Friday, August 16, 2013

First Date @ The Longacre Theatre

Everyone has experienced a first date and all the experiences that come with them. First Date is a musical that Austin Winsberg("Gossip Girl"), Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner (Secondhand Lions, Twice Charmed) throws all the most awkward first date experiences together with hilarity and song, including your gay best friend, perfect sister, past ex's and even your therapist, buzzing around Aaron and Casey heads.

When tightly wound Aaron (Zachary Levi) is set up with serial-dater Casey (Krysta Rodriguez) a quick drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious, high-stakes dinner. As the date unfolds in real time, the couple quickly finds they are not alone on this date as Casey and Aaron's inner critics take on a life of their own when other restaurant patrons and the wait staff get into the act. Dinner is served with sides of Google background checks, fake emergency phone calls, supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines. FIRST DATE is Broadway's new hysterical and hopeful new musical about the chances we take to find love.

Leading the cast are ridiculously talented actors, Zachary Levi ("Tangled") as Aaron and Kyrsta Rodriguez (Addams Family) as Casey. Zachary Levi is pure comedic gold, he knocks this role out of the park. He is quirky, funny and just god damn adorable. Levi wins the hearts of the audience the second he walks on to the stage, no doubt he was born for Broadway. Kyrsta Rodriguez is the prefect ying to Levi's yang. Although Miss Rodriguez clearly has a type, Wednesday in Addams Family, and Ana from 'Smash", she brings something different to this role that allows the audience to separate her from those other parts. Rodriguez doesn't get  a " Bring Down The House" number in this show, but she didn't need one because her songs were on point and comedic timing was impeccable. These two are surround by the perfect ensemble featuring  Sara Chase ("Arrested Development," The Toxic Avenger), Kristoffer Cusick (Wicked, Rent), Blake Hammond (Sister Act, Billy Elliot), Kate Loprest ("Boardwalk Empire," Hairspray) andBryce Ryness (Hair, Leap of Faith). These five individuals each bring something different and special to the show making the show go from nearly perfect to PERFECT!

FIRST DATE began performances Tuesday, July 9, 2013, and opened Thursday, August 8, 2013, at Broadway's Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street). This show has something for everyone and it would be a mistake it you happened to miss it.

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