—Marilyn Stasio, Variety
“AN EXCELLENT SCORE! TRASK AND YANOWITZ SHOW A TRUE GIFT FOR MELODY. THEIR WORDPLAY NEVER FAILS TO DAZZLE.”
—Robert Hofler, The Wrap
“A HIGH ENERGY, GLITTER-BALL-BEDECKED CELEBRATION.”
— Sara Holdren, New York Magazine
“AN IMPRESSIVE PEDIGREE OF TALENT!”
— Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
“GRITTY & EXHILARATING!”
— Elysa Gardner, New York Stage Review
“THE MUSIC IS GREAT, THE DANCING IS PERFECT, THE LYRICS ARE VERY FUNNY. THE WORK OF THIS ENSEMBLE IS FLAWLESS.”
— Margret Echeverria, New York Theatre Guide
World Premiere Musical
THIS AIN’T NO DISCO
A ROCK OPERA
music & lyrics by
STEPHEN TRASK & PETER YANOWITZ
STEPHEN TRASK & PETER YANOWITZ
choreography by CAMILLE A. BROWN
directed by DARKO TRESNJAK
Linda Gross Theater, 336 West 20th Street
Run Time: Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including a brief intermission
ABOUT THE SHOW:
Part rock opera, part impressionist tone poem set in the nightclubs and art world of 1979 New York City, This Ain’t No Disco interweaves the stories of strivers, dreamers and drifters searching for their place at Studio 54 and Mudd Club, the art scene and downtown lofts. In their uptown/downtown quest for revelry and kinship, this disparate group, in different stages of becoming and falling apart, find themselves and each other in a city on the verge of a massive cultural shift.
This Ain’t No Disco is a world premiere musical from the creator of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Stephen Trask and Peter Yanowitz (The Wallflowers, Morningwood), choreographed by Camille A. Brown (Once On This Island), and directed by Tony Award winner Darko Tresnjak (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Anastasia).
“A highlight of the season!”
“Trask wrote the score to Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and everyone’s been waiting, since 1998, for his next musical. And what’s not to like about a musical set in Studio 54, especially one with a Stephen Trask score?”
— NY Post
Video: Crystal Arnette/Adventure We Can
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Production photos by Ben Arons.
This Ain’t No Disco is a recipient of a 2017 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award as well as a Laurents/Hatcher Theater Development Grant.
Support is also provided, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the National Fund for New Musicals, a program of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre – www.namt.org.
DARIUS SMITH (Music Director). Off-Broadway: Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (City Center), Futurity (ArsNova & Soho Rep), Three Little Birds (New Victory). Regional: The Wiz (Ford’s Theatre), Nina Simone: Four Girls (Arena Stage), His Eye is On the Sparrow (Portland Center Stage), Jelly’s Last Jam (Signature Theater), Choir Boy (Marin Theater Company) The Producers, Once on this Island (Olney Theater Center); Original Works: Marcus Nate is Alive and Great and Living in Detroit (NY workshop), The Snowy Day (Best TYA Production Helen Hayes nomination); U.G.L.Y. (Signature Theater SigWorks MT Lab, Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage); Songs in the Key of Chocolate (Signature Theatre Summer Cabaret Series). Awards: 2017 City Center Music Directing Fellowship. 2018 Helen Hayes Award Nomination: Outstanding Music Direction (Nina Simone: Four Women), 2017 Helen Hayes Award Nomination: Outstanding Music Direction (Jelly’s Last Jam), 2016 San Francisco Theatre Critics Award: Outstanding Music Direction (Choir Boy), 2015 Signature Theatre Young Artist Citation. Upcoming: The Color Purple (Portland Center Stage).
JASON SHERWOOD (Scenic Designer) is a Drama Desk Award, Lucille Lortel Award, and American Theatre Wing Henry Hewes Design Award nominee. He recently designed Sam Smith’s Arena World Tour, and campaign TV appearances (including Grammys, Brits, SNL). Off-Broadway: New York Theatre Workshop (Sojourners and Her Portmanteau), Playwrights Realm (Sojourners), 59E59 (Songbird), and The Flea (The Mysteries). Regional: Old Globe, Signature Theatre, Denver Center, Shakespeare Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, the Alliance, among others. Upcoming: The Secret Garden (dir: Warren Carlyle), production design for The People’s Choice Awards on E!, the world premiere of Endlings by Celine Song at ART. NYU grad. Instagram: @JasonSherwoodDesign
SARAH LAUX (Costume Designer) . Broadway: The Band’s Visit, The Humans, Fully Committed. Selected Off-Broadway/Regional: Jerry Springer: The Opera (New Group, Obie Award); On the Shore of the Wide World (Atlantic Theater Company); Bad Dates (Huntington Theatre Company); Bad Jews (George Street Playhouse); Man From Nebraska (Second Stage); The Band’s Visit (Atlantic Theater Company); Ultimate Beauty Bible (Pg 73); Empathitrax (Colt Coer); The Effect (Barrow Street Theatre); Thresh/Hold (Pilobolus Dance Theater); Come Back, Little Sheba (Huntington Theatre Company); Women or Nothing (Atlantic Theatre Company); Really, Really (MCC); The Devil and Mr. Punch (Walker Arts Center). Film: Freakshow (Maven).
