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David Reiffel, Michael Wartofsky, and Bradley Seeman photo Joel Benjamin)
A Musical With Icing on Top
Michael and David and they were like, ‘Why don’t you write the book?” and I said, ‘What’s a book?’” Not exactly a show queen, Seeman is a grant writer and fundraising consultant for government and nonprofit organizations who worked for the AIDS Action Committee during the 1990s. Still, he gave it a shot and within three days had a draft. By then, Wartofsky and Reiffel were hooked and the trio hammered out the script, including some input came up with idea for a musical from Scott Douglas Cunningbased on a headline story in the ham, the notorious cupcakeProvincetown Banner, the local maker himself. newspaper. During the summer Unlike some collaborations, of 2010, a local baker selling this one brought out the best in his cupcakes on Commercial everyone. “We’ve been friends Street triggered police objecfor years and we’re all in a book tion and an ensuing brouhaha. group together,” says Seeman “I thought it would make a fun who lives in the South End musical,” says Seeman. “I even and, like Wartofsky and Reiffel, had the title, Cupcake. I told attended Harvard University.
P’town cupcake scandal inspires three book group buddies with Harvard degrees to write a musical A vacation with friends in Provincetown can yield many things: love, sex, sunburns, hangovers. For Bradley Seeman, Michael Wartofsky and David Reiffel, it inspired a musical. It helps that Wartofsky and Reiffel are seasoned composers and lyricists. Still, they were skeptical when Seeman
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“We’re all joined at the hip now after work-shopping the show, getting it right and spending a long time casting it.” Cupcake will have its world premiere at Boston’s Club Café from May 10 to June 24, as less of a traditional musical than a fun, interactive cabaret. Directed by Guy Ben-Aharon, it is set in the resort “Summertown” where Tom (Grant MacDermott) sells his irresistible cupcakes. But a rookie cop (Mark Linehan) is out to enforce the law prohibiting street sales of food. A few locals, such as a hunky lifeguard (Max Sangerman) and a librarian (Hallie Brevetti), relish Tom’s contraband cupcakes and help him avoid arrest. Meanwhile, a ruthless realtor (Karen MacDonald) is out to seal her own sweet deal. “From the beginning I thought a relaxed, interactive,