The Gig OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    July 15, 2014
    Closing:
    July 21, 2014

    Theater: 37 Arts Theatre / 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY, 10018

    Synopsis: 

    A used car salesman, a dentist, a real estate agent, a financial advisor, a deli owner, and a teacher put their careers and families on hold to pursue their passion – jazz – with their first professional “gig” in the Catskills. The results are funny, touching, and unexpected. Written by Douglas J. Cohen (No Way to Treat a Lady) and based on the film by Pulitzer Prize winner Frank D. Gilroy, The Gig won a prestigious Richard Rodgers Grant and the inaugural Noël Coward Prize.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The Gig

    Ragtag Musicians Test Their Talent in the Catskills ‘The Gig’

    Laura Collins-Hughes

    July 20, 2014: Musicals can gestate for an awfully long time. A case in point: Douglas J. Cohen’s The Gig, about a ragtag band of middle-age, middle-class jazz amateurs who get a shot at some professional work. In development for more than 20 years, the show made long-ago stops at the National Music Theater Conference, Manhattan Theater Club, Goodspeed Opera House and elsewhere. Now it’s onstage with a strong cast and a fine four-piece band at the PTC Performance Space, in a spare production directed by Igor Goldin as part of the New York Musical Theater Festival. Based on Frank D. Gilroy’s 1985 movie, The Gig has a throwback feel, and not just because the two-week job that the trombone player and used-car salesman Marty (Larry Cahn) booked on a whim is at a Catskills resort. The year is 1975, and the band mates who pile into his van have ditched their regular lives for a chance to test their worth.

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