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MRT 2012/13 Season

Gutenberg! The Musical!  •  Assassins  •  The Mountaintop  •  Blues in the Night  •  The Diary of Anne Frank •  A Christmas Carol  •  Sense and Sensibility
Mind Over Milwaukee  •  How The World Began  •  Rep Lab  •  Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash  •  Clybourne Park  •  A Raisin In the Sun  •  One Night With Janis Joplin

Gutenberg! The Musical

“A thoroughly winning dead-on musical comedy!”

The New York Sun


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Written by Scott Brown & Anthony King
August 24 - October 14
Stackner Cabaret

Three men, one piano, thirty baseball caps—and one massively misguided dream! In 1450, in Mainz, Germany, Johann Gutenberg invented the printing press; in 2011, in Nutley, New Jersey, Bud and Doug wrote a big, splashy musical about him, the evil monk trying to stop him, and the beautiful girl who loved him. They may not have a cast, an orchestra, or a clue, but with an unending supply of enthusiasm, they’re pitching their hilarious, sixteen-song epic to Broadway producers who just might fulfill their bright-eyed ambitions!

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Mark Clements

Anyone who likes the zany humor of Monty Python will love this show about two guys pitching an incredibly ludicrous, over-the-top musical filled with 16 ridiculous songs. It’s been on my list of pieces to produce for awhile, and now is the right time. It's a two-hour festival of silliness, laughter, and joy - come and enjoy!


» Nominated for the 2007 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical

» Nominated for the 2007 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical

» Creators nominated for the 2007 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical

» Learn more about Gutenberg! The Musical!
   from Artistic Director Mark Clements


“A smashing success!”The New York Times

“Brilliantly realized and side-splitting!"New York Magazine

Creative Team

Writers: Scott Brown & Anthony King

Original Music Direction and Arrangements: T.O. Sterrett

Director: Laura Gordon*

Musical Direction: Paul Helm

Scenic Design: Stephen Carmody

Costume Design: Rachel Laritz

Lighting Design: Charles Cooper

Casting Director: Sandy Ernst

Stage Manager: Sarah Hoffmann*

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Paul Helm

Paul Helm (Paul/Musical Director/Pianist) is elated to be back at The Rep! Past Rep credits include Always . . . Patsy Cline, Laurel and Hardy, Guys on Ice, Life Could Be a Dream, Why Do Fools Fall in Love?, The Polish Diva from Milwaukee and Blue Rose: The Rosemary Clooney Story. Paul has also performed, directed and music directed with Skylight Music Theatre, First Stage Children’s Theater, Florentine Opera Company, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, American Folklore Theatre, Greenbrier Valley Theatre, Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse and the UWPlatteville Heartland Festival. Recent credits include Packer Fans from Outer Space, Gershwin and Friends, The Music Man, Seussical, Grease, Ragtime, U:Bug: Me!, Beauty and the Beast, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Elmer Gantry (2012 Grammy Award winner). Upcoming productions include Here's a Howdy Do: The Mischievous World of Gilbert & Sullivan (Skylight Music Theatre), Pump Boys and Dinettes (Skylight), and The Mystery of Irma Vep (Next Act Theatre). www.paulhelm.net.  -Top-

Gerard Neugent

Gerard Neugent (Doug) just completed his tenth season with The Rep, his sixth season as a member of the Resident Acting Company and is now a Rep Associate Artist. He most recently appeared as Iago in The Rep’s production of Othello, Gerry in The Complete Works McCormick in Lombardi, Happy in Death of a Salesman, Clown 2 in The 39 Steps, Stan Laurel in Laurel and Hardy, Lou Max in Seven Keys to Slaughter Peak, Jimmy/Lendall/ Randy/Phil/Dave in Almost, Maine, Johnny in Happy Now? and Hlestakov in The Government Inspector. Previously, he was seen as Simon Panteleyevich Yepikhodov in The Cherry Orchard, Charles Bingley in Pride and Prejudice, Fabrizio in Mirandolina, multiple roles in Greater Tuna, Rogers/ Young Pedgift in the world premiere of Armadale, Antony Wilding in Enchanted April, Norman in The Norman Conquests, Rick Steadman in The Nerd, Edgar in King Lear, Ellard in The Foreignerv, Young Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Steindorf in Back at Leipzig and Camille in A Flea in Her Ear. Gerry is a proud Marquette grad who lives in Milwaukee with his wife, Kate, and their two sons, Gerry and Peter.  -Top-

Eric Damon Smith

Eric Damon Smith (Bud) happily returns to The Rep after serving as an acting intern during the 2002/03 Season. A Chicago-based actor and director, Eric recently spent the early summer performing at Riverside Theatre in the Park, in Iowa City, IA playing Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice and Oliver in As You Like It. Other recent credits in the Chicago area include Jaques in As You Like It (Muse of Fire), Mosca in Volpone (City Lit Theater Company) directed by Sheldon Patinkin, Jamie in Long Day’s Journey into Night (Polarity Ensemble) and his Jeff Award nominated turn as Flaminio Scala in the regional premiere of The Glorious Ones (Boho and Theatre on the Lake). Other credits include work with Northlight Theatre and Remy Bumppo. Eric trained at Hofstra University.  -Top-

Scott Brown

Scott Brown is a writer, critic and performer. His work has appeared in Wired (for which he is a monthly columnist), Entertainment Weekly, GQ, New York, and Time, among other outlets. He's appeared at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater on several occasions. Also with Anthony King, he's developed pilots for CBS and A&E. Also with Anthony King, he was raised in Durham, NC. Scott's "funny" "songs" sometimes appear suddenly and without warning on the internet, and disappear almost as fast. He's cool with that.  -Top-

Anthony King

Anthony King is writer, director, and performer - and the Artistic Director of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in NYC. As an actor, Anthony has been featured on MTV's Human Giant, Comedy Central's Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn, and in the feature film, Mystery Team. He is also a member of the UCBT Touring Company and tours from time to time with "Horatio Sanz and The Kings of Improv." Anthony's regional and NYC directing credits include: 1940s Radio Hour, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Mister (starring Anthony Rapp), A Chorus Line and many others. Other notable directing credits: The Patriots (HBO Aspen Comedy Festival), Aziz Ansari Punched A Wall, Who's your Daddy? (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), God's Pottery (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, "Best Newcomers"), Listen Kid (NY Music Theatre Festival), and more. He was also the Assistant Director of the Off-Broadway shows Summer of '42 and The Wild Party (Lippa), and is a member of the Lincoln Center Director's Lab. Anthony has written for GQ, Details, and Entertainment Weekly magazines, and he has written for television A&E, Comedy Central and CBS/Paramount.  -Top-

In addition to Gutenberg!, Scott and Anthony have written other music together, including the titular song in the TheatreworksUSA touring production of If You Give A Pig A Pancake & Other Story Books, the songs "Can I Get A Napkin Please," "I Love Lunch," and "Let's Squish Our Fruits Together" for Improv Everywhere's Public musicals (seen by more than 9 million people on YouTube!), and a series of songs based on real Craigslist posts for Details Magazine. They are currently at work on the most amazing new musical ever.  -Top-


Laura Gordon (Director/Rep Associate Artists) first began working at the Rep in 1993. As an actress she has appeared in over 75 productions, including Death of a Salesman, The Lady with All the Answers, Pride and Prejudice, Enchanted April, The Crucible, Doubt, The Clean House, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Mary Stuart, Endgame, and Copenhagen. As a director, her credits at the Rep include In the Next Room or the vibrator play, Speaking in Tongues, Laurel &Hardy, Almost, Maine, Edward Albee’s Seascape, Half Life, and I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady from Rwanda. Elsewhere she has directed The Royal Family, and Old Times (American Players Theatre); The Winter’s Tale (Utah Shakespeare Festival); Well (Milwaukee Chamber Theatre); Skin Tight, Memory House, Full Gallop (Renaissance Theaterworks); Going to St. Ives (Forward Theatre). She received a Lunt- Fontanne Fellowship in 2010.  -Top-


Stephen H. Carmody (Scenic Designer) design credits include: Around the World in 80 Days and Bad Dates (Fox Valley Rep); Pippin (The Music Theatre Company); The Receptionist (Steep); Changes of Heart (Remy Bumppo); A Twist of Water (Route 66); Becky Shaw (A Red Orchid Theatre); The Shadow of a Gunman (Seanachai Theatre Company), Man from Nebraska (Redtwist) and Nunset Blvd. (Theatre at the Center). Stephen has also assisted on projects throughout the country, on and Off-Broadway and for Disney on Ice. Stephen received The John Murbach Scholarship for Collaborative Design, presented at The 2009 Michael Merritt Awards.  -Top-


Rachel Laritz (Costume Designer) is happy to be returning to The Rep after joining them for: Song Man Dance Man, Laurel and Hardy, Almost, Maine, Happy Now?, A Year of Magical Thinking, I Just Stopped By to See the Man, Glengarry Glen Ross, Grafton City Blues, Edward Albee’s Seascape, Life Could be a Dream, Frozen, Half Life, Bad Dates, The Clean House, The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? and Two Pianos, Four Hands. Other credits include: Utah Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre Louisville, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Pearl Theatre, Court Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Peninsula Players, Remy Bumppo, Timeline, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks, Skylight Opera Theatre and University of Michigan. Other professional credits include: NBC’S Law & Order. Rachel is a recipient of a 2011 Emerging Artist Award and a 2009 Joseph Jefferson Award.  -Top-


Charles Cooper (Lighting Designer) is a Chicago-based lighting designer making his Milwaukee Rep Debut. Recent work includes Hairspray and Curtains (Drury Lane Oakbrook); A Wrinkle In Time (First Stage Children’s Theater); Love, Loss, and What I Wore (Asolo Rep Theater and 1st National Tour); Do the Hustle, and Old Glory (Writers’ Theatre); Of Mice and Men And First Look Repertory of New Work (Steppenwolf Theatre); Around the World in 80 Days (Indiana Repertory Theatre); Tree and Blue Door (Victory Gardens Theater); Eclipsed and She Stoops To Conquer (Northlight Theatre); Chicago, Chicago and A Few Good Men (Peninsula Players Theatre); Pitmen Painters and To Master the Art (Timeline Theatre; Associate Artist); Welcome to Arroyos and Speech and Debate (American Theater Company) and Pippin (The Music Theatre Company). Current and upcoming work includes Assistant Design for the new musical The Last Smoker in America (Off- Broadway and Westside Upstairs Theatre) and Love Me Some Amnesia (American Blues Theatre). Charles has received five Jeff Nominations and Two After Dark Awards. Member: United Scenic Artists. www.Cooperportfolio.com.  -Top-


Sandy Ernst, (Casting Director/Associate Artistic Director) made her first casting trip to NYC with American Players Theatre founders Randall Duk Kim and Annie Occhiogrosso exactly 30 years ago, and continued casting with APT as both a member of the directing staff and the Production Stage Manager for the next 15 years. She has served as Milwaukee Rep’s Casting Director for over a decade, seeing up to a thousand auditions each season. Sandy made her first foray into film as Casting Director for the independent feature film Baraboo and as Casting Consultant on Waterwalk.  -Top-


Sarah Hoffmann (Stage Manager) is so happy to return to the Stackner Cabaret having enjoyed the spring working on Always . . . Patsy Cline. She has worked at numerous theaters throughout Wisconsin including American Players Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, American Folklore Theatre and First Stage Children’s Theater, were she was the production stage manager for three years. As always, Sarah is continually grateful to be working in the arts.  -Top-


Jason Simpson (Stage Manager Apprentice) graduated with a BS in Theater from State University of New York at Brockport. He worked as a stage management intern for Geva Theatre, in Rochester, NY; stage manager for Tibbits Opera House and assistant stage manager for Bristol Valley Theatre. Jason hails from Upstate New York, near Rochester, where his passion for theater developed. His goal is to continue his education in the future and work as a professional stage manager. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to learn and work with The Rep, while experiencing life in Milwaukee with his cat, Juliet.  -Top-


Magdalene Ellsworth (Assistant Director/Artistic Intern Ensemble Member) is proud to be a directing intern for the 012/13 Season. She holds a MFA in Theatre-Directing from Western Illinois University and a BA from Carthage College where she studied Musical Theatre and Political Science. Maggie has directed at Clinton Area Showboat Theatre, WIU, Carthage College, Lake Forest Academy and the Music Institute of Chicago. Some of her favorite credits include directing Rock ‘n’ Roll, God of Carnage and Speed-the-Plow and performing the role of ‘Ivy’ in August: Osage County at WIU for which she received an Irene Ryan Nomination.  -Top-

Learn more about the background of the show and/or the themes explored in this production.

» Official Site of Gutenberg! The Musical!

» 2 Girls, 1 Show, 50 States

» Learn More About Johann Gutenberg

» Inventor's Handbook

» Inventor's Games & Trivia

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Running Time
Approximately 1hr and 40 mins

Performance Times
Tuesday: 6:30pm*
Tuesday - Thursday: 7:30pm
Sunday Evening: 7:00pm
Fri/Sat Evening: 8pm
Saturday Matinee: 4pm
Sunday Matinee: 2pm
Wednesday Matinee: 1:30pm
*Once per run otherwise 7:30pm

Recommended Age
12 years and older

Access Date
Audio Described
Sun, Sept 2, 7pm

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