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"Exceedingly witty and tuneful"   - DC METRO THEATER ARTS

The story of the disastrous first versions of three great things.

Coming soon to Off-Broadway

MICHAELANGELO, RICHARD RODGERS and GOD light up the musical stage in this story of the botched first versions of their greatest works! Sweeping in historical scope and thrillingly tuneful, TAKE ONE shows that the act of creation is always messier and more hilarious than we've been led to believe - even for the gods.

"The skillful score is full of appealing melodies, interesting harmonies and neatly written lyrics"


"The music is gorgeous and inspired... very, very funny ... toe-tapping and memorable, and I found myself humming it as I left the theatre"  


"Just plain entertainment"


Cast and Crew

Creative & Production Team: 

Jeff Ward (Book, Music & Lyrics) is a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. He wrote jokes for Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” from mid-Colin Quinn through mid-Tina Fey, and writes music and comedy for National Public Radio and the comedy group Euphobia. He appeared as an actor in Born Again Again at Joe's Pub and Nico: Underground at Theatre for the New City. His short stories are published in May Contain Nuts (Harper Perennial), Howl: A Collection of the Best Contemporary Dog Wit (Crown), and The Lowbrow Reader Reader.

Michael Schiralli (Director) Artistic Director of Half Moon Theatre at the Marriott Pavilion at The Culinary Institute of America, where he has directed:  Yours, Anne, Vanya and Sonia and Masia and Spike, A Christmas Carol, I Love, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti, The Fantasticks, It's A Wonderful Life, 2 Ten Minute Play Festivals and Side By Side By Sondheim.  Some recent Off-Broadway credits include: Jeff Ward's Take One (Fringe), Nico Underground (NY Times critic's pick), The critically acclaimed A Chanukah Charol (New World Stages) and David Simpatico's Prom Queen (Playwrights Horizon).  Other notable productions:  Sleepless Variations with Mary Testa & Michael Starobin (Barrington Stage), Jackie Hoffman’s solo shows including The Kvetching Continues (Time Out Award) and The Tragic And Horrible Life Of The Singing Nun (NYMF, 3 awards), Varla Jean Merman shows and videos including Enough About Me: An Unauthorized Biography, Coco Peru shows including: Undaunted (GLAAD Award), The Vendler Television Playhouse (Guiding Light TV Cast), Bob&Carol&Ted&Alice with David Rackoff (Culture Project), Born Again Again! with Tammy Faye Starlite, Valentine’s Day Massacre (Drama Dept.), Nothin’s Easy and Nobody’s Happy with Colette Hawley, Gas, Food, Talent (West Bank), Darlene Love’s True Love (N.Y., L.A.), Songs for a New World (with Beth Leavel and Jason Robert Brown), Damaged Care (U.S. House of Congress), Everything's Coming Up Moses with Seth Rudetsky, MTW’s Holiday Extravaganza with Kristin Chenowith, Free & Equal (Yip Harburg Foundation) the feature film, Varla Jean And The Mushroomheads, and the upcoming new musical Hit Her With The Skates (UCPAC Hamilton Stage), and John Cariani's new play cul-de-sac.

Tim Hurley (Producer) has been producing and general managing in New York for the last two decades.  He has worked with numerous NYC-based organizations including the Dodgers, Groundswell Theatricals Inc., The Wooster Group, York Theatre Company and The Peccadillo Theatre Company (PTC). Tim general managed Talk of the Town, Ladies of the Corridor and A Tree Grows In Brooklyn for PTC.  As a member of the Dodger Management Group, Tim worked on the Broadway productions of Music Man, Blast!, 42nd Street, Urinetown, Into The Woods, Dracula, and Good Vibrations, the Off-Broadway productions of Barbra’s Wedding and BARE, the National Tours of Blast!, 42nd Street and Urinetown, and the international production of 42nd Street in Stuttgart, Germany.  Tim recently produced the short film Counterpoint.

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Reviews from the FringeNYC 2016 production: 

"The skillful score is full of appealing melodies, interesting harmonies and neatly written lyrics."

   - John Verderber, Time Out New York



"Let there be a second take, beyond the short run in FringeNYC!...exceedingly witty and tuneful."

   - Deb Miller, DCMetroTheaterArts



"There is a good truckload of wit in the rhymes and jokes and panache in the melodies, thanks to the triple-threat talent of Jeff Ward as composer, lyricist, and bookwriter."

   - Rob Lester, Nite Life Exchange



"Take One is an enjoyable, quirky evening…very, very funny.  The music is gorgeous and inspired…I found myself humming it as I left the theatre."

   - Josephine Cashman, Theatre Is Easy



"Michael Schiralli helms this ambitious production with a firm hand."

   - Deirdre Donovan, CurtainUp



"Solidly crafted…a tuneful score, bright dialogue and clever lyrics."

   - Ethan Kanfer, Theater Reviews



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