SURVIVAL OF THE FETUS

written & performed by: Coby Koehl
director & choreographer: Vic DiMonda
musical director: Jonah Spidel
featuring: Cherie Hannouche, Natalie Joy Johnson, Meridith Cullen, Matthew R. Wilson & Erik Reyes

Performance Schedule:
October 24 - 27
Thursday - Saturday 10:00pm
Sundays 5:30pm
The Club
tickets $15.00


SURVIVAL OF THE FETUS is a new autobiographical musical written by and starring singer-songwriter Coby Koehl. Funny, yet intense and moving, it tells the story of a young gay man, born two months prematurely in Israel, who must overcome obstacles and naysayers as he finds his own self and the voice that lets it be heard, in other words, as he learns to survive. It's an empowering story, directed and choreographed by Vic DiMonda. Musical director is Jonah Spidel.

It's a story of being ripped from the womb two months prematurely because your mother didn't want to endure the pain of childbirth, and because she had a party to go to in a couple of weeks and didn't want to look fat. It goes on to growing up in Israel and America with a monster of a mother who was married ten times and for whom raising children was a distraction; of growing up gay; of finding solace in singing and in fantasies involving icons of popular culture; and, finally, of breaking away from those fantasies and discovering strength in your own voice.

The show includes approximately 17 songs covering a wide range of styles including contemporary, R&B, gospel and house music. Music and lyrics are by Mr. Koehl and his long-time collaborator, Sean Dibble. Arrangements are by Jonah Spidel and Erik Reyes as well as Ken Kincaid. Additional script development is by Les Gutman, who also serves as the show's producer/manager. In addition to Coby Koehl and Meredith Cullen, the show features, in various roles, two gossipy backup singers, Cherie Hannouche and Natalie Joy Johnson, as well as a number of male characters portrayed by Matthew R. Wilson and Erik Reyes.

Coby Koehl is a singer songwriter who has performed numerous times at cabarets in New York (including headlining at Don't Tell Mama and Rose's Turn a half dozen times), as well as at clubs like the Tunnel, Limelight, Mother, Stonewall and others. He performed in Soppin' Juice at Dixon Place and also produced and performed East Infection, his Sunday Night extravaganza at Flamingo East. Koehl's musical style ranges from R&B to pop, jazz, soft rock, house, alternative, folk, Broadway and standards. He has done voice over and commercial work including the European campaign for the fragrance "WISH" for which he supplied both the original composition and vocals. He can also be heard on numerous dance music recordings.

Vic DiMonda has directed and choreographed productions of Carousel, High Society, The All Night Strut, The Taffetas, Forever Plaid and Smokey Joe's Cafe. He has choreographed The Roar Of The Greasepaint.., Mame, Cyrano.com, Grease, Do I Hear A Waltz?, and The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas. Each year Vic choreographs The Financial Writers Follies at the New York City Marriott, Midtown. Other regional credits include Kiss Me, Kate, How To Succeed.., Peter Pan, Cinderella, The Music Man, West Side Story, Fiddler On The Roof and A Perfectly Normal Boy. He is an artist-in-residence for the Metropolitan Opera Guild and spent two years at the Central Park Wildlife Center as a member of their education department's theatre staff. He is a faculty member of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he teaches Jazz and Theatre Dance, and at Alvin Ailey, where he teaches Tap. He is also the artistic director for the Harkness Dance Center's Tap Team.

Musical Director Jonah Spidel has worked as musical director for The Medium (Actor's Studio), Impossible, Bitch! (The Duplex), Stages (American Theatre for Actors), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Actor's Studio), Fantastic Alice (Spotlight), Three Guys Naked From the Waist Down (University of Oklahoma); conductor/pianist for Trey Parker's Cannibals (KGB Theatre) and Ophelia (Wings Theatre); keyboardist for The Music Man (first national, Big League Theatricals); and associate musical director/pianist for 42nd Street and Guys and Dolls (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma), among other shows. He was also the pianist and music arranger for recordings of Courtin' Time and Stars in Your Eyes, the Balanchine Foundation's "Popular Ballanchine" project.

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