"Rolf(e)" receives major grant from Iowa Arts Council
The Iowa Arts Council has awarded RJF a major funding grant in support of a workshop production of his newest musical "Rolf(e)." The workshop production is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, April 16, 2022 in Des Moines. For more information about "Rolf(e)," click HERE. Performance information will be posted on this website in early 2022; to receive direct updates, please subscribe to the email list by clicking HERE.
(Added July 11, 2021; updated September 25, 2021)
"Utopia" to be presented in 2021 house party tour
This summer, to safely re-introduce the live theatre experience to audiences, the "Utopia" cast will bring the show to you and your private outdoor house party! Dates are currently available in July and August, and there's no cost to the host. To learn more about the house party tour and to book a date, click HERE.
(Added April 1, 2021)
"Adore Us! Line" wins four BroadwayWorld Awards
Iowa Stage Theatre Company's production of RJF's "Adore Us! Line" has won four regional BroadwayWorld "Best Of The Decade" Awards including Best Original Script, Best Production Of A Musical, Best Ensemble, and Best Direction Of A Musical (Maxwell Schaeffer), A complete list of winners can be found HERE.
(Updated January 10, 2021)
"Adore Us! Line" sets ticket sales record
Iowa Stage Theatre Company has announced that its production of RJF's "Adore Us! Line" has shattered previous ticket sales records for the organization. Seven of the nine performances were sold out, and total occupancy was 99% of capacity for the entire run. Additionally, the show was featured in many national media stories, including this lengthy video story produced by The New Yorker.
(Added February 3, 2020)
"Six-On-Six" nominated for four Cloris Awards
The 2018 Epic Stage Productions/Urbandale Community Theatre co-production of RJF's "Six-On-Six: The Musical" received four Cloris Award nominations for the 2018-19 theatre season. Nominated were: Alison Shafer (Best Choreography), Taylor Millar (Best Actress In A Leading Role), and Craig Irvin and John Butz (Best Actor In A Supporting Role). For more information about The Cloris Awards, click HERE.
(Added August 15, 2019)
Laura Benanti premieres new RJF song
A new song by RJF, commissioned by Sheas Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, NY, was premiered at the organization's annual gala in April 2019. Broadway legend and Tony Award-winning actor Laura Benanti performed the song and dedicated it to the event's guest of honor, four-time Tony Award-winning producer Albert Nocciolino. For a photo of Ms. Benanti and Mr. Nocciolino holding a framed copy of the sheet music, click HERE.
(Added March 15, 2019; Updated June 15, 2019)
House Party Tour!
Support provided by Governor Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Arts Council,
a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs,
through the federal CARES Act