SYNOPSIS

Just Laugh is a vignette-style musical comedy about one family’s most awkward, hilarious, and often beautiful milestone moments. It begins with the birth of Martha’s and Frank’s son Timmy, and follows Timmy as he learns all of life’s most important lessons: from the birds and the bees, to how to properly ask someone to divorce you, and everything in between.

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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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-nominated 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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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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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