BEN STANTON (Lighting Designer). A three-time Tony Award nominee, Ben has designed lighting for well over a hundred theatrical productions on Broadway, off-Broadway, and across the US and Europe. Recent theater projects include Ayad Akhtar’s JUNK at Lincoln Center, the Broadway revival of Six Degrees of Separation (starring Allison Janney, Corey Hawkins, and John Benjamin Hickey); Deaf West Theater’s Broadway revival of Spring Awakening; Becky Mode’s Fully Committed (starring Jesse Tyler Ferguson); and Fun Home (Broadway, Off-Broadway, 1st National Tour, & London). In addition to theater, Ben has designed concerts and tours for recording artists such as Beirut, Regina Spektor, Sufjan Stevens, and St. Vincent.
EMILY LAZAR (Sound Designer). Founder/President/Chief Mastering Engineer of The Lodge, Emily has mastered and mixed thousands of recordings. In 2012 she became the first female mastering engineer nominated for a Grammy for Album of The Year for Foo Fighter’s Wasting Light. She broke the glass ceiling again with The Bird and the Bee’s Recreational Love nominated for Best Engineered Album. Discography: Foo Fighters, David Bowie, Coldplay, Sia, Lou Reed, Beck, The Killers, Vampire Weekend, Destiny’s Child, Natalie Merchant, Sonic Youth, RZA, Morrissey, Garbage, Depeche Mode, Tiësto, The Prodigy. OSTs: Sound City, Annie, GTA-V, Pokémon, Hedwig, Training Day, Boys Don’t Cry, Six Feet Under. Lazar currently serves on The Recording Academy’s Board of Governors and Producer & Engineers Wing Steering Committee.
AARON RHYNE (Video Designer). Designs include BROADWAY: Anastasia (Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award), A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Drama Desk Award), Bonnie and Clyde. OPERA: The Ghosts of Versailles (LA Opera), La Traviata (Wolftrap), Florencia en el Amazonas (Florida Grand, Opera Colorado, Utah Opera). OFF BROADWAY: Absolute Brightness… (Westside), Bootycandy (Playwrights Horizons), Appropriate (Signature), Water By the Spoonful; Lonely, I’m Not; The Blue Flower; All New People (Second Stage), Wild With Happy (The Public, Drama Desk Nomination), Graceland (Lincoln Center). UPCOMING: The Sound Inside (Williamstown), The Thirteenth Child (Santa Fe Opera). www.aaronrhyne.com
MIKE POTTER (Hair & Makeup Designer) was born and raised in rural Delaware. He began doing wigs and makeup at a very young age. He has painted, worked in the arts and done makeup ever since. BS resource economics, University of Delaware. Mike created the Hair and makeup for Hedwig and the Angry Inch since its beginnings with Stephen Trask and John Cameron Mitchell at the Jane Street Theatre, as well as the wigs and makeup for Hedwig the film and on Broadway. He works as a freelance makeup artist in fashion, film, advertising and music. Mike lives New York City.
SAMANTHA WATSON (Production Stage Manager). Atlantic: Posterity, Our New Girl, The Jammer, Harper Regan. Broadway: Significant Other, The Real Thing. Off-Broadway: Bobbie Clearly, The Last Match, Significant Other (Roundabout); A Funny Thing Happened… (MCC); Lazarus (NYTW); Taking Care of Baby (MTC); Rimbaud In New York, The Master Builder (BAM); A Man’s A Man (CSC); Stay (Rattlestick). Regional: La Jolla Playhouse, Santa Cruz Shakespeare, New York Stage & Film. International: The Bridge Project’s Richard III (BAM, Old Vic Theatre, international tour). MFA from UC San Diego.
LIZZY LEE (Assistant Stage Manager) is excited to be back at Atlantic, where she previously worked on Marie and Rosetta. Broadway: SpongeBob SquarePants, Sunset Boulevard, Motown. Tours: Dirty Dancing, Flashdance. New York: KPOP, The Wildness, Futurity (Ars Nova); Death of a Salesman (Theater Mitu/BAM); LoveSick, The Revival (Project Y); Our Lot (Clubbed Thumb); Twelfth Night (Fiasco). Regional: New York Stage & Film. Four seasons at Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival. International: Steel Hammer (SITI Company/Abu Dhabi); Hamlet/UR Hamlet, A Dream Play (Theater Mitu/Abu Dhabi). Lizzy is a proud lady of Kenyon College.