Found is a new musical comedy with some teeth now playing off-Broadway at Atlantic Theatre Company located at 336 West 20th Street. It is a “semi-autographical account of Davy Rothbart’s creation of Found book, magazines, tours, and appearances on This American Life.”
The musical seamlessly weaves the actual letters and “lost” writing into the script in the form of lyrics and scenes. This new work is refreshing. It takes a unique lens into the humanity of the world with all its sadness, joy, love, and humor. Lee Overtree’s direction is spot on and the actors assembled to take us on this journey are more than capable of the task.
Act One opens with a lyrical powerhouse of a song entitled, “Weird Day” which features Nick Blaemire as Davy and the rest of the cast as we embark on the crazy path that eventually led him and his roommates to find a home for lost letters and various notes discovered on streets and cars and Laundromats. As the show continues, each cast member compliments the core story with lines to accent the plot that come directly from the actual original book and magazines.
Daniel Everidge as Mikey D provides the balance and calm between the other two main characters. Barrett Wilbert Weed and Betsy Morgan are not only vocal powerhouses, but solid actresses too. The tension between them as their love centers on Davy is rich with passion, unrequited emotion, and truth.
The Tony-nominated Hunter Bell (book), Eli Bolin (music and original lyrics), and Lee Overtree (director and book) are responsible for the smooth integration of the letters into an actual script, lyrics, and staging. The choreography by Monica Bill Barnes is flawless. And the set design by David Korins is filled with letters and paper, which provides a simple but powerful papier-mâché as a compelling and interesting background.
The remaining cast members, Christina Anthony, Andrew Call, Orville Mendoza, Molly Pope, Danny Pudi, and Sandy Rustin each have their moment to shine but then brilliantly provide the tapestry and accents greatly needed for the letters to come to life. Each word may have an unsolicited writer, but they have a newly discovered home in the mouths and bodies of the talented cast.
I highly recommend this production that takes the timeless/ageless reality of the trash we sometimes overlook by bringing them to life with value and lyrical expression. Because whatever you may find, “Is awesome!”
Click here for information to purchase tickets. Playing now until November 9.