IF LOVE WERE ALL

 

IF LOVE WERE ALL, celebrates the true essence and artistry of Judy Garland through her songs and poetry, creating a new understanding of her timeless interpretations.  Her poetry, which was never publicly published during her lifetime, paints a lyrical, colorful portrait of a profound human being striving for love and recognition – searching, through her music, for a deeper meaning to her life and career. The audience, through Lisa Jason’s captivating performance, will witness the depth of her creativity and more insight to Judy’s soul, and how it so beautifully emerged through the delivery of her songs and in her performances. If Love Were All,  is a celebration of her as an influential musician, and a history-making movie icon at the height of her talents. We see her strength and her ability to rise above many of the challenges she faced and her resilience as a performer.  Not in impersonation, but an impression that creates a powerful portrait of a woman who inspired, gave of herself to her audience and delivered songs that created memorable images for all who listened. For Lisa Jason, Judy Garland was a beacon of light, in her lonely childhood, in search of love and safety.  If Love Were All,  is about the search for love and how it really does conquer all, come and open your hearts.Originally conceived Richard Sullivan, Destiny of Me, Off Broadway. If Love Were All is directed and co-written Joshua Morgan, Les Miserables on Broadway, and co-directed by James McBride, Anastasia, The Hartford Stage.

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

 

Originally conceived by RICHARD JAY SULLIVAN

Richard Jay Sullivan is an award winning actor and director who has a long and distinguished career on Cape Cod, Off-Broadway and in regional theaters throughout the country. A frequent performer and director at Cape Rep, and Harwich Junior Theater he received his BFA from Hofstra University and his MFA from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee PTTP. Richard’s professional acting credits include Babes in Toyland (Lincoln Center), The Destiny of Me (Circle Rep), A Christmas Carol (Tour), and The Gifts of the Magi (Cleveland Playhouse). Cape audiences may remember his work in Sunday In the Park With George (George), A Class Act (Ed Kleban), Eurydice (Father) with Cape Rep; The Goat (Martin) with New Provincetown Players, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (George) with Counter Productions and several seasons with the Monomoy Theatre. Directing credits include his award winning productions of The Secret Garden (APA), and Big River, Man of La Mancha and Anitgone (HJT). Originally conceived and directed in 2002 at the HJT, under the title Meeting Judy, The Wish is his first collaboration with Ms. Jason. Member- AEA.

YARON GERSHOVSKY, Arrangements/Musical Director

Yaron

Yaron Gershovsky is widely recognized as an accomplished musician whose long list of credits demonstrates versatility and excellence as a Pianist/Keyboardist, Arranger, Composer and Producer. A Summa Cum Laude graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Yaron has been, and stil is the Musical Director and Pianist/Keyboardist for the world renowned vocal group The Manhattan Transfer. He has toured with them world wide. Among his arrangements for the Manhattan Transfer is the Grammy awarded winning song “Why Not”, on their CD “Vibrate”, where he is featured as pianist and arranger. Yaron has recorded with such great artists as The Manhattan Transfer, Wayne Shorter, Lonnie Smith, Steve Gadd, Abraha Laboriel, Lew Soloff, Lou Marini, Janis Siegal, Ray Brown, Grady Tate, Don Sebesky and the Count Basie Orchestra. He has performed with artists such as Richie Havens, Pharaoh Sanders, Sten Getz and Louie Belson.

He arranged and played for various commercials and television shows including, AT&T, Sara Lee, Haagen Daz, 48 hours on CBS and the Discovery Channel. Yaron’s work also included the Broadway stage as vocal arranger for hit musicals, City of Angels, Song of Singapore and Swing as well as numerous workshops and productions including 39, The Music of Harold Arlen, Tales of Manhattan, Musix of Lieber & Stoler, and Romeo and Juliet. He was the original Musical Director for Smoky Joe’s Cafe. In April 2005, Yaron performed at Carnagie Hall under the direction of the famed conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, Musical Director/Conductor of the San Francisco Philharmonic Orchestra. Yaron co-produced the CD, “The Manhattan Connection”, featuring NYC’s best vocalists and musicians, with Janis Siegal, and played on the Johnny Mercer 100the Anniversary CD. He arranged and played on the latest CD release of Ashley Brown, who starred on Broadway as Mary Poppins. Yaron’s work as a Pianist, Arranger and Vocal Arranger, is featured on the Manhattan Transfer CD, The Chick Corea Songbook. Yaron’s recordings include his CD’s “Personal Notes”, and “State of Mind”.

JOSHUA MORGAN, Director/Producer

JoshuaJoshua graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Judith Blazer’s 2005/2007 company of the Artist’s Crossing.

Joshua directed three sold out productions of Hedwig and the Angry Inch in NC and DC, received rave reviews for his work with Neil LaBute’s Some Girl(s), and mounted the DC premiere of Andrew Hinderaker’s Suicide, Incorporated.

As an actor, Joshua has performed at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Co., Signature Theatre, Arena Stage, Theater J, Triad Stage, among others.

Most recently he appeared in Folger’s production of Twelfth Night and Rep Stage’s production of The Piano Teacher. This fall he will be starring in Olney Theatre’s Awake and Sing and Arena Stage’s Fiddler on the Roof.

Joshua is the Artistic Director of No Rules Theatre Company based out of Washington, DC and Winston-Salem, NC (www.NoRulesTheatre.org). He sits on the board of the Artists Crossing in NY, NY and La-Ti-Do, a weekly cabaret and spoken word series in DC.

Joshua just finished his Broadway debut in Les Miserables on Broadway in the role of Tenardier, and is now rehearsing for How to Succeed in Business for Theater Under the Stars and the New York City Premier of The War Boys.

 

 

"[Lisa] sweeps her audience off it's seat and into her heart...through impeccable vocals, personal revelations, humor, and an honest and intimate connection with every person the room."

 Steve Desroche, Provincetown Magazine