September 9 - October 3, 2010
Perfect Harmony is a comedy about the greatest a cappella group in high school singing history, seventeen-time national champions, The Acafellas. It is also about their classmates and female counterpart, perennial runners up, The Ladies in Red. Perfect Harmony exposes the cut-throat competition of glee clubs and the even more cut-throat competition of high school. Through song and story, these students grapple with the weighty issues of truth, love, what constitutes appropriate choreography for the National Championships, and ultimately the true nature of harmony.
Continuing its trajectory as the little show that could, Perfect Harmony comes to Stoneham Theatre after having been workshopped at NYU’s Tisch Graduate Acting Studio and then premiered to rave reviews at the 2006 New York International Fringe Festival, with an extended run as part of the 2006 Fringe Encore Series. In 2008, the show moved to NYC's Theatre Row, where it sold out its extended run. After its residency in Stoneham, Perfect Harmony will settle in for an open ended Off-Broadway engagement at 45 Bleecker starting October 9, 2010.
Andrew Grosso, who conceived of and is directing Stoneham Theatre’s Perfect Harmony, is the Artistic Director of The Essentials (www.theessentials.org). The show was written by Grosso and developed in collaboration with the previous casts, many of whom created their characters, during a series of loose improvisational interview-based workshops. In 2005, the group, now called The Essentials, was given generous support from NYU Graduate Acting’s Studio Tisch Program to finish developing the play. Several of the cast from the Theatre Row production will be involved in the show coming to Stoneham.