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Show Highlights: Dover, DE

Date: 02/13/16

Venue: Schwartz Center

Cast: Gary Adler (piano), Marc T. Engberg (emcee) Matt Giroveanu, Stefan Schick, Annie Schiffmann, Rob Schiffmann

Phony Award-Winning Song: "My Imaginary Girlfriend Cheated on Me"'

The Original Hit Musical: "Playing the Field"

Red Carpet Video

Winning Song

Show Highlights: Toms River, NJ

Cast: Gary Adler (piano), Marc T. Engberg (emcee), Megan Reilly, Stefan Schick, Annie Schiffmann, Rob Schiffmann  

Winning Song: Sligo Lady

Musical Title: A Stage, A Son, A Spy and a Gun

Review by Spotlight Central

Theatergoers in attendance at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center were most impressed by the imagination and energy of the performers and their “go-with-it” attitude — notably when things didn’t make any sense whatsoever — all adding to the fun and hilarity of the evening, leaving audiences to wonder about Broadway’s NEXT H!T Musical!
— Spotlight Central

Red Carpet Video

Producer's Spotlight: Ralph Buckley on Last Night's Show

[Editor's Note: Once a month we hear from one of Broadway's Next's Producers to give a peak into the process of creating, performing, and maintaining our show. This month it's with actor and producer Ralph Buckley.]

What a great night for BNHM! It was so gratifying to have BNHM back in our NYC home, The Triad.

2 cast members made their NYC BNHM debuts: Daniel Tepper and host Marc T. Engberg.

Also we welcomed special guest, David Jacobson from TrivWorks, who conducted a mini Tony Awards-themed trivia contest at intermission.

Co-winners Sarah and Rachel answered the questions:

What musical did the character Sky Masterson appear in? (Guys & Dolls)

Which 80's sitcom character is also a character in Avenue Q? (Gary Coleman)

What is the longest running show in Broadway history? (Phantom of the Opera)

If you knew the answers to any of these question, you might want attend the special Trivworks/BNHM hosted NYC’S ULTIMATE BROADWAY TRIVIA NIGHT/AWARDS SHOW on Tuesday, June 7. The grand prize is 2 tickets to the dress rehearsal of the actual Tony Awards!

Favorite moments from our BNHM opening night performance were:

Host Marc's hilarious riff on the unseen presentation of the BNHM "technical awards" held in Ballroom B of the Holiday Express Inn in White Plains.

Stefan's versatility in playing a giraffe, a dedicated Prohibition era cop and the moon.

Annie and Daniel's duet in which they recreated a competitive 1950's sister brother Pillsbury Bake-Off team who dreamed of escaping their hometown of "Stevesville" and making it to "Paulsburg".

Daniel's hysterical portrayal Corey Hart of Sunglasses At Night fame.

Annie shining as the official neck tattoo artist of the "Gin Whiskey Bathtub Ladies' Club."

Rob's virtuosity in playing the bagpipes, a corrupt alcoholic Scottish-accented police chief and a romantic boyfriend who suddenly becomes a werewolf.

The Phony Award winning song, "Snakes On A Dame" from the musical, "Speaks Not So Easy", written by Gabe Finkelstein, choreographed by Tasha and wonderfully performed by heroine Rachel who was torn between love for her husband and how she feels when she gets hopped up on bathing gin.

And finally, Eric March's underrated brilliance in composing every musical moment in the show.

I look forward to 4 more weeks of hilarity and song. Well done all BNHMers!

On the Red Carpet with Marc T. Engberg

Winning Song

Your Awards Night

If you've been following us on Instagram, you'll know that we have been doing quite a few corporate events. They usually seem pretty fancy and glamorous with big stages, elaborate sets, and of course - us! But what are we doing there? Is it like the touring show? What is going on exactly?
(l-r)Eric March, Annie Schiffmann, Rob Schiffmann, John Cameron Telfer,
and Deb Rabbai at a recent corporate event.

Here is what happens on many of our "corporate gigs." (That's the official BNHM term for them)

It should be said that we perform at many kinds of corporate meetings, and you can find out more on our website. But we'll dive a little deeper and chat about awards nights since this is the world we've been in recently.  It makes sense: we create hundreds of (spoof) awards nights every year, so who knows how to make awards shows fun better than we do?

Many times company awards dinners lack something. There is lots of clapping and photos being taken. Usually everyone's all dressed up and the food is great. But for the audience who isn't winning an award it's kind of like attending a baby shower.  Someone else goes home with all of the good stuff and you're just there to watch them open it.

We like to add our own flair and pizzazz to award ceremonies so that everyone in the room - the winners, the attendees, and the executives have a great night out. We throw in one liners to nominee lists, we sing songs about the winners. We take the energy of the room and crank it up a few notches. 

Just like we do with our traveling show, we research the company ahead of time to understand what is in the zeitgeist. What are employees talking about? What's the company culture? Who are the big personalities? What are the buzzwords that everyone is using? We've learned more than you'd think about insurance sales, general contracting, and brewing beer this way. We play with the fun personalities, throw around the buzzwords that everyone uses, and reference memorable moments from the past year.

So imagine that as you're going through the awards night for your company at that moment when you feel the audience is more focused on their dessert than the stage - the cast of Broadway's Next H!t Musical brings the fishbowl out and sings a song based on the suggestions from the crowd. Instant adrenaline shot for the room!

Think we would give your awards night the panache the winners deserve? Contact Rob Schiffmann the co-artistic director/producer at 917.478.5622 to find out more.

See you at YOUR big night!