The Midtown International Theatre Festival

www.midtownfestival.org

Presents

TOMBSTONE: THE LEGEND OF WYATT EARP

Book, Music and Lyrics by BRANDON WOOD

July 21 – August 2, 2012

Abingdon Theatre Complex June Havoc Theatre

312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor (between 8th and 9th Aves.) NYC

 

Director and Scenic Designer TERESA FALLON

Musical Director and Lighting Designer OLIVER BLATT

Stage Manager CASEY WOOD

Costume Designer KB DESIGN

Graphic Designer KERRY HOYES

ASM BRITTANY SOWARDS

Press SCOTTI RHODES

Cast

John Ball – Billy Clanton

James Kivlen – Frank McLaury

Jeremy Lagunas – Virgil Earp

Taylor Lintelman – Sadie Marcus

Eva Mastrangelo – Widow

James Parks – Johnny Behan

Don Sandeen – Doc Holliday

Amanda Serra – Saloon Singer

Will Schnurr – Ike Clanton

Christian Titus – Tom McLaury

RJ Woessner – Morgan Earp

Brandon Wood – Wyatt Earp

 

Photo by AGS PhotoArt; Pictured front: Don Sandeen, Brandon Wood

The summer theater festivals are back on the stages of New York City, and this year the Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF) line up includes a dramatic musical called TOMBSTONE: THE LEGEND OF WYATT EARP by Brandon Wood, who also appears in the production as Wyatt Earp. This has been billed as Mr. Wood’s first full length musical, and is a respectable addition to the festival.

Set in the Old West, TOMBSTONE tells the tale of hero versus villain by pitting Tombstone local Wyatt Earp, considered a man of integrity, but also a man with a past, against the corrupt new sheriff, John Behan. As the action unfolds, there are murders, robberies and a trial, all presented at a quick pace that keeps the action going and underscores the rock sensibility that drives this musical. Aside from the sheriff’s questionable activities, which lead Wyatt to challenge his authority, there is a woman, Sadie (Taylor Lintelman), who has come between them. The story of the budding romance between Sadie and Wyatt is peppered throughout the action, adding counterpoint, and the opportunity for Taylor Lintelman, who has one of the more developed voices of the cast, to let it be heard.

With a story conveyed mostly through the musical numbers, TOMBSTONE contains the requisite mix of ensemble pieces, duets and solos. The ensemble provide back story and set the tone of public sentiment, while the duets and solos advance both the western-style drama of the Earp-Behan conflict and the romantic sub-plot. Notably more stylistically sophisticated in Act II, overall the musical was nicely constructed.

 

The Midtown International Theatre Festival’s current season runs from July 16 – August 5, 2012 at the June Havoc Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor and the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, 1st floor, NYC.

- Kessa De Santis -

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