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Nov 29

Broadway’s Next Hit Holiday Musical Improv

Goodwill Theatre, Inc. will offer the improvised musical comedy “Broadway’s Next Hit Holiday Musical” on Saturday, December 9 at 5pm and 8pm at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in Johnson City.

Broadway’s Next Hit Holiday Musical” is a touring production which combines improvisation and musical comedy. Master improvisers gather made up, hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, humor, and laughter. The audience votes for their favorite song and watches as the cast turns it into a full blown improvised musical – complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue, and plot twists galore.

Tickets are $35 for adults, and $30 for children and senior citizens, and can be purchased online at goodwilltheatre.net or by calling the Box Office at: (607) 772-2404, ext. 301.

“We’ve all seen a dozen different productions of ‘The Nutcracker’ and ‘A Christmas Carol’” said Naima Kradjian, Goodwill Theatre CEO. “The classic holiday shows are great, but – at some point, enough is enough. This show offers something different, and it’s guaranteed to be brand new, every time.”

Broadway’s Next H!T Musical” has been seen recently at The Triad, Tribeca Film Festival, and at the New York Musical Theater Festival, among many others. The New York Times calls the show “hilarious!” and Time Out NY wrote, “At last! A musical of, for, and by the people.” TheaterWeek hailed the show as “brilliant” and The New York Post praised it as “remarkable.” For more information, visit: broadwaysnexthitmusical.com

Rob Schiffmann (Co-Artistic Director, Co-Producer, Performer) has worked and toured as a professional improviser and musician for over seventeen years. He is a two-time MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) Award winner and the recipient of the 2011 INNY (Improvisation News) Award for Best Improv Coach. A graduate of Oberlin College, Rob performed regularly with Chicago City Limits before joining Broadway’s Next H!T Musical in 2001. Rob became Co-Artistic Director in 2009, and continues to perform with the hysterical troupe throughout the country and at their resident theater The Triad in NYC.

Deb Rabbai (Co-Artistic Director, Co-Producer, Performer) is an original member and co-creator of Broadway’s Next H!T Musical, and became the Co-Artistic Director in 2009. A native New Yorker, Deb has worked as an actor, improviser, singer and voiceover artist for the last twenty years. A graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC, Deb performs regularly with the national touring improv company Chicago City Limits. She also spent ten years performing and teaching improvisation with Freestyle Repertory Theatre (TheatreSports New York).

Matt Giroveanu (Performer) (SAG-AFTRA) is an actor, musical improviser & voiceover artist from Astoria, NY. Matt majored in TV Production and double minored in Theatre Studies & Performance at Seton Hall University and can be seen weekly on Musical House Team VERN at the People’s Improv Theatre as well as in The Improvised Opera, The Improvised Rom-Com & This Is Your Life: The Musical! Film & Television credits include HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Codes of Conduct & the upcoming film, Freeheld starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page.

Katie Hammond (Performer), a Michigan native, earned her BA in Theatre from The College of Wooster in Ohio, before moving to Chicago to study and perform improv at The Second City, iO and The Playground Theatre(s). She relocated to Florida to improvise full-time at Disney World, and at SAK Comedy Lab. Katie can be found performing in NYC at The People’s Improv Theatre with the musical house team, VERN, and the two-man improvised musical What Town? The Musical, she also works regularly with The Story Pirates.

Megan Reilly (Performer) is a comedian, rapper and actor based out of Manhattan. She can be seen performing around the world with Baby Wants Candy and North Coast. She can also be seen twerking throughout New York City as her alter, rap-ego La Dynasty. Megan has studied comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, The Second City and The Magnet. She received a BFA in Drama from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.

Marc T. Engberg (Host) is a comedian, actor, and singer living in New York City. He has performed in NYC at Gotham, Caroline’s, The Stand, UCBeast, The Bitter End, and The Duplex, in Hollywood at The Comedy Store, in Chicago at the Laugh Factory, and internationally in Sweden and Finland. He has also appeared in several off-Broadway plays including Salome (Black Moon Theatre Co.) and Love’s Labour’s Lost (MCTC). He holds a BA in Film Studies from UC Berkeley and an MA in Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies from Stanford University.

Gary Adler (Pianist) served as the musical director for Broadway’s Avenue Q for its entire six and a half year run. Other NYC conducting credits include The Radio City Christmas SpectacularKinky BootsThe Fantasticks, and Next to Normal. He co-wrote the long-running Off-Broadway musical Altar Boyz, for which he received Drama Desk nominations for both his music and lyrics. Gary also wrote and arranged for Disney Channel’s “Johnny And The Sprites” starring John Tartagila.

Paula Pickreign (Stage Manager) was born and raised in Syracuse NY. For six years, she worked as a sound engineer and music producer with bands such as Summer People and New Found Glory at SubCat studios. Paula now resides in NYC and oversees all behind-the-scenes aspects of multiple productions as the Technical Director of The People’s Improv Theater, one of the top three comedy schools in New York. An avid percussionist herself, Paula directed and arranged Winter Drumline Programs for six years, resulting in five state titles.