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Book by Julius J. Epstein
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Based on the play "Front Porch in Flatbush" by Julius J. Epstein and Philip G. Epstein
Directed by Eric Hill
October 16-26, 2008
Lighting Design by Michael Jarett, MFA '07
Musical director Matthew Stern '08
Choreography by Hannah King '07
Twenty-three year old Stephen Sondheim penned his first musical based on the play "Front Porch in Flatbush" by Julius J. and Philip G. Epstein (Boston Red Sox GM Theo Epstein’s grandfather and great-uncle!) in 1954. But this lost musical was never publicly performed until 1997 and received its New York premiere in 2000. In this light-hearted musical comedy, occurring over three successive Saturday nights in 1929 in Brooklyn, an ambitious group of young men find themselves restless and worse, date-less. Gene, a Wall Street runner in the market frenzy before the crash, has dreams that reach far beyond Brooklyn and drive him into deceiving Helen, who has secrets of her own, into thinking he is someone he will never be and luring his friends into the financial foolishness of the time, coming close to paying the consequences of his deceit. Youthful innocence and a simpler time make Sondheim’s first musical a delight for all and a must-see for the Sondheim aficionado.