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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TYLER SPICER (Director) is an award winning NYC-based director of theatre and film. He most recently directed a solo clown show titled The Circus Has Been Cancelled which received the Ira Eaker Bistro Award for Special Achievement in Cabaret. He is also producing and directing IMAGINARY, an original short film co-written with Lauren Gundrum. Other Directing credits include: PharmaBro (Off-Broadway), This Gonna Be On The Test, Miss? (Tour), an immersive adaptation of Oscar Wilde's Salome, Alien Vs. Musical, and Jack and Jill (by Sarah Hammond). Tyler co-created and directs Madame Mathieu's Soiree, a recurring avant-garde variety, which has featured and developed the work of over 50 broadway professionals and 200 emerging artists. Spicer produces the Soiree's yearly Denovan Residencies: two six-month-long comprehensive development opportunities for emerging experimental artists. Spicer has assisted projects on and off-broadway, at Juilliard, the O’Neill Theatre Center, CAP21, HBO, and many others. www.tylerspicer.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

 

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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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