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LAST SMOKER IN AMERICA Cast Recording Set for June 25 Release

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Yellow Sound Label (Michael Croiter) announces the release of the Original Cast Album for The Last Smoker in America today, June 25, 2013. The album, produced and engineered by Joel Moss and distributed by Yellow Sound Label, will be available on Amazon, iTunes, and elsewhere where music is sold. For additional information, visit www.YellowSoundLabel.com.

The Last Smoker in America, with book and lyrics by Bill Russell and music by Peter Melnick, opened Off-Broadway at The Westside Theatre on August 2, 2012. The production was directed by Andy Sandberg, with choreography by AC Ciulla and music supervision and arrangements by Fred Lassen. The four-member cast featured Farah AlvinNatalie Venetia Belcon, John Bolton, and Jake Boyd.

The Last Smoker in America delivers explosive satire and smoking wit, along with a thrilling rock score that leaves you craving for more. In a world where smoking has recently been outlawed and the penalties are growing stricter by the minute, Pam is having an impossible time trying to quit. Her husband Ernie dreams of being a rock star and relentlessly practices his guitar in the basement, while their videogame-addicted son Jimmy listens to so much rap music he thinks he's black. As if Pam isn't pushed to The Edge of reason already, her nosy, anti-smoking zealot neighbor Phyllis is on a mission to catch transgressors mid-puff. Will Pam kick the habit or fight for her right to light up?

The New York Times declared the "pop-rock score is terrific, with multiple catchy melodies that will stick in your head like peanut butter."

The producers of the Off-Broadway production of The Last Smoker in America included Andy SandbergWhitney Hoagland EdwardsMichael Palitz, and Stephanie Rosenberg.

Licensing for The Last Smoker in America is now available through Samuel French Inc. To apply for performance rights, please visit www.SamuelFrench.com, or contact Samuel French by phone at (866) 598-8449 or by email at OutReach@SamuelFrench.com.

For additional information about The Last Smoker in America, or the recent Off-Broadway production, please visit www.LastSmoker.com.

Director/Producer Andy Sandberg had this to say, "I am incredibly proud of this production and all of the extraordinarily talented artists who gave their time and talent to this show." He went on to add, "With licensing now available through Samuel French and the release of this awesome cast album, we are more excited than ever for the future life of The Last Smoker in America."

 

Read more about LAST SMOKER IN AMERICA Cast Recording Released Today by offbroadway.broadwayworld.com

posted by bill on August 18, 2013, at 7:24 am | filed under news, shows, the last smoker in america | no comments »

i was very pleased to be interviewed in columbus on “writers talk” which is produced at ohio state … though mostly about the premiere production of “the last smoker in america” there, this ranges over a lot of my other work … the host doug dangler asked such intelligent questions and had really done his homework …

posted by bill on November 2, 2010, at 10:23 am | filed under elegies..., lucky duck, news, shows, side show, the last smoker in america | no comments »

Check out the playbill.com article: The Last Smoker in America will open Off-Broadway in Spring 2011

posted by bill on October 20, 2010, at 11:29 am | filed under news, shows, the last smoker in america | no comments »

hi there,

i’ve been out of town a lot lately and have really let this website slide … a bunch of stuff to post so i’ll try to do that …

here’s carly sakalove singing the title song from “the last smoker in america” as 11 broadway divas (in one take)

posted by bill on October 20, 2010, at 11:26 am | filed under news, shows, the last smoker in america | no comments »

Last Smoker in America to Play Pre-New York Engagement in Ohio

By Andrew Gans
29 Mar 2010

Natalie Venetia Belcon and Felicia Finley in the NYMF run of The Last Smoker in America
Natalie Venetia Belcon and Felicia Finley in the NYMF run of The Last Smoker in America
photo by Robert J. Saferstein
   
Natalie Venetia Belcon and Felicia Finley in the NYMF run of The Last Smoker in America
photo by Robert J. Saferstein

CATCO and Andy Sandberg (Hair) will present a pre-New York engagement of the new musical The Last Smoker in America Sept. 29-Oct. 24 in Columbus, OH.

Cast and creative team will be announced at a later date.

In a statement producer Sandberg said, “We are very excited to be presenting the world premiere of The Last Smoker in America in Ohio. We look forward to being a part of CATCO’s 2010-2011 Season and sharing this new musical comedy with Columbus.”

The Last Smoker in America features book and lyrics by Tony nominee Bill Russell (Side Show) and music by Drama Desk nominee Peter Melnick (Adrift in Macao).

The Last Smoker in America, according to press notes, “is an original, four-character musical comedy about a dysfunctional family struggling to survive in a world where smoking has recently been outlawed. Pam, an English lit professor at a small college, is having an impossible time trying to quit smoking. Her husband Ernie dreams of being a rock star and relentlessly practices his electric guitar in the basement. Their teenage son Jimmy listens to so much rap music he’s convinced he’s black. Their nosy, anti-smoking zealot neighbor Phyllis lurks around trying to catch transgressors mid-puff. Will Pam kick the habit or fight for the right to light up as The Last Smoker in America?”

The musical received a developmental workshop production at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in the fall of 2009 where it extended and played to sold-out audiences.

For more information visit www.lastsmokerinamerica.com or www.catco.org.

http://www.playbill.com/news/article/138269-Last-Smoker-in-America-to-Play-Pre-New-York-Engagement-in-Ohio

posted by bill on April 5, 2010, at 10:15 am | filed under news, the last smoker in america | no comments »