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December 7th-19th 2009
Joe directs a workshop of the new musical Dogfight by Peter Duchan (book) and Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (music and lyrics) at Lincoln Center.
November 18, 2009
November 16th 2009
Joe directs a reading of his newest play Walter Cronkite is Dead featuring Sherri Edelen and Susannah Berryman at Geva Theatre in Rochester New York.
September 12, 2009Joe directs another reading of the musical The Last Days of Cleopatra that he is writing with Charlie Barnett.
September 6, 2009Joe directs a reading of the new musical Memory is the Mother of all Wisdom with book and lyrics by Sara Cooper and music by Zach Redler. It starred Catherine Cox and Leslie Kritzer with music direction by Vadim Feichtner.
July 25, 2009Joe spent the past three weeks at Signature Theatre directing a reading of the new musical The Boy Detective Fails with a book by Joe Meno and music and lyrics by Adam Gwon.
July 3, 2009Joe spent the past two weeks up at the O'neill Musical Theatre Conference directing Daniel Zaitchik's Picnic at Hanging Rock.
June 2009Joe directs a two week reading of the new musical sam i was by Sam Wessels for the innaugural summer of the Yale Music Theatre Institute.
April 2009Joe directs a newly expanded and revised version of Sarah Plain and Tall at Dallas Theatre Center.
March 13, 2009Joe directs a reading of the musical The Last Days of Cleopatra that he is writing with composer/lyricist Charlie Barnett with Jill Paice as Liz Taylor and Bradley Dean as Richard Burton.
February 2009Joe writes another show for Signature Theatre's Signature in the Schools program. This one is called Aftershock.
November 1, 2008Joe's production of Irwin Shaw's Bury the Dead opens off-broadway for The Transport Group. Joe wrote a new curtain raiser called A Town Hall Meeting for the production that stars Donna Lynne Champlin, Jeremy Beck, Fred Berman, Mandell Butler, Jake Hart, Jeff Pucillo, and Matt Sincell.
September 15, 2008Joe directs a benefit for the Westport Country Playhouse with Mary-Mitchell Campbell music directing. The evening is honoring Angela Lansbury, hosted by Julia Roberts, with appearances by the like of Bernadette Peters, Raul Esparza, Julia Murney, Laura Benanti, and Steven Pasquale.
September 8, 2008Joe directs a reading of The Last Days of Cleopatra, a new musical he is writing the book for with composer/lyricist Charlie Barnett at the Kennedy Center as part of their Page to Stage festival.
August 8-10, 2008In Transit has a reading at the York Theatre Company.
July 2008Joe spends a week up at the O'neill Musical Theatre Conference directing a reading of In Transit by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Sara Wordsworth, James-Allen Ford, and Russell Kaplan.
June 26, 2008A second, rewritten and designed, production of The Mysteries of Harris Burdick opens at Barrington Stage Company.
May 19, 2008
Joe does a reading of his latest play Holding Pattern starring Robert Hogan, Michael Rupert, Daniel Zaitchik, Sherri Edelen, Anne Marie Nest, Nancy Robinette, and Bobby Steggert for Primary Stages.
May 12, 2008Joe directs a reading of Bernice Bobs Her Hair, a new musical with book and lyrics by Julia Jordan and music by Adam Gwon for Primary Stages.
April 17, 2008Joe's production of The Glass Menagerie starring Mare Winningham, Michelle Federer, Michael Simpson and Kevin Isola opens at The Old Globe in San Diego.
March 2008Joe's production of Fugitive Songs, a song cycle by Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen opens off -broadway for Dreamlight Theater Company.
January 18, 2008Joe's production of M. Butterfly begins performances at the Philadelphia Theater Company starring Christopher Invaar and Telly Leung.
December 14, 2007Joe directs a reading of a new draft of The Burnt Part Boys, book by Mariana Elder, music by Chris Miller, and lyrics by Nathan Tysen, for the Vineyard.
December 8, 2007Joe directs a two week reading of Daniel Zaitchik's musical Picnic at Hanging Rock at Lincoln Center.
September 2007Joe is in Amarillo Texas directing the national tour of Ring of Fire for Phoenix Entertainment.
August 2007The Mysteries of Harris Burdick with a book by Joe and lyrics by Nathan Tysen and music by Chris Miller opens at Barrington Stage Company.
May 1, 2007Joe's production of Bathsheba Doran's play Nest opens at Signature Theatre in Virginia.
April 16, 2007
Joe wins his fourth Helen Hayes award for Best Director for Assassins. The show wins another three in acting categories: Donna Migliaccio for Best Supporting Actress, Andy Brownstein for Best Supporting Actor, and Will Gartshore for Best Actor. His sister Renee wins the Charles McCarthur Award for best new play.
February 12, 2007
Joe's play for young audiences Salat has it's first public performance as part of Signature's Signature in the Schools program.
Joe's production of Assassins receives 7 Helen Hayes Award nominations.
Joe's production of his sister Reneee's play Short Order Stories is nominated for the Charle's McCarthur Award for best new play.
December 6, 2006
Floy and Clea Under the Western Sky opens at Playwrights Horizons starring David Cale and Mary Faber from afar for awhile now.
September 21, 2006
Short Order Stories by Renee Calarco opens in Virginia at Charter Theatre with a cast made up of Lee Mikeska Gardner, Andy Brownstein, Chris Stezin, Kerri Seymour, Anne Veal, Michael Grew, and Timmy Ray James
September 4, 2006
A reading of Joe's unfinished play Holding Pattern is done at the Kennedy Center for their Page to Stage Festival with a cast made up of Nancy Robinette, Michael Grew, Sherri Edelen, Jenna Sokolowski, Chris Bloch, Stephen Schmidt, Michael Glenn, and Anne Veal.
August 5, 2006
Lincolnesque by John Strand opens at The Old Globe in San Diego. I had a dream design team: Mike Fagin on set, Anne Kennedy on costumes, Chris Rynne on lights, and Lindsay Jones on sound. And I could not ask for a more talented, inventive, joyous cast than that of T. Ryder Smith, Leo Marks, James Sutorius, and Magaly Colimon.
June 21 - July 15, 2006
Joe’s production of The Burnt Part Boys, book by Marianna Elder, Music by Chris Miller, and lyrics by Nathan Tysen has a sold out, critically acclaimed run at Barrington Stage Company. Music direction is by Deborah Abramson and the cast includes Daniel Zaitchik, Charlie Brady, Rob Krecklow, Brandon Ellis, Katherine McClain, Halle Petro, and Tim Ewing.
The Original New York Cast Recording of Sarah, Plain & Tall, directed off-Broadway by Joe Calarco, is available through ShowBiz Records. Website and ordering info: www.sarahplainandtall.net
May 30, 2006
Joe’s production of Assassins opens to rave reviews. The run sells out and extends twice.
April 24, 2006
Joe directs a reading of the musical Liberty Smith, (book by Eric Cohen and Mark Madnick, music by Michael Weiner, lyrics by Adam Abraham) at Fords Theatre in Washington DC. The cast includes Will Gartshore, Erin Driscoll, Donna Migliaccio, Chris Bloch, Stephen Gregory Smith, Andrew Samonsky, Garrett Long, and Stephen Schmidt.
April 15, 2006
Joe’s production of Urinetown wins 8 Helen Hayes Awards including Best Musical, Best Director, Best Choreography (Karma Camp), Best Musical Direction (Jay Crowder), Best Actor (Will Gartshore), Best Actress (Erin Driscoll), Best Supporting Actor (Stephen Schmidt) and Best Supporting Actress (Jenna Sokolowski).
April 4, 2006
Joe directs an industry reading of Enid Rudd’s play Dearest Cousin for the Storyline Project. The play starred Judith Ivey as Elizabeth the First and Laila Robins as Mary Queen of Scotts.
March 22nd - 28 2006
The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, book by Joe Calarco, music my Chris Miller, lyrics by Nathan Tysen is giving a developmental reading in Aspen Colorado by Theatremasters (Julia Hansen founder.)
March 17, 2006
A revival of Sarah Plain and Tall, book by Julia Jordan, Music by Laurence O’Keefe, lyrics by Nell Benjamin, opens at the Lucille Lortel Theatre to more rave reviews. The cast includes Becca Ayers, Kate Wetherhead, Herndon Lackey, Kenneth Boys, Heather Ayers, and Gene Biscontini.
February 27, 2006
February 22, 2006
Joe directs a reading of the musical Zanna with music and lyrics by Tim Acito and Book by Adam Bock and Tim Acito. Musical direction by Eddie Robinson. The cast included Mark Price, Anika Larsen, Rob Sapp, Jessica Snow Wilson, Christopher Hanke, Josh Tower, Derrick Baskin, Cutis Holbrook, Emy Basik, Trisha Jeffrey, and Lisa Yuen.
