NCM Fathom to broadcast 'Play in a Day' backstage look


Giving audiences a candid look behind the scenes of the Broadway curtain, NCM Fathom Events, Overnight Musicals and The Broadway League will present “One Night Stand: Creating a Play in a Day,” a one-night event broadcast to movie theatres nationwide on Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m.

The film follows such New York actors as Cheyenne Jackson (“30 Rock,” Broadway’s Xanadu), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (“Modern Family”) and Rachel Dratch (“Saturday Night Live”), as well as teams of writers, composers and directors, as they are given 24 hours to write, cast, compose, rehearse and perform four short musicals. At the end of the 24 hours, the musicals make their opening, and closing, night at New York City’s Gramercy Theatre. The event will also present exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the stars of “One Night Stand” as they share intimate stories of life on Broadway.

Likened to “A Chorus Line meets ‘Project Runway’” (, “One Night Stand: Creating a Play in a Day” was directed by Elisabeth Sperling and Trish Dalton. Four teams consisting of composers, writers, directors and actors use props to inspire the musicals: a zoot suit worn by Richard Kind (“Spin City,” “Mad About You”) on a children’s show in the 1970s inspires the “Islands” musical; a phobia pop-up book is the premise for “Multiphobia,” and an ’80s prom dress prop is used in “Dr. Williams” featuring Jackson, Ferguson and Roger Bart (“Desperate Housewives”). Dratch brings her comedic timing to the fourth musical, “Rachel Said Sorry.”

“The excitement is palpable as these talented writers, composers and actors work against the clock to bring their musicals from their imaginations to the stage in record time,” said Shelly Maxwell, executive VP of NCM Fathom Events. “Fans of live theatre will find this one-of-a-kind Fathom Event truly captivating.”

Tickets are available at participating theatre box offices and online at The event will be broadcast to nearly 450 select movie theaters across the country through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network.