Irish talent on the stage is certainly alive and kicking – as evident by Big Shot, an original musical that has earned an incredible five-night run this summer at the esteemed San Diego International Fringe Festival.
Created by 22-year-old Malahide-native Lauryn Gaffney (pictured above), Big Shot also plays the Sugar Club in Dublin on Wednesday May 14.
Including plenty of energetic and poignant songs, it very much has a big, Broadway feel to it, and it has already won plaudits from national media.
“To have been accepted into the 2015 San Diego Fringe is a dream come true for not only myself, but also the cast and musicians,” Lauryn said recently in response to the good news. She added that the festival is “one of the most exciting arts and culture events in North America”.
When she’s not putting pen to paper, DCU-graduate Lauryn is also an in-demand vocal trainer and, despite her age, she has already been writing songs for a decade.
Earlier this year, her musical enjoyed sell-out performances in The O’Reilly Theatre, the Helix and St Patrick’s College in Drumcondra – meaning the once-off Sugar Club staging it likely to sell-out in advance too.
The Big Shot plot details the adventures of Jeremy Crocker, a savvy defense lawyer thriving in New York City’s bustling legal profession. Despite his ambitions, Crocker falls in love with Carrie, a struggling Irish artist – a romance which then threatens to derail his career when he becomes involved in a dubious new case.
Tickets cost €12 excluding booking fee. See thesugarclub.com for more details. The May 14 show begins at 8pm.