Keith Varney’s I GOT FIRED: A Semi-Autobiographical, Sort-of-True* Revenge Musical

Directed By Steve Bebout With Musical Direction by Doug Oberhamer and Choreography by Dontee Kiehn to premiere at the 2010 New York Musical Theatre Festival Beginning October 1 – 10 At TBG

Keith gets fired. Keith gets mad. Keith gets revenge by writing a musical.

I Got Fired LogoNew York: Presented by Moonshine Productions and The New York Musical Theatre Festival, I Got Fired: A Semi-Autobiographical, Sort-of-True Revenge Musical, will premiere at 2010 NYMF beginning Friday, October 1 – October 10 at TBG Theatre (312 West 36th Street.).I Got Fired has a book, music and lyrics by Keith Varney, directed by Steve Bebout, with musical direction by Doug Oberhamer and choreography by Dontee Kiehn and is executive produced by Steve Wargo and Liz Ulmer, associate produced by Stephanie M. Leaf.

Aspiring writer Keith has been a temp in a wacky office’s soul crushing cubicle for six years. When an evil nemesis emerges to squash his coffee-stained hopes and dreams, Keith makes a decision that causes him to get summarily fired… with security escorts and everything! Naturally he retaliates by writing a musical. Some names have been changed to protect the guilty.

The cast includes: Shana Barone (Nunsense), (Robyn Corujo (American Schemes), Toni DiBuono (Bway: Wonderful Town, The Boys From Syracuse ), Devon Goffman (Film: Drawing With Chalk, Nat.Tour: Titanic), Michael Thomas Holmes (Film: The Producers, Bway: The Producers, White Christmas), Kelly Karbacz (RENT Film: You Again, Get Smart) Collin Leydon (Film: Terminal Velocity, Regional: The Full Monty), Keith Varney (Nat. Tour: Titanic), and EJ Zimmerman (Avenue Q, Ms. Saigon). Creative team includes: Czerton Lim (Set Design), Jessica Lustig (Costume Design).

*I Got Fired is a work of fiction. The characters and events are somewhat inspired by real people & real events, but all people, places and events have been distorted, combined, changed or adapted. Also, it is filled with lies, mistruths and complete fabrications. Some names have been changed to protect the guilty.

I Got Fired:

A Semi-Autobiographical, Sort-of-True Revenge Musical

Written by Keith Varney and directed by Steve Bebout

TBG Theatre is located at 312 W. 36th St., New York, NY 10018

Friday, Oct 1st, 2010 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, Oct 2nd, 2010 at 1:00 pm
Sunday, Oct 3rd, 2010 at 5:00 pm
Sunday, Oct 3rd, 2010 at 9:00 pm
Thursday, Oct 7th, 2010 at 1:00 pm
Sunday, Oct 10th, 2010 at 5:00 pm

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at www.nymf.org or by calling (212) 352-3101.

For more information about the festival please visit www.NYMF.org.

or visit www.igotfiredmusical.com

Mr. Varney, Mr. Bebout and other members of the creative team are available for interviews.

For press seats or interviews contact:

Springer Associates PR at 212 354 4660 / joe@springerassociatespr.com

KEITH VARNEY (Book, Music & Lyrics) born and raised in small town Vermont, Keith has been a musical theater performer & writer almost all of his life. After a wacky detour into classical music (a degree in voice from the Eastman School of Music), he moved to NYC to pursue his life-long dream of being a struggling actor working as a temp in an office. He has also written the music & lyrics to Elway: The Musical (Book by Devon Goffman) Joshua: The Musical (Book by Tom Hallett) & the ten-minute musical Scooby Doosical (Book by Steve Wargo) at Tax Deductable Theatre’s Dare Project. Keith is normally an excellent employee and has only been fired once. www.keithrvarney.com

STEVE BEBOUT (Director) is currently the Associate Director of The Addams Family on Broadway, as well as the show’s upcoming National Tour. He is also working with Jerry Zaks on the World Premiere of Randy Newman’s Harps and Angels, which will play the Mark Taper Forum this Fall as well as his upcoming production of Sister Act. Steve was the Associate Director of 101 Dalmatians The Musical and was involved in various capacities on the Broadway productions of Billy Elliot, Cabaret and Epic Proportions. Regional and Stock directing credits include multiple productions of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, The Full Monty, Little Shop Of Horrors, Always…Patsy Cline, Almost Heaven and The Night The Music Died. He has directed several Off-Off Broadway World Premieres, and developed many new works, including The Booth Variations, featuring Todd & Michael Cerveris, which was produced by Steve’s company, The Moonshine Project. As a guest director for NYU, Steve directed Urinetown and Bye-Bye Birdie. He is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

DOUG OBERHAMER (Musical Director) has been involved in musical theater for over 25 years. He has Music Directed and/or performed in Broadway, Off-Broadway, Regional productions and International tours including Thoroughly Modern Millie(MD), Swing!(MD), Reel To Real(MD/Composer), Wanda’s World(MD), Race For Love(MD/Composer), Gemini(AMD), Flight of the Lawnchair Man(MD), Crazy for You(MD), Saturday Night Fever(AMD), Frankenstein(MD), My Vaudeville Man(MD, Arr./Orch.), Nunsense(MD), Hello Dolly(MD), The Sound of Music(MD), Mud Donahue and Son(MD), Foreign Correspondence(MD/Arr./Orch.), Women on the Verge(MD, Arr./Orch.), The A**hole In My Head(MD), Love Stories(MD), Seeing Stars(MD), Romance Romance(trumpet/drums), The Apple Tree, Annie, Seesaw, Little Death(MD,Arr./Orch.), Battling Butler(piano), The Golem(piano), The Asshole in My Head(MD, Arr./Orch), Love Stories(MD, Arr.), Rings(AMD) and No No Nanette. He can be heard as the featured trumpet soloist on the Sony Classics Grammy nominated recording of Swing! (Original Broadway Cast recording) as well as MCA Records Vanessa Daou “Slow to Burn” and recently collaborated with Nile Rodgers on DoubleTime. He was nominated for a Jefferson Award for his work on Swing! in Chicago and won a 2008 Bistro Award for excellence in Musical Direction and Arranging/Orchestrating for Little Death.

NEW YORK MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL

Now in its seventh year, the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) is the largest annual musical theatre event in America and is widely regarded as the essential source for new material and talent discovery. NYMF provides a launching pad for the next generation of musicals and their creators to ensure the continued vitality of one of America’s greatest art forms. Hailed as the “Sundance of Musical Theatre,” NYMF discovers, nurtures, and promotes promising musical theatre artists and producers at all stages of development, and inspires a diverse audience through vibrant, accessible, powerful new work.

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NYMF Memberships, which combine charitable contributions with valuable, flexible ticket packages and perks like early seating, and tickets to individual events are currently available for purchase at (212) 352-3101 or www.nymf.org. Single tickets for Festival events will go on sale September 1.

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