Straight Forward, a Real Life LGBTQ Love Story, to Play 2022 New York Theater Festival
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 10:42 am EDT 05/11/22


The new musical, with an original book and score by Billy Aberle and Chris Sabol, will play three performances at Teatro LATEA on Manhattan's Lower East Side.

STRAIGHT FORWARD, a new musical based on a real life LGBTQ love story, will make its Manhattan debut, next month, at the 2022 New York Theater Festival.

With an original book and score by Billy Aberle and Chris Sabol, STRAIGHT FORWARD follows two straight roommates, Mike and Garrett, who fall for one another while Garrett cares for Mike as he battles a life-threatening illness. STRAIGHT FORWARD, which stars Greyson Riley as Mike and Andrew King as Garrett, is based on a 2014 viral article. Almost seven years later, STRAIGHT FORWARD makes its debut in a day and age when its subject matter is more relevant than ever.

STRAIGHT FORWARD will play three performances - Monday, June 6th @ 6:15pm, Friday, June 10th @ 9:00pm and Sunday, June 12th @ 3:30pm - at Teatro Latea, 107 Suffolk Street, New York, NY 10002. STRAIGHT FORWARD is produced by Pivotal Productions.

Tickets - and more show info - are available straightforwardmusical.com .

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Billy Aberle (Book, Music, and Lyrics) is a graduate of Wagner College, Staten Island (BS Arts Admin), and Falmouth University, UK (MA Creative Advertising). He is Founder and CEO of budding theatrical software company, Prodooser, as well as Co-Founder and board member of non-profit theatre company, Pivotal Productions. Directorial credits include Spring Awakening, The Normal Heart, Next to Normal, Company, A New Brain, and more. @billyaberle

Chris Sabol (Book, Music, and Lyrics) is a music educator and composer from Matawan, New Jersey. A graduate of Wagner College (BA Arts Admin) and Boston University (MA Music Education), he is the co-founder of Pivotal Prodiuctions, a non-profit theatre company that amplifies the voices and leadership of young artists. Chris also is a managing partner of Prodooser, a theatrical software company. He is also a musical director, having been involved in over fifty shows in the tri-state area. Production credits include The Last Five Years, Next to Normal, Spring Awakening, Grease, and Company. @chrissabs

Greyson Riley (he/him) (Mike) is from Matawan New Jersey and is currently finishing up his junior year at Wagner College. He is pursuing a B.A. in Theatre Performance. He is super thrilled to be making his Off-Broadway debut in Straight Forward. Previous local credits include Camp A New Musical (Bobby). Previous collegiate credits include On The Twentieth Century (Maxwell Finch/Dance Ensemble), The Other Shore (Actor With Ropes), So Let Us Go On Dance Concert (Dancer/Singer), Go Please Go (Jeremy u/s), Straight Forward staged reading (Mike), Dog Sees God (Van), and The Winter's Tale (Antigonus). He is also excited to announce that in August, he will be performing Off-Broadway in CAMP A New Musical at Theatre Row. @griley011

Andrew King (Garrett) is a graduating Senior Theatre Performance major at Wagner College. He appeared on the mainstage in On the 20th Century (Bruce Granit), Into The Woods (Rapunzel's Prince), Urinetown (Mr. McQueen), She Loves Me (Keller/Ensemble). Now, he has made a name for himself creating dark comedic content online with over 2.6M followers. @mud.consumer / MUD on YouTube
Link http://straightforwardmusical.com

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