Joel B. New’s TEMPTING MR. LINCOLN premiering in concert at Green Room 42
Joel B.New Tempting Mr. Lincoln premiered live at The Green Room 42 on Saturday February 12 (Lincoln’s birthday), directed by Stanley Martin (Aladdin) under the musical direction of Gillian Berkowitz (Lehman Trilogy).
The cast included Cicily Daniels (Once on This Island (revival), The Little Mermaid, The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess, Rent) as “Penny”, Madge Dietrich (Kinky Boots) as “Mary Todd”, Sean Fletcher (Merce, The Series, Happy Days: The Musical) as “Abercrombie”, Joshua Hinck (Losing My Mind: A Sondheim Disco Fever Dream) as “Fitch”, Travis Kent (DISASTER! on Broadway, The Skivvies, Paris Through the Window) as “Abraham Lincoln”, Stephen J Mark as “Hollister”, Charles Sanchez (Merce, The Series, Monkey Trouble Unleashed!, Undertaking Christmas) as “John Wilkes Booth”, and Gabe Violett (Spring Awakening, The Voice) as ” Joshua Fry Speed”.
The band included Ms. Berkowitz on piano, Wesley Bourland on bass, James Pingenot on percussion, and Eli Zoller (The Pilgrim, Felix Starro) on guitar.
In Tempting Mr. Lincoln, Joshua Fry Speed is a general store clerk whose monotonous existence is turned upside down when a sexy young lawyer named Abraham Lincoln appears in his shop. A chance encounter over spilled baby oil leads to a kiss that turns into a full-fledged affair. As the average guy and the future president grow ever closer, they struggle to reconcile their drastically different lifestyles in the name of love. There is also time travel.
Photo credit: Ben Shirai