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Kat is a sleep deprived single mom who has just been fired from her day job as a video game music composer. When legendary gentleman-explorer Ernest Shackleton makes contact with Kat through a dating website, the two embark on an Antarctic quest, conquering new horizons and forging a time-traveling love affair for the ages.

Ernest Shackleton Loves Me is a geeky, high-tech musical adventure starring GrooveLily's fierce and funny electro-violinist Valerie Vigoda and the dazzling and hypnotic Wade McCollum, with a tongue-in-cheek script by Tony award-winner Joe DiPietro.

“An exhilarating and heartfelt journey…do not miss this one!” —Broadway World

About the Artist

Valerie Vigoda is a classically trained musician who has toured the world with Cyndi Lauper (opening for Tina Turner and Cher), Joe Jackson and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. She founded GrooveLily (originally The Valerie Vigoda Band) in 1994, with the critically acclaimed CD “Inhabit My Heart.” Valerie is a 2009 winner of the ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award, as well as a two-time winner of the Jonathan Larson Award for Excellence in Writing for the Theatre.

Joe DiPietro is a Broadway veteran who was nominated for a 2012 Tony for Nice Work If You Can Get It and won Best Book and Best Score Tony Awards for Memphis, which was also awarded the 2010 Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. His other shows include All Shook Up; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (the longest running musical revue in Off-Broadway history); The Toxic Avenger and The Thing About Men (both winners of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway musical).

Brendan Milburn is an accomplished record producer and has done a lot of arranging for GrooveLily. Seth Rogovoy wrote: “Milburn is a deft pianist, his nimble finger work doing double-duty as the band’s bassist and provider of its harmonic foundation, delivered with the jazzy sophistication of Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen and the rock and roll theatrics of Billy Joel.” Brendan's music and lyrics have, and will, be featured in a number of off and on Broadway shows. He's always on the lookout for new projects and productions to add to his credits.

SEP 20-OCT 4, 2015

Location:Emerson/Paramount Mainstage

Presented with special arrangement by Matthew Kwatinetz :: NYC

Book by: Joe DiPietro

Music by Brendan Milburn and Lyrics by Valerie Vigoda

Directed by Lisa Peterson with Musical Direction by Ryan O’Connell

Featuring: Valerie Vigoda and Wade McCollum

Ages: 14+

Run Time: 90 minutes with no intermission

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