February 13, 2006
Joe directs the Drama League’s Annual Benefit Gala at the Rainbow Room. Choreographed by Karma Camp, with musical direction and arrangements by Ron Melrose, performers include: Harry Connick Jr., Kelli O’Hara, Roz Ryan, Julia Murney, the Jersey Boys, Titus Burgess, Liz Callaway, Michael Cerveris, Liz McCarthy, and Rachel York.
February 13, 2006
Joe’s play My Vacation in Paris dealing with the issues of slavery and women’s rights on the eve of the French Revolution opens at Signature Theatre in Arlington Virginia. He was commissioned to write it for the theatre’s Signature in the Schools program. The program uses theatre to open the minds and broaden the viewpoints of local teens while engaging them in a positive and creative experience. The program is the recipient of The Washington Post’s prestigious Community Service Award. The program’s director Marcia Gardner says, “I feel strongly that combining history and theatre gives us all a chance to look at the world in a new way, to be more responsible citizens, to think, to empathize. That’s what Signature in the Schools is about.”
February 7, 2006
January 27-February 7: Joe will be directing a developmental reading of the musical Meet John Doe by Andrew Gerle (music and book) and Eddie Sugarman (book and lyrics) at the Carousel Dinner Theatre. The cast features Erin Maguire and Greg Stone.
Joe directs a developmental reading of the Richard Rodgers Award winning musical Broadcast by Nathan Christensen (book and lyrics) and Scott Murphy (music) for Playwrights Horizons. Will Chase, Mano Felciano, Christopher Hanke, Lisa Howard, Dan Jenkins, Julia Murney, Connor Paolo, and Alison Walla, are in the cast, and Kimberly Grigsby is the music director.
October 16, 2005
Joe’s critically acclaimed production of Urinetown closes at Signature Theatre in Arlington Virginia, after a sold out, extended run.
October 10, 2005
Meet John Doe performs at NAMT.
september 22, 2005
Liberty Smith does two presentations for NYMF resulting in great buzz
september 16- 25, 2005Joe rehearses a reading of Meet John Doe by Andrew Gerle and Eddie Sugarman for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre. Donna Lynne Champlin, Michael Rupert, and Greg Stone are featured in the cast.
september 16–22, 2005
Joe rehearses a reading of Liberty Smith (book by Eric Cohen and Mark Madnick, music by Michael Weiner, lyrics by Adam Abraham) for The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF). Featured in the cast are Kevin Earley, Stacie Morgain Lewis, Mary Stout, Derrick Baskin, Steve Rosen, Danny Gurwin, Tom Riis Farrell, and Chris Hoch.
september 15, 2005
The Mistress Cycle opens.
august 22-september 15, 2005Joe rehearses The Mistress Cycle by Beth Blatt and Jenny Giering for the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF). The cast includes Stephanie Bast, Lisa Bresia, Mary Bond Davis, Sally Wilfert, and Lynne Wintersteller. The design team is Mike Fagin (set), Chris Lee (lights) and Anne Kennedy (costumes). James Sampliner is the musical director. The show is produced by AWOL Theatre Project, PenneySeal Productions, and Van Hill Entertainment.
august 22, 2005
Urinetown opens to rave reviews.
july 19-august 22, 2005
Joe rehearses Urinetown at Signature Theatre in Arlington Virginia. The cast includes Antony Aloise, Chris Bloch, Michael Bunce, Evan Casey, Steven Cupo, Erin Driscoll, Sherri Edelen, Eleasha Gamble, Will Gartshore, Amy McWilliams, Donna Migliaccio, Phil Olejack, Jeffery Peterson, Stephen Schmidt, Tom Simpson, and Jenna Sokolowski.
june 24-july 10, 2005
Joe travels to Ithaca, NY (his home away from home) to do some preliminary writing work on a proposed novel of R&J.
may 14-june 4, 2005
Joe is in full tech rehearsals for Twice Charmed on the Disney Magic, cruising from Port Canaveral in Florida, through the Panama Canal, to Los Angeles.
april 23-30, 2005
Joe is in “dry tech” rehearsals for Twice Charmed the musical on the Disney Magic, cruising the Caribbean.
april 16-18, 2005
Joe goes to DC to hold auditions for Urinetown at Signature Theatre.
april 4-8, 2005
Joe travels to L.A., Seattle, and Toronto for the recordings of the score for Twice Charmed.
