Subway Musical to Receive New York Premiere in July New York, N.Y. - Dark Prophet Productions will present the New York premiere of Stuck, a new musical with book, music and lyrics by Riley Thomas. Stuck centers on six strangers trapped on a stalled New York City subway who discover they're not so different after all. It will be presented at the 45th Street Theater as part of the 2012 New York Musical Theatre Festival. Moving on is never easy, as six strangers discover when trapped between stations on the subway. As tension builds, colorful characters clash as they recognize pieces of themselves emerging in one another. This poignant and tuneful contemporary musical takes audiences on a humorous and heartfelt ride as it explores exactly what it means to be Stuck. Michael Berry (I Come For Love, 21 Stories A Broadway Tale) will direct the production. Jeff Award winner Joshua Steven Kartes is the musical director. David S. Goldstein (The Pee-Wee Herman Show, Chinglish, Godspell) is the scenic and lighting designer. Stephanie Alegado (Mercedes Benz Fashion Week) is the costume designer. The production is being general managed by Zachary Laks. Stuck will be presented at the 45th Street Theater as part of the 2012 New York Musical Theatre Festival. Performances will be held on Friday, July 13 at 8pm; Saturday, July 14 at 1pm; Sunday, July 15 at 8pm; Wednesday, July 18 at 4:30pm and 8pm; and Sunday, July 22 at 8pm. The 45th Street Theater is located at 354 West 45th Street. Tickets to Stuck will go on sale on June 15. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.nymf.org/ or call (212) 352-3101. Stuck had its world premiere at Chicago's La Costa Theater in 2008. A developmental presentation was subsequently produced at New York's Metropolitan Room. About The Creative Team Riley Thomas (Book, Music and Lyrics) is a Chicago native whose work has been performed in the West Village Musical Theatre Festival and NYTB's Composers in the D-Lounge, as well as at venues such as The Duplex and The Metropolitan Room. Michael Berry (Director) directed the critically acclaimed New York productions of I Come For Love at NYMF, Third Finger Left Hand, Five Tellers Dancing In The Rain, The Park Bench at the Blue Heron Theater, 21 Stories A Broadway Tale and The Porch at Altered Stages. He developed, directed and co-produced the short films The Day Of The Grackle and MIRA which have won over a dozen "Best Awards" at film festivals and received national and international distribution. As an actor, Berry has performed in the Broadway and national touring companies of Next To Normal, Les Miserables, Mamma Mia, Sunset Boulevard and The Who's Tommy. Joshua Stephen Kartes (Musical Director) is a featured pianist and entertainer at Greenwich Village hotspot The Duplex Piano Bar & Cabaret. Prior to his move to the East Coast, Joshua spent four-and-a-half years in Chicago where he was a four-time Jefferson Award nominee and winner for musical directing Theo Ubique's production of Cabaret. He also musical directed the world premiere of Jacques Brel's Lonesome Losers of the Night for which he won an After Dark Award for Outstanding Musical Direction. Zachary Laks (General Management) is a partner in Form Theatricals, an innovative consulting firm for the Off- and Off-Off Broadway theater scene. He has held numerous positions at a variety of performing arts organizations around the country, most notably at 59E59 Theaters, the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Center, Santa Fe Opera and The Goodman Theater. David S. Goldstein (Scenic and Lighting Design) New York credits include MISS K!M at the 45th Street Theatre, Jack and the Beanstalk with the New Acting Co. and Apollo and Daphne at the Riverside Church. He assisted David Korins on the Broadway productions of The Pee-Wee Herman Show, Chinglish and Godspell. Previous NYMF credits include Ghostlight. A New Musical and The Most Ridiculous Thing You've Ever Hoid. Goldstein is the resident scenic designer for the West Virginia Public Theatre's 2012 summer season. Stephanie Alegado (Costume Design) has worked at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week dressing for such designers as Oscar De La Renta, Jason Wu, Alexander Wang and Karen Walker. About the New York Musical Theatre Festival Now in its ninth year, the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) is the largest annual musical theatre event in America and is widely regarded as the essential source for new material and talent discovery. 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