The new Neil Diamond-infused musical The Other Josh Cohen, written by and starring Broadway comedians David Rossmer and Steve Rosen, opens on October 21 at off-Broadway’s SoHo Playhouse. Rossmer and Rosen wrote the book, music and lyrics to the intimate tuner, which is directed by Ted Sperling and features a cast of six playing dozens of roles—and instruments.
The Other Josh Cohen tells the story of nice guy Josh Cohen, who is the victim of an unfortunate apartment robbery just days after a poorly-timed Valentine’s Day break-up. All that’s left in his apartment is a single Neil Diamond CD. Six days later, a mysterious letter arrives in his mailbox that calls into question Josh’s Jewish guilt, nice guy nerves and his pop culture-driven conscience.
Rossmer and Rosen will both play Josh, one playing him in the present day and the other a year earlier. Joining the duo are Kate Wetherhead (Legally Blonde) as “A Lot of People,” Vadim Feichtner (The Burnt Part Boys) as “A Bunch of People,” Hannah Elless (Godspell) as “A Bunch of Other People” and Ken Triwush (Titanic) as “The Rest of the People.” The show will feature musical direction by Feichtner and choreography by Andrew Palermo.