Students to Present New Musical Comedy
The SUNY Oneonta Music Department’s Performance Practice Workshop will present “BED FELLAS,” a new musical comedy written by 2002 SUNY Oneonta graduate Omri Schein, on Saturday, May 11. The performance, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 2 p.m. in the Music Department’s performance space, Room 201 in the Fine Arts Center on campus.
Schein wrote the book and lyrics for “BED FELLAS,” which features music by James Olmstead and additional material by Andrew Smith. SUNY Oneonta’s production is staged by voice instructor Colby Thomas, with accompaniment by Kim Paterson. Schein describes the show as “a quirky, contemporary musical comedy about two men who are so bored with their lives in suburbia that they arrange to swap wives—without the wives knowing.” The cast features SUNY Oneonta students Jacob Wansor, Jared Barton, Amanda Vogue, Megan Harrington, Mark Durkee and Samantha Nugent.
Preceding the new work will be a “Curtain Raiser” showcase of contemporary musical theater songs of the late 20th and early 21st century, featuring students Rosalee DeHuff, Cristián LaBoy, Leigh Ann Muscalrella, Jason Pacuk, Lowhency Pierre, Melissa Trainor and Katherine Wansor, with special guest Steve Fabrizio. A former SUNY Oneonta student who played Judas on a major national tour of “Jesus Christ Superstar” and was understudy for the original Jekyll/Hyde in the Frank Wild Horn Broadway musical by the same name, Fabrizio has re-matriculated as a Theatre major after having been a student at the college in the late ’70s early ’80s.
A 2002 graduate of SUNY Oneonta’s Theatre program, Schein went on to earn a master’s in musical theatre at San Diego State University. A character actor specializing in comic roles, he has performed most recently as Benjamin Cohen in Steve Martin’s adaptation of Carl Sternheim’s “The Underpants” at the North Coast Repertory Theatre, and as Eugene in a European tour of “Grease.” He is also co-founder and director of The Contemporary Traditionalists, a company focused on developing new musicals, and his original play, “Gary Goldfarb: Master Escapist,” won an award for Best Musical at the 2012 West Village Musical Theatre Festival.
Schein was on campus for three weeks as an artist-in-residence earlier in the semester, working with students and rehearsing for his guest artist role as Sir Joseph Porter in the college’s production of “H.M.S. Pinafore.”