Joe Patrick Ward and "GWW" Cast
Joe Patrick Ward and "GWW" Cast

Joe Patrick Ward (at piano) is flanked by the amazing cast of "The Grave White Way". (from left) Lesli Margherita, Joshua Finkel, Craig A. Curtis, Amy Rutberg and Shannon Stoeke.

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Torch Song from "Riverboat Regina"
Torch Song from "Riverboat Regina"

Lesli Margherita sings "My Parents Like Him So" from the fictitious 1933 musical "Riverboat Regina".

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Lesli Margherita as "Regina"
Lesli Margherita as "Regina"
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Amy Rutberg and Shannon Stoeke
Amy Rutberg and Shannon Stoeke

Sing "Lovelier Than the Loveliest Things I Know" from the fictitious 1937 musical "Too Comfy for Kissing".

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Annie Sullivan & Helen Keller Sing!
Annie Sullivan & Helen Keller Sing!

Annie (Lesli Margherita) and Helen (Amy Rutberg) sing the title song from the fictitious 1962 musical "Oh Helen", based on "The Miracle Worker".

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"Oh Helen!"
"Oh Helen!"
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Lizzie Borden and Family
Lizzie Borden and Family

Lizzie (Lesli Margherita) sings "Bury the Hatchet" from the fictitious 1956 musical-operetta "40 Whacks 40", as her doomed father and stepmother (Joshua Finkel, Amy Rutberg) look on.

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"Bury the Hatchet"
"Bury the Hatchet"
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"Goin' to the Cockfights"
"Goin' to the Cockfights"

Yeehaw! It's the rousing opening number from the fictitious 1943 musical "Wichita!". (from left): Lesli Margherita, Shannon Stoeke, Craig A. Curtis, Joshua Finkel and Amy Rutberg.

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A Chorus Line?  Not Quite.
A Chorus Line? Not Quite.

Cast sings the song "Wow" from the fictitious 1975 musical "An Ensemble of Insignificant Non-Speaking Roles That Sing and Dance in the Background".

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"Wow"
"Wow"
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The Missiles Are Launched!
The Missiles Are Launched!

The cast sings the showstopper "Join the Chorus While You Can" from the fictitious 1959 musical about the end of the world, "Do I Hear a Boom?".

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"Join the Chorus While You Can"
"Join the Chorus While You Can"
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"He's Clean and She's Not"
"He's Clean and She's Not"

Joshua Finkel sings this "Gershinesque" number from the fictitious 1942 musical "Spud Crazy" (written by the also-fictitious brothers Gus and Gideon Pusman).

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"Curtain Down"
"Curtain Down"

Joe Patrick Ward sings "Curtain Down" from "The Grave White Way".

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Kay Cole, Joe and Sarah Gurfield
Kay Cole, Joe and Sarah Gurfield

Sarah directed "The Grave White Way" in Los Angeles and Kay was the choreographer. Kay was involved with the show from its earliest beginnings (as an actress, then choreographer).

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With My "Grave White Way" Cast
With My "Grave White Way" Cast

The extraordinarily gifted company of the Los Angeles production: Joshua Finkel, Shannon Stoeke, Lesli Margherita, Craig A. Curtis, Amy Rutberg and Joe Patrick Ward.

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"Grave White Way" Poster
"Grave White Way" Poster
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Cinegrill Marquee in Hollywood
Cinegrill Marquee in Hollywood

The "Cabaret" version of "The Grave White Way" first played at the Cinegrill, located in the famed Roosevelt Hotel in downtown Hollywood.

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Cast of "The Grave White Way"
Cast of "The Grave White Way"

The original Cinegrill cast included (from left) Craig A. Curtis, Kirsten Benton, Robert Yacko, Elizabeth Smith, Joe Patrick Ward, and Kay Cole.

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Stalin's Mom Sings "Love Him More"
Stalin's Mom Sings "Love Him More"

From the fictitious musical "Mama's Boys", Kay Cole (as Stalin's mother) sings the ballad "Love Him More", backed up by Kirsten Benton and Elizabeth Smith (as the mothers of Hitler and Mussolini).

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"Oh Helen!" at the Cinegrill
"Oh Helen!" at the Cinegrill

Elizabeth Smith (as "Annie Sullivan") and Kay Cole (as "Helen Keller") sing the showstopping title tune from "Oh Helen!".

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"Grave White Way" logo
"Grave White Way" logo
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Original Concert Version
Original Concert Version
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"One More Quarter in my Pocket"
"One More Quarter in my Pocket"
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Robert Yacko sings "Nice is So Nice"
Robert Yacko sings "Nice is So Nice"
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Ed Staudenmeyer & Elizabeth Smith
Ed Staudenmeyer & Elizabeth Smith
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Sandy Rosenberg
Sandy Rosenberg
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"Chummy Chum Chum"
"Chummy Chum Chum"
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"The Mice, the Men, the Music & Me"
"The Mice, the Men, the Music & Me"
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"Total War"
"Total War"
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"Oh Helen!"
"Oh Helen!"
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Joe Patrick Ward at Piano
Joe Patrick Ward at Piano
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"Everything Eliza"
"Everything Eliza"
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Finale with the Cast
Finale with the Cast
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Outdoor Reception
Outdoor Reception
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2nd Reading in NYC - Cast & Crew
2nd Reading in NYC - Cast & Crew

Cast members for the second NYC reading included Stephanie J. Block, Jim Caruso, Shannon Stoeke, Amy Rutberg and Craig A. Curtis.

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Photos from various productions

Photos from "The Grave White Way"