You know how your heart rate spikes when the contestants on Top Chef hustle through the “quick fire” challenge? You know, that contest where cooks have to create a tasty dish in 30 minutes with a surprise ingredient and a limited pantry?
Take that concept and superimpose it onto a musical. (Imagine Ryan Murphy visiting the set of Glee with an assignment to cast, write music, rehearse and perform an episode in 24 hours.)
That’s One Night Stand: Creating a Play in a Day in a nutshell. Multiplied by four.
Denton theater fans can watch the process — with performers Rachel Dratch (Saturday Night Live), Cheyenne Jackson (30 Rock), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family) and Richard Kind (Argo) — at Cinemark 14 in Denton at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
NCM Fathom Events, Overnight Musicals and the Broadway League will bring One Night Stand to 450 movie houses Wednesday. The broadcast is one part sketch comedy by high-caliber vets and one part behind-the-scenes documentary.
Four teams of composers, writers, directors and actors use props to inspire the musicals: a zoot suit worn by Kind on a children’s show in the 1970s inspires the “Islands” musical; a phobia pop-up book is the premise for “Multiphobia,” and an ’80s prom dress prop is used in “Dr. Williams,” featuring Jackson, Ferguson and Roger Bart (Revenge). Dratch brings her comedic timing to the fourth musical, “Rachel Said Sorry.”
Tickets cost $11.50 for adults and $10.50 for students and seniors. One Night Stand is rated R. Cinemark 14 is located at 2825 Wind River Lane.
— Lucinda Breeding