Out of the Box Theatrics announces return engagement for site-specific production of BABY starring Julia Murney
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 11:23 am EDT 09/23/21

Out of the Box Theatrics
announces return engagement
for site-specific production of

Book by Sybille Pearson
Music by David Shire
Lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr.

Julia Murney
Directed and Choreographed by
Ethan Paulini

Cast also features
Johnny Link, Jamila Sabares-Klemm,
Elizabeth Flemming, Robert H. Fowler
and Danielle Summons

Performances November 5-December 12, 2021
at Theatrelab

Out of the Box Theatrics (Elizabeth Flemming, Founder and Producing Artistic Director; Ethan Paulini, Associate Artistic Director) is pleased to announce the rebirth of its site-specific production of the Broadway musical Baby, starring Julia Murney (Broadway's Wicked, Off-Broadway's The Wild Party).

The production, directed and choreographed by Mr. Paulini, will play from November 5, 2021 through December 12, 2021 in a 60-seat loft at Theatrelab (357 West 36th Street, 3rd Floor). Opening night is Sunday, November 14. Tickets are on sale today at 9:00 AM at www.ootbtheatrics.com and at Ovation Tix.

With a book by Sybille Pearson, music by David Shire, and lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr., Baby follows three couples on a university campus dealing with the painful, rewarding and unexpectedly funny consequences of the universal experience of pregnancy and parenthood. The couples include two college students, barely at the beginning of their adult lives; the thirty-somethings, having trouble conceiving but determined not to give up; and middle-aged parents, previously looking forward to an empty nest when an unexpected night of passion lands them back where they started.

In addition to Ms. Murney, who plays Arlene, the cast also features Elizabeth Flemming (OOTB's You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Owl and the Pussycat) as Lizzie, Johnny Link (National tour of Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella) as Danny, Jamila Sabares-Klemm (Chicago's Hamilton) as Nicki, Robert H. Fowler (Broadway's The Producers, Beauty and the Beast) as Alan, Danielle Summons (National tours of Les Misérables, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) as Pam, with ensemble roles played by Jorge Donoso (OOTB's You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Weathervane's The Curious Incident..., Amadeus), Marisa Kirby (Weathervane's Bright Star, The Curious Incident...), and Jewell Noel (AMAS Musical Theatre's Hello, Dolly!).

Baby played a limited engagement at a midtown loft in December 2019, where the run was extended by popular demand. This return engagement will allow more theatregoers to experience the intimate production. In addition to Out of the Box Theatrics' mission of uplifting the voices of marginalized communities, the middle couple of Baby is now a same-sex partnership. Selected performances for Baby will be ASL interpreted and announced mid October. Joe Caverly is the director of sign language for the production.

The creative team for Baby will include music direction/supervision by Emily Marshall, production design by Rien Schlecht, lighting design by Scout Hough, and sound design/production management by W. Alan Waters and DimlyWit Productions.

Taeler Cyrus is associate director/choreographer, Minhui Lee is associate music director. Lee will also play keyboard with Amanda Ruzza on bass. Stage manager is Kara Procell. Assistant stage manager is Egypt Dixon. Associate costume designer is Hillary Jeffers; wardrobe supervisor is Gamalier Calderon. Anthony Anello is the writing advisor and Richard Maltby, Jr. is the director/writing consultant. Sam Wise is audio engineer. David Norwood is the general manager/Front of House manager; Matthew Kamen is the Front of House/GM Associate. Jacob Wahba is the production assistant.

The original Broadway production of Baby opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in 1983, where it received seven Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical. The smart and tuneful Maltby-Shire score has become a favorite of theatre fans over the years, including such songs as "I Want It All," "The Story Goes On," "I Chose Right," and "Patterns" (dropped from the original Broadway production, but reinstated here). Baby was based upon a story developed with Susan Yankowitz. The original Broadway production was directed by Richard Maltby, Jr., and was produced on Broadway by James B. Freydberg and Ivan Bloch, Kenneth John Productions Inc., and Suzanne J. Schwartz, in association with Manuscript Productions.

