Stage and Studio on 05/28/13

Stage and Studio
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Tue, 05/28/2013 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Somewhere In Time - The Musical

Portland Center Stage and an award-winning team of Broadway veterans  are creating a world premiere musical based on the film ‘Somewhere in Time’- a time travel fantasy that starred the late Christopher Reeve. Dmae Roberts talks with Ken Davenport who first fell in love with the movie and aimed to create a new book for the original musical play.

Davenport lets us in on the process of getting the rights, getting backers, funding and writing & collaborating with teams of artists to stage this. Not unlike the film process, this took him 10 years to create. A must-listen for anyone who has ever wanted to create a Broadway-bound musical from scratch.

Also in this episode, we have Jo Addie president of  INSITE (International Network of Somewhere In Time Enthusiasts). The fan club has just as many male and female members and hold a yearly event in costume at  Mackinac Island, the location of the film .  Read about the fan club and president, Jo Addie who was an actress in the movie.

More about the story:

Somewhere in Time tells the romantic story about a young playwright named Richard Collier. After the opening night of his play,  an old woman mystifies him by telling him to "come back to me."  This chance encounter haunts him and years later, he goes to a hotel that he visited in his youth.  The playwright soon finds himself immersed in the past of the old woman and manages to meet her younger version across time where he falls in love with her.

The 1980 film of Somewhere in Time is a romantic classic, beloved by several generations of both male and female moviegoers. The world premiere musical adaptation has original music by Doug Katsaros, lyrics by Amanda Yesnowitz and book by Ken Davenport. Read more about the show at the official Somewhere in Time official musical play website.

Somewhere in Time the musical has its world premiere at Portland Center Stage and  stars Broadway’s Andrew  Samonsky (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, South Pacific) as Richard Collier, Hannah Elless (Godspell, Mamma Mia!) as Elise McKenna, three-time Tony Award nominee Marc Kudisch (9 to 5, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) as Robinson and David Cryer (Lend Me a Tenor, The Phantom of the Opera) as Arthur.

The ensemble cast includes Leslie Becker, Giovanni Bonaventura, Erin Burniston, Meggie Cansler, Cory English, Leslie Flesner, Lizzie Klemperer, Erik Liberman, Sharonlee McLean, Jared Q. Miller, Benjie Randall and Tad Wilson.

Somewhere in Time  is directed by Scott Schwartz, whose Broadway credits include Golda's Balcony and Jane Eyre. He also directed Bat Boy: The Musical(Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Award, Best Off-Broadway Musical); tick, tick...BOOM! (Outer Critics Circle Award, Best Off-Broadway Musical); Franz Kafka's The Castle (Manhattan Ensemble Theater) and No Way to Treat a Lady(Off-Broadway). Two-time Tony nominated John Carrafa (Urinetown, Into The Woods) is choreographer.

The film has a cult following and a fan club (half are men) called INSITE (International Network of Somewhere In Time Enthusiasts). Read about the club and president, Jo Addie who was an actress in the movie. 
Ken Davenport co-conceived the award-winning Altar Boyz, and also wrote and directed the Off-Broadway hits The Awesome 80s Prom, My First Time and Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating & Marriage. On Broadway, Daven­port recently produced the revival of Godspell, Chinglish, OleannaSpeed-the-Plow, Will Ferrell’s You’re Welcome America (Tony nomination), Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury, and 13.   Ken was featured on a national commercial for Apple’s iPhone, named one of Crain’s “Forty Under 40,”and dubbed the “P.T. Barnum of Off-Broadway” by The New York Times.  He created and developed the Broadway board game Be a Broadway Star, recently seen on “The Today Show." His blog,, has been featured in Vanity FairNew York Maga­zine, The Gothamist and more.  He has written articles for Forbes, Mashable, Imedia and has spoken about the theater and arts marketing at conferences around the world .  For more information,


Somewhere in Time 
at Portland Center Stage

Music by Doug KatsarosLyrics by Amanda Yesnowitz. Music by Doug Katsaros. Lyrics by Amanda Yesnowitz
Based on the novel and the Universal Pictures film written by Richard Matheson, Book by Ken Davenport. Directed by Scott Schwartz.

Tuesday, May 28, opens on Wednesday, June 5 and runs Tuesday through Sunday through June 30. Tickets start at $39, with discounts available for students and groups.  Rush tickets are $20. All shows are at Portland Center Stage, Gerding Theater at the Armory 128 NW 11th Ave, Portland OR 97209

Box Office telephone: 503-445-3700
Box Office fax: 503-445-3701

Hours: Noon–5:30 pm; Noon–7:30 pm on performance days. For more info visit:


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