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Do You Remember Desperately Seeking Susan The Musical? Well Get Ready For Desperately Seeking The Exit!!!


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#1 vertigo1

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 03:40 PM

Hey Folks
Im sure many of you remember the flop West End musical Desperately Seeking Susan the Musical that closed after 4 weeks in the West End. Well now the writer of the show Peter Michael Marino has written a brilliant 1 man comedic show about the whole experience of that musical called Desperately Seeking the Exit (the name comes from the review headline for the musical in one of the major papers)

The show opens in New York in May (as well as a few other US Cities). Then my company Vertigo Theatre Productions are bringing Peter and his show to Manchester in July for 2 nights only at Taurus Bar on July 30th and 31st. The show will then head to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for 4 weeks.

If you love theatre you will love this, i personally (and the reason i picked up the project) thinks its a rare thing to hear someone involved in a major flop musical laugh about it and talk about it openly. It's a brave show, very funny and very insightful in to the many things that went wrong leading to the closure of the show.

Tickets will be on sale from April 2nd via Quaytickets.

I hope some of you guys can make it to the show.

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In 2007, American actor and playwright Peter Michael Marino wrote a huge musical based on the American film “Desperately Seeking Susan” featuring the music of the American band Blondie. It opened on London’s West End…and shuttered a month later. WHOOPS! This comic solo train ride about a collective train wreck fills in the blanks of how the £4 million musical was made and unmade. From hatching the idea, to deals with producers, MGM, Debbie Harry and even Madonna; all the way to thrilling workshops, dangerous previews, scathing reviews, closing night and beyond. This 60-minute true tale not only traces the evolution of the high-profile musical from conception to closing, but the journey of an American writer finding his voice in a foreign country that speaks the same language.

Website for the Manchester Production
http://www.desperate...ductions.co.uk/

#2 vertigo1

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:03 PM

Check out the awesome trailer for Desperately Seeking the Exit


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Posted 20 April 2012 - 12:22 AM

Check out an interview with the writer/performer Peter Michael Marino about his new show Desperately Seeking the Exix.http://westend.broadwayworld.com/article/BWWUK-Interviews-WriterPerformer-Peter-Michael-Marino-Of-DESPERATELY-SEEKING-THE-EXIT-20120419

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 11:11 AM

Nice to see him making a living out of a turkey

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 12:04 PM

Mark Shenton of the Stage just went to New York and reviewed the show where it's playing at the moment (it gets to us in July) and loved it. Only a few tickets left for Tues 31st July performance, you really don't want to miss this.
Tickets available through Quaytickets
https://www.quaytick...EA-7B7DED1A864D

Here is his write up/review
'Who doesn’t love a flop musical? The creators of them, that’s who! Peter Michael Marino wrote the book for one in London in 2007: a film-to-stage version of Desperately Seeking Susan that conscripted the songs of Blondie to tell its story, and after a successful workshop, arrived dead on arrival onstage at the Novello, recieving the sort of notices that were encapsulated by Charlie Spencer’s headline in the Telegraph: “Desperately Seeking the Exit”. Now Marino has conscripted that headline as the title to a virtuoso one-man show that he himself performs, with stunning energy and irresistible panache, that he’s bringing to the Edinburgh Fringe in August, but has been trying out at a comedy club on East 24th Street and Park, near the Flatiron building, where I saw it on Sunday.
He brilliantly and bitterly distilled his experiences on the show, channelling this thrilling, hilarious & anxiety-inducing ride on the coat-tails of a flop’s creation into something that is paradoxically a sure-fire hit. No one sets out to create a flop, of course; but for anyone who’s ever wondered how those wrong turns are made that result in them, here’s a show that itemises them in great and revealing detail.

Nor does he play the victim himself (or adopt the classic default position of blaming the critics for its failure): instead he gives a simultaneously objective yet also deeply personal account of the creative problems that the show encountered that proved why it inevitably failed — but also the personal cost to himself (in every sense) that made it so bruising, as everyone pulled in different directions at the same time on it and there was no one at the helm — either director or producer — who could keep all the participants working to the same end.'


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Posted 27 July 2012 - 12:20 PM

Awesome article on the main BBC National website about the show, only 4 tickets left for the show in Manchester on the Tues 31st performance, snap them up today on Quaytickets
http://www.bbc.co.uk...t-arts-18954647

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 06:16 PM

View Postvertigo1, on 08 June 2012 - 12:04 PM, said:

Mark Shenton of the Stage just went to New York and reviewed the show where it's playing at the moment (it gets to us in July) and loved it. Only a few tickets left for Tues 31st July performance, you really don't want to miss this.
Tickets available through Quaytickets
https://www.quaytick...EA-7B7DED1A864D

Here is his write up/review
'Who doesn’t love a flop musical? The creators of them, that’s who! Peter Michael Marino wrote the book for one in London in 2007: a film-to-stage version of Desperately Seeking Susan that conscripted the songs of Blondie to tell its story, and after a successful workshop, arrived dead on arrival onstage at the Novello, recieving the sort of notices that were encapsulated by Charlie Spencer’s headline in the Telegraph: “Desperately Seeking the Exit”. Now Marino has conscripted that headline as the title to a virtuoso one-man show that he himself performs, with stunning energy and irresistible panache, that he’s bringing to the Edinburgh Fringe in August, but has been trying out at a comedy club on East 24th Street and Park, near the Flatiron building, where I saw it on Sunday.
He brilliantly and bitterly distilled his experiences on the show, channelling this thrilling, hilarious & anxiety-inducing ride on the coat-tails of a flop’s creation into something that is paradoxically a sure-fire hit. No one sets out to create a flop, of course; but for anyone who’s ever wondered how those wrong turns are made that result in them, here’s a show that itemises them in great and revealing detail.

Nor does he play the victim himself (or adopt the classic default position of blaming the critics for its failure): instead he gives a simultaneously objective yet also deeply personal account of the creative problems that the show encountered that proved why it inevitably failed — but also the personal cost to himself (in every sense) that made it so bruising, as everyone pulled in different directions at the same time on it and there was no one at the helm — either director or producer — who could keep all the participants working to the same end.'

Isn't Mark Shenton all about Mark Shenton?

#8 vertigo1

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 10:30 PM

Not really interested, all i know is he loved the show

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 09:42 AM

Amazing first night, audience went crazy for the show, huge standing ovation at the end, great night with the red carpet as well. We have a few tickets left for tonight, only £8 each. and the red carpet will be out again.

Just turn up at Taurus Bar, Canal Street at 7.15 pm

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 11:41 PM

Is this a play? Sounds v fringey.




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