“Date of a Lifetime” has successful reading — but then all hell breaks loose
Ken Davenport Theatrical chose “Date of a Lifetime” (book and lyrics by Carl Kissin) as the first musical to grace their prestigious developmental series. The show, which starred Farah Alvin (Nine, Marvelous Wonderettes) and David Josefsberg (Les Miserables, Altar Boyz), follows two singles at a speed-dating event.
In a disconcerting turn of events, the audience connected so fully with the characters that every married person in the crowd immediately got divorced. In the words of one, “Until I saw this, I never knew speed dating was so much fun. I had to ditch the old ball and chain just so I could go try it.” Said another,” I thought speed dating was painful and awkward. What I learned in Carl’s musical was that a person can go to one of these gatherings and sing witty lyrics as a means of self-expression or seduction. That’s the kind of life I want to lead.”
Carl immediately apologized to all the families, but is concerned it fell on deaf ears as he has not received any holiday cards.
Date of a Lifetime was directed by Jeremy Dobrish, with a musical score composed by Robert Baumgartner Jr.