"LOOK UP! the songs of Turner & Grusecki" returns to the Laurie Beechman Theatre beginning April 4, 2015!
NEW DATES for return engagement: Sat. 4/4 @ 7 (Opening Night), Sun. 4/19 @ 8, Tues 5/5 @ 7, Tues. 5/19 @ 7
$20 music charge, $20 food/beverage minimum. RESERVE NOW at LAURIE BEECHMAN or call 212.695.6909
This is a new musical revue about connecting and disconnecting. Singer-songwriters Anya Turner & Robert Grusecki will be joined by singers Darcy Yellin and Tom Picasso in an eclectic evening of contemporary songs, directed by Stephen Nachamie. Approx. 65 min. Reservations online and by phone. Great food available from the West Bank Cafe's menu. Come on down to the Laurie Beechman Theatre but reserve early! Doors open 90 min. before show.
What people are saying about LOOK UP!
"In LOOK UP! Anya Turner and Robert Grusecki have turned in one of the season's brightest scores. Better still, they appear in the show, and director Stephen Nachamie knows how to make them, Darcy Yellin and Tom Picasso utterly delightful. We've all heard shows desperately try to find new ways to tell us to turn off our cellphones, but these two have written a witty song about it. The song "A Golden Age" has nothing to do with The Golden Age of Broadway, but the song itself is worthy of it. There's a Christmas song set in a very different locale, and a trendy song about a virtual friend. They're all accomplished. They may also be the first to rhyme "skyline" with "High Line", that popular stretch of downtown elevated railway. They've even written a primer on how to write a song, and believe me, Turner and Grusecki know how. My favorite moment? The enchanting Darcy Yellin sings about the fetching young pedicab driver who took her around Central Park. Yellin was just subtle and yet knowing enough when informing us ,'He knew his way around.'" Peter Filichia, for Kritzerland.com
"Brings down the house with its clever lyrics." The Stage UK
"Flip through this catalogue." Time Out NY
"Thoughtful, smart, artful, heartfelt and funny." Rob Lester, Talkin' Broadway
"Anya Turner and Robert Grusecki are certainly two of my favorite songwriters as well as musical performers. Their writing is modern and sophisticated but can touch you in the most fundamental and human way, like our favorite popular songs that linger in our lives." Donna McKechnie
"Original, heartfelt, clever, touching and very funny." Karen Akers
"I loved LOOK UP! The songs are honest, funny and touching with clever lyrics and fresh, vibrant melodies. It was a joy to hear Anya's velvet voice and Robert's dynamic, sensitive accompaniment. Darcy and Tom were excellent as well. In short it was a thoroughly delightful evening." Nancy Ford
"Remarkable. A grand evening." Helen Gallagher
"LOOK UP! is a wry, amusing and joyfully moving original cabaret – a window into the hearts of its creators, and a reflection of ourselves. 'I Was Here', 'Paul', and 'Janet' made us cry, and 'If You See Something, Say Something' opened our eyes. Thank you, Anya and Robert!" Britt and David Cryer
Anywhere But Here
My Virtual Friend
Fifty Is The New Twenty-Five
I Was Here (a birthday song)
Beverly Hills Adjacent
A Golden Age
Good Times Are Just Around The Corner
Christmas In A Coffee Shop
Here's To Us
How Do You Write A Song
Janet (and like that...)
Ev'ryone's A Star In New York
If You See Something, Say Something
Nothing Yo Lose
The Thing Itself
Singer-Songwriters ANYA TURNER and ROBERT GRUSECKI write works for the musical theatre and cabaret. Together they have created two full-length musicals: Greetings From Yorkville, presented Off-Broadway at the SoHo Playhouse in a production directed by Thommie Walsh and Baayork Lee, and After All, a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing, developed at NYC’s York Theatre Company. Anya and Robert have also written dozens of modern cabaret songs and performed them at many popular Manhattan nightclubs. They have written and recorded five CDs: Ordinary People, You Loved Me, Greetings From Yorkville, A Party with Turner & Grusecki, and Labor Of Love. Turner & Grusecki have published three songbooks and their songs have been performed by such artists as Karen Akers, Donna McKechnie, Steve Ross and the NAAP Broadway Community Chorus at NYC’s Avery Fisher Hall, Town Hall, Symphony Space and the 92nd Street Y. Anya and Robert have twice been named finalists for the Richard Rodgers Award by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The duo has also received awards from Meet The Composer, ASCAP, and the Manhattan Association of Cabarets. They are married and live in a fifth floor walk-up in a neighborhood of Manhattan called Yorkville. AnyaRobertMusic.com
DARCY YELLIN Darcy is honored to be bringing the music of Turner & Grusecki to the Laurie Beechman. A born and raised New Yorker, she received her BFA in Musical Theater from The College Conservatory of Music at The University of Cincinnati. Regional: Funny Girl (Fanny Brice), Cabaret (Sally Bowles). NY Theater: Company (Marta), The Last Goodbye (Lady Capulet), Morning Star (Fanny), A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Once Upon a Time in New Jersey, Minimum Wage.
TOM PICASSO Tom is thrilled to be working on the songs of Turner & Grusecki. Around New York he has been seen at the Duplex Cabaret Theatre, Public Assembly and Silent Barn in Brooklyn, the NYFringe Festival, as well as Off-Broadway at Classic Stage Company among others. He recently returned from his home State of Kansas where he performed in a revival of the jazz musical "The Nervous Set" at the Lawrence Arts Center. Tom is currently the voice of the COZI-TV cable channel from NBCUniversal, and can be heard on various audiobooks including the NYTimes Bestseller, "The Reason I Jump." He is a graduate of the University of Kansas and the Case / Cleveland Play House MFA Acting Program.
STEPHEN NACHAMIE (Director) New York: Mr. Confidential (NYMF), Foreverman (NYMF - New World Stages Award), Naughty/Nice (Producers Circle Co.), Luck! (with Faith Prince), West Side Story, Into the Woods, Torch Song Trilogy (with Seth Rudetsky), Faraway Bayou, She Loves Me, Driving Miss Daisy (with Larry Marshall), I Hate Hamlet, and It's a Wonderful Life as well as numerous industrials. Regionally he has directed and/or choreographed for Goodspeed’s New Works Festival, Olney Theatre Center, North Carolina Theatre, Penguin Rep, John W. Engeman Theatre, New Rep, Tri-Arts, Maine State Music Theatre, Gateway Playhouse, Seacoast Rep, among many others. His production of A Chorus Line at the Olney was awarded the 2014 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Resident Musical Production. He was named one of DCMetroTheatreScene's favorite directors of 2013. He is currently developing several new works for the stage and co-bookwriter for the new musical Foreverman. Member SDC stephennachamie.com
Left to right: Tom Picasso, Darcy Yellin, Anya Turner, Robert Grusecki
Clockwise from upper left: Anya Turner, Tom Picasso, Robert Grusecki, Darcy Yellin
"LOOK UP!" logo and ecard is by Alexandra Rogerson @ arobesque design studio.