Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Nabbed a role

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At the tail end of 2009 I was fortunate enough to perform in the first ever revival of Subways Are For Sleeping, a Broadway show that had its only NY run in 1961-62. Through this show, I met lots of incredible people, including fellow actor, Lee Cavellier. One night after a performance we were enjoying one of the great benefits of working at The Duplex Theater - free drinks at their bar for the remainder of the evening. At some point, Lee turns to me and says, “ So, I’ve written this musical and I was wondering if you’d be interested in recording a demo for it?” Now, I meet a lot of composers and I have often said yes to proposals like this only to find that the recording never happens. So, I said yes even though I fully expected nothing to come of the idea.

Luckily for me, Lee is dedicated, talented and infatigable and, by golly, we did get that demo done! And, thus, an original musical was born, and it was named Nab-A-Date! (Check out some of the demos we recorded here.) The cast that Lee (and his producer, Steven Engelbrecht) assembled for the demo was so cohesive and winning that he has offered us the roles for the next phase of production, which is to shop the show to Off-Broadway producers. If all goes well, a commercial producer (or team of producers) will option the show with its current cast. From our website, the show is described as:

At a performance of Nab-a-Date!, you're viewing a "live taping" of the world's first and only musical dating show, where three bachelorettes battle for the heart of one lucky man through song, dance, and some very personal questions.

Smooth-talking host Kelly Lee is your musical matchmaker, inviting our bachelor, Tommy, to carefully assess the voices and vices of the lovely ladies to determine which of them can steal his heart and satisfy his longing for love. But of course, nothing's ever that simple... The show's producer has a burning desire for the spotlight, and things get ugly when he shows he's willing to sabotage the taping to get what he wants!

With side-splitting humor and jazzy, upbeat music by writer and composer Lee Cavellier, Nab-A-Date! will have you snapping your fingers and laughing till it hurts as you realize, along with the contestants, that it's all about love.

In the show, I play Meaghan, also known as Bachelorette #3, and the rehearsals have been a blast. The music is challenging and exciting, and we have all become very good friends, which is a crucial part of developing a strong ensemble. Of course, you can have a great show where the cast is merely cordial with one another, but an intimate cast makes for a special evening of theater.

If you’d like to be invited to the exclusive readings in November, go to their Ticketing Page. If you are a producer and would like to receive a promotional packet, please head over to their website and sign up.

Erin Cronican's career as a professional actor and career coach has spanned the last 25 years in New York City, Los Angeles and San Diego. She has appeared in major feature films and on television, and has toured nationally with plays and musicals. She has worked in the advertising & marketing departments of major corporations, film production companies, theater magazines, and non-profit acting organizations. For more information, please visit

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