Stephen Cole & Matthew Martin Ward’s Award-Winning Musical, After the Fair, Back December 21 at Urban Stages

Kleban Award winner Stephen Cole and MAC Award winner Matthew Martin Ward’s award winning Off Broadway and London musical is back for one-night on Thursday, December 21 at Urban Stages with the original Seattle Edith, Mary Jo Dugaw, School of Rock‘s Jenn Gambatese, Phantom‘s Tim Jerome and Joshua Hinck. With the composer at the keyboard, the author directing and the original Off- Broadway costumes designed by Bottari and Case, this romantic musical, based on a Thomas Hardy story, sweeps audiences away to 19th century England, where a letter can change four lives and “nothing will ever be the same.”

The show premiered at the Lyric Stage in Dallas 20 years ago and went on to win five Dallas Theatre League Awards, including Best New Play or Musical and Best Musical Production. The show then triumphed at the Apple Tree in Chicago, before moving to the York Theatre Company in NYC, where it received a nomination for Best Musical from the Outer Critics Circle. It also played at London’s Kings Head Theatre, Islingston in 2000, The Village Theatre in Washington, where Marni Nixon protégée Mary Jo Dugaw played Edith.

This original cast recording features Tony Award nominee Michelle Pawk, Jennifer Piech, James Ludwig and David Staller singing the highlights of this score.
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The NY1 Roma Torre review of the original Off-Broadway production in 1999: Watch and fall in love. Have an “Affair” with us live: Click here to watch

Commenting on the original York production, journalist/author Peter Filichia stated on Theatermania.com, “Matthew Ward’s elegant music and Stephen Cole’s incisive lyrics do wonderful justice to that sentimental ol’ favorite, The Day After the Fair.

Tickets for this one-night event are available at the link below Click here to purchase

Urban Stages Theater is located at 259 West 30 Street in Manhattan.The phone number is 212-421-1380.