Kimmel Center – Parenting 101
September 25, 2008
Hilarious new musical parody takes screamingly funny look at raising kids from birth to marriage! Cadillac Broadway Series
Broad and Spruce Streets
The new musical parody PARENTING 101 The Musical,made it’s Philadelphia premiere at the KimmelCenterlast month and has been extended through November 30!.This hilarious new production features a 4-person cast, all of whomplay the roles of bothparents &kids in the different stages of growing up through acting, singing & dancing !—-
Parenting 101 is a collaboration that was 50 years in the making. Co-producers Nancy Holson and Susan Holson are sisters. Theyve been observing parenting skills and styles together since birth. Both women have children and have drawn on their own experiences in creating Parenting 101. The content of the show in no way passes judgment or makes any kind of commentary on their own parents (yeah, right!)
Nancy is the writer and co-producer of the New York City smash hit Bush Wars (www.bushwars.com). Shes also been writing and producing the ever-changing political satire News in Revue (www.newsinrevue.com) in venues across the country since 1991. Her writing has garnered 5 Emmy awards and rave reviews. Her troupes have performed for Senators, Presidents and numerous corporate and social groups.
Susan is the Co-Publisher and Editor of Kids VT Family Newspaper (www.kidsvt.com), a regional publication designed to make parenting easier and family life more fun. Her MBA from University of Virginia and total immersion in her childrens lives has uniquely qualified her as a family marketing expert.
Jay Falzone (Co-writer/Director/Choreographer/Understudy)For the past nine years, Jay has worked with creative partnerNancyon THE NEWS IN REVUE as co-director/choreographer/performer.He received aBFA in Musical Theatre Performance fromSyracuseUniversityand has performed across theU.S.as well asEurope. Writing credits include book and lyrics for DOUBLE DUET (world premier at Downstairs Cabaret Theatre), THAT IS TO LOVE (world premier inSyracuse, NY), and YOU DON’T KNOW JACK! (an adult retelling of Jack & Jill curently in development).Directing credits include BUSH WARS (off-Bway), the 50th Anniversary National Tour of SNOOPY!, National Tour of AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’, WHAT WE DON’T CONFESS (off-B’way), PLAID TIDINGS at Geva Theatre, RUN FOR YOUR WIFE and I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE for the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, and TELL ME ON A SUNDAY (Syracuse Stage After Ours). Choreographing credits include 42ND STREET, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, and DAMN YANKEES.
Amanda Danskin performed in the Rochester production of NEWS IN REVIEW and the Rochester and Chicago productions of SHOUT! A MOD MUSICAL! Other roles over the years include Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sugar in Sugar, Columbia in The Rocky Horror Show, and a year long tour with Sesame Street Live playing Terry The Fix-It Gal. Amanda has also appeared on various television shows including Blind Date, Russian Roulette, and America’s Most Wanted (rest assured, she was not the one they wanted). Amanda holds a BM from the University of Central Oklahoma and currently resides in New York City.
Stephen Smith was a cast member of the Rochester, NY productions of NEWS IN REVIEW and PLAID TIDINGS (playing Sparky) at GEVA and the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre and played Jerry in The Full Monty (Jerry) at the Palace Theatre in New Hampshire. His other favorite past roles include Saturday Night Fever (Frank Jr.), Grease! (Sonny), Cabaret (Bobby), Cinderella (Prince Christopher), and Bent (Greta) to name a few. Originally a graduate of the University of Tennessee, he has traveled the world on national tours, cruise ships and even gone as far as a gig with Disney in Tokyo, Japan! When not in a show, you can often find Stephen dancing on a BIG piano (a la Tom Hanks) at FAO Schwarz in New York City.
Lindsay Quinn was a cast member of THE NEWS IN REVIEWat the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, in Rochester, NY. She spent last summer as an apprentice with the Williamstown theatre Festival, performing inWING IT!on the main stage and was featured in their famous Late Night Cabaret. Past credits includeThe Dinosaur MusicalandThe Full Monty,both with the Roxy Regional Theatre in Clarksville, TN. A graduate of Muhlenberg College, Lindsay has a B.A. in Theatre: her favorite roles include Dorine inTartuffeandConchetta inOnce Upon a Time in New Jersey.
Jeff Brooks is a graduate of SUNY Cortland with a BA in Musical Theatre, he has been performing all his life (though he’s only been getting paid for half of it). Jeff has performed in 37 states in the last 3 years.