THE VELVETEEN RABBIT: A NEW FAMILY MUSICAL
a musical based on the book by MARGERY WILLIAMS BIANCO
book and lyrics by ANYA SAFFIR and CORMAC BLUESTONE
music by CORMAC BLUESTONE
choreography by ALISON BEATTY
directed by ANYA SAFFIR
musical direction by CORMAC BLUESTONE
Linda Gross Theater, 336 W 20th St.
Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30am
Running Time: TBD
“What is Real?” asked the Velveteen Rabbit to the Skin Horse.
“Real isn’t how you are made. It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”
…So begins the story of a very shy toy Rabbit made of velveteen and sawdust who longs to be loved. Newly adapted from Margery Williams Bianco’s beloved children’s tale of nursery magic and the secret life of toys, The Velveteen Rabbit takes us on the Rabbit’s musical journey from loneliness to friendship, from loss to Love, from innocence to wisdom, and finally…to becoming Real.
Best suited for ages 3 to 9, while kids and adults of all ages are welcome!
* Please note that there is a special seating configuration for this production.
Cormac Bluestone (Book and Lyrics, Music, Musical Director). Cormac Bluestone has worked for seven seasons composing musical numbers, lyrics and additional score for the television show “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” including episodes, Nightman Cometh, Frank’s Little Beauties, The Gang Saves the Day, The Gang Makes Lethal Weapon Six and Charlie Work. He has also composed additional music for “Breakout Kings” (2011) on A&E. He has most recently scored the feature film, Tenured which had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, 2015. He also composed additional music for the feature film For Christ’s Sake (2010) and is currently completing the score for the upcoming puppet feature, Gutboy: A Badtime Story. He has scored many short films including, The Botanist’s Wife (48 Hour Film Project, Los Angeles 2010, Winner Best Music) and The Breakup Tour (2012 Tropfest finalist). In 2011, Bluestone won the Innovative Theater Award for “Outstanding Original Music” (second nomination in the category) for the critically acclaimed theater production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle. The score has gone on to be performed worldwide and the recorded performance of the show has become part of the NYU Tisch curriculum. Most recently, he composed music at Atlantic Theater Company for the world premiere of Good Television, A.R.T. (Moscow Graduate Program), Middlebury College and the drama desk winning Potomac Theater Project. From 2005 to 2009, he was a guest artist at Atlantic Theater Company’s NYU program composing music for the schools classical productions with collaborator Anya Saffir. Bluestone has also scored extensively in the virtual space on a number of YouTube Partner channels including Machinima’s critically acclaimed musical short, “Assassin’s Creed: The Musical” as well as The Fine Brothers weekly viral series’ Teens React, Elder’s React, YouTubers React and Celebrities React. The four “React” series have collectively amassed over 1.8 billion views.
Anya Saffir (Book, Lyrics, Director). Anya Saffir is a theater director and educator. She teaches Advanced Script Analysis classes in Chekhov scene study, Throughline Technique and Postwar British Drama and has been on the faculty since 1997. Directing credits include Much Ado About Nothing at the American Repertory Theater Institute, American Sojourns: 3 Plays by Thornton Wilder at The Moscow Art Theater, Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle with Pipeline Theater Company at Theater for the New City (ITBA Award for Outstanding off-Broadway Show), an all-male Romeo and Juliet at American Theater of Actors, Hamlet with Orpheus Productions (NY Innovative Theater Award nomination for Outstanding Direction), Chekhov’s Three Sisters for Muse Theater Company, The Illusion by Pierre Corneille at The Abe Burrows Theater at Tisch School of the Arts, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs! for Atlantic for Kids at Classic Stage Company, original works by Tom Donaghy, Kate Robin, Scott Organ and Mike Dowling for Atlantic Theater Company’s New Works Series and 10×25 Play Festival, a new translation of Chekhov’s The Seagull which she co-developed with translator Moti Margolin and numerous productions at Atlantic Theater Acting School including Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Pericles, The Winter’s Tale and As You Like It. Anya has served as Artistic Associate at Classic Stage Company, Adjunct Professor in the Drama Department at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, guest artist and speaker at American Repertory Theater Institute at Harvard University and is a regular contributor on Shakespeare topics for National Public Radio’s The Takeaway with John Hockenberry. Anya’s musical adaptation of Margery Williams Bianco’s The Velveteen Rabbit which she co-authored with composer Cormac Bluestone premiered at Atlantic for Kids in the fall of 2015. She holds a B.F.A. from Tisch/NYU and is a proud Atlantic alumna. For more information go to anyasaffir.com.
Alison Beatty (Choreography). Alison Beatty is the current School Artistic Director of the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School, where she programs and produces a season of 15 shows annually with Atlantic’s conservatory acting students, as well as two Atlantic for Kids productions. Additionally, she has directed/choreographed several Atlantic for Kids musicals including Ivy + Bean The Musical (NY Premiere), The Hundred Dresses (NY Premiere), Miss Nelson is Missing, and Really Rosie and served as choreographer on productions of Tilly the Trickster (World Premiere), The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (NY Premiere), No Dogs Allowed (World Premiere), Strega Nona, The Big Stew, and You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown.