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CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR
THE WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL COMEDY
NOBODY LOVES YOU


SAN DIEGO (April 9, 2012)—The Old Globe today announced the cast and creative team for the World Premiere of Nobody Loves You, a musical comedy with music and lyrics by Gaby Alter and book and lyrics by Itamar Moses set in the world of reality television.  A former Globe Playwright-in-Residence, Moses’ The Four of Us (2007) and Back Back Back (2008) also had their World Premieres at The Old Globe.  Directed by Michelle Tattenbaum with music direction by Vadim Feichtner and choreography by Mandy Moore, Nobody Loves You will run May 9 – June 17 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.  Preview performances run May 9 – May 16.  Opening night is Thursday, May 17 at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

Filled with tuneful pop songs, Nobody Loves You takes audiences on a hilarious behind-the-scenes ride through reality television and into real life.  When Jeff, a philosophy grad student, joins a dating show to win back his ex, he breaks all the rules and tries to blow the game wide open…until he meets Jenny.  In a world where every kiss is staged for the cameras, can two people find a real connection?

The cast of Nobody Loves You features Jenni Barber (Jenny), Alex Brightman (Chazz, Dominic, Evan), Heath Calvert (Byron), Kate Morgan Chadwick (Samantha, Bonnie), Adam Kantor (Jeff), Kelsey Kurz (Christian, Steve), Nicole Lewis (Tanya, Nina, Zenobia) and Lauren Molina (Megan).

The creative team includes Michael Schweikardt (Scenic Design), Emily Pepper (Costume Design), Tyler Micoleau (Lighting Design), Paul Peterson (Sound Design), Gaby Alter (Orchestrations and Vocal Arrangements), Stephanie Klapper, CSA (Casting) and Peter Van Dyke (Stage Manager).

Nobody Loves You is supported in part through a gift from Production Sponsors Paula and Brian Powers.

Nobody Loves You is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award and is supported in part by the National Fund for New Musicals, a program of National Alliance for Musical Theatre.

Gaby Alter (Music and Lyrics) is a New York-based songwriter and composer.  He wrote music and lyrics for Band Geeks! (with Tommy Newman, Mark Allen and Gordon Greenberg)which premiered at Goodspeed Musicals and will be produced this summer by The Human Race Theatre Company.  His other shows include 29, a pop-rock song cycle (New York University), Young Zombies in Love (New York International Fringe Festival), The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Romantic Comedy with Negin Farsad (Edinburgh Festival Fringe) and Vapor Tales with Dominic Mah.  A 2009 Jonathan Larson Grant recipient, Alter has won awards from the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle and the New York International Fringe Festival for his scores.  His work has been heard at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals, Goodspeed’s Festival of New Artists, Barrington Stage Company, Joe’s Pub, New York Musical Theatre Festival and on Sirius Radio.  He has written songs for television and radio including MTV, PBS and the theme for NPR’s show “Backstory.”  He scored and starred in the documentary Nerdcore Rising, which premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival and is now on Netflix Instant Watch and Hulu.com. 

Itamar Moses (Book and Lyrics) is the author of the full-length plays Outrage, Bach at Leipzig, Celebrity Row, The Four of Us, Yellowjackets, Back Back Back and Completeness, the musical Fortress of Solitude (with Michael Friedman and Daniel Aukin) and the evening of short plays Love/Stories (or But You Will Get Used To It).  His work has appeared Off Broadway and elsewhere in New York, at regional theaters across the country and in Canada and is published by Faber & Faber and Samuel French.  He has received new play commissions from McCarter Theatre Center, Playwrights Horizons, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The Wilma Theater, South Coast Repertory, Manhattan Theatre Club, Lincoln Center Theater and Goodman Theatre.  On television, he has written for both TNT’s “Men of a Certain Age” and HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.”  He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, MCC Playwrights Coalition and is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect.

Michelle Tattenbaum (Director) has directed Itamar Moses’ plays Love/Stories (or But You Will Get Used To It) (World Premiere, The Flea Theater), The Four of Us (Los Angeles premiere, Firefly: Theater & Films) and Szinhaz and Untitled Short Play (both World Premieres, Naked Angels).  She directed and co-produced The Sublet Experiment, a site-specific touring production that played to sold-out crowds in New York City for over six months.  Regionally, she has directed at Hangar Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Goodspeed Musicals and The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.  Tattenbaum worked for Manhattan Theatre Club for three years, producing and developing new musicals including A Class Act (a production that transferred to Broadway) and Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party.  She is a two-time Drama League Directing Fellow.

