Medicine the Musical

For anyone who has ever worked hard for a dream!

This dynamic rock musical follows a group of first year medical students as they grapple with their lives, loves, and the rigors of their education. Join the class!

“Look to your left. Look to your right. One of you won’t be here to graduate”

Limited Engagement: 14 Shows

Playing at: HERE 145 Sixth Ave. (enter on Dominick Street one block south of Spring), NY, NY 10013   See on map

November 3, 2018 – November 18, 2018

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Congratulations! Join the class and follow these first year medical students in this exciting rock musical. Medicine the Musical follows a group of first year medical students through the torments of their first year on the road to medicine.

Development History

April 2017. Staged Reading Daryl Roth Theater, New York, NY

November 2018. Fully staged production, limited run, at HERE Arts Center, New York, NY



Writer, Lyricist, Composer – Michael Ehrenreich.  Michael Ehrenreich is a practicing dermatologist living in South Orange, NJ. In addition to Medicine the Musical, he is also the writer, lyricist and composer for The War, a new musical in development. Previous literary credits include the novels Bang Oblivion and Amaranth, and the one act plays Men and Other Primates, and What Happened to Bobby Blake. He is also inventor of the Zigo Leader Carrier Bike and designer of the board games StartUp and Election.

Director – Joey Murray.  Murray is a New York City based theatre, concert, and music video director whose work has been seen at performing art centers, regional theaters and arenas all over the United States and China. He was the Interim Artistic Director and is the current Casting Director for Jenny Wiley Theatre, eastern Kentucky’s longest operating professional theatre, where he has directed numerous productions, including: Disney’s Tarzan, Oliver!, 9 to 5, The Robber Bridegroom and Footloose. He most recently directed Hair at Pentangle Arts and The Mystery of Edwin Drood at Fordham University. Selected Regional: Godspell at ArtisTree’s Grange Theatre, Cabaret at Pentangle Arts, the regional tour and Queens Theatre production of Polkadots: The Musical, and Holidays at the Hard Rock! featuring renowned Broadway and recording artist Linda Eder at the Hard Rock Arena in Ft. Lauderdale. Murray served as Associate Director for the Broadway-bound production of CAN-CAN at Paper Mill Playhouse, and is the resident director for The Broadway Dolls, an award-winning concert experience featuring a cast of the most in-demand women on Broadway. NYC: New York Musical Festival (NYMF), New York Int’l Fringe Festival, New York Theatre Barn; Theatre at St. Clements; 54 Below; Joe’s Pub; The Triad; Birdland; Zipper Theatre. Music video debut for Element Music, an NYC-based entertainment company featuring some of the music industry’s leading musicians. He is currently directing ’68 at NYMF this summer, playing at the Acorn Theatre. Murray is a graduate of Catholic University, and studied playwriting and directing at NYU and The Barrow Group. SDC Associate.

Musical Director – Nick Wilders. Nick is a characteristically enthusiastic NYC-based music director, keyboardist, and producer. Recent/upcoming credits: Jersey Boys (2nd National Tour); Power Over POTUS, Misfits (Laurie Beechman Theatre); Footloose (Theatre Workshop of Nantucket); GirlfriendPeter and the Starcatcher (Kitchen Theatre Company); Mary PoppinsA Christmas Carol (Northern Stage); Rock of Ages, Burn the Floor (Norwegian Cruise Line); Theatre of Witness’ Sanctuary (Northern Irish Tour). After this show, maybe he’ll go to med school. Find more info at www.nickwilders.com!

Choreographer – Josh Assor. Josh is a New York based award winning choreographer and performer. Some of his recent work includes Mary Poppins at the Arrow Rock Lyceum, New York Fashion Week, Audi Ottawa as well as a commercial for Modos Furniture. Josh was the associate choreographer for the Saturday Night Fever National Tour as well as Kiss me Kate at the Summer Theater of New Canaan. As a performer, some of his favorite credits include Disney’s 1st National Tour of Newsies (asst. Dance Captain), Neleus in Mary Poppins on Broadway and the 1st National Tour, Baby John in West Side Story (Stratford Festival), Wizard Of Oz National Tour (Troika), and dancing on NBC’s Saturday Night Live with Jimmy Fallon. Josh has been featured in Dance Canada Quarterly, Industry Dance Magazine and Dance Plug Los Angeles. He has taught at Edge Performing Arts Center and is currently on faculty at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City where he has been a guest choreographer for many of their events.

Associate ChoreographerChloe Lafleur

Orchestrations and Additional Arrangements – Matthew DeMariaMatt is Long Island based musician.  He can be currently seen around the world as the music director for the Rent 20th Anniversary tour.  Before that he worked as a production assistant for the Tony nominated Come From Away. Other past music direction credits include regional productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, American Idiot, West Side Story, Spring Awakening, Sweeney Todd and many many more.

