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Dan Domenech: I'd Rather Be Sailing

Broadway at The Pierre

Dan Domenech is an American actor, best known for his understudy portrayal of Jason Dean in "Heathers: The Musical", Drew in the Broadway musical "Rock of Ages", and a recurring guest appearance on the television series "Glee" (FOX). Domenech has also appeared in the pre-Broadway runs of "Wonderland" and "Sister Act". National and international tours include "Rent" and "Rock of Ages". In 2012, he performed in the Disney Theatrical Productions workshop of "Aladdin".

When not on tour, Domenech lives in New York City. He has been involved with several non-profit organizations, including anti-child trafficking organization Love146, and Lollipop Theater Network — which brings current movies and entertainment to hospitalized children nationwide.

On January 24, 2018, as part of the "Broadway at The Pierre" cabaret series in association with Broadway Sings for Pride, a concert was held at Two E Bar/Lounge — the sophisticated saloon located inside the New York City luxury hotel, The Pierre. The concert featured a performance by Domenech, backed by pianist and musical director Chris Curcio. 

Domenech performed the song "I'd Rather Be Sailing" during the concert, where Shefik served as Videographer. "I'd Rather Be Sailing" is a song from the musical "A New Brain", with music and lyrics by William Finn, and book by Finn and James Lapine. Though many of Finn's previous musicals were to some extent autobiographical, "A New Brain" dealt directly with his own harrowing experience with an arteriovenous malformation and the healing power of art. The hero of the musical, Gordon Schwinn, worries that he may not live to complete his work. Finn wrote many of the songs soon after his release from the hospital. The musical premiered Off-Broadway in 1998 and has been revived in the United States, United Kingdom, and elsewhere.

"A New Brain" started as a series of songs that Finn wrote after he left the hospital, with a concert of those songs produced at The Public Theater in New York City. A cast recording of "A New Brain" was released under the RCA Victor label, with Norm Lewis singing the role of Roger.

The musical was first produced Off-Broadway at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, with previews beginning on May 14, 1998, and closed on October 11, 1998. The production was directed by Graciela Daniele and featured a cast headed by Malcolm Gets (Gordon Michael Schwinn) and Christopher Innvar (Roger Delli-Bovi), including Michael Mandell (Richard), Penny Fuller (Mimi Schwinn), Mary Testa (Lisa), Kristin Chenoweth (Waitress/Nancy D), Chip Zien (Mr. Bungee), Liz Larsen (Rhoda), John Jellison (Doctor), and Keith Byron Kirk (Minister).


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Last Updated: April 22, 2023

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