Vadim Feichtner (Music Director) served as music director/dance arranger for the Broadway production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.  His Off Broadway credits include Ordinary Days, Elegies: A Song Cycle, The Burnt Part Boys, The Public Theater’s As You Like It and Lincoln Center American Songbook’s Songs of Innocence and Experience (both co-composed with William Finn), I Sing!, Infinite Joy, Cam Jansen and V-Day.  His regional credits include Little Miss Sunshine, The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown, The Memory Show, Party Come Here, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick and See Rock City.  He has also worked on concerts for Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Leslie Kritzer and Lisa Howard.

Mandy Moore (Choreographer) is a two-time Emmy Award nominated director, choreographer and dancer best known for her work on the global television hit “So You Think You Can Dance.”  Moore’s contemporary and jazz choreography has been performed on television, in film and on concert and theater stages around the world.  Her list of credits includes The Silver Linings Playbook with Bradley Cooper, Did You Hear About the Morgans? with Hugh Grant, Austin Powers in Goldmember with Mike Myers, “American Idol,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Strictly Come Dancing,” Nickelodeon’s Fresh Beat Band, “The Drew Carey Show,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” “That ‘70s Show,” the Los Angeles Ballet’s innovative New Wave LA program, Celine Dion’s Taking Chances concert tour and Cirque du Soleil’s The Immortal.  Moore recently won a Denver Post Ovation Award for her choreography in the regional premiere of The Wedding Singer at the Aurora Fox Theater Company in Denver, Colorado.

TICKETS to Nobody Loves You can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.  Performances begin on May 9 and continue through June 17.  Ticket prices start at $29.  Performance times:  Previews:  Wednesday, May 9 at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 10 at 8:00 p.m. Friday, May 11 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, May 12 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday, May 13 at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 15 at 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m.  Regular Performances:  Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m.  There is a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Wednesday, June 6 and no matinee performance on Saturday, June 9.  Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and under, seniors and groups of 10 or more.

Associated events taking place during the run of Nobody Loves You include:

INSIGHTS SEMINAR: Nobody Loves You
Monday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m.  FREE
Insight Seminars are informal presentations of ideas and insights to enhance the theater-going experience.  The seminars feature a panel selected from the artistic company of each production and take place in the theater where the production is performed.  Reception, 6:30 p.m.  Seminar, 7:00 p.m.  Admission is free and reservations are not required.

POST-SHOW FORUMS: Nobody Loves You
Tuesdays, May 22 and 29 and Wednesday, June 6 (evening).  FREE
Discuss the play with members of the Nobody Loves You cast and crew at post-show discussions led by the Globe’s creative staff after the performances.

OUT AT THE GLOBE: Thursday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m.  $20
An evening for gay and lesbian theater lovers and the whole LGBT community, Out at the Globe includes two drinks from the hosted wine and martini bar, appetizers and door prizes.  Everyone is welcome.  $20 per person.  RSVP at (619) 23-GLOBE.  (Tickets to Nobody Loves You are sold separately.)

THANK GLOBE IT’S FRIDAY: Fridays, May 11 and 18 at 6:30 p.m.  $20
Kick off the weekend with the Globe’s Friday pre-show bash.  TGIF includes two drinks from the hosted wine and martini bar, appetizers and desserts.  $20 per person.  RSVP at (619) 23-GLOBE.  (Tickets to Nobody Loves You are sold separately.)

LOCATION:  The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way.  There are numerous free parking lots available throughout the park.  Valet parking is also available ($10).  For additional parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org.

CALENDARA Room with a View (3/2-4/15), Anna Christie (3/10-4/15), The Scottsboro Boys (4/29-6/10), Nobody Loves You (5/9-6/17), Richard III (6/3-9/29), As You Like It (6/10-9/30), Inherit the Wind (6/17-9/25), Divine Rivalry (7/7-8/5), God of Carnage (7/27-9/2).

PHOTO EDITORS:  Digital images of The Old Globe’s productions are available at www.TheOldGlobe.org/pressroom.

The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theaters and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for 75 years.  The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, which are both part of The Old Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival.  More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theater's education and community programs. Numerous world premieres such as The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Catered Affair, and the annual holiday musical, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theaters across the country.

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CAST BIOGRAPHIES

JENNI BARBER (Jenny) was previously seen at the Globe in Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater’s original musical Some Lovers.  Her theater credits include Sam Mendes’ Bridge Project productions of As You Like It and The Tempest (Brooklyn Academy of Music/The Old Vic), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Broadway), From Up Here (Manhattan Theatre Club), Cactus Flower (Off Broadway, Westside Theatre), The Wii Plays (Ars Nova) and The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown (Orange County Performing Arts Center).  Her television credits include “Smash,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and Lisa on the multiple-Emmy Award-winning “The Electric Company” (PBS).  She is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music.

