Amazon), The Fourth Messenger (LA Premiere), Bronies (3rd Street Theater), Wild Things (NRDC Films). As composer/arranger: Dragons: Defenders of Berk (Cartoon Network), I Am Big Bird (Copperpot Pictures), Calgary Stampede, The Freddy Awards (State Theatre), Learning Town (Geek & Sundry), Ladies Knight (USC) (Annie Award nominee), choral arrangements for Shawnee Press and Alfred, two original musicals - Horror High and Horrible Shakespearewww.ryanomusic.com 

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Cast
Wade McCollum

Wade McCollum

Cast

Wade McCollum plays Ernest Shackleton and The Men in Kat’s Life. Broadway: Wicked, first national tour of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Tick/Mitzi), Jersey Boys S.F. (Norm). Other favorite roles include: The Velociraptor of Faith in the off-Broadway musical Triassic Parq, Prior in Angels in America, Dracula in Steven Dietz’s Dracula, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Crumpet in The Santaland Diaries, the Emcee in Cabaret (Dallas Fort Worth Critics Circle Award for Best Actor), Charlotte in I Am My Own Wife, Batboy in Batboy the Musical and Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch for which he garnered Backstage’s Garland Award and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Actor and Ovation award for best musical. While in Los Angeles, Wade originated the role of Woody in Milburn/Vigoda’s Toy Story: The Musical for Disney. Wade can currently be seen on the popular BroadwayWorld Web series Submissions Only. www.wadesong.com 
 

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Val Vigoda

Val Vigoda

Cast

Valerie Vigoda (Kat) is a composer, electric violinist and singer. She is a classically-trained musician and former Army lieutenant. She has toured the world with Cyndi Lauper (opening for Tina Turner and Cher), Joe Jackson, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and her own band GrooveLily. Now she tours less and writes more: Striking 12 (off-Broadway & many regional and international licensed productions, including far-flung theatres in Zimbabwe and Finland); Sleeping Beauty Wakes (Center Theatre Group, Deaf West, McCarter, La Jolla Playhouse, 5th Avenue Theatre); Wheelhouse (TheatreWorks); Toy Story: The Musical (Disney); Long Story Short (Pittsburgh City Theatre, TheatreWorks, San Diego Rep, Prospect Theatre Company); A Midsummer Night's Dream (McCarter/Paper Mill Playhouse) and its complete reworking as the rock musical Midsummer Night (Tennessee Shakespeare Festival); Fantasy Faire (Disneyland); Beautiful Poison (commissioned by 5th Avenue Theatre); and Ernest Shackleton Loves Me (commissioned by TheatreWorks/ La Jolla Playhouse, premiered Balagan/ Seattle Rep 2014). Valerie and her longtime collaborator Brendan Milburn have also written many songs for animated film (Disney, Amazon), and together have won the Jonathan Larson Award for Excellence in Theatre (2006 & 2008), the Los Angeles Ovation Award for Outstanding New Musical (2007), and the ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award (2009), as well as multiple Broadway World Seattle Critic’s Choice Awards (2014). Valerie has been a first-call lyric doctor for Disney live events on two continents. She is especially passionate about creating her new solo live-looping project, Just Getting Good, with vocals, electric violin, Ableton Live and video projections...and walking her son to school. Valerie lived in NYC for over a decade, and now resides in L.A.; son Mose is the proudest production of all. valerievigoda.com 

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Angel Desai

Angel Desai

Cast

Angel Desai takes over the role of Kat from Val Vigoda on May 14, 2015.  Angel is completely thrilled to be a part of "Shack." Recent theatre credits include Paulina in The Winter's Tale and Phyllis Nirlinger in Double Indemnity, both at the Old Globe in San Diego. She made her Broadway debut as Marta in the Tony Award-winning 2006 revival of Company. Off-Broadway credits include The Tempest and The Winter's Tale (CSC); Manic Flight Reaction and The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (Playwrights Horizons), The Architecture of Loss (NYTW), The Antigone Project and Gum (Women's Project), and This End Up: A User's Manual for Lovers of Asians (Ma-Yi). Regional credits also include the McCarter Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse, Yale Repertory, Long Wharf, Arena Stage, Playmakers Repertory, Cleveland Play House, Sundance Theater Festival, NY Stage and Film, O'Neill Theater Center, and the Cape Cod Theater Project. TV credits include guest spots on Forever, Elementary and Nurse Jackie; recurring roles on Being Mary Jane, Damages, The Event, Joss Whedon's Dollhouse and all three editions of Law & Order. Film credits include The Clique, The War Within, Heights, Black Knight and Robot Stories. Upcoming: Michael John LaChiusa and Sybille Pearson's Rain, directed by Barry Edelstein, part of NY Stage and Film's Powerhouse Series. She is a 2014 Lunt-Fontanne Fellow, a 52nd Street Project volunteer, and has an MFA in Acting from NYU. Angel dedicates her performance to the first man to teach her how to sing, Peter Browne. He loved leading, he loved teaching us how to face insurmountable obstacles, he loved music, and he loved being on the water. Sail on, Peter, sail on.

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"An intrepid new musical. Exhilarating." - Michael Sommers, The New York Times

"You'll fall in love with Ernest Shackleton Loves Me" - Ruth Ross, NJArtsMaven.com 

"Eye-popping, super high-energy" - Bob Brown, The Princeton Packet

"Innovative, exciting and...inspiring" - Charles Paolino, Home News Tribune

An epic musical adventure from Brooklyn to Antarctica!
 
Kat, a video game composer and single mom to a sick toddler, has been up 36 hours without a break.  The famous explorer, Ernest Shackleton, drawn to her music, reaches across time to her.  As they share the trials and tribulations of his famous expedition, they fall in love.  A visually stunning musical feast from the author of last season's Clever Little Lies and a score from members of the pop group GrooveLily.

NEWS & REVIEWS

Musical Spreads Love for Explorer Ernest Shackleton - NJTV (4/24/2015)



Valerie's New Jersey featuring Ernest Shackleton Loves Me
Below is an interview conducted by Valerie Smaldone with Valerie Vigoda from Ernest Shackleton Loves Me. (4/15/2015)


KING-FM Interview with Valerie Vigoda and Brendan Milburn
Below is a KING-FM interview with GrooveLily's Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda about the evolution of Ernest Shackleton Loves Me prior to the spring 2014 production in Seattle.

Sponsored by The Karma Foundation and New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO).