Aberdeentheatre company Greenroom Productions have been sent a special good luck message for their latest show – from a Broadway actor and major West End star.
For Jared Gertner, currently starring in the smash-hit musical Book of Mormon in London, appeared in the original New York production of Ordinary Days, which the city-based theatre company are staging in The Lemon Tree Studio next week.
He wrote to wish them luck with the production and in their honour, has made a donation to the 911 Museum and Memorial in New York, appropriate as the musical is a story of four young New Yorkers and their city.
In an email to the cast, Jared said:” I'm just writing a quick note to say best of luck with your production of Ordinary Days. I played Warren in the original New York production.
“I was there from the very first public reading of Ordinary Days through every workshop, demo, try out, etc. I was always blown away by how much it affected people.
“It's such a beautiful show with an even more beautiful message and I hope it has as profound an effect on all of you as it had on me.
“I will forever be grateful to have introduced Warren to NYC, and it makes me so happy to know that so many productions have been put up around the world since then. It makes me kind of emotional to know that this little Off Broadway show we did now has a life around the world.
“I wish you nothing but love and luck as you bring the story to Scotland! I wish I could see it, but I'm tied up with The Book of Mormon in the West End.”
"I was surprised and delighted when I received the email from Jared wishing us luck - it is fantastic to receive such a message from the actor who helped create and shape one of the characters from the beginning,” said cast member Scott Jamieson, whose post on twitter about the show was retweeted by both Jared, and the composer of the show Adam Gwon.
“For him to make the extra effort of donating to such a worthwhile and relevant cause makes it all the more special."
By one of musical theatre's most exciting new composers, Adam Gwon, Ordinary Days is a refreshingly honest and funny musical about making real connections in the city that never sleeps (but probably should at some point).
It runs at Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree Studio from Thursday to Saturday, September 12 to 14, and tickets are available online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.
The cast includes Ruairi Mackinnon, Janet Renfrew, Scott Jamieson and Shirley Torrie as the four New Yorker Warren, Deb, Jason and Claire and Jason and Ross Brechin, Angus Mackintosh and Karen Young.
The production is directed by Judith Stephen with musical direction by Ben Torrie and lighting design by Lewis Todd.
As well as bringing Ordinary Days to Aberdeen audiences for the first time, Greenroom Productions previous shows include the UK amateur premiere of Tick, Tick…Boom! (2006), plus regional premieres of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (2008), The Last Five Years (2009) and A New Brain (2011).