First Date

Book by Austin Winsberg
Music & Lyrics by Alan Zachary & Michael Weiner
a co-production with Theatre TCU
Sep 12 2019 to Oct 13 2019

When tightly-wound Aaron is set up with laid-back Casey on a blind date, a casual drink turns into an uproarious high-stakes dinner. As the date unfolds, this mismatched pair’s inner critics take on a life of their own, as other patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes, and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers, and potential conversational land mines. The result is a gleefully awkward evening as these two romantics try to turn a dating disaster into something special before the check arrives.

“Refreshing. A winning crowd pleaser delivered with comic verve & charm”
—The Hollywood Reporter

Performance Schedule: 

First Date runs
Sep 12 through Oct 13
Thursdays 7:30
Fridays & Saturdays 8:00
Sundays 3:00


Aaron - Seth Womack*
Casey - Amber Marie Flores**
Man 1 - Lance Jewett**+
Man 2 - Collins Rush**+
Man 3 - Randy Pearlman*
Woman 1 - Brett Warner*
Woman 2 - Mary Burchill+

* Member, Actors' Equity Association     **Equity Membership Candidate
+ Theatre TCU

Rex Bozarth - Bass
Brent Dacus - Percussion
Kim Platko - Guitar
Alan Shorter - Keyboards

Production Staff: 

Director - Harry Parker
Musical Director - Alan Shorter
Production Stage Manager - Tiffany Cromwell*
Assistant Director - Elizabeth Ross
Assistant Stage Manager - Lindsey Campbell
Set Designer - Michelle Harvey
Costume Designer - Aaron Patrick DeClerk
Lighting Designer - Amanda West
Sound Designer - Mark Howard
Movement Choreographer - Penny Ayn Maas
Props/Set Decor - Lynn Lovett
Stage Management Intern - Reagan Fitzgerald
Technical Director - Ziggy Renner
Shop Foreman - Karlee Perego  
Orchestrations - August Eriksmoen
Vocal and Incidental Music Arrangements - Dominick Amendum

About the Author: 

Austin Winsberg is the book writer of the Broadway musical First Date, which enjoyed a sold out run at Seattle’s 5th Ave/ACT Theatres in 2012, prior to opening at the Longacre Theatre on Broadway in August 2013. Austin is primarily a writer/producer for film and television. He recently adapted the live The Sound of Music television event, starring Carrie Underwood, for NBC. His other television credits include Gossip Girl, Jake in Progress (Creator/Executive Producer – youngest showrunner in ABC history), Wedding Album, Still Standing and Glory Days. Winsberg has written numerous television pilots for ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, Showtime and ABC Family. He has also written movies for New Line, Dreamworks Animation and Warner Bros. Winsberg graduated with a Theater Arts degree from Brown University. He continues to work in theater, directing and mentoring plays for the Blank Theater Company’s Annual Young Playwright’s Festival in Los Angeles.

Alan Zachary & Michael Weiner wrote the score for the Broadway musical First Date, which played on Broadway and has subsequently had over a hundred productions around the world.  They are currently writing The Real Fairy Godmother, a new comedy TV series for ABC, starring Kristin Chenoweth. Recently, the duo penned all the songs for the critically acclaimed musical episode of ABC’s fantasy series Once Upon A Time. Upcoming stage musicals include: 17 Again and 13 Going On 30. The team also wrote music and lyrics for a stage musical adaptation of the film Secondhand Lions (book: Rupert Holmes / producer: Warner Brothers). Zachary & Weiner had the honor of writing the script and songs for the hottest musical act in the world of Harry Potter, Celestina Warbeck & The Banshees, based on a character created by J.K. Rowling – currently playing at Universal Studios Orlando.  The writing team has developed pilots, movies and songs for ABC, FOX, Disney Channel, VH1, Nickelodeon and Amazon Studios. Zachary & Weiner are recipients of the ASCAP Foundation Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award, presented by Broadway legend Stephen Schwartz.