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'Not Wanted on the Voyage'

New musical from Broadway writers Neil Bartram and Brian Hill

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July 12, 2010 | by Pat Vaughan Tremmel
Video produced by Steven McQuown

EVANSTON, Ill. --- "Not Wanted on the Voyage," the new musical by Broadway writers Neil Bartram and Brian Hill begins performances this Friday, July 16 at Northwestern's Barber Theater (30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston).  The new musical, produced by the American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) at Northwestern University, will play a limited four-week engagement through August 8.

"Not Wanted on the Voyage" is an exciting, captivating new musical about an ordinary family faced with extraordinary circumstances.  Broadway writers Neil Bartram and Brian Hill ("The Story of My Life" on Broadway) have teamed up with award-winning director Amanda Dehnert to create a breathtaking production full of magic and spectacle, complete with rain, fire and a soaring eclectic score.  Secrets lie just beneath the surface in this funny and modern twist on the Great Flood.

Performances will take place at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays (with the exception of a Saturday, Aug. 7 performance that will be held at 2 p.m.) and at 2 p.m. Sundays, from July 16 through Aug. 8, in the Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus.

AMTP will host a celebration performance on Saturday, July 24 with a dinner for artists and donors in The Guild Lounge, the performance, and a post-show reception in the Barber Lobby.  Guests for the celebration performance weekend include donors and friends of AMTP, the creative team of "Not Wanted on the Voyage", and Chicago theatre industry members.

AMTP has engaged an acclaimed creative team for "Not Wanted on the Voyage" including Dehnert's long-time collaborator, Tony Award-winning set designer Eugene Lee ("Wicked", "Sweeney Todd"); Broadway music director, David Holcenberg who served as music director for Bartram and Hill's show on Broadway; Orchestrator, Christopher Jahnke whose orchestrations can be heard on shows ranging from "Legally Blonde" to "The Toxic Avenger"; and Harlem-based movement artist, Maija Garcia, associate choreographer to Bill T. Jones on FELA!

"Not Wanted on the Voyage" is part of AMTP's initiative to support the creation of adventurous musicals by leading artists in collaboration with Northwestern faculty and students. The show has been in development with AMTP since January 2008 through a series of readings, workshops, and residencies at Northwestern University leading up to this first first production. In addition to the development residencies, AMTP supported the creation of a demo recording of selected songs for "Not Wanted on the Voyage" featuring Tony Award-winning actress, Faith Prince and a cast of students from Northwestern's Music Theatre Program.

Tickets for performances July 16 through August 8 are $30 for the general public; $27 for seniors 65 and older, Northwestern faculty and staff and area educators and administrators; and $10 for full-time students. Additional discounts are available for groups of 15 or more. Tickets may be purchased through the TIC Box Office at (847) 491-7282 or online at www.notwantedonthevoyage.com.

Information on upcoming productions in the 2010 Summer Music Theatre Festival season is available at www.tic.northwestern.edu.

About the American Music Theatre Project

The American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) was introduced in May 2005 by Northwestern University's School of Communication.. The project brings together the nation's leading artists in music theatre to work in collaboration with Northwestern's faculty and students.

Since its inception, AMTP has been committed to the development and production of new musicals by leading professional artists. The program's partnership with Northwestern University provides a rich, safe and multidisciplinary environment for new works to thrive. The program's collaboration with professional artists affords unparalleled opportunities for Northwestern's students and faculty to be intimately involved in the creation of new work. This commitment was part of the original vision of AMTP's founders, Stuart Oken and Dominic Missimi, who conceived the program as both a haven for professional creative teams looking for space, time and resources to develop adventurous new work, and as a vibrant arena for education and academic engagement.

Artist Profiles

To view profiles of the show's creative team, visit www.notwantedonthevoyage.com.