march 31-april 21, 2005The Audience, conceived and directed by Jack Cummings III for The Transport Group, runs at the Connelly Theatre to critical acclaim. Joe is one of the book writers on the piece. Steven Alper and Sarah Knapp (The Immigrant) wrote the song for their segment. Other contributors to the piece include, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Adam Bock, Jenny Giering, Michael John LaChiusa, Michelle Lowe, and many more. The cast of 46 includes, Becca Ayers, Rita Gardner, Dee Hoty, Robyn Hussa, Herndon Lackey, Sondra Lee, Sean MacLaughlin, Gerry McIntyre, Michele Ragusa, Natalie Toro, and John Wellmann.
march 23, 2005
Elegies opens to great reviews in Philadelphia.
march 1-22, 2005
Joe rehearses William Finn’s Elegies: a song cycle for The Philadelphia Theatre Company. The cast includes Sherri Edelen, Will Gartshore, Keith Byron Kirk, Donna Migliaccio, and Michael Rupert. Kim Grigsby music directs.
february 2-28, 2005
Joe rehearses Twice Charmed: a new twist on the Cinderella story by Michael Weiner and Alan Zachary for Disney Creative Entertainment in Toronto.
january 1- february 1, 2005
Scenes from Joe's play ...in the absence of spring... are included in the book, Best Stage Scenes of 2004, published by Smith and Kraus. Other playwrights included in the volume are John Patrick Shanley, Donald Marguilies, Richard Greenberg, Adam Rapp, and Stephen Adly Guirgis.
november 8-16, 2004
august 10-20, 2004
Joe Calarco responds to censorship controversy around a Connecticut production of his play Shakespeare's R&J. read response
july 2, 2004
Joe's production of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men opens at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, New York.
may 5, 2004
Joe’s production of Julia Jordan's new play, Boy, opens at Primary Stages. The cast includes: Kelly AuCoin, Robert Hogan, T.R. Knight. Miriam Shor, and Caitlin O’Connell.
march 23, 2004
Joe’s production of William Finn’s Elegies: A Song Cycle opens to critical acclaim at Arlington Virginia’s Signature Theatre. The cast includes Helen Hayes Award-winner Sherri Edelen, two-time Helen Hayes Award-nominee Will Gartshore, Larry Hylton, Helen Hayes Award-winner Donna Migliaccio, and Helen Hayes Award-winner Michael Sharp, with musical direction by Jon Kalbfleisch.
january- february 2004
Joe's critically-acclaimed production of Shakespeare's R&J tours the U.K.
The full script of ...in the absence of spring... has been published by Playscripts, Inc.
november 25, 2003
Joe receives an honorable mention from the Evening Standard Awards committee in London in the category of Best Director for R&J.
november 17, 2003
The Mysteries of Harris Burdick has an industry reading in New York. The cast includes: Harrison Chad, Bob Dusold, Chad Kimball, Cass Morgan, Julia Murney, and Nicole Van Giesen.
november 8, 2003
R&J ends its critically-acclaimed run in London and immediate plans are made to tour the U.K.
october 26 - november 8, 2003
The Last Five Years wins the Barrymore Award for Best Musical.
october 26 - november 8, 2003
Joe directs a workshop presentation of The Unrepeatable Moment by John Yearley. The cast includes: John Cariani, Andrea Cirie, Anna Cody, Jeff Pucillo, Greg Shamie, Sarah Schoenberg, and P.J. Sosko.
october 21 - 22, 2003
The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, (music by Chris Miller, lyrics by Nathan Tysen, book by Joe Calarco), is showcased by Mercury Musicals in London under Joe’s direction. The cast consisted of Sarah Ingram, Vicki Simon, Nigel Richards, Dilys Laye, and Joseph Giacone.
october 13 - 17, 2003
Joe workshops a new take on Antigone, which he is tentatively calling The Daughters of Oedipus, at the National Theatre in London with actors Raquel Cassidy and Jodi Watson.
september 21 - 22, 2003
Sarah, Plain & Tall was presented at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre on New York's Theatre Row, September 21st and September 22nd. Starring the original Off-Broadway cast, Becca Ayers, Kenneth Boys, Herndon Lackey, Debra Wiseman, Kate Wetherhead, John Lloyd Young, and two new cast members, Eddie Korbich and Jessica Molaskey.
