About First Date
All the nerves and excitement of a blind date are brought to the stage with wit and charm in this clever new musical comedy coming to Broadway after a hit run at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre. Written by Austin Winsberg with music and lyrics by Disney grads Michael Weiner and Alan Zachary, First Date follows a romantic encounter from the awkward introduction to the clumsy goodnight kiss in real time, including all the modern quirks like Google background checks and fake cell-phone calls to provide a possible escape. Dorky, hopeful Aaron is set up with confident, skeptical Casey, but both have been burned before. Will they be able to forget the past and make a love match? A chorus of restaurant diners act out the scenes playing out in Casey and Aaron’s heads, as characters like former boyfriends and girlfriends, relatives, shrinks, imaginary future offspring, and the spirits of Facebook and Twitter enter and exit their thoughts.
Variety raved “By the end, Aaron and Casey have begun to forge a connection, but you can’t say that wedding bells are exactly in the air—expect perhaps for the creative marriage between composer-lyricists Weiner and Zachary. Their songs are the highlight of the show…the lyrics are flat-out ingenious.” The Seattle Times said the show has “the smart, frisky appeal of a choice episode of Sex and the City—minus the bed-hopping.”
Two hours (one intermission)
There is a bar on the orchestra level with soft drinks, cocktails, water, candy, and show merchandise for sale; no food or drink is allowed in the theatre; the seating capacity is 1,091. This midsize house gives the feel of an intimate theater experience.
Did you know?
Composer-lyricists Michael Weiner and Alan Zachary wrote Twice Charmed: An Original Twist on the Cinderella Story for the Disney Cruise Line and have a new musical based on the film Secondhand Lions which will premiere in Seattle in September 2013.
Austin Winsberg is best known as a writer and producer for TV. His credits include Gossip Girl, Jake in Progress, and Glory Days.
This show might be a bit uncomfortable for a first date, but for a second or third, it’s ideal. Couples will enjoy the romantic byplay and clever songs.
Good for kids?
This is probably a bit too adult for young children, but okay for those 12 and over, as long as they are mature.
Longacre Theatre Location Information:
220 W 48th St.
New York, NY 10036
N, R to 49th St.; A, C, E to 50th St.; B, D, F, Q to 47th St.-Rockefeller Center.