The Apple Boys: A New Barbershop Quartet Musical Jonothon Lyons & Ben Bonnema

About This Show

At the turn of the century in the heart of Coney Island, a strongman, a hotdog vendor, a rollercoaster track operator and an apple delivery man meet and discover the magic of barbershop harmony. The Apple Boys celebrates the perseverance of the American spirit, the value of friendship, and the virtue of a community coming together to discover that the whole truly is greater than the sum of its parts.

about the artists

Jonothon Lyons (Warren and Book) Performance credits include Blue Man Group, Sleep No More, Off the Main Road (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Basil Twist’s Sisters’ Follies (Abrams Arts Center) and Rite of Spring (Lincoln Center), Moisés Kaufman’s El Gato con Botas (New Victory Theatre), and Anthony Minghella’s production of Madama Butterfly (MET). Writing credits include The Tenement (HERE Arts Center), winner of the 2010 NY Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Original Short Script and Ensō, recipient of a 2014 Jim Henson Foundation Seed Grant.

Ben Bonnema (Music & Lyrics) is a recipient of a 2017 Jonathan Larson Grant by the American Theatre Wing. He wrote book, music & lyrics to Adult Swim’s PETER PANIC, a musical video game that’s been played by over a half million people (developed by James Marion).  His slumber party musical, BOYS WHO TRICKED ME, was called “heart-healing musical theatre” by Joshua Barone of the New York Times. Other full-length: ONE WAY, with Christopher Staskel (reading at Playwrights Horizons), THE APPLE BOYS with Jonothon Lyons (Dixon Place), and THE LOST GIRL with Arianna Rose (Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival). He contributed additional sound design and composition to Punchdrunk’s award winning show SLEEP NO MORE. Ben holds an M.F.A. from NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program and is currently Marc Shaiman’s music associate.

David Alpert (Director) worked on Broadway production of IF/THEN, The Trip to Bountiful, The Best Man, and Guys & Dolls and the New York productions of Talley’s Folly (Roundabout), Old Friends (Signature), Death Note by Frank Wildhorn, A Little Night Music (NYU), and Scythe of Time (NYMF).  Other credits include Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide (Guthrie), Flashdance (National Tour), Vanya & Sonia…, Urinetown, Joseph…, and Little Shop of Horrors.  Every year David proudly presents the Living for Today Concert which benefits Gilana’s Fund (  David is the Artistic Director of Headline Programing for BroadwayCon.

Alex Parrish (Music Director and Alexander) is a NYC-based actor, composer, and music director. He has performed at Playwrights Horizons, Theatre Row, Valley Shakespeare Festival, 13th St Rep, Town Hall, 54 Below, the Times Center, and others. His composing work includes two full-length musicals (a third in development with lyricist Laura Winters), orchestral suites for multi-media spectacles (premiered at MIT), and arrangements for NY singer-songwriters. He has been an MD for various youth musicals and groups, with four years as an all-male a cappella arranger. Graduate of NYU Tisch BFA Drama program and BMI Musical Theatre Workshop.

Emily Skeggs (Hank) In December, Emily wrapped one of the lead roles in Desiree Akhavan’s feature film The Miseducation of Cameron Post, based on the popular YA novel. Emily also stars in Dustin Lance Black’s eight-part miniseries When We Rise for Gus Van Sant, airing on ABC. Emily was nominated for duel Tony and Grammy Awards as the lead in Sam Gold’s hit musical Fun Home on Broadway, all the while shooting a recurring role on Brannan Braga’s series Salem.

Ronald Peet (Jack) has worked with artists ranging from James Franco to Philip Seymour Hoffman to Macy Gray on projects as different as performance art installations to workshops of new musicals in venues such as Ensemble Studio Theatre, Ars Nova, La Mama, Atlantic Theater Company, Barrington Stage Company, and the landmark Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Virginia.

Teddy Yudain (Nathan) is an NYC based actor, puppeteer, singer, and comedian. Credits include the US premier of The Little Match Girl with Improbable Theatre and Blind Summit Theatre at Spoleto Festival USA (dir. Phelim McDermott), Madama Butterfly at The Metropolitan Opera (dir. Anthony Minghella), El Gato Con Botas with Gotham Chamber Opera and Tectonic Theatre Project (dir. Moisés Kaufman), One Man, Two Guvnors at Florida Studio Theatre (dir. Joe Discher), and many summers at the Hope Summer Repertory Theatre.  He received his BFA in Acting from the University of Connecticut, and is currently studying clown with Lucas Caleb Rooney.  

Allison Pottasch (Graphic Designer) is a professional artist working in visual communications. She focuses on illustration, branding, and UX&UI design. A graduate of Pratt Institute and a member of The Art Student’s League of New York, she continues to explore mediums and non-commercial work that transcend style.

Thursday, August 3 at 7:30pm

General Admission

$15 in advance

$18 at the door



Estimated Runtime
75 minutes

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Book by

Jonothon Lyons

Music and Lyrics by

Ben Bonnema

Directed by

David Alpert

Music Direction by

Alex Parrish

Graphic Design by

Allison Pottasch


Emily Skeggs*, Ronald Peet*, Teddy Yudain*, and Jonothon Lyons, with Alex Parrish*

*Actors appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association


*Actors appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

Photo credits

Jason Zeren, Cat Yudain, Paul Gregory, J.Demetrie