In this girl-meets-bug sci-fi-rock-musical-comedy, Carly, an exterminator, is hell-bent on avenging her mother’s bedbug related death In an effort to permanently rid the city of its infestation, she accidentally mutates the pests into blood-sucking, heavy metal rock gods. Bedbugs!!! is an original musical that the NY Times called, “…a little bit “Little Shop of Horrors” and a little bit “Rocky Horror Show,” but even more over the top.” This “*improbably entertaining” and “**wonderfully outrageous and inventive” musical is a blitz of 80’s nostalgia and a creepy-crawly love affair of massive proportions.

*Theatermania ** Talk Entertainment


video direction & editing: Matthew Dailey   performer: Chris Hall

songs

Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite!  Chris Hall
Carly’s M.O  Lena Hall & Ryan Bogner
Silent Spring  Lena Hall
Bedbug Anthem  Chris Hall
He Pierced Me  Lena Hall & Ryan Bogner
Damn You Dionne!  Lena Hall, Brian Charles Rooney & Ryan Bogner
I Love to Love to Love You  Brian Charles Rooney, Lena Hall, Ryan Bogner & Chris Hall

Demo tracks include performers from a previous Bedbugs!!! infestation.

cast

GRACE McLEAN Carly, Young Carly
Brooklynite (Vineyard Theater dir. Michael Mayer, upcoming), The World is Round (BAM), Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, Sleep No More, La MaMa Cantata (La MaMa New York and Spoleto, Italy; Zagreb, Croatia; Belgrade, Serbia), From The Fire (Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011, MTM Best New Musical), The Last Goodbye (WTF 2010), Twelve Ophelias (Woodshed Collective), Grace McLean Lives in Concert (Flea Theater, Ars Nova, Joe’s Pub), readings/workshops with New Dramatists, The Vineyard, The Public Theater, Ars Nova, Disney.  EP Make Me Breakfast available on iTunes.  gracemclean.com

DANNY BOLERO Dexter, Menachem, Bedbug
One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in his bed he had been changed into a monstrous verminous bug. He lay on his armour-hard back and saw, as he lifted his head up a little, his brown, arched abdomen divided up into rigid bow-like sections. From this height the blanket, just about ready to slide off completely, could hardly stay in place. His numerous legs, pitifully thin in comparison to the rest of his circumference, flickered helplessly before his eyes.

BARRY SHAFRIN Mason, Bedbug
Barry is thrilled to be a part of Bedbugs!!! and hopes this show is his closest encounter with the creatures. Most recently appeared in Wikimusical (NYMF) and Street Seen (Prospect Theater Company). Favorite credits include Good News (Goodspeed – CT Critics Circle, Best Supporting Actor), Seussical (National Tour, Cat in the Hat), Legend of Julie Taymor… (NY Fringe), Wasps (Studio 42), Broadway Bound. B.A., Harvard University. Huge thanks to entire Bedbugs team and love to Mom & Dad. barryshafrin.com

GRETCHEN WYLDER Mother, Joan, Bedbug, Diner Lady
Gretchen is equal parts excited and grossed out to be involved with Bedbugs!!!. Earlier this year, she was seen Off-Broadway in Til Divorce Do Us Part, which was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. Off-Off credits include Rescue Rue (NYMF), Pennywise in Urinetown (Secret Theatre), Madelaine True in Wild Party (Secret Theatre), and Wendy in Lesbian Love Octagon (Kraine). For regional credits and more fun stuff, visit GretchenWylder.com.

 

TRACEY CONYER LEE Belinda, Consuela, Bedbug
One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in his bed he had been changed into a monstrous verminous bug. He lay on his armour-hard back and saw, as he lifted his head up a little, his brown, arched abdomen divided up into rigid bow-like sections. From this height the blanket, just about ready to slide off completely, could hardly stay in place. His numerous legs, pitifully thin in comparison to the rest of his circumference, flickered helplessly before his eyes.

COURTNEY BASSETT Chorus/Understudy
Courtney has never been so excited about bedbugs! Some favorite roles: Edie Sedgwick in Pop! Who Shot Andy Warhol? Clara in The Light in the Piazza, Evita in Evita, Missy in The Marvelous Wonderettes.  Recent NYC: New musical Behind Closed Doors at the Fringe, Immersive Wandering Whimsy at Figment on Governor’s Island. Eco-Friendly theater maker with Superhero Clubhouse, a science/art collaborative. Many thanks to the entire Bedbugs!!! team, and Bloc NYC.  Sleep tight!

COLIN SCOTT CAHILL Chorus/Understudy
Colin is enthralled to be making his New York debut with this wonderful cast of Bedbugs!!!. Regional: Singin’ In The Rain (Don Lockwood), Into The Woods (Cinderella’s Prince)​, Drowsy Chaperone (Robert Martin), Damn Yankees (swing). Thanks to all my friends and family for support! Together we can all find our Bug Lady.

 

 

BRIAN CHARLES ROONEY Dionne, Young Dionne
Lucy Brown in The Threepenny Opera (Roundabout Theatre Co.). NY: Camelot in Concert (NY Philharmonic / Lincoln Center / PBS); McClellan / Mary Todd Lincoln in Bayonets of Angst (NYMF); Dionne Salon in Bedbugs!!! (NYMF – Outstanding Performance Award); Sondheim, The Birthday Concert (Lincoln Center / PBS). Other: Candy Darling in Pop! (Yale Rep. – CT Critics Circle Award: Best Actor); Featured Soloist in The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (American Tour).  Winner: Kurt Weill Foundation’s Lys Symonette Award for Dramatic Excellence.

 

CHRIS HALL Cimex
 Chris is thrilled to be back in the clutches of the evil Lord Cimex! Previous theatrical credits include Frank, Riff-Raff, and Rocky in various productions of The Rocky Horror Show, Batboy in Batboy, Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Dick Dockstrap in Pinafore!, Fagin in Twist!, and Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Singer in Jessie’s Girl: The World’s Hottest 80’s tribute band every Saturday night at (le) Poisson Rouge (jessiesgirlnyc.com). Also fronts the band KINGSHIP, his band with Bedbugs composer Paul Leschen. Check it out on iTunes or at kingshipmusic.com.

NICHOLAS PARK Burt
Nicholas is bugging out over the opportunity to crawl back into bed with this band of creative creatures, having taken part in the 2012 workshop. When he is not performing, Nicholas is a board member for Rock & Rawhide, a Manhattan based animal advocacy group! Check them out at rockandrawhide.org. LOVE to the entire Bedbugs!!! team, Avalon Artists Group, my amazing friends and family, Brad, and my Lucy. For a full list of credits and other fun facts, visit nicholasparkactor.com

 

creatives

PAUL LESCHEN composer, story & concept
Paul was nominated for his score for Bedbugs!!! by NY Innovative Theatre Awards, and for a Drama Desk for Outstanding Music for Twist. A frequent collaborator with Scissor Sisters, his co-arrangement of “Comfortably Numb” was a massive hit. Paul has worked with Hedda Lettuce, Murray Hill, and other gender-benders and has a band, Kingship, with singer/co-writer Chris Hall. Paul’s collaboration with Fred Sauter has yielded True Tales of Modern Love and Karma Kills. He is a graduate of Northwestern.

FRED SAUTER book & lyrics, story & concept
With collaborator Paul Leschen, Fred is developing the musicals True Tales of Modern Love and Karma Kills. He’s written music and lyrics for Whale-Song and Asia Apollo, a Rock Opera. Fred’s work has been seen at Ars Nova, Laurie Beechman Theatre, Dixon Place, Joe’s Pub, and Baltimore Theatre Project. His band Lola and Spaceboy is currently recording their debut album. He holds an MFA from NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Program and a BA from Maryland Institute, College of Art.

DALE JOAN YOUNG producer
Dale believes that at age 63, she has finally decided what she wants to do when she grows up:namely, produce original musicals. This is the first show for which she is acting as lead producer and she couldn’t be more excited (as you can see from her never ending posts on FB. She co-produced The Best is Yet To Come:The Music Of Cy Coleman which won a Drama Desk Award for best revue in 2011. She has funded several staged readings and produced one concert at Joe’s Pub as well. In addition, she has had cabaret acts perform in her home. She is so proud of all the people who are working on Bedbugs!!!. It is a true labor of love.

ROBERT BARTLEY direction & choreography
Recent: Jim Brochu’s Character Man (Triad). Broadway Backwards featuring Betty Buckley, Whoopi Goldberg, Len Cariou, Neil Patrick Harris, F. Murray Abraham and Florence Henderson, The Cuban and the Redhead (Los Angeles Festival of New American Musicals, Village Theatre, Revision, York Theatre, NAMT), Family Fiorelli and Color Blind (NYMF), Tales of Custard (Algonquin & DR2 Theatre), Hair (Peculiar Works) Frequency of Death (Eisemann Center). Proud member of SDC, the Dramatists Guild, AEA and SAG-AFTRA.

DEBORAH HURWITZ musical supervision
One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in his bed he had been changed into a monstrous verminous bug. He lay on his armour-hard back and saw, as he lifted his head up a little, his brown, arched abdomen divided up into rigid bow-like sections. From this height the blanket, just about ready to slide off completely, could hardly stay in place. His numerous legs, pitifully thin in comparison to the rest of his circumference, flickered helplessly before his eyes.

PHILIP HECKMAN costume designer
Philip is an Emmy-nominated costume designer for daytime television’s As the World Turns. Off-Broadway: Forbidden Broadway: Alive & Kicking, Let’s Kill Grandma This Christmas, My Big Gay Italian Wedding, SHOUT!, Go-Go Beach, We’re Still Hot!, The Very Worst of Varla Jean Merman (Garland Award) and over a dozen others. Broadway costume design assistant: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Born Yesterday, The Boy From Oz, Chicago, Cry Baby, Democracy, Flower Drum Song, Follies, Frost/Nixon, The Graduate, Kiss Me Kate, Mamma Mia!, Sideshow, Spamalot & The TONY Awards. Philip received his MFA in costume design from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. philipheckman.com

BOBBIE CLIFFTON ZLOTNIK wigs/make-up design
Bobbie is ecstatic to be joining the infestation once again after having designed the Cernuchin Theater run in 2012! An NYC-based wig-maker and designer, his Off-Broadway design credits include Forbidden Broadway (Alive & Kicking/Comes Out Swinging). He has worked as a hair-dresser for nine Broadway shows including Beautiful, Cinderella and Mary Poppins. He has built wigs and pieces for numerous well-known Drag and Burlesque performers including Lady Bunny, Willam, Raquel Reed and Kitten & Lou. Check out his wig shop BobbiePinz.com!!!

ED CHAPMAN sound design
Ed happily joins the Bedbugs!!! design team bringing with him 25 years of Broadway, International theatre and concert production experience. Recent design credits include: Analog and Vinyl (Weston Playhouse), The Joker’s Game (World Premiere in China), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (National Tour), On the Town (Barrington Stage Company) In The Heights (Walnut Street Theatre), Jasper in Deadland (Prospect Theatre). Mr. Chapman sends much love and thanks to Kate, Mary Ann, Johnny and Eddie.

EMILY CATES production stage manager
Broadway: Soul Doctor (Circle in the Square); Off-Broadway: The Few (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater); Regional: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (The Old Globe), The Last Goodbye (The Old Globe), Glengarry Glen Ross (La Jolla Playhouse), How I Learned to Drive (Capital Stage Co.); Other: Broadway Backwards (Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids) Proud member of AEA. Graduate of UC Davis, Dramatic Arts. Heartfelt thanks to my family and friends.

COOPER JORDAN production manager
Cooper created his main project Rat Pack UnDead post his first Off-Broadway producer credit in Spring 2012; The Deathly Ones at the Elektra Theater in Times Square. Recent production credits: Cerisaie Film’s Life in a Box (Executive Producer), Rat Pack UnDead (Lead Producer), Soul Doctor on Broadway (Event Coordinator), and Deathbed at Theater Row (Production Manager). Cooper is currently producing Rat Pack Undead, Dark Passenger (musical parody of Showtime’s DEXTER), Ruby Slippers (gay parody of The Wizard of Oz), and more! Currently serves on the Advisory Board of Ripple Effect Artists (Not-for-profit Theater Company) based in Chelsea.

SHANA FERGUSON assistant stage manager
New York: Oliver! (The Secret Theatre). Regional: Room Service (Westport Country Playhouse), The BFG, The Magic Finger, James and the Giant Peach, Love, Friendship and Possibility… (Imagination Stage), The Language Archive, Mad Forest (Forum Theatre), The Last Five Years (No Rules Theatre Company). BA in Theatre, University of Maryland.

KIRK FITZGERALD lighting designer
One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in his bed he had been changed into a monstrous verminous bug. He lay on his armour-hard back and saw, as he lifted his head up a little, his brown, arched abdomen divided up into rigid bow-like sections. From this height the blanket, just about ready to slide off completely, could hardly stay in place. His numerous legs, pitifully thin in comparison to the rest of his circumference, flickered helplessly before his eyes.

BOB KALE, CSA – MKA CASTING casting

(Bob Kale, John Anastasi). REPRESENTATIVE CREDITS INCLUDE: Broadway: Tale of Two Cities, Souvenir, August Wilson’s King Hedley II, Little Women, TitanicThe Musical and An Inspector Calls; Off-B’way: Gates Of Gold, 3 Mo’ Tenors, Dietrich & Chevalier, I Forgive You Ronald Reagan. Tours: Best Little Whorehouse starringAnn-Margret, 3 Mo’ Divas, Barry Manilow’s Copacabana, Nunsense (25th Anniversary Tour); Films: I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, Don’t Mess With The Zohan, Jack and Jill. Voiceover Feature Film: Beavis and Butthead Do America, The Quest For Camelot. All my love to my partner, Barry Moss – a blessing in my life.
JAMIE LEO promotional design
Jamie’s practice spanning multiple creative and marketing disciplines: leading strategic, ideative, branding and tactical efforts for startups, corporations, edu, and non-profits. An Albee Fellow in writing and a designer of B’way’s RENT (and legendary downtown stage productions), his body of work includes award-winning video/theatrical design, art installations, and HuffingtonPost.com articles. He collaborates, adjudicates and presents on media panels; lectures; leads and mentors at hackathons; advocates for health and social justice causes; and completing a new body of die-infused-pigment-on-aluminum artworks. @jleonyc

JOE TRENTACOSTA public relations
One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in his bed he had been changed into a monstrous verminous bug. He lay on his armour-hard back and saw, as he lifted his head up a little, his brown, arched abdomen divided up into rigid bow-like sections. From this height the blanket, just about ready to slide off completely, could hardly stay in place. His numerous legs, pitifully thin in comparison to the rest of his circumference, flickered helplessly before his eyes.

musicians

BARB MERJAN drums
One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in his bed he had been changed into a monstrous verminous bug. He lay on his armour-hard back and saw, as he lifted his head up a little, his brown, arched abdomen divided up into rigid bow-like sections. From this height the blanket, just about ready to slide off completely, could hardly stay in place. His numerous legs, pitifully thin in comparison to the rest of his circumference, flickered helplessly before his eyes.
A SOON-TO-BE ANNOUNCED MUSICIAN bass guitar
One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in his bed he had been changed into a monstrous verminous bug. He lay on his armour-hard back and saw, as he lifted his head up a little, his brown, arched abdomen divided up into rigid bow-like sections. From this height the blanket, just about ready to slide off completely, could hardly stay in place. His numerous legs, pitifully thin in comparison to the rest of his circumference, flickered helplessly before his eyes.
A SOON-TO-BE ANNOUNCED MUSICIAN lead guitar
One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in his bed he had been changed into a monstrous verminous bug. He lay on his armour-hard back and saw, as he lifted his head up a little, his brown, arched abdomen divided up into rigid bow-like sections. From this height the blanket, just about ready to slide off completely, could hardly stay in place. His numerous legs, pitifully thin in comparison to the rest of his circumference, flickered helplessly before his eyes.

 reviews from our previous incarnations
“The sci-fi pop rock musical is alive and kicking in Bedbugs!!!, a glitzy, pumped up new production in the New York Musical Theatre Festival…”
~ nytheater.com

“Sure to develop a cult following…”
~ EDGE Fire Island

“Thanks to a goofy and committed cast, a thumping pop-rock score, and a production which revels in its low-budget glory, Bedbugs!!! is a zany success.”
~ CurtainUp.com

“…an outrageously entertaining and inventive new kind of musical – where magnificent voices abound and that has audiences cheering.”
~ Oscar E Moore for Talk Entertainment

“With Sauter’s burrowing and boisterous book and lyrics, Leschen’s invidiously astute 80s take-off tunes, and such strong performers on hand, Bedbugs!!! already has almost all the bite it needs.”
~ Matthew Murray for Talkin’ Broadway

“Composer Paul Leschen and book writer/lyricist Fred Sauter capitalized brilliantly on the city’s latest pox in Bedbugs!!!. Those who have had or thought they had bedbugs can especially appreciate the references (the nightmares! the shame!), but everyone can appreciate the solid camped out storyline, the synth-heavy 80′s music and stellar cast.”
~ Halley Bondy, News Reporter for Backstage

“Chris Hall struts, clucks and snarls as Cimex, in a classic homage to glam rock excess.”
~ nytheatre.com

“Chris Hall — as a preening, strutting six-foot bedbug you’re likely to remember — is a delicious combination of David Lee Roth and Tim Curry.”
~ Adam Perlman for Theatermania.com

“…Brian Charles Rooney is simply sensational in a thinly veiled take on Celine Dion.”
~ theatremania

“Brian Charles Rooney is fearless and absolutely fantastic in this role of a Diva… His vocal range is incredible and he has just the right satirical edge to his delivery.”
~ Oscar E Moore of Talk Entertainment.com

“…a little bit Little Shop of Horrors and a little bit Rocky Horror Show, but even more over the top.”
~ New York Times

Bedbugs!!!’s Off-Broadway infestation begins Sept 9, 2014*
Arclight Theatre, 152 West 71st Street, New York    *opening night is Sept 14th
Tickets are $25-$89. Run like you’ve never run before to OvationTix! Need assistance in getting Bedbugs!!! (tickets)? Call OvationTix toll-free customer service: (866) 811-4111 (9am-9pm M-F / 10am-6pm Sat + Sun (ET)
May be inappropriate for sensitive children 13 and under. (Some adult situations; humorous stage violence; stage fog; flashing lights, references to a Canadian pop chanteuse.) We don’t regret that children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.
We’re in rehearsal! We’ll tell you when we know.
Tues – Fri at 8pm; Sat at 3pm & 8pm; Sun at 7pm  calendar
1, 2, 3 to 72 St. Bus: M5, M7, M72, M104; just east of Broadway, six blocks north of Lincoln Center   map
For disability access to The ArcLight Theatre, please call the box office (212) 595-0355 thirty minutes before performance.