ALEX BRIGHTMAN (Chazz, Dominic, Evan) is making his Globe debut.  His Broadway credits include Boq in Wicked and Will and Jack in Glory Days.  His recent credits include the World Premiere of 35mm (Galapagos Art Space), The Secret Garden (TheatreWorks), Next to Normal (Pioneer Theatre Company) and the Los Angeles regional premiere of The History Boys.  He has appeared on television in “Royal Pains”(USA) and “Important Things with Demetri Martin” (Comedy Central).  Upcoming, Brightman will be seen in the film Change of Plans.

HEATH CALVERT (Byron) is thrilled to be making his Globe debut.  He has most recently been busy with presentations of Love’s Labour’s Lost (The Public Theater), Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion and Suprema (The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center), Next Thing You Know (CAP21), Pretty Filthy (The Civilians, Center Theater Group) and Joe Iconis’ Bloodsong of Love.  He has performed in concert with Tony Award winner William Finn in his Songs by Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists You Probably Don’t Know But Should... and in numerous concert engagements of The Beat Goes On and Leading Men of Broadway with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, National Arts Centre and Edmonton, Baltimore, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Nashville and Phoenix Symphonies.  His Broadway credits include Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, the Tony Award-winning revival of Hair and Good Vibrations.  His television credits include “Guiding Light,” “The Early Show” and “The View.”  Calvert has also blogged for The Huffington Post.  Next he is headed to Washington, DC for The Studio Theatre’s production of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.

KATE MORGAN CHADWICK (Samantha, Bonnie) has appeared as Frenchy in the Broadway National Tours of Grease, Ali in Mamma Mia! (Las Vegas), The Butcherhouse Chronicles (Summer Play Festival), Stupid Kids (The Red Room) and Perfect Harmony (Theatre Row).  Her television credits include ABC’s "Happy Endings" and the series "Whatever.”  She received a B.A. in Theatre from Fordham University and trains at Upright Citizens Brigade.

ADAM KANTOR (Jeff) is thrilled to be making his Globe debut and to be working in San Diego.  Immediately after graduating from Northwestern University, Kantor was cast as Mark in the final company of Rent on Broadway, the final performance of which was filmed live for DVD.  Shortly after he guest starred as Ezra on “The Good Wife” on CBS.  Subsequently he went on to perform as Henry in Next to Normal on Broadway and then Princeton in Avenue Q Off Broadway.  Kantor is a co-founder of the non-profit arts education organization Broadway in South Africa.

KELSEY KURZ (Christian, Steve) was featured at the Globe last year in Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show.  He has appeared on Broadway and Off Broadway in The Merchant of Venice (The Public Theater), Davy & Stu (The Ensemble Studio Theatre) and I Coulda Been a Kennedy (2006 New York International Fringe Festival).  His regional credits include Sons of the Prophet (Huntington Theatre Company) and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Cat Ballou (Jackson Hole Playhouse).  He has appeared in the films Spartan King (in post-production) and A Time to Speak (in post-production).  He trained at The Juilliard School.

NICOLE LEWIS (Tanya, Nina, Zenobia) is honored to be making her Globe debut.  Her Broadway credits include Hair (Tony Award Best Revival of a Musical), Rent and Lennon.  Off Broadway she has played Isabella in Measure for Measure (The Public Theater), Happiness (Lincoln Center Theater workshop), Boy Gets Girl (Manhattan Theatre Club) and The Me Nobody Knows (New York City workshop).  Regionally she has played Susan in David Mamet’s Race (Philadelphia Theatre Company), Ann Deever in All My Sons (Intiman Theatre), Constant Star (Hartford Stage), Miranda in The Tempest (Williamstown Theatre Festival, Act I Company) and The Threepenny Opera and Tartuffe (American Conservatory Theater), as well as Once on This Island, Children of Eden and The Wiz (Weathervane Theatre).  Her television and film credits include “A Gifted Man,” “Blue Bloods,” “As the World Turns” (CBS), “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Mercy” (NBC), “Naked Brothers Band” (Nickelodeon) and London Betty.  She received a B.A. from Yale University and an M.F.A. from American Conservatory Theater.

