SYNOPSIS

JUST LAUGH is a new musical comedy about all those wonderful family moments that make you laugh, cry, and want to bang your head against a wall. From the birds and the bees talk, to how to properly ask someone to divorce you, and everything in between, JUST LAUGH is a “delightfully off-kilter” (Bistro Awards) take on love, relationships, and growing up that will leave audiences thinking “this is my family!” Just buy tickets, it’s cheaper than a therapist.

 

CREATIVE TEAM

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BRANDON LAMBERT (Book, Music & Lyrics) is a Manhattan based songwriter and actor.  He's a proud member of the BMI Workshop (Advanced, Harrington Award), the Dramatists Guild, Actors' Equity and Canadian Actors' Equity.  In October 2017 his musical At First Sight premiered at the Mountain Playhouse, an Equity theater in Southwestern Pennsylvania. He has also had five TYA musicals commissioned and produced by the Gretna theater. As an actor, Brandon played the role of Marcus on the first national tour of Murder for Two, and has done musicals regionally at the Pittsburgh CLO, the Pittsburgh Public Theatre and Stage West Calgary. www.brandonmlambert.com

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GUY STROMAN (Director) is an award-winning director whose work in NYC and around the country includes: collaborations with Sandy Duncan, June Squibb, Lou Diamond Phillips, Sally Struthers, Lynn Redgrave, Jean Stapleton; directing a wide range of productions, including Twelfth Night, The King and I, The Glass Menagerie, Driving Miss Daisy, Man of La Mancha, The 39 Steps, Art, Shakespeare’s R&J, Steel Magnolias, Love Letters, Boeing, Boeing, and numerous, long-running productions of Forever Plaid and Plaid Tidings. Guy originated the role of Frankie in Forever Plaid, in New York, London’s West End, and LA, where he received a Best Actor award from the LA Drama Critics. Most recent: Lewis Black’s One Slight Hitch, David Dean Bottrell Makes Love-A One Man Show (Dixon Place). www.guystroman.com


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LAUREN GUNDRUM (Book & Lyrics) is a Manhattan based lyricist/librettist and producer. Her debut musical PharmaBro ran Off-Broadway in summer 2017 and was nominated for an OBA Award for Best New Musical of the Season. PharmaBro had a sold-out developmental run at The Workshop Theatre during the 2016 Midtown International Theater Festival, and has been featured in Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, The NY Post and The NY Times. Lauren is a member of the Tony-honored BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, the Dramatist Guild, and she has held residencies with Players Theatre and the Apples and Oranges Accelerator. www.laurengundrum.com

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Alex Ratner (Music Director) is a musical theatre writer, music director and arranger whose latest projects include Tyrell, a musical prequel to Game of Thrones about House Tyrell (Dixon Place), and an adaptation of White Oleander (sublicense from Warner Brothers Theatre Ventures). Member of the BMI Advanced Workshop, and winner of BMI's Jerry Harrington Award and Jean Banks Award for his ten-minute musical, Salad Days. Yale '15, and alum of the Yale Whiffenpoofs. www.alexratnermusic.com

 

CAST

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J.D. DAW (Frank) Rave Festival Debut. Regional: Spamalot (Sir Dennis Galahad), Forever Plaid (Jinx), The Music Man (Jacey Squires), and Funny Girl (Ziegfeld Tenor) for North Shore Music Theatre; Next to Normal (Dr. Madden) for TheaterWorks Hartford; Music Man (Jacey Squires) for the MUNY St. Louis and for Sacramento Music Circus; Moon Over the BreweryI Love You, You’re Perfect...Comedy of TenorsThe Affections of MayOne Slight Hitch for The Mountain Playhouse; and Rags (Irish Tenor/Sal understudy) for Goodspeed Opera House. J.D. played Jinx in Forever Plaid for the inaugural productions of both the Cosmopolitan Cabaret in Sacramento and the Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret directed by the much adored Guy Stroman.

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CASI RIEGLE (Claire) is so so happy to be singing this hilarious musical for these perfectly hilarious writers. Credits include: KINKY BOOTS (1st National), GREASE (Rizzo, Beef and Boards), PHANTOM, FIRST DATE (PCLO), LES MISERABLES (North Shore),  FOOTLOOSE, LES MIS (KC Starlight). Thank you to family and friends for the constant support! www.casiriegle.com

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ERIKA STRASBURG (Swing) is so glad to be Raving with this group of talented friends. Most recently she was in Pittsburgh CLO’s Peter Pan starring Jenn Colella. Off-broadway: St. Joan of the Stockyards. Regional: Pittsburgh CLO (Ring of Fire, Titanic, Peter Pan, Up & Away, A Musical Christmas Carol, Pump Boys & Dinettes). Pittsburgh Public Theater (Hamlet), Bristol Riverside Theater (Gypsy, Pirates of Penzance) Mountain Playhouse (One Slight Hitch), St. Vincent Summer Theater (Beauty and the Beast, Leading Ladies) Kinetic Theatre Co (The Liar, Cock, Three Days in the Country) among others. Carnegie Mellon Drama grad. Upcoming: The Cake at Pittsburgh Public Theater. Insta: @airekuh / Love to all involved in this great show!

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JULIAN DIAZ-GRANADOS (Timmy) is a multi-talented performer who has toured the US, Canada, and abroad entertaining thousands. He attended Oklahoma City University, where he pursued a Bachelor of Music in Music Theatre studying voice under Prof. Brenda Holleman. After moving to NYC, he joined the National Tour of "Junie B. Jones" as Herb, and then went on to travel the world as a vocalist onboard Holland America's ms Koningsdam and ms Oosterdam. He was a part of the NYC concert series "Inside Broadway" celebrating Bernstein's centennial singing as Tony in "West Side Story", the Celebrant in "Bernstein's Mass", and several others. Most recently, he starred in Broadway’s “Ruben and Clay’s Christmas Show” at the Imperial Theater. He’s a proud member of the Actor's Equity Association, and is represented by Dustin Flores of The Mine Agency. www.juliandiazgranados.com

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KATIE OXMAN (Martha) is ecstatic to finally be sharing this musical with Manhattan!! Lauren & Brandon are absolutely brilliant. Katie has done a bunch of fun actress things that are on her website (KatieOxman.com) but mostly loves to make people laugh and is so thrilled to be here. Instagram @katherinealice