The Midtown International Theatre Festival
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
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
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 -