Tickets for Baby ($59.50-$109.50; premium $139.50) can be purchased at www.ootbtheatrics.com.

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Julia Murney (Arlene) appeared on Broadway as Elphaba in Wicked after playing the role on the national tour for which she received an Acclaim Award. Other New York credits include Lennon, The Wild Party (Drama Desk nomination), The Vagina Monologues, Falling (Drama Desk nomination), Crimes of the Heart, A Class Act, The Landing, Queen of the Mist and Time and Again (Lucille Lortel nomination). She's been seen regionally all over the U.S. - Signature, MUNY, Sacramento Music Circus - and in concert she has performed solo shows nationally as well as in NYC at Feinstein's/54 Below, Birdland, Joe's Pub & Ars Nova. Symphony appearances have ranged from Carnegie Hall to The Kennedy Center, Caramoor to Town Hall, from Malaysia to Maui & a lot of spots in between. Among her TV credits are "Madam Secretary," "30 Rock," "Sex and the City," "Succession," "Brothers and Sisters," all the "Law and Orders," "First You Dream" and about a gazillion voiceovers. Films: The Report, Big Time Adolescence, First One In. A Syracuse University graduate, her recordings include the original cast albums of The Wild Party and A Class Act, the Grammy-nominated Actor's Fund Benefit of Hair and her first solo album I'm Not Waiting, which is available on iTunes. Twitter: @juliamurney Instagram: @pepamama

Johnny Link (Danny). TV: "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" in collaboration with Deaf West Theatre. National Tour: R&H's Cinderella. US Premiere: From Here to Eternity with Tim Rice (The Rev). Regional: The Last Five Years. Other developments: Lincoln Center, The York, Cygnet Theatre, Queens Theatre.

Jamila Sabares-Klemm (Nicki) is a singer, dancer, actress and activist in New York City. Most recently, Jamila played Eliza in Hamilton at the CIBC Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. Tour/Regional: Hair (1st National), The Prince of Egypt (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley), Rent (Bristol Riverside), Miss Saigon (Flat Rock Playhouse), The King and I (Chicago Lyric Opera), Spamalot (Farmers Alley), In the Heights (TUTS), A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theatre), Macbeth (New York Classical). Born in Manila, Philippines, she spent most of her childhood there before settling in Baltimore, MD. She studied classical voice at Carver Center High School for the Arts in Baltimore and graduated from the Musical Theatre Program (B.F.A.) at Pennsylvania State University.

Elizabeth Flemming (Lizzie) Is the Founding Producing Artistic Director of OOTB and a legally blind actor. During the pandemic Liz has had the privilege to perform and produce work during the most challenging time in our industry. National Tours: Cinderella, Babes in Toyland. Selected Off-Broadway/Regional credits include: The Addams Family, Disaster!, Amadeus, The Evolution of Mann, You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Owl and the Pussycat, Fiddler on The Roof, Grease, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Musical of Musicals, the Musical. www.lizflemming.com. Instagram: @littlelizzybiz

Robert H. Fowler (Alan) returns to OOTB after appearing in the 2019 production of Baby. His credits include Broadway: The Producers, Beauty and The Beast, Steel Pier, and Dreamgirls. Regional: Smokey Joe's Café (20th Anniversary Tour), Memphis (NH Theater Award nominee), Les Misérables , and Driving Miss Daisy. Television: "Wu-Tang: An American Saga," "All My Children," "The Good Wife," and "Cupid". Behind the scenes, Robert is grateful for his diverse opportunities: Associate Choreographer of the Off-Broadway hit From My Hometown, Stage Manager of the talk show, QTalk and currently, Associate Artistic Director of Weathervane Theatre in Whitefield, NH. He also continues to pursue his music, touring as a member of the Legendary Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame group, The Original Coasters; promotional performances for his CD on the Lovebeams label, Can We?, and concerts with the 2019 Tony Honoree, Michael McElroy and the Broadway Inspirational Voices. robertfowler.net

