iMusical: The Improvised Musical! joins the unpredictable playfulness of comedic improvisation with the emotional power of musical theater. A cast of singer-improvisers instantly creates a compelling new show with each performance, comprised of completely improvised scenes, lyrics and music, all inspired by a single audience suggestion.
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The Washington Post calls iMusical "spot on," and they have performed to standing ovations in several comedy festivals (PhiladelphiaBaltimoreDel Close Marathon in New York at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater), as well as at venues across the DC area, including the Kennedy Center. Under the direction of Travis Ploeger, former longtime member of New York's renowned Chicago City Limits, iMusical explores the human condition via song and laughter ... as only WIT can!

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"consistently gleeful"
               - Washington CityPaper [ more

"If improvisation reveals a lot about how the mind works, then the extroverts at Washington Improv Theater are an unembarrassed bunch of sickos."
Washington Post [ more

"I'm always stunned and amazed how this troupe of improv geniuses creates a musical in front of our eyes. Get thee to the iMusical."
DC Theatre Reviews [ more ]

 
Some moments from iMusical performances, courtesy (c) Andrew Bossi on Flickr:
 
 
From the iMusical archives: iTOONSICAL! [Fringe 2011] |  iSCHOOL MUSICAL [Fringe 2012]
 
 
Matt Berman has been frozen in iMusical's carbonite since 2008. Matt is one-third of itinerant samurai improv troupe Yojimprov, organizer-in-chief of the occasionally active improv ensemble Ken Burns Presents, and a former member of Washington, DC improv stalwarts The Score and Nox!, as well as the long-defunct, badly-named, and probably rightly unmourned Psychochuckles. Prior to joining iMusical, Matt studied improv in Los Angeles with The Groundlings and in Washington, DC with WIT. He is a founding member of Washington University's sketch comedy troupe Kaktabülz. He has also performed in, produced and directed less-improvised theatrical endeavors, most notably with the Georgetown Gilbert & Sullivan Society.
Musical theater and improv are like chocolate and peanut-butter for Mark Chalfant. Combine them and he will eat them all. He's delighted to have been involved with iMusical since Travis Ploeger began the project in the summer of 2006, and he's thrilled the show allows him to play with fantastic improvisers from ComedySportz and the DC Improv. He thanks the phenomenal Barbara Scott and Joshua Brody of Bay Area Theatresports, whose inspiring workshops years ago sparked his love for musical improv. Mark helped re-found WIT in 1997 and has served as the company's artistic director since 2003.
Catherine Deadman was spawned by the WIT training program. She was thrilled to performing with WIT ensemble onesixtyone, and then to join the iMusical family. At the University of Virginia, where she was an Anthropology and Spanish major, she had absolutely nothing to do with improv. Her Spanthropology degree has had absolutely nothing to do with anything she's done since. She's an alumni of the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory, and she's been called "one of the most impressive talents to hit Washington's stages in the last ten years" by her loved ones.
Taylor Durant joined iMusical in May after a lot of skill-building practice singing in her kitchen. She also plays with improv teams The Word of God, Jive Turkey, and Big Birds, and regularly tells stories with Speakeasy DC. She has been doing improv for 7 years, in both DC (where she got her training at DC Improv) and in New York City while she worked as a commercial actress. Taylor is also a published comedy and food writer. She currently uses improvisation to teach classes and workshops on communication and presence. When she isn’t making stuff up or telling mostly true stories, she is a birth doula and a licensed professional counselor who has a private practice that serves women and couples.
Bryan Jackson started studying improv in Washington, DC in 2012.  He has studied at DC Improv, Washington Improv Theater, and Upright Citizens Brigade NYC.  He currently performs with the WIT Harold Team Breaker Breaker and iMusical.  He fell in love with musical improv after taking a workshop with Travis Ploeger, and can't believe he gets a chance to learn and perform under his direction.  When he isn't improvising, Bryan likes to talk about his dogs to anyone who will listen. 
Karen Lange is an actor, singer, improviser, and Co-Artistic Director of Pinky Swear Productions. Selected credits: Perfect Arrangement (Source Festival), Cabaret XXXY: Who Do You Think You Are, Cabaret XXX: Love the One You’re With, Killing Women, Carol's Christmas, Cabaret XXX: Les Femmes Fatales, Be Here Now and Freakshow (Pinky Swear Productions), Romeo and Juliet (Red Eye Gravy Theater Company), Life with Father (American Century Theater), House of Blue Leaves (Dominion Stage), Wonder of the World (Port City Playhouse). Karen has been performing with Washington Improv Theater's iMusical since 2006, performing in over 150 shows. She is also part of the DC/NY musical improv troupe Vox Pop, who can be seen in festivals around the country. Karen is a graduate of the Studio Theater Conservatory. She teaches improvisation and musical improvisation at Washington Improv Theater and Studio Theater.
iMusical is like if Dan Milliken's current spouse, improv comedy, suddenly had an affair with his high school sweetheart, musical theater...and then they had a baby together, and then they just left the baby with Dan for him to raise, but it all worked out in the end; no regrets. Dan completed the WIT training program in 2012, and has since become an instructor within it. He also plays with independent troupes Ugh and Breaker Breaker (a former WIT Harold Team), and formerly played with independent troupe Cake Bagel. Dan has performed at the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, Chicago Improv Festival, Del Close Marathon, and unintentionally to countless pedestrians while walking around with headphones jamming to country hits of the 90's.
Emlyn Morinelli McFarland is an experienced actor and improviser with a BFA in performing arts and musical theater from Emerson College. She has studied and performed with The Second City, Upright Citizens Brigade, Magnet Theater, Theater Sports NY, Comedy Sportz NY and was a cast member of Freestyle Repertory Theater New York touring the east coast with workshops and shows. Emlyn is also a voiceover artist and actor who has worked on House of Cards, cartoons such as Pokemon and The Wonder Pets as well as Internet, television and radio ads for products such as Hanes, Dunkin' Donuts, Nintendo and Trip Advisor to name a few. She is a member of the indie improv group The Score.
Travis Charles Ploeger (Director, Accompanist) moved to the DC area in 2006, after an eight-year career as the musical director for Chicago City Limits, the longest-running comedy revue in New York City. He was also the co-creator of I Eat Pandas, the two-woman musical improv group starring Eliza Skinner and Glennis McMurray. A graduate of the Hartt School of Music (University of Hartford), he also teaches workshops and classes in song improvisation, and has helped to create and perform over 1,500 improvised musicals in front of live audiences all across the country. His "legitimate" theater credits include stints at The Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville (CA) and the Forestburgh Playhouse (NY), where he once music directed Loretta "Hot Lips Houlihan" Switt in The Apple Tree. He has also written several musicals for their children's theater series. He is an avid fan of the Washington Nationals (complete with an Expos Strasburg jersey), as well as a season ticket owner for the Minnesota Vikings.  He lives in Silver Spring with his dreamgirl wife, Melissa, and their two attention-seeking children, Benjamin and Henry.  Follow him on Twitter here.
Jaci Pulice started studying musical improv at Washington Improv Theater in the Fall of 2012. It was a much-anticipated pursuit; the first improv show she ever saw was a musical improv show at NYC's Chicago City Limits in 2001. This show led Jaci to try out for the college improv troupe, fall in love with performing, and later take classes at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Training Center in NYC. Jaci has been singing for as long as she can remember. At two years old, her rendition of An American Tail's "Somewhere Out There