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AUG 2, 2014 – MY LIFE IS A MUSICAL gets raves at Bay Street Theater

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The world premiere production of MY LIFE IS A MUSICAL ran through August 31 in beautiful Sag Harbor, NY! Check out our rave reviews below!

NEW YORK TIMES:  “Adam Overett’s inspired new musical … Mr. Overett, creator of the music, lyrics and book, has a plot and a few heartfelt emotions to serve up. Not to worry, though: The show remains a lightweight confection.”  More at

NEWSDAY: “Actor-playwright Adam Overett, who has so far eluded fame and fortune, has written an infectiously clever musical … Strikes a refreshingly original boy-meets-girl pose. … As sung by Howie Michael Smith, accompanied by Vadim Feichtner’s rockin’ band, it’s impossible not to believe in the boyishly earnest intentions of his Parker. Directed with seemingly spontaneous choreographic precision by Marlo Hunter, Smith presents a huggably adorable nerd … This musical is a delightful surprise.”  More at

THEATERMANIA: “… The absolutely fantastic “My LIfe is a Musical”. Now running at Bay Street Theater, the show is an unbelievably funny and memorable experience. Book, music, and lyrics writer Adam Overett’s talent transcends that of many of his contemporaries. What an exhilarating night of theater!  More at

BROADWAYWORLD.COM: “The enthusiastic reception seems to indicate that tickets may be in short supply as the production continues its run. … Ms. Monteleone’s beautiful voice perfectly suits Mr. Overett’s catchy score. … A hilarious production and top notch cast make for a wonderful night of theatre.”  More at

NYTHEATREGUIDE.COM: “The music, lyrics and book are all written by Adam Overett, whose impressive talent is made abundantly clear.  Add to this the intelligent direction and fun choreography of Marlo Hunter and a fantastic evening of musical theater awaits you. … This is for musicals what the 2007 Disney film Enchanted was for fairy tales. … My Life is a Musical is everything you know and love about musicals, from the endearing to the ridiculous, all rolled into one. … I look forward to seeing what Mr. Overett will provide for us in the future. … This show is begging for Broadway.”  More at

WALKER VREELAND, 102.5 WBAZ: “A big, exhilarating, feel-good, laugh-out-loud smash hit. My Life is a Musical delivers nonstop hilarity, while telling a deeply touching and original story about self acceptance, finding one’s true voice and singing the song you’re meant to sing. It will keep you smiling, even laughing to yourself, long after you leave the theater.”

SAG HARBOR NEWS: “This young musical-comedy mastermind [Adam Overett] wrote book/music and lyrics for this world premiere of a delightfully silly musical that will lift your mood with its infectious good humor and wit. … [The dialogue is] often just as ingeniously funny and poetic as the non-stop rhyming lyrics. Both the muses of comedy and lyric poetry bestowed gifts on Mr. Overett. Watch for more from him. … The production at Bay Street is two-plus hours of hilarity. ‘Go!,’ as the song says. You will leave laughing.”  More at

SAG HARBOR ONLINE: “‘My Life is a Musical,’ making its world premiere in Sag Harbor, is one show that is guaranteed to make a fan of everyone who sees it. … Charming, clever, and full of heart, style and verve … Laugh-out-loud funny. The musical numbers are catchy and enthusiasm provoking. … Every single detail of this production—from the cheeky set to the cleverly utilized musicians, and far, far beyond—is an absolute winner. And judging from the very enthusiastic response of the audience on Saturday night, I’m definitely not alone in my thoughts. As the entire cast sings in the musical finale, ‘It’s the kind of show that I love.’ Nobody could say it any better than that.”  More at

EAST HAMPTON STAR: “A two-act tour de force, which is both satiric and sentimental with a bit of pop psychology, romance, and Marx Brothers mayhem. They’re ingredients for success.” More at‘My-Life-Musical’

DAN’S PAPERS: “Overett, who both scored and scripted My Life Is a Musical, has a bright theatrical future. His songs range from clever and wordy to soulful and poignant, while the increasingly ridiculous plot subverts musical theater conventions without mocking them. … It’s not necessary to be a fan of musical theater to love My Life Is a Musical. … A lovely score, a positive message, a wonderful cast and a slick production.” More at

HAMPTONS.COM: “[Bay Street Theater has] a very, very nice hit on their hands. … This young actor/playwright [Adam Overett] is definitely a talent to keep an eye on. The story is clean and simple, the music infectious and the lyrics clever, upbeat, and often very humorous. … A fun, engaging and feel good musical that is a perfect summer offering … A production that leaves its audiences smiling, laughing, singing and hopefully seeing reality, at least occasionally, as a musical.”  More at

THEATERLIFE.COM: “If laughter is good medicine for the soul, then the world premiere of “My Life is a Musical” at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, is an absolute overdose of fun. “My Life is a Musical” is a sendup of musicals, rock ‘n’ roll, rock critics, and anything else talented, young composer/lyricist/author Adam Overett can think of. … As with all good comedies, there is a dramatic spine to the piece that keeps it on track, and on point. … In its hysterical “no holds barred” satirizing of the musical art form- maybe instead of calling it a musical, we should call it a “comsical.” Whatever you call it, be ready to laugh.”  More at


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JUN 14, 2014 – CLOWN BAR re-opens at The Box!

Adam Szymkowicz’s hilarious clown noir play, for which I wrote music and additional song lyrics, is returning to the stage after its first smash run last year! Opening at one of the coolest venues in NYC, The Box, at 189 Chrystie Street. Produced by Pipeline Theatre Company, directed by Andrew Neisler, and featuring a hilarious cast.

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From Pipeline’s website:

Clown Bar, a clown noir, a must-see, critically acclaimed, one-of-a-kind experience, returns by popular demand to the lower east side this summer.

Step into The Box this summer and you’ll find yourself transported to Clown Bar, a speakeasy style cabaret replete with clown mobsters, strippers, crooners, addicts, and one dashing square-jawed detective. Put on your red nose, throw back your shot of extra-funny, and get swept into this immersive who-done-it as bad-guy-gone-good Happy Mahoney confronts his past in a vengeful attempt to solve his beloved brother Timmy’s murder.

Entry begins at 7:30PM. No entry after 8:15PM.
Arrive at 7:30PM for dinner, live music, & other delights.

Come dressed in your finest clown attire and get a shot of extra funny on the house.