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Everybody loves baseball! This new screwball musical comedy, National Pastime, makes its NY debut Off-Broadway beginning August 8, 2012 at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Playwrights Horizons in Manhattan (416 West 42nd Street). The book is by Tony Sportiello with music and lyrics by Al Tapper. Nancy Robillard directs the show, which has musical direction by David Wolfson. The musical will play a limited run August 8th through August 25th, 2012. Tickets for NATIONAL PASTIME are $35.00 and are on sale now via TicketCentral.com (212-279-4200).
National Pastime tells the story of WZBQ, a radio station in 1933 Iowa that is on the verge of bankruptcy. To spark ratings, the folks at the station invent a fictional, unbeatable baseball team and begin to broadcast phony baseball games as though real. All works to perfection . . . until the media begins to pay attention.
The cast features Gil Brady, Ethan Cadoff, L. R. Davidson, Leo Ash Evens (recently seen in the Broadway revival of Jesus Christ Superstar), Mia Gentile, Abe Goldfarb, Janice Landry, Erica Lustig, Kelli Maguire, Dayla Perkins, and Dan Van Why (who received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for the D.C. productionof National Pastime in Washington, D.C.). Set design is by Robert Monaco, costume design by Cathy Small, lighting design by John Burkland, and sound design by Wallace Flores. Chip Klose is the choreographer.
Tony Sportiello is a playwright and lifetime baseball fan, who grew up idolizing the Baltimore Orioles. In 1991 he wrote a one-act play entitled Contract Time, which was presented at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. He was inspired to write a full length for the Hall of Fame, which became National Pastime.