Danielle Summons (Pam) is known for her work in the National Tours of Les Misérables (Eponine/Ensemble) and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Janelle/Shirelle). She can also be seen in a National Commercial (First Response), a movie on BET network (How to Tell You're a Douchebag), and Mack Wild's miniseries, "After Hours" on Tidal streaming service. She also placed Top 20 in Miss New York USA, 2013. Education: William G. Enloe High School for the Performing Arts, Manhattanville College (BA Music, concentration in Musical Theatre), Northwestern University, National Music Institute; The Arts, University of Maryland, College Park; Music Intensive; the North Carolina School of the Arts; and The Growing Studio, NYC. She is a vocal student under the renowned Jeremiah Abiah. She is an avid activist for the arts, empowering the youth and aiding in providing resources about the arts. She teaches voice lessons and vocal performance to young performers. She believes in affording young children of color the option to explore the arts at their own pace. As a black woman, Danielle Summons, strives to make space for the many black people and artists who are left unseen and unheard. As a victim of racial injustice and police brutality she fights to bridge the gap and dismantle the long history of systemic and ideological racism that has allowed for ongoing violence and dehumanization of Black people in America.

Jorge Donoso (Ensemble) (he/him). NYC: Baby, You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Out of the Box Theatrics), 48Hrs in... El Bronx (PRTT/ Pregones Theater, Harlem9), Carla's Quince (LaGuardia Performing Arts Center), Twelfth Night, The Seagull (Columbia Stages), Latinx Voting Project (The Drama League of NY) Regional: Buyer & Cellar, Amadeus, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Pippin (Weathervane Theatre) Peter and the Starcatcher, Into the Woods (Playmakers Repertory Company). Readings/Concerts: PEN America World Voices, Feinstein's/54 Below, Irish Repertory Theater. Jorge holds an MFA in Acting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is the recipient of the 2020 New Hampshire Theater Alliance Award for Best Actor Drama/Comedy for his work in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. JorgeWilliamDonoso.com. @JWDonoso

Marisa Kirby (Ensemble) is an Arkansas native, but resides in NYC as an actor and choreographer. She's excited to be a part of this company again and continue on this journey with Baby and OOTB. She is honored to be working with the incredible team at Out of the Box Theatrics. Marisa works nationally as a choreographer, educator and performer. Some of her favorite regional credits include Baby the Musical (Off-Broadway/Ensemble), Always, Patsy Cline (Louise), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), The Addams Family (Morticia), Amadeus (Constanze), The Drowsy Chaperone (Janet), Chicago (Velma), The Curious Incident... (Judy), The Foreigner (Catherine) and Bright Star (Alice Murphy) where she was nominated by the NHTA for Best Leading Actress in a Musical

Jewell Noel (Ensemble) is thrilled to be a part of this production. Her favorite credits include Dorothy in The Wiz, Doralee Rhodes in 9 to 5, Trix in The Drowsy Chaperone, Irene Molloy in Hello, Dolly!, and Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical The Musical. Jewell extends her love and gratitude to her friends and family for their constant support.

Sybille Pearson (Book) is the librettist of the musical Baby, for which she received a Tony Award nomination. She is the author of the plays Sally and Marsha, Phantasie, Watching the Dog, and Unfinished Stories, which was selected for publication in American Theatre Magazine. She won the Berrilla Kerr Award for Playwriting in 1994, has been a recipient of a Rockefeller Playwrights Fellowship, a participant at the O'Neill Playwrights Conference, the Sundance Playwrights Conference and is a founding member of The Playwrights Circle at The New York Theatre Workshop. She is also a co-founder of a new group for women writers called "Sitting in a Room," under the auspices of the Classic Stage Company. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild. She is currently working on a musical entitled Magic (with Mel Marvin and Sarah Schlesinger) and True History and Real Adventure, a play commissioned by the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. She is a Core Faculty Bookwriter for the Musical Theatre Program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