Sarah, Plain & Tall was workshopped and expanded Summer 2003 at the O'Neill Center, springboard for such Broadway shows as Nine and the new Broadway hit, Avenue Q.
september 2, 2003
R&J begins a limited run in London in the West End receiving critical acclaim. The Independent names it the #1 show to see in London and it remains on their Top 5 list for the show's entire run.
august 27 - september 14, 2003
Joe's production of Nijinsky's Last Dance by Norman Allen, starring Jeremy Davidson, runs at the Kennedy Center, August 27 - September 14, 2003.
august 20, 2003
The Last Five Years is nominated for 5 Barrymore awards including Best Musical, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, and Best Lighting.
july 29, 2003
The Philadelphia Inquirer names The Last Five Years the Best Musical of the Year and names Joe Best Director of a Musical.
july 16 - august 20, 2003
The Summer of the Swans, by Julia Jordan, runs under Joe's direction to critical acclaim at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, Off Broadway. The cast includes Angela Bullock, Bethany Butler, Greg Shamie, Dustin Sullivan, Kate Wetherhead, and John Lloyd Young.
august 12-15, 2003
The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (music by Nathan Tysen, lyrics by Chris Miller, book by Joe Calarco) rehearses for a reading for Lincoln Center Theatre. The cast includes Harrison Chad, Walter Charles, Chad Kimball, Cass Morgan, Julia Murney and Nicole Van Giesen.
july 28 - august 10, 2003
Joe goes to the Eugene O'Neill Center in Connecticut to direct workshop readings of an expanded version of Sarah, Plain & Tall by Laurence O'Keefe, Nell Benjamin and Julia Jordan. The cast includes Becca Ayers, Debra Wiseman, Kenny Boys, Stacie Morgan Lewis, Josh Park, Jim Price, Joe Cassidy and Kaitlin Hopkins. The O'Neill Center has served as the springboard for such Broadway musicals as Nine and the new Broadway hit, Avenue Q.
july 21-24, 2003
Joe directs a reading of the musical Golden Gate (music and lyrics by Richard Pearson Thomas, book by Joe Calarco) for Second Stage. The cast includes Farah Alvin, Sandy Binion, Anthony Colangelo, Rebecca Eichenberger, Kristy Glass, Ken Marks, James Moye, Julia Murney, John Sloman, Jason Spelbring and Mary Stout.
july 10-26, 2003
My Fair Lady opens at the Hangar Theatre to great reviews and sells out its run.
june 12, 2003
Joe's production of Norman Allen’s Nijinsky’s Last Dance opens at the Berkshire Theatre Festival starring Jeremy Davidson. Plans are in the works for the show to then play Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center at the end of the Summer.
april 13, 2003
The Last Five Years ends its acclaimed run in Philadelphia.
april 9, 2003
Joe directs a reading of Julia Jordan’s play, Boy, for the New Group. The cast included Lizzy Cooper Davis, Judy Frank, Robert Hogan, T.R. Knight, and P.J. Sosko.
march 19, 2003
The Last Five Years opens to critical acclaim in Philadelphia.
march 18, 2003
Shakespeare’s R&J moves to the Belgrade Theater in Coventry, England to more raves.
march 11, 2003
Shakespeare’s R&J opens in Bath, England to rave reviews. There is immediate talk of moving the show to the West End in the Fall.
march 9-11, 2003
Joe takes a break from tech rehearsals for The Last Five Years and flies to England with lighting designer Chris Lee to tech Shakespeare’s R&J in Bath, England.
february 18, 2003
Joe starts rehearsals for Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years staring Nicole Van Giesen and Wayne Wilcox at the Philadelphia Theatre Company.
february 17 - march 4, 2003
Shakespeare’s R&J has a series of invited runs of the show for industry and friends before heading to the U.K.
february 3, 2003
Joe directs a reading of Tim Douglas Jensen’s Port St. Joe for Double Helix Theatre Company. The cast includes Charlotte Cohn, Beverly Z. Davis, Tim Douglas Jensen, Lisa Germ, Ricky Pettigrew, Greg Shamie, Chris Springer and John Lloyd Young.
january 25, 2003
Joe starts rehearsals for Shakespeare’s R&J. The cast is made up of actors Jeremy Beck, Jason Dubin, Matt Sincell, and Jason Michael Spelbring.
january 10, 2003
Joe starts rehearsals for the workshop of Julia Jordan’s Summer of the Swans for Theatreworks USA. Cast includes Michelle Federer, Maude Mitchell, Greg Shamie, Kate Wetherhead, and John Lloyd Young.
december 28 - january 9, 2003
Joe rehearses the first replacement cast for the tour of Sarah, Plain and Tall.
december 4- december 11, 2003
Joe is invited to the Kennedy Center to workshop a new idea for a play: The Pentagon Project based on events surrounding September 11th.