NY PREMIERE OF A NEW MUSICAL COMEDY

Starring Max Crumm as Henry Mann

Off-Broadway Previews Begin

September 23

Nancy Manocherian’s the cell (Artistic Director, Kira Simring), who scored a hit last season with the World Premiere musical Bastard Jones, will present the New York Premiere of THE EVOLUTION OF MANN, a musical featuring music & lyrics by Drama Desk nominee Douglas J. Cohen (Children’s Letters to God, The Opposite of Sex) and book & lyrics by Dan Elish (13: The Musical) based on his novel, Nine Wives.  Directed by Joe Barros (Bastard Jones), the production will star Max Crumm (Grease, Disaster!) in the title role. Previews begin September 23rd at the cell with opening slated for Thursday, October 4.

THE EVOLUTION OF MANN follows Henry Mann, a thirty-something single New Yorker eager to settle down…or so he thinks. After receiving an invitation to his ex-fiancée’s wedding, he and his lesbian roommate embark on a quest to find Henry’s soulmate, his perfect date. THE EVOLUTION OF MANN is a musical comedy that explores love in all its forms and how to build a lasting relationship in the 21st century.

THE EVOLUTION OF MANN runs September 23 – October 21st; Tuesday – Friday at 8pm and Saturday at 3pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 3pm. the cell is located at 338 W 23rd St, between 8th & 9th Avenues — accessible from the C & E trains at 23rd Street. Tickets range from $25 – $55 and are available at 800-838-3006 or www.thecelltheatre.org.

Complete casting for THE EVOLUTION OF MANN will be announced shortly. The production team includes Vadim Feichtner (music supervisor), Libby Stadstad (set), Chris Steckel (lighting), Siena Zoë Allen (costumes), Nathan Scheuer (projections), Ellen Fitton (sound design), Wojcik | Seay Casting (Casting), Kayla Santos (production stage manager), Brian Reager (associate director) and Liz Flemming (associate producer).