This off-Broadway phenomenon was conceived and directed by Jack Cummings III, collaboratively written by 28 playwrights, composers, and lyricists and starred 46 actor/singers. The Audience tells the story of one particular audience watching a doomed Broadway musical on a Friday night.
THE AUDIENCE was nominated for three 2005 Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding New Musical.
THE AUDIENCE, commissioned and produced by the Off-Broadway theatre company The Transport Group at NYC’s Connelly Theatre, sold out its extended run. Matt’s contribution was the storyline “The Older Woman and the Younger Guy” starring Duke LaFoon and 3 time Tony-nominee Dee Hoty.
THE AUDIENCE was later produced by a (very adventurous!) high school - The Noble and Greenough School in 2007.
“Crunch the numbers in “The Audience” - 46 actors and 28 playwrights, composers and lyricists - and what you get is one giddy, good-time in the theater... Deftly supported by Duke LaFoon, the divine Dee Hoty takes the cake in “The Older Woman and the Younger Guy” (penned by Matt Hoverman) as a Gotham sophisticate who celebrates her 50th birthday by seducing the innocent stranger in the next seat.”
“The cleverest of the segments is Matt Hoverman’s, about an amusingly amorous couple (Dee Hoty and Duke LaFoon) in the theater’s back row...”
“Dee Hoty [in Matt Hoverman’s “The Older Woman and the Younger Guy”] is crisply sardonic as a reluctant seductress in fake pearls.”
Charles Isherwood, New York Times
“In Matt Hoverman’s storyline, Dee Hoty turns in a marvelously chilly, while simultaneously passionate performance as a woman mourning her fiftieth birthday.”
American Theatre Web
“The Audience” provides a delightful theatrical tapestry that will provide laughs of recognition for anyone who’s ever attended a Broadway show.”
New York Post
The huge cast in The Transport Group's production of THE AUDIENCE