David Shire (Music) wrote the music for Baby (Tony Award nominations for Best Score and Musical) and Big (nominated for Best Score). Off-Broadway credits include Starting Here, Starting Now (Grammy Award nomination), Closer Than Ever (Outer Critics Award for Best Musical and Score), Urban Blight (MTC), The Sap of Life, and incidental scores for As You Like It (NYSF), The Unknown Soldier and His Wife, The Loman Family Picnic, Shmulnik's Waltz and Visiting Mr. Green. He and his long-time collaborator Richard Maltby are at work on Take Flight, a new musical which premiered at the Charlotte Rep in the spring of 2004. His many film scores include Norma Rae (Academy Award for Best Song), Francis Coppola's The Conversation, All the President's Men, The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3, Farewell, My Lovely, 'Night, Mother, Return to Oz and Saturday Night Fever for which he won two Grammy Awards. His numerous television scores have earned five Emmy nominations and include Sarah Plain and Tall, Rear Window, Raid on Entebbe, The Women of Brewster Place, The Kennedys of Massachusetts, The Heidi Chronicles, Jake's Women and Broadway Bound. His songs have been recorded by Barbra Streisand, Maureen McGovern, Melissa Manchester, Jennifer Warnes, Kiri Ti Kanawa and many others, and include the international Billy Preston & Syreeta hit "With You I'm Born Again" and the Oscar-winning "It Goes Like It Goes." Mr. Shire is a member of the Dramatists Guild Council, the proud husband of actress Didi Conn and doting father of sons Matthew and Daniel.

Richard Maltby, Jr. (Lyrics). Broadway: conceived and directed two Tony Award-winning Best Musicals: Ain't Misbehavin' (1978, also Best Director) and Fosse (1999). He was the creator and director of Ring of Fire (2006). With composer David Shire: director/lyricist: Baby (1983); lyricist: Big (1996). Co-lyricist: Miss Saigon (1989); The Pirate Queen (2007). Director/co-lyricist: Song & Dance (1986). Director: The Story of My Life (2009). Off-Broadway: director/lyricist: Starting Here, Starting Now (1977), Closer than Ever (1988). Director: Just Jim Dale (Roundabout 2014, London 2015). Regional: lyricist: Take Flight (Menier Chocolate Factory 2010, McCarter 2012); book/lyrics: Waterfall (Pasadena, Seattle 2015). Film: Miss Potter. Contributes cryptic word puzzles to Harper's. Son of well-known orchestra leader. Children: Nicholas, David, Jordan, Emily, Charlotte.

Ethan Paulini (Director & Choreographer) serves as Out of the Box Theatrics' Associate Artistic Director. He is also the Producing Artistic Director of the Weathervane Theatre, an Equity, alternating theatre entering its 57th season. Ethan founded #ethancoaches, a career and acting coaching studio boasting more than 200 clients represented on Broadway, National Tour, Regional Theatre, Television and Film. Ethan is a proud member of AEA, SDC and SAG/AFTRA. For more info, visit ethanpaulini.com or ethancoaches.com. Dedicated to the memory of his mother, Deirdre. Her Story Goes On.

Out of the Box Theatrics (OOTB) is an Off-Broadway not-for-profit committed to lifting the voices of marginalized communities through the stories they tell. OOTB also produces site specific theatre in order to provide a more intimate and challenging experience to our audiences' expectation of theater. Out of the Box Theatrics was founded in 2015 by Elizabeth Flemming. Recent nominations include 2020 Off Broadway Alliance Best Musical Revival (Baby) and 2021 Drama League Outstanding Digital Theater, Individual Production (The Last 5 Years).

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