Chicago, IL – PFP’s new singing quartet The Boys In Briefs made their sensational debut at Uptown Underground to a raucous sold out crowd on January 26 in Boys in Briefs: At the Beach! And now the Boys are prepping for their final performance on April 26.
This upbeat evening of summertime features Emmy Award-winner Scott Gryder, Travis Austin Wright, and PFP Company Members and the stars of PFP’s The Boy From Oz, Chris Logan and Luke Meierdiercks. The program features sizzling classics from George Gershwin, Kander and Ebb, the Drifters and the Beach Boys, along with selections from today’s pop favorites.
David Zak directs with musical direction from Nick Sula and eye-popping costumes from Raquel Adorno. Patrick Murphy is the Stage Manager.
The Boys In Briefs: At The Beach! performs onTuesday April 26. The performances is at 7:00 at Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640. A limited number of VIP Reserved Seat tickets are $25. General Admission tickets are $20. Or call 800 737 0984. Buy tickets here.
What did the critics say?
Highly Recommended, Colin Douglas writing in Chicagotheatereview.com says “The Boys In Briefs is: a cleverly constructed and expertly performed and warmly welcome Wintertime revue! Under the crackerjack musical direction, arrangement and deft accompaniment provided by pianist, Nick Sula, four handsome and hunky young actor/singers launch into a series of harmonized choral numbers, scintillating solos and dynamic duets.”
Misha Davenport, on BroadwayWorld.com, writes Director David Zak has assembled a quartet of uber-talented actors for the show. Judging from their god-like physiques, one would assume that outside of auditions, vocal coaching sessions, rehearsals and performances the four lads spend every other waking minute at the gym.
Stephen Best on Times Square Chronicles writes: Giving the audience exactly what they wanted, Pride Films and Plays Boys in Briefs: At The Beach’s inaugural performance was an unmitigated hit!
Scott Gryder (actor/singer/puppeteer) performs SIMPLY SCOTTY with Freddie The Puppet & Nick Sula, WOZ: A Rock Cabaret, Life Is A Cabaret! The Words and Music of Kander & Ebb, Thrill Me (Nathan Leopold), national children’s television show Green Screen Adventures (three-time Daytime Emmy Award winner), Pure Imagination (iTunes).
Chris Logan* is a proud Company Member of Pride Films & Plays and recently won a BroadwayWorld Award for his role in PFP’s Chicago premiere of The Boy From Oz. He has also worked with Paramount, Marriott, Porchlight, Theo Ubique and Bailiwick Chicago. Catch him next at City Lit Theater in a tribute to Harold Arlen.
Luke Meierdiercks is a Vermont native and graduate of the Second City Improv Conservatory. Recent credits include The Story of a Story (Underscore Theatre), The Boy From Oz and The Book of Merman (Pride Films & Plays). “From the cradle to the coffin, underwear comes first.” -Bertolt Brecht
Travis Wright is excited to be understudying for the boys! This is his first time working with Pride Films & Plays. He is a proud graduate of the Second City Music Conservatory and received his Theatre Degree from Millikin University. You may have recently seen him in BoHo Theatre’s “Dogfight” and in Light Opera Work’s “Cabaret” and “HMS Pinafore.”
Nick Sula (Music Director) is a pianist, arranger, composer, and award-winning music director. He previously performed as pianist in The Book of Merman. Past music direction and theatre credits include Bohemian Theatre Ensemble, Porchlight Music Theatre, Chicago Opera Vanguard, and Light Opera Works. Nick is an instructor at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, and he performs often at cabaret venues such as Davenport’s, Stage 773, Uptown Underground, and Twisted Vine.
Patrick J. Murphy III (Stage Manager) is pleased to work for the first time with PFP. He most recently served as stage manager for Genesis Theatrical Productions (Hope Throws Her Heart Away, Zelda At The Oasis). He served as stage manager with City Lit Theater for a production of the Seven Percent Solution.
Raquel Adorno (Costume Designer) recently designed Barefoot in the Park, Crimes of the Heart, HoliDAZE, Darlin’, and The BenchMark (Step Up Productions); The Jacksonian, Our New Girl, Genius, The Other Place, The Cryptogram, Reasons to Be Happy, Annapurna, Cock, Gidion’s Knot, In God’s Hat, In the Company of Men, The Dream of the Burning and Hellcab (Profiles Theatre); Angry Fags(Steppenwolf Garage), Book of Merman, The Submission, Some Men, Songs from an Unmade Bed, and The All-American Genderf*ck Cabaret (PFP).
David Zak* (Director) has won 7 Jeff Awards in Chicago, including four for Directing (Animal Farm, Dr. Sex, Parade, Pope Joan), two for writing (The Hiroshima Project, The Count of Monte Cristo) and a special Jeff for “Fostering Diversity in Chicago Theater.” He has directed in London (The Irish Curse), Seoul (Dollhouse, Fanta Stick, and The Ghost’s Cookbook), Dublin (Oh, Holy Allen Ginsberg, At The Flash), Boston (Sin: A Cardinal Deposed), Los Angeles (Dr. Sex, At The Flash) and NY (Marlowe and Poseidon: An Upside Down Musical).