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PLACEBO opens at the Pasadena Playhouse’s Carrie Hamilton Theatre

by on Aug.02, 2012, under Uncategorized

The Pasadena Musical Theatre Program’s production of PLACEBO opens tonight at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, CA. The production is directed by renowned musical theatre writer Ryan Scott Oliver. The production, which features a revised book and two brand new songs, runs through Sunday. Tickets are available here: http://www.pasadenaplayhouse.org/box-office/carrie-hamilton-theatre/placebo-a-new-musical.html

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Tickets now on sale for Placebo at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre at the Pasadena Playhouse

by on Jul.05, 2012, under Uncategorized

Tickets are now on sale for the Pasadena Musical Theatre Program’s produced workshop of Placebo, which runs August 2-5, 2012 at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre at the Pasadena Playhouse, directed by Ryan Scott Oliver.

Here is the link for tickets: http://www.pasadenaplayhouse.org/box-office/carrie-hamilton-theatre/placebo-a-new-musical.html

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PLACEBO wins Development Award, Workshop presented at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre at the Pasadena Playhouse directed by Ryan Scott Oliver

by on Mar.21, 2012, under Uncategorized

PLACEBO has been selected by the Pasadena Musical Theatre Program (PMTP) for its second annual Development Award. The Development Award includes a fully produced workshop presented at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre at the Pasadena Playhouse in August 2012, directed by Artistic Director and musical theatre writer Ryan Scott Oliver.

The Pasadena Musical Theatre Program (PMTP) is a unique non-profit performing arts training organization in Pasadena, California, dedicated to developing and nurturing creative talents in the performing arts by encouraging students to embrace musical theatre as a method of self-exploration to enhance their personal growth and professionalism. Established in 1995, it continues to grow under the leadership of Artistic Director Ryan Scott Oliver, with two theatre companies serving elementary through high school students, a conservatory, masterclasses, concerts, and more throughout the year. It provides the highest level of arts education while also remaining the lowest costing theatre organization in Pasadena, dollar-per-hour. Find out more at http://www.pasadenamusicaltheatre.org.

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PLACEBO Song Selected for TheaterMania’s ‘Original Songs of 2011’ Playlist

by on Dec.21, 2011, under Uncategorized

“If We Never” from PLACEBO is included on a recently published “Last-Minute Mixes” playlist by TheaterMania.com that features “17 tracks of exception new songs from the past year – written on both sides of the Atlantic.” The playlist is available for purchase on iTunes as a ‘Last-Minute’ holiday gift idea! Click Here to read the full article, and click here to buy or gift this TheaterMania mix.

TheaterMania’s review of the PLACEBO Original Concept Cast Recording:

“This concept recording will prompt many listeners to wonder when this giddy, utterly delightful new tuner will reach a stage near them. The show focuses on the populace of a small town that’s willingly suckered into believing in a miracle cure-all drug. While the recording doesn’t fully indicate how Joshua Borths’ satiric book will play, Danny Abosch’s tunes are an infectious, ear-pleasing joy, particularly the exuberant “Everything You’ve Ever Dreamed Of” in which the population of Silverville falls into the thrall of the titular drug.”
-Andy Propst, Theatermania.com

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PLACEBO to be workshopped at Emerson College – Boston, MA

by on Apr.06, 2011, under Uncategorized

Jacob Porter and the Musical Theatre Society of Emerson College will be presenting a workshop reading of PLACEBO on May 1st, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. The workshop will be directed by Ryan McGovern and music directed by James Kennedy.

The focus of this workshop will be to explore and develop the show through rehearsal, performance, and discussion. The cast and directing team comes to the material with fresh eyes; in fact the idea for this workshop originated from an Emerson student who came across the PLACEBO Concept Cast Recording on the internet and decided to pursue the possibility of mounting a workshop.

We’re excited for the East Coast premiere of PLACEBO and will post updates in the near future! You can find more information about the Musical Theatre Scoiety at http://musicaltheatresociety.com/

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Placebo Album Reviews

by on Mar.12, 2011, under Uncategorized

Check out the following reviews of the Original Concept Cast Recording! (available on iTunes, Amazon, hard copy, or free download.)

“This concept recording will prompt many listeners to wonder when this giddy, utterly delightful new tuner will reach a stage near them. The show focuses on the populace of a small town that’s willingly suckered into believing in a miracle cure-all drug. While the recording doesn’t fully indicate how Joshua Borths’ satiric book will play, Danny Abosch’s tunes are an infectious, ear-pleasing joy, particularly the exuberant “Everything You’ve Ever Dreamed Of” in which the population of Silverville falls into the thrall of the titular drug.”
-Andy Propst, Theatermania.com

“PLACEBO THE MUSICAL, written by University of Michigan students Danny Abosch and Joshua Borths is unique, clever and tuneful, venturing into new musical theatre territory never mined before…When the overture started I sat up and took notice of the strong melodies Mr. Abosch provides, showing a sure hand and a knowledge of musical theater…the score is highly promising, reminiscent of a diverse number of great modern scores with a happy nod to Broadway’s past. Mr. Abosch has a great ear for melody, creating both catchy show tunes and lilting ballads that serve the story well…the CD is highly entertaining and a strong indication of amazing things to come from these talented young writers.”
-Jason Fortner, Broadway Cafe Society

“Placebo: A New Musical, music and lyrics by Danny Abosch and book by Joshua Borths, had me feeling its effects all day, and I say this in the best way possible.

It’s been a while since I’ve been so fascinated by a show’s concept, and despite the fact that a musical of this title could easily be a one trick pony, I was surprised at the many facets of human relationships that one little pill could reveal…These details really lend themselves to some skilled, thoughtful songs, many of which explore the idea of a placebo for all its nuances.”
-Kimberly Lew, Emerging Musical Theatre


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Cast Recording officially released and available for FREE download!

by on Feb.03, 2011, under Uncategorized

We’re excited to announce the release of the Original Concept Cast Recording, professionally recorded with the full cast and orchestra of the 2010 Michigan Production! Our hope is to be able to share this recording with as many people as possible, so we’re offering it as a free download here. It is also available on iTunes and for purchase as a physical disc (which includes a booklet with photos from the production). Check it out and share it with all your friends!

Click the image to download!

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PLACEBO to be workshopped at Oklahoma City University

by on Nov.29, 2010, under Uncategorized

Press release courtesy of BroadwayWorld.com (original post here).

OCUStripped, Oklahoma City University’s student-run musical theatre organization announces the selections for their New Musicals Project. OCUStripped received a record 26 submissions from the US, UK, and Denmark. Shows will be presented on February 5 and 6, 2011.

Placebo, by University of Michigan students Danny Abosch and Joshua Borths follows the story of two brothers who persuade their town to purchase what they claim to be a miracle pill, invented by their late father, the scientist Dr. Wilson. The pill is actually a placebo made of nothing but sugar, but the town, believing it to be real, becomes carried away with the ‘miracles’ that the pill is reportedly responsible for.

Piggy in the Middle by English composers Andrew Pollard and Steven Markwick is a playful showbiz retelling of the familiar Three Little Pigs featuring the title as a do-wop singing girl group and the big bad wolf as a lascivious producer intent on exploiting their talents.

Seasons, by New York Composers Katie Hammond and Elaine Pechacek is an intimate look into the lives of four people: Helen and Peter, a young couple dealing with an unexpected surprise; and Hope and her mother Mrs. Jones, who are trying to cope with Mrs. Jones’ diagnosis of stage three breast cancer.

These three shows will be presented in 45-minute excerpts and will perform in OCU’s Petree Recital Hall February 5 and 6, 2011, free admission.

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PLACEBO in the news

by on Nov.21, 2010, under Uncategorized

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World Premiere Production– SOLD OUT

by on Nov.14, 2010, under Uncategorized

Thank you to everyone involved in the World Premiere production, and especially to all who came out to see the show. We enjoyed four completely sold-out performances and received very helpful feedback about the show. Stay posted for information about the upcoming cast recording!

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