LAUREN MOLINA (Megan) is making her Globe debut. She has appeared on Broadway, originating the roles of Regina in Rock of Ages and Johanna in the revival of Sweeney Todd directed by John Doyle.  Most recently, she played Cunegonde in Candide directed by Mary Zimmerman, receiving the Helen Hayes Award for Best Lead Actress, Resident Musical and an IRNE Award nomination (Huntington Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre and The Shakespeare Theatre Company).  Off Broadway she has been seen in Rock of Ages, Next Thing You Know and Ernest in Love.  Her tour and regional credits include Sweeney Todd, winning an IRNE Award for Best Supporting Actress, Musical (First National Tour, American Conservatory Theater) and Ten Cents a Dance (Williamstown Theatre Festival).  Her folk pop album Sea for Two features the song “Sky and the Sea,” which appeared on NBC’s “Parenthood.”  A featured singer in The Ladies Who Sing Sondheim (with Barbara Cook, Patti LuPone and Kristin Chenoweth), she also performed with Sarah Brightman on the La Luna tour.  She received a B.F.A. from the University of Michigan.  She’s a co-creator of the mocumentary webseries Rock of Ages Productions.

FACT SHEET

NOBODY LOVES YOU
Music and Lyrics by Gaby Alter
Book and Lyrics by Itamar Moses
Directed by Michelle Tattenbaum

RUNS:  May 9 – June 17, 2012
Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

TICKETS:  Ticket prices start at $29.

SYNOPSIS:  When a philosophy grad student joins a reality television show to win back his ex, he breaks all the rules and tries to blow the game wide open.  A World Premiere Musical Comedy.

CREATIVE TEAM:  Gaby Alter (Music and Lyrics, Orchestrations and Vocal Arrangements), Itamar Moses (Book and Lyrics), Michelle Tattenbaum (Director), Vadim Feichtner (Music Director), Mandy Moore (Choreography), Michael Schweikardt (Scenic Design), Emily Pepper (Costume Design), Tyler Micoleau (Lighting Design), Paul Peterson (Sound Design), Stephanie Klapper, CSA (Casting) and Peter Van Dyke (Stage Manager).

CAST:  Jenni Barber (Jenny), Alex Brightman (Chazz, Dominic, Evan), Heath Calvert (Byron), Kate Morgan Chadwick (Samantha, Bonnie), Adam Kantor (Jeff), Kelsey Kurz (Christian, Steve), Nicole Lewis (Tanya, Nina, Zenobia) and Lauren Molina (Megan).

PREVIEWS:
May 9 WED 7pm
May 10 THU 8pm (OUT at the Globe)
May 11 FRI 8pm (Thank Globe It’s Friday)
May 12 SAT 8pm
May 13 SUN 7pm
May 15 TUE 7pm
May 16 WED 7pm
OPENING NIGHT:
REGULAR PERFORMANCES: May 17 THU 8pm
May 18 FRI 8pm (Thank Globe It’s Friday)
May 19 SAT 2pm
May 19 SAT 8pm
May 20 SUN 2pm
May 20 SUN 7pm
May 22 TUE 7pm (Post-Show Forum)
May 23 WED 7pm
May 24 THU 8pm
May 25 FRI 8pm
May 26 SAT 2pm
May 26 SAT 8pm
May 27 SUN 2pm
May 27 SUN 7pm
May 29 TUE 7pm (Post-Show Forum)
May 30 WED 7pm
May 31 THU 8pm
Jun 1 FRI 8pm
Jun 2 SAT 2pm
Jun 2 SAT 8pm
Jun 3 SUN 2pm
Jun 3 SUN 7pm
Jun 5 TUE 7pm
Jun 6 WED 2pm
Jun 6 WED 7pm (Post-Show Forum)
Jun 7 THU 8pm
Jun 8 FRI 8pm
Jun 9 SAT 8pm
Jun 10 SUN 2pm
Jun 10 SUN 7pm
Jun 12 TUE 7pm
Jun 13 WED 7pm
Jun 14 THU 8pm
Jun 15 FRI 8pm
Jun 16 SAT 2pm
Jun 16 SAT 8pm
Jun 17 SUN 2pm
Jun 17 SUN 7pm

BOX OFFICE WINDOW HOURS:  Noon to final curtain Tuesday through Sunday.  American Express, Discover, MasterCard and VISA accepted.  (619) 23-GLOBE [234-5623].

LOCATION:  The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way.  Free parking is available throughout the park.  Valet parking is also available ($10).

INSIGHTS SEMINAR
Monday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m.
Seminar series features a panel of artists from the current show.  Reception at 6:30 p.m.  FREE

POST-SHOW FORUMS
Tuesdays, May 22 and 29 and Wednesday, June 6 (evening)
Discuss the play with members of the cast following the performance.  FREE

OUT AT THE GLOBE
Thursday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m.  $20
An evening for LGBT theater lovers with a wine and martini bar, appetizers and door prizes.  Everyone is welcome.  (Show sold separately.)

THANK GLOBE IT’S FRIDAY
Fridays, May 11 and 18 at 6:30 p.m.  $20
Friday pre-show bash includes wine, martinis, appetizers, dessert and live music.  (Show sold separately.)