Set against the backdrop of the 1965 East Coast blackout, Fly By Night celebrates the transcendent power of human connection. In a story both hilarious and bittersweet, a young sandwich maker’s life is changed forever by two captivating sisters. With a beautiful score that will stay with you, Fly By Night reminds us that, “life is not the things that we do, it’s who we’re doing them with.”
John Munson's Ultimate
Fly By Night-Inspired Playlist
Hey! I've made a little playlist of songs that came to mind when thinking about music and Fly By Night, our musical.
Some of this music is straight-up from 1965. Some of it is my favorite music from musicals.
All of it is favorite stuff of mine. Hope you can dig it!
- John Munson
1. Gee, Officer Krupke - Original Cast Recording, West Side Story
I picked this because it is set about the same time as Fly By Night, and also in New York. And it's so damned funny.
These are Sondheim's cleverest lyrics in this, my favorite musical of all time, West Side Story.
2. Pure Imagination - Gene Wilder, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
Gene Wilder does not have a classically GREAT voice, but he is a great artist and so
he can sing the words of this song with utter conviction: the world as we can imagine it to be should be a beautiful place.
This was my favorite musical when I was a kid - mostly because chocolate and revenge.
3. Someday My Prince Will Come - Miles Davis
Recorded in New York City in 1961, there's something about this record that feels so much the way
I imagine New York was in the sixties. Miles at one of his several heights.
4. Girl from the North Country - Bob Dylan
Can you see the cover of The Freewheelin'? A New York street, West Village, 1963, and a song about home.
Matches up nicely with themes in Fly By Night.
5. Downtown - Petula Clark
A big hit in 1965; also one of the first pop songs I can recall singing as a child.
6. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
This was happening already in 1965! The Rolling Stones!!
7. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) - Marvin Gaye
And this was also happening. Actually Motown was ruling the airwaves even more than The British Invasion taken on the whole.
Marvin Gaye is my fave for his sweet soulful sexiness.
8. A Love Supreme, Pt. I - John Coltrane
Amazing to think what a transitional year 1965 was. So much was in the air.
I would say that if The Rolling Stones was one tine on the tuning fork of possibility, then John Coltrane was the other.
This song and record is monumental, and recorded just a few miles from where our story takes place.
MEET THE WRITERS
KIM ROSENSTOCK has written several plays including Tigers Be Still, which played a sold-out run in its premiere at Roundabout Underground and was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award. Awards include the Clauder Prize from Portland Stage Company and Aspen Theater Masters’ Visionary Playwright Award. She is a graduate of Amherst College where she first began writing plays under the mentorship of Constance Congdon, and holds an MFA in playwriting from Yale School of Drama. She is originally from Baldwin, Long Island and currently resides in Los Angeles where she writes for the television show, New Girl. Her next project? She has teamed with Cyndi Lauper to write a musical adaptation of the film Working Girl.
MICHAEL MITNICK’s theatre credits include Sex Lives of Our Parents (world premiere 2ndStage Uptown), Fly By Night (Playwrights Horizons 2014; Dallas Theater Center; TheatreWorks), Ed, Downloaded (world premiere Denver Center Theatre Company), Spacebar: A Broadway Play by Kyle Sugarman (world premiere City Lights; developed by The Lark and Studio 42), Babs the Dodo (world premiere at Washington Ensemble Theatre), & elijah (world premiere at LOCAL Theatre Company). He wrote the screenplay for the adaptation of the Newbery-winning novel The Giver. Member of Ars Nova and Page73 Playgroups. 2012 Visionary Playwright Award. Michael is currently writing commissions for The Roundabout and Manhattan Theatre Club. He received his MFA in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama. He lives in Brooklyn.
WILL CONNOLLY originated the role of “Andrej” in the Tony-winning musical Once on Broadway. He has also worked with New York Theater Workshop, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout Theater Company, New York Stage & Film, A.R.T., Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Center Theatre Group, The Old Globe, Yale Rep, Southern Rep, Amsterdam Fringe Festival, and others. As a musician, Will has performed at Lincoln Center, 54 Below, Joe’s Pub, Ars Nova, The Bitter End, and others. He plays bass, guitar, ukulele and percussion on the Grammy-winning Once soundtrack. Will is a founding member of The NOLA Project, a resident artist with Studio 42, and a Carbonell Award recipient. BFA, NYU; MFA in Acting from Yale School of Drama.
“...Immersed in tradition, but utterly original.”
— Dallas News
Jim Lichtscheidl - Narrator
Chris Koza - Harold McClam
James Detmar - Mr. McClam
Royer Bockus - Daphne
Leah Anderson - Miriam
Joy Dolo - Crabble
Joshua James Campbell - Joey Storms
Sarah Rasmussen - Director
Trevor Bowen - Costume Design
Barry Browning - Lighting Design
Sean Healey - Sound Design
Joe Stanley - Scenic Design
Mark Christine - Music Director
John Novak - Stage Manager/Properties