Having co-produced First Date through Altar Identity Studios, Media Society is proud to announce that the Broadway hit is now available for licensing through Rogers & Hammerstein Theatricals. Originally starring Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez on Broadway, the hilarious and poignant show was praised for delighting audiences, which the New York Times referred to as the “virtual laugh track” throughout the entire performance.
In a statement posted on BroadwayWorld.com, R&H President Ted Chapin said
I remember reading a quote from New York Times theatre critic Brooks Atkinson on the album of BYE BYE BIRDIE: ‘the audience was beside itself with pleasure.’ That is exactly the feeling I got the night I saw FIRST DATE at the Longacre – all around me people were simply delirious. I felt then and there that this was a show we should add to our catalogue. I am thrilled that we were able to make an arrangement for R&H Theatricals to represent this funny, hip, and very smart show.
“The joy of First Date is that is tells a story we all know, and in some cases know all too well. Anyone, anywhere can relate to the terror of a first date and we have no doubt it will continue to resonate with audiences, just as it did on Broadway,” said Wade Bradley, CEO and Founder of Media Society and President of Altar Identity Studios.
First Date was developed in Seattle by the 5th Avenue Theatre and A Contemporary Theater, and ran at ACT in early 2012 before arriving at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre in August 2013, co-produced by Altar Identity Studios and Junkyard Productions (Memphis).
The original musical features music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner (Disney’s Twice Charmed) and a book by Austin Winsberg (TV’s Gossip Girl, Jake in Progress). An Original Broadway Cast Recording was produced by Altar Identity Studios and is currently available through iTunes.
For more information on this, read the entire BroadwayWorld.com article.