MTA: The Musical

Book, Music, & Lyrics  |  Peter Saxe

Additional Book  |  Christopher Michaels

 

CAST

Woman  |  Gabrielle Ruiz

Man 1  |  T.J. Newton

Man 2  |  Brandon J. Ellis

MTA Announcer/Booth Attendant  |  Yvette Monique Clark

Police Officers 1 & 2  |  Christopher Michaels

PRODUCTION TEAM

Director/Casting/Editing  |  Christopher Michaels

Music Supervisor/Music Director/Host  |  Jonathon Lynch

Orchestrator/Sound Design/Tracking/Editing  |  Andrew Fox

Assistant Audio Engineer  |  Evan Feist

Mixing & Mastering  |  Jay Rosen

Executive Producers  |  Christopher Michaels & Jeremy Terry

General Manager  |  Jeremy Terry

RELEASE DATE

Monday, April 5th, 2021

SYNOPSIS

On a sweltering summer morning on a crowded subway platform, three strangers, each very different from the others, wait for a train that is running on major delay after major delay. The longer they wait, the hotter they get. The hotter they get, the more irritated they become. In a funny and at times touching mini-musical, we go on a rollercoaster ride as these strangers go from frustration to sexual frustration, learning that sometimes you've gotta take the opportunities that come to you, no matter how awkward and irritating they might be.

MUSICAL NUMBERS

"MTA"  |  Woman, Man 2, Man 1

"Look At That"  |  Woman, Man 1, Man 2

"Something More"   |  Woman, Man 1, Man 2

"Finale: MTA (Reprise)"  |  Woman, Man 1, Man 2

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WRITER PHOTOS & BIOS

PETER SAXE (Book/Music/Lyrics - MTA: The Musical)
PETER SAXE (Book/Music/Lyrics - MTA: The Musical)

Peter is a musician. Education: SUNY Purchase, Manhattan School of Music, BMI Workshop. Musicals: THE LATECOMER, A NEW BEGINNING, MTA: THE MUSICAL, LOVE IN THE TIME OF RECESSION, SAXE AND THE CITY. Winner: 2016 MAC/Burman Songwriting Award. Commission: a 50th Birthday song for Broadway Producer, Marc Routh. Recording: HISTORY REMEMBERS. Arranging: OPERATION OPERA. Film: THE MARIE'S CRISIS OUTDOOR PIANO TOUR, THE UNVEILING, HELLO AGAIN. Television: MTV Networks. Info: PeterSaxeMusic.com

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CHRISTOPHER MICHAELS (Additional Book - MTA: The Musical))
CHRISTOPHER MICHAELS (Additional Book - MTA: The Musical))

Christopher is also a musical theatre writer/dramaturge whose musicals have been performed all across Florida. He has written book, music, & lyrics for LITTLE THINGS (three consecutive sold out runs) and CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE KID'S SOUL as well as book for HERO FOR TODAY. Current works in development: SONGS FROM A HAT, SAXE AND THE CITY (with Peter Saxe). Christopher also wrote the screenplay for VALLEY HIGH (based on the song by Drew Gasparini). @itscmikes

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CAST & MUSICIAN PHOTOS & BIOS

GABRIELLE RUIZ (Woman)
GABRIELLE RUIZ (Woman)

Best known for the CW’s critically acclaimed comedy, CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND (Valencia Perez). Producer/Co-Host @waffpodcast. Other TV: MODERN FAMILY, BETTER THINGS, ALONG TOGETHER, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, SESAME STREET, LAW & ORDER: SVU, THE FILTH. Bway: IF/THEN, EVITA, IN THE HEIGHTS and A CHORUS LINE (Diana Morales; 1st National). From Edinburg, TX she is a philanthropist, producer, activist and champion for the arts. Proud AEA & SAG-AFTRA Member. More at gabrielleruiz.net | @gabrielleruiz.

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T.J. Newton
T.J. Newton

T.J. has most recently been seen on the first national tour of SPAMILTON, after playing “Lin- Manuel” in Pittsburgh CLO’s production last year. Favorite credits include IN THE HEIGHTS (Usnavi, Pittsburgh Musical Theatre), WEST SIDE STORY (Chino; Connecticut Repertory Theatre), Natalie Weiss GHOST (Willie Lopez; White Plains PAC), LA CAGE AUX FOLLES (Mercedes; Red House Arts Center). He is the host and creator of a Broadway themed talk show KIKI’S CLOSET, @kikisclosetshow.

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BRANDON J. ELLIS (Man 2)
BRANDON J. ELLIS (Man 2)

Broadway/1 st National Tour: COMPANY 06’ (OBC), ONCE (OBC), BANDSTAND (OBC), and THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG. West End: ONCE. Off-Broadway: AUGUST RUSH, MISSED CONNECTIONS. TV/Film: 30-ROCK, DIETLAND, IRON FIST, VINYL, THE NAKED BROTHERS BAND, SHAKE RATTLE AND ROLL. Commercial: Firehouse Subs (National Spokesperson), Policy Genius (National Spokesperson), Best Buy, Quaker Oats, Applebee’s, IHOP, and others. Training: BFA in acting from UNCG.

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YVETTE MONIQUE CLARK (MTA Announcer, Booth Attendant)
YVETTE MONIQUE CLARK (MTA Announcer, Booth Attendant)

The NYC native was recently seen in IndieWorks’ THE GIANT HOAX (Theatre Row). International Tour: Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Nell); National Tour: HAIRSPRAY (Motormouth Maybelle; NETworks), SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE (BJ; Gateway Playhouse). Regional: THE WIZ (Aunt Em, Evillene, Glinda; Oregon Shakespeare Festival), TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (Calpurnia; Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre), GUN AND POWDER (Sissy; Signature Theatre). SAG-AFTRA and AEA. yvettemoniqueclark.com | IG: @divaofthedemic

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CHRISTOPHER MICHAELS (Police Officers 1 & 2)
CHRISTOPHER MICHAELS (Police Officers 1 & 2)

NYC: THE CHRISTIANS (Ensemble), Casper the Not-So-Friendly Ghost (Casper), THE WRONG BOX (Porter), THE NOSE (Cheif Crookakoff); Regional: BEAUTY & THE BEAST (LeFou), MY FAIR LADY (Zoltan Karpathy/Quartet), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Seymour), Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story (Nathan Leopold), The Boys In The Band (Emory), Damn Yankees (Rocky), H2$ (Gatch, Bud Frump U/S), BARE: A POP OPERA (Alan), SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD, and CLOSER THAN EVER. @itscmikes | www.christophermichaels.nyc

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PRODUCTION TEAM PHOTOS & BIOS

CHRISTOPHER MICHAELS (Executive Producer/Director/Casting/Editing)
CHRISTOPHER MICHAELS (Executive Producer/Director/Casting/Editing)

Founder/Artistic Director of IndieWorks Theatre Co. Select directing credits: CASPER, THE NOT-SO-FRIENDLY GHOST, SONGS FROM A HAT, EMPTY FRAMES, THE GIANT HOAX, THE COMMUTERS... (nom: Best Musical; Winner: Best Director, Strawberry Theatre Fest), CLOSER THAN EVER, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN, VANITIES, OKLAHOMA!, INTO THE WOODS, TWO BOYS IN A BED ON A COLD WINTER'S NIGHT, SAXE AND THE CITY. Film: VALLEY HIGH (based on the song by Drew Gasparini).

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JONATHON LYNCH (Producer/Music Supervisor/Host)
JONATHON LYNCH (Producer/Music Supervisor/Host)

Credits include music director and dance arranger for The City Club (Minetta Lane), assistant music director and copyist for FINDING NEVERLAND (NYC workshop), faculty music director at AMDA, and music director for several Chicago venues. He wrote words and music for THE BAROQUE CYCLE (Bruno Walter Auditorium) and THE TURING TEST (Gallery Players), and music for NEWB (webseries score), and ¡CANTA! (album). Jonathon is a Northwestern University and BMI workshop alum. jonathonlynchmusic.com.

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ANDREW FOX (Producer/Orchestrator/Sound Design/Tracking/Editing)
ANDREW FOX (Producer/Orchestrator/Sound Design/Tracking/Editing)

Andrew's theatrical and concert orchestrations include STARKID: HOMECOMING (featuring Darren Criss), Matthew Hardy’s VIRTUOSO (premiering in Poznan Fall 2020), Justin Roberts' HANSEL AND GRETEL, Starkid's TWISTED: THE UNTOLD STORY OF A ROYAL VIZIER, and FOREVERMAN (Winner 2012 NYMF Awards for Excellence, Outstanding Orchestration). Andrew has co-produced multiple cast recordings, including TWISTED and HANSEL AND GRETEL. www.AndrewFoxMusic.com

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JAY ROSEN (Mixing & Mastering)
JAY ROSEN (Mixing & Mastering)

Audio engineer and music maker who plays piano, guitar, pedal steel guitar, and other instruments. He honed his craft as an engineer at Ithaca College and as a freelance engineer around Philadelphia, then added work as a musician for theater and other media in New York, Philadelphia, and more. He can be heard on IndieWorks' studio recording of VALLEY HIGH, on record with Rachel Andie and the V Element (Tu Me Manques), Emily Drinker (Run the Race EP, more in 2020-21), and more. jrosen476.com

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EVAN FEIST (Assistant Audio Engineer)
EVAN FEIST (Assistant Audio Engineer)

Evan ran the audio production company Stacks of Wax, spontaneous songwriting & vocal improv courses (Creative Vocal Lab), was Content Director for the world’s first all-vocal TV channel, FloVoice, coached for NBC’s THE VOICE, and scouted for AMERICA’S GOT TALENT. Evan teaches a cappella, runs sound for a cappella groups, and produces content/digital media strategies for bands/ festivals. Awards: “Best Arrangements/Orchestration”, “Best Musical Direction” for A CAPPELLA: THE MUSICAL (NYMF 2015).

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JEREMY TERRY (Executive Producer/General Manager/1st AD)
JEREMY TERRY (Executive Producer/General Manager/1st AD)

Jeremy serves as the Managing Director for IndieWorks, whose inaugural mainstage production premiered this past year with THE GIANT HOAX (Theatre Row). Jeremy has also served as a Producer and GM for IndieWorks’ Annual Summer Cabaret Series. Additional producing and management work includes THE NUTCRACKER AND THE MOUSE KING at Minnesota Fringe Festival, the D&D inspired improv show THE CAMPAIGN, and the short film VALLEY HIGH, based on the song by Drew Gasparini.

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