The new musical comedy The Last Smoker in America is set for off-Broadway’s Westside Theatre this summer. Directed by Andy Sandberg and featuring a book and lyrics by Bill Russell, music by Peter Melnick and choreography by AC Ciulla, The Last Smoker In America begins previews July 11 and officially opens August 2. Casting will be announced shortly.
The Last Smoker in America is a four-character musical about a dysfunctional family struggling to survive in a world where smoking has recently been outlawed. Pam is having an impossible time trying to quit. Her husband Ernie dreams of being a rock star and relentlessly practices his electric guitar in the basement. Their teenage son Jimmy listens to so much rap music he’s convinced he’s black, while their nosy, anti-smoking zealot neighbor Phyllis lurks around trying to catch transgressors mid-puff.
The creative team includes music supervision by Fred Lassen, set design by Charles Corcoran, costume design by Michael McDonald, lighting design by Jeff Croiter and Grant Yeager, sound design by Bart Fasbender, casting by Jay Binder, general managment by Roger Alan Gindi and production stage management by Pamela Edington.
The producers for The Last Smoker in America include Andy Sandberg, Whitney Hoagland Edwards, Michael Palitz and Stephanie Rosenberg.