By Andrew Gans
18 Jul 2013
Billed as "a contemporary riff on the Cyrano de Bergerac story, with a female twist," the musical features a book by Bobby Cronin and Crystal Skillman and music and lyrics by by Cronin with additional material by Brett Teresa.
The cast will feature Matt Lutz, Natalie Wachen, Matt DeAngelis, Anne Brummel, Russell Fischer, Gregg Goodbrod, Geoffrey Kidwell, Jodi Bluestein and Marissa Rosen as Abby with Michael Armstrong Barr, Alison Lea Bender, Brett Teresa, Erik Sisco and Candice Oden. Musical direction will be provided by William Demaniow.
"Set within the hustle and bustle of New York City," press notes state, "this romantic musical comedy follows Abby, a nearing-thirty poet and full-time bartender at The Concrete Jungle Bar & Grill on the Upper West Side, where her friends hang out, searching for love. When Abby receives a random phone call from a guy (named Guy), her life is forever changed as hilarity and mistaken identity infiltrate The Concrete Jungle. Can Abby find the courage to tell Guy the truth or will she continue sleeping sideways in her lonely bed, allowing her soul mate say, 'I love you' to the wrong woman?"
The Concrete Jungle was commissioned by Arts Ed London in 2011, and after a 10-week workshop in 2012, opened for a sold-out limited run. "The Concrete Jungle International Studio Cast Recording," featuring Kate Shindle, Nick Adams, Alex Gaumond and Rebecca Trehearn and produced by Burlington Productions in association with Nick Lloyd Webber and James D. Reid, was released by Great White Wax in March 2013.