Arrangements – Andy Peterson.  Andy is a New York based composer, musical director, arranger and orchestrator originally hailing from the Land Down Under. He holds a Bachelor of Music (Composition) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Composer credits: Razorhurst (Luna Stage), Stalker: The Musical (New York, Chicago, [upcoming] Sydney), Outlaw (in workshops). Selected Musical Director/Arranger/Orchestrator credits: OFF BROADWAY: Red Roses, Green Gold (Minetta Lane Theatre), Atomic (Theatre Row). NEW YORK/REGIONAL: More Than All The World (Theatre for the New City), Night Tide (NYMF), Shaken, Not Stirred (The Django), Thrill Me (Luna Stage), Grindr: The Opera (CMTF), Baby Fat (La Mama). INTERNATIONAL: Sinbad: The Musical (arranger/orchestrator for the Malaysian Tour), Kiss Me, Kate (conductor for the Chinese tour), Bare (Sydney), Pippin (Sydney). FILM: Happy Yummy Chicken. http://andypetersonmusic.com.au

Projection Design – Lisa Renkel. Lisa is a projection designer based in New York City. Her passion for collaborative design has allowed her the opportunities to work on a wide variety of productions ranging from theater to music festivals. Select designs: Learn to Speak Doll (Peppercorn Theatre), Broadway Bares 28: Game Night (Broadway Cares), Merrily We Roll Along (Cape Rep Theatre), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (5th Floor Theatre Company), Magic The Play (Theatre Row), Dutchman (Secret Theatre), She Persisted (Drama League), Boundless (Cape Rep Theatre), Outside Paducah (Poetic Theater Productions), Village Orpheus (Fresh Fruit Festival). Select associate and assistant designs: JUNK (Broadway), The Stone Witch (Off-Broadway), The Spoils (Off-Broadway), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Kennedy Center), A Perfect Harmony (Smithsonian – IlluminAsia). Lisa is a proud graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Check out her work and upcoming projects at: www.lisarenkel.com

Associate Projection Design – Brian Pacelli 

Scenic Design – Colleen SheaColleen is delighted to be making her debut with Startup Productions. Recent credits include Camp Halfblood with Plato Learning, and The Brothers Kahn with the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival. Her work also includes Projections for Speaking As Then by Ruoxin Xu at Columbia University and  Lighting for Falsettos at Truman State University. While at Truman, she served as an adjunct teacher for scenic design and technical direction.  Colleen earned her MFA at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. 

Sound Design – Ashton Michael Corey. Ashton Michael Corey is a New York City based audio designer and engineer. Recent NYC design credits include The Vanity (Theatre Row), Medicine The Musical (Daryl Roth Theatre), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Marymount Manhattan College), A Chorus Line (Marymount Manhattan College), Legally Blonde (Marymount Manhattan College. Other NYC audio credits include IEM Programmer for Ernest Shackleton Loves Me (Second Stage), Sound Supervisor/A1 for Tick, Tick… BOOM! (Keen Company), and A2 for The Wringer (New York City Children’s Theatre). Ashton is also on staff at Lincoln Center Education as an audio technician and engineer. www.ashtonmichaelcorey.com

Lighting Design – Jamie Roderick. Off-Brodway: Red Roses, Green Gold (Minetta Lane), The Woodsman (New World Stages, PBS’s Theater Close Up), Afterglow, A Dog Story, Ken Davenport’s That Bachelorette Show, My Big Gay Italian MidLife Crisis, Liberty: A Monumental New Musical.  London: It Happened in Key West.  Regional: The Bikinis! – A New Musical Beach Party (Long Wharf Theatre, Riverside Theatre, Westchester Broadway Theatre), Romeo & Juliet (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company) Midsummer, Macbeth, Hamlet (Shakespeare on the Sound), Billy Eliot (Ocean State Theatre Company) She Loves Me (Capital Rep). Recent credits include: Kerrigan and Lowdermilk’s The Bad Years, Midnight at The Neverget, More Than All The World (Theatre for a New City) as well as six season with The Sharon Playhouse. Resident Lighting Designer: Broken Box Mime Theatre.  www.JamieRoderick.com

Costume Design – Susanne Houstle. NYC: The Triumphant (Target Margin Theater), Julius Caesar and Twelfth Night (Gallery Players), Go Get the Axe (Fig Productions), Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone? (Starting 5 Productions), Where Does It All Go When It Goes? (2nd Ave Dance Company). Boston: Sexyback, or What You Will (Touch Performance Art), The Importance of Being Earnest, Company, and Kimberly Akimbo (Moodbox Productions), Elemeno Pea (ART Institute). MFA, NYU-Tisch. www.susannehoustle.com

Prop Master – Joshua Barilla.  Broadway (Props Intern): Head Over Heals (Hudson Theater). Off-Broadway (Props Artisan): Is God Is (Soho Rep.) What We’re Up Against (The Woman’s Project), (Props Intern): Skintight (Roundabout Theater Company), The End of Longing (Manhattan Class Company) and The Three Musketeers (Classical Theater of Harlem). (Scenic Designer): Annie (The Gallery Players). Production Design (Intern): The Common Ground pilot (DNA info), Marcel commercial (Samsung), My Idol (48 Hour Film Project).  Bachelor of Science Graduate in Advertising and Marketing Communications at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Production Stage Manager – Kelsey Vivian. Off-Broadway: Twelfth Night and We Rise: A Celebration of Resistance (The Public Theater). NYC:The Mile-Long Opera (The High Line), Larvae (The Alchemical Theatre Laboratory), The Whale (HCLab at Stella Adler), Really Really (Wrong House). Regional: Fun HomeThe CallBlackberry WinterNative GardensAmerican Hero (Vermont Stage Company), Julius Caesar (Vermont Shakespeare Festival), Outside MullingarMonty Python’s Spamalot!Fox on the FairwayYoung Frankenstein (Saint Michael’s Playhouse). This one is for Mom, who is the best musical-loving, non-nurse around!

Production Manager/Assistant Stage Manager – Justin Hsu


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Lead Producer – Startup Productions

Additional Producers – Scott Nass, Ken Kurson, Rizwana Fareeduddin


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