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Long Story Short kicks off City Theatre's 34th Season


October 28, 2008

City Theatre, on South Side, begins its 34th season with Long Story Short, a brand-new musical by the award-winning team of Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda.

Directed by Tracy Brigden, this world premiere is a co-production of Pittsburgh's City Theatre and TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, California. Long Story Short runs on City Theatre's mainstage through November 16. Ms. Brigden will then take the production to TheatreWorks, located 20 miles south of San Francisco, from December 3 – 28.

City Theatre commissioned Milburn and Vigoda to write the book, music and lyrics for Long Story Short, which is based on the play An Infinite Ache by David Schulner. Long Story Short was developed at City Theatre during its MOMENTUM festival in 2007 and 2008, and at TheatreWorks as part of its New Works Initiative.

The production is supported in part by grants from the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Long Story Short follows what happens when Charles, a nerdy young Jewish guy, falls in love with Hope, a young Asian-American woman from Los Angeles. Through hip, funny dialogue, clever lyrics and indelible melodies, we fast-forward from the couple's first white-hot shining moments, through the ups and downs of decades, to a surprising finale. Long Story Short rejoices in how something as fragile as love might last forever.

Performed by a four-piece band (piano, violin, cello and percussion), the production will feature more than a dozen new songs by Milburn and Vigoda. Hope will be played by Pearl Sun (How the Grinch Stole Christmas on Broadway), Charles will be played by Ben Evans (Male Intellect: An Oxymoron at City Theatre).

Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda are a married couple, two-thirds of the band GrooveLily, and two-time Jonathan Larson Award winners.

Their projects include Striking 12, the first GrooveLily concert-musical; Toy Story the Musical for Disney; Sleeping Beauty Wakes for Deaf West Theatre/Center Theatre Group; Wheelhouse, the second GrooveLily concert-musical; A Midsummer Night's Dream for McCarter Theatre/Paper Mill Playhouse; Ernest Shackleton Loves Me, a new one-woman musical which Valerie will perform; and their proudest production: three-year-old son Mose.

Tickets are available at 412-431-CITY (2489) or


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