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Sunday 21st July

LAURYN GAFFNEY & COMPANY

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LAURYN GAFFNEY & COMPANY

BIG SHOT THE MUSICAL FUNDRAISER

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Join us for a night of original music by Irish composer and songwriter Lauryn Gaffney. The performance will feature songs from international award winning musical Big Shot, described as “A theatrical storm worthy of a Tony Gong” (Irish Mirror),and contemporary music. This performance will showcase one of Ireland’s most promising composer-lyricists, and simply cannot be missed. Expect a powerhouse cast of some of West End’s and Ireland’s greatest talent performing a wonderful mix of pop and theatre. We know you will love Lauryn’s catchy, engaging music. This performance comes just a month before this songwriters off-Broadway debut in New York City.

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Big Shot The Musical will play five nights Off-Broadway and one night at Feinstein’s/54 Below this August.

In order to achieve this, we are asking for your support to help fund this trip.

Your donation will help cover theatre fees, cast & crew accommodation and technical costs.

Big Shot is an original award winning Irish Musical written and composed by Lauryn Gaffney. In recent months Lauryn and team have been presented with an opportunity to bring Big Shot to New York City, where it will be seen and heard by people who can help bring her closer to her ambition of being the first female Irish composer-lyricist to have their work performed on Broadway.

The most recent production of Big Shot took place in February of this year at The Helix Theatre. For this performance, we invited Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Ken Davenport (Kinky Boots, Once On This Island) to critique the show and consult with us on the next step for our show.

We thrilled to report that Ken was so taken with the show and performance that he has invited us to perform the show Off Broadway in New York for five nights as part of his musical theatre festival ‘RAVE’.

We also secured a booking at esteemed and legendary New York venue ‘Feinstein’s/54 Below’, where the cast will perform a programme of songs from the show and Lauryn’s original music. It is steps from Times Square, the club is known as Broadway’s living room.

The performers involved in past productions of Big Shot include bona fide West End performers and highly sought-after stars of the Irish musical theatre scene. The show has a full Irish band, cast and production team.

Written and composed by Dubliner Lauryn Gaffney, Big Shot will wow audiences on 7th August in ‘Feinstein’s/54 Below’ and from 9th ? 14th August Off Broadway at Ken Davenport’s festival ‘RAVE’.

Big Shot tells the story of one Jeremy Crocker, a savvy defense lawyer thriving in New York City’s bustling legal profession. Despite his ambitions, Crocker falls in love with Carrie, struggling Irish artist who works in Crocker’s go-to caf in Downtown Manhattan. Although the two become ever more infatuated by each other, this threatens to derail Crocker’s career, with regard to the dubious new defense case he has taken on. Does Crocker follow his heart or stick with his legal client obligations? The theme of the story is love, justice and living in the moment.

With a blend of energetic and poignant songs and a suitable amount of drama one would expect of a Broadway-style musical, Big Shot is an exposition of original Irish composition and writing that simply cannot be missed.

Big Shot represented Ireland in the San Diego International Fringe Festival in 2015. Described as an ‘absolute success’ by the festival organisers, Big Shot the musical was awarded the admired ‘Spirit of Fringe’ Award. The ‘Spirit of the Fringe’ award is the most prestigious award, given to the show that embodies the essence and ethos of the festival, demonstrates dedication and commitment to their work.

Following 5 incredibly successful nights in California and one night in Mexico the Irish cast were also part of World Theatre History by being part of the first ever Bi-National Fringe Festival. Big Shot also received outstanding reviews at its UK’s premiere The London Irish Centre in 2016.

*A raffle will be held during the interval.

TICKETS

€12 available online from WAV Tickets or Lo-Call 01 4780766 (9:30am-7pm M-F)

– 50c per ticket service charge applies on phone, internet or creditcard bookings. Final ticket price may be higher from other outlets.

Strictly over 18′s, I.D. may be required

AFTER THE GIG

Live in the Front Bar, 11pm: The Dublin Blues Cartel feat. Mik Pyro, Pat Farrell, John Quearney & Eoin Redmond | Cover Charge applies on Bank Holiday Sundays from 10:30pm

  • Upstairs in Whelan's, 25 Wexford St.
  • Doors: 8pm
  • Tickets: €12