Development History


  • February -- New York Film Academy's Music Theatre Program's staged reading of the revised show (new song and scenes) with a cast of professional students.  



February Presentation

  • December-- Off-Broadway run at Greenwich Village's historic Jefferson Market Library in an immersive production featuring a cast of seven principal actors and an ensemble of eight actors playing instruments.  Click here for the full off-Broadway program.  





  •  January  -- Recorded demos with Liz Callaway and cast of Broadway performers.

  • February -- Table read

  • March     -- Fully staged workshop 

     at the cell theatre 


Photos by Anne Dalin


Joe Barros, Director, is a New York-based stage director and award-winning choreographer with an emphasis on new work development. Joe is currently the associate director of the musical "Cagney" (directed by Bill Castellino; choreographed by Josh Bergasse), currently running Off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre. Other NYC credits include the Broadway revival of "Gigi" (associate director, directed by Eric Schaeffer) starring Vanessa Hudgens, "I Married Wyatt Earp" Off-Broadway at 59E59 Theatres (Prospect Theater Co./NY Theatre Barn), "Hard Times" (NY Innovative Theatre Award Nominee for Best Choreography, NY Times Critics’ Pick), Debra Barsha and Hollye Levin's "A Taste of Things to Come" (associate director, directed by Lorin Latarro, York Theatre Company), the world premiere of Cheryl Stern's "Shoes & Baggage" (The Cell),  "I Have Confidence: Rodgers After Hammerstein" (92Y/Lyrics & Lyricists), "Charlotte’s Web" (Theatreworks USA, National Tour), "Supersoldier" (by Hair co-creator Jim Rado), Michael John LaChiusa’s "Marie Christine" (3LD/Columbia), "The Legend of Julie Taymor" (Fringe NYC), plus productions at Transport Group, NYMF, and Culture Project.  Regional/International productions include "Beaches" at Chicago's Drury Lane (associate director, directed by Eric Schaeffer, choreography by Lorin Latarro) starring Shoshana Bean and Whitney Bashor, the world premiere of "A Taste of Things to Come" at Bucks County Playhouse, the world premiere of "Brother Russia and The Haunted Hotel" at DC’s Tony Award®-winning Signature Theatre, "For Tonight" at Goodspeed Musicals and Michigan State University, "Carrie" at Michigan State University (recipient of SDCF's Guest Artist Initiative program), "Small Town Story" at The Hartt School (also co-conceived), "Nine" and "Die Fledermaus" (Music Academy International, Italy), "Fall in Love" (Seoul, Korea), and workshops/readings of "King Kong" and "Mommie Dearest."  Joe is the Artistic Director of New York Theatre Barn, a Manhattan based theatre company dedicated to incubating new musicals that tell untold stories.

Katharine Pettit, Assistant Director, served as Susan Stroman's SDC Observer on "Bullets Over Broadway" on Broadway. Recent Credits include: "Day Of Wrath" (NYMF), "I Could Never Love Anyone..." (NY Theatre Barn NWS), "Barcode" (Assoc., FringeNYC), "SuperSoldier" (Assoc., Fundamental Theater Project), "Your Name On My Lips" (Theater for the New City), "Pumped!" (TRU voices reading series) "Angel In My Heart" (Fresh Fruit Festival and The York). Her choreography has been shown at The 92nd Street Y, Green Space, The Cell, Hostel International Ballroom, TADA! Emerging Artists Theater New Works, Choreographer's Forum and Peridance Showcases. Katharine is Associate Artistic Director of NY Theatre Barn. She is on faculty at Peridance and The Studio (Mount Kisco) and was featured in Dance Teacher Magazine November 2015.

Music Director and Arranger Karen Dryer is a vocal teacher, pianist/keyboardist, singer/songwriter and Musical Director. NYC Musical Direction: "The Christians" (Drama Desk Award Winner, Playwrights Horizons) "Power Balladz" (Midtown Theater), "Good 'Ol Girls (Roundabout  Black Box Theater) Internationally-known "VocaPeople" (West Side Theater) "Italian Bred", (St. Luke's Theater) "Fable" NYMF 2014 and "Man of Rock" NYMF 2011. In 2015, she teamed with RC Staab and Daniel Sturman on their work of "Zombie Wedding" soon to be Off-Broadway. She has served as Assistant Musical Director on three Broadway National tours, including "Annie", "Jesus Christ Superstar",and  "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee."  As a composer, Karen has produced 2 CDs of her original material entitled "Who's To Blame" and "Start To Believe" available on iTunes. Karen plays piano gigs all over New York City, serves as accompanist for many musical theater classes, and coaches singers.

Stage Manager Savannah Kurtz is a New York City based Stage Manager with a passion for Opera and New Works. She is currently an assistant stage manager at Opera Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska where she recently concluded runs of La Boheme, and Cosi Fan Tutte. She returns to Opera Omaha later this Spring to conclude her season with a production of Flight, directed by James Darrah. In the summer, Savannah is a member of the Properties Run Crew Staff at The Santa Fe Opera where she helps run a crew of 16 apprentices on five different operas that run in repertory over the course of three months. She is also an alumni of the Juilliard Professional Apprentice Program ('16) and the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln ('15). 

Yue Liu (Associate Producer) is a New York-based theatre producer, general manager, and current MFA Theatre Management & Producing candidate at Columbia University. Over the past several years, Yue has worked with Roundabout Theatre Company, Vassar & New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater, and DR Theatrical Management. She is currently working at Stage Directors and Choreographers Society as the Hauptman Fellowship fellow. Yue holds a BA from China Conservatory of Music and an MA from University of Oregon in Arts Administration. She can be contacted at

Joe Barone, Guitarist


Dante Palminteri (Jesse) is an actor and singer/songwriter from New York City. After appearing in regional theatre in “Shrek” as Shrek, “Spelling Bee” as Chip, “Hairspray” as Link, he played Luka in the staged reading of the musical, “PopStar” in New York City. TV and film credits include SyFy’s “Sharknado 2” as Mark McGrath’s son, “Orange is the New Black”, “Law and Order”, “Bleed for This” with Miles Teller and upcoming film, “Lost In Love” – a short feature for director Emanuela Galliussi.  Dante was the lead singer of the band, Kaymus, which toured the East Coast in The Camplified Tour.  He launches his solo career as a singer/songwriter with an EP and a tour this spring.  Dante is a junior at the Berklee College of Music.  He was born in New York City and raised in both LA and NY with his parents, Gianna and Chazz Palminteri, and sister, Gabriella, who are all in the entertainment business.

Sydney Shuck (Britt) is a 13 year old Kentucky girl who moved to New York City to pursue her acting dreams.  She spent one year touring as Kate in the 2014-15 revival of "Annie" (directed by Martin Charnin) and played Katie in the world premier of "Home" at the Adirondack Musical Theater Festival last summer.  She is a student at the Professional Performing Arts School.   

Barbara Bayes (Sharon/Calamity Jane): "How the Grinch Stole Christmas–the Musical" (Grandma Who – National Tour); "Executive Decision" (Madam President – Hudson Guild Theatre NYC); "Always A Bridesmaid" (Libby Ruth –Cortland Rep); "The Heidi Chronicles" (Fran/April – Cooperstown Theatre Festival); "The Vagina Monologues" (guess which ones! – SUNY Oneonta); "Nunsense" (Robert Anne – Orpheus Theatre); "Last of the Red Hot Lovers" (Elaine – Orpheus Theatre) and more. TV credits: "Investigation Discovery: A Crime To Remember" (Clara Ward) and "Six Degrees of Murder" (Suzanne Vincent), HBO: Show Me A Hero (Angry community protestor), QVC (guest host), numerous commercials. Independent Film Credits: "Your Own Canoe" (Aunt Connie), "The Bench" (Sylvia). Thank you Weston’s! Especially Karen, R.C. and Joe! Barbara is the proud mother of daughters Alexa and Taylor and married to director Sammy Dallas Bayes.

David Rogue (Bart/Buffalo Bill) Off-Broadway: "The Christians" (Playwrights Horizons) David is a New York City-based actor/singer/songwriter who has performed to sold-out audiences across the country including NYC's Joe's Pub and BB Kings.  His debut album "Victim of My Circumstance" received critical acclaim upon its release, and its songs have been included in the award-winning feature films "The Pill" and "All Relative" (which have been viewed on Netflix by millions across the globe).  He has generated a strong online following as is evidenced by the over 400,000 YouTube views on his music video for his song "Breaking The Law."  David has been very fortunate to have worked and recorded with some amazing producers and musicians including the late, legendary producer Phil Ramone and Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra. David is honored to participate on this exciting project and work with R.C., Joe, Karen, and this talented cast. He thanks Liz and baby Ava for their inspiration and support!

Rori Nogee (Crazy Pony): Broadway: "Joseph...Dreamcoat."  Off-Broadway:  "Showgirls, the Musical!" (Cristal Connors), "Pinkalicious" at New World Stages, "Berenstain Bears, Live!" Regional credits include: Arizona Broadway Theater's "Rock of Ages" (Regina), "Rent" (Maureen) at the Charleston Music Hall, "Grease" (Rizzo) and "Murder Ballad" (Narrator) at Roxy Regional Theater, "Gypsy" (Mazeppa/Cratchitt) at Sierra Rep and the West coast premiere of "Showgirls! the Musical!" with Peaches Christ.  National Tours: MTV's Rockband, Live!,  Fischer Price's "Little People, Live!" and Disney Junior's, "Chuggington, Live!"  Rori has also appeared on "America's Got Talent" and is the writer/producer of the new rock musical, "Siren's Den," coming soon to the Gene Frankel Theater.  Thank you, R.C., for bringing me onto this fantastic project!

Clint Carter (Custer) is thrilled and proud to be apart of "How The Westons Won".   His most recent credit was up in Vermont doing "Songs From and Unmade Bed".  Off Broadway and NYC credits include "Iron Curtain" (Prospect Theater Company), "The Legend of Julie Taymor" (Fringe NYC), and "I Can Has Cheezburger" (Fringe NYC).  Some regional credits include "Johnny Guitar" and "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" at Seven Angels Theatre.  Clint received a BFA in musical theatre from Otterbein University.  His favorite credits at Otterbein were "The Music Man" (Harold Hill) and "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" (The Chairman). Clint would like to thank his family and friends, and a special thanks to his one and only, Stuart. 

Jazz Jackish (Geronimo) recently moved to New York City after having lived in Los Angeles for several years.  He has acted in short films and is involved in several upcoming projects.  Jazz has studied acting and music at HB Studios in NYC.  He is a member of an improv team "One Direction" and is well knowing for "his jazzy moves in hips and hands."  He may be the only active Kazakhstan-American actor in the U.S.

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