HIMSELF AND NORA, Matt Bogar
Jay Productions LTD is currently recording the original cast album of Jonathan Brielle's critically acclaimed musical HIMSELF AND NORA about the tumultuous romance of famed writer James Joyce and his muse, lover and most ardent supporter, chambermaid Nora Barnacle. Directed by award winning director Michael Bush the musical had its New York premiere at the 2012 New York Musical Theatre Festival in July, 2012 at The Theater at St. Clements.
Jay Productions Ltd. will release the album produced by John Yap on JAY Records. The retail price of the CD will be $15.99 and will be available on iTunes and Amazon.com for download. Jay Records is distributed by Allegro Corp.
Michael Bush brought to life Brielle’s HIMSELF AND NORA, a musical tale of one of the greatest romances of the 20th Century - Himself...the brilliant and hard drinking Irish novelist James Joyce, Nora...the passionate chambermaid Nora Barnacle who became his lover, his partner, and his muse for 29 years. In this bawdy and funny, uplifting, and melodic new musical, HIMSELF AND NORA sings the story of one of the great love affairs of the time.
Matt Bogart (JERSEY BOYS) portrays “Himself”- the irascible literary genius James Joyce and Jessica Burrows (DOCTOR ZHIVAGO) the fiercely devoted chambermaid Nora. Rounding out the cast are J.B. Wing, David Arthur and Brian Sills. Director is Michael Bush; Book, Music and Lyrics by Jonathan Brielle, Musical Director is James Sampliner; choreographer, Kelli Barclay; Associate Musical Director, Nathan Dame; Set Designer, Michael V. Moore; Lighting Designer, Cat Tate Starmer; Costume Designer, Sara Jean Tosetti; Sound Designer, Brad Berridge; Casting Director, Stephanie Klapper, Klapper Casting. Production Manager, Jameson Croasdale. Ms. Burrows won an NYMF award for Outstanding Female Performance for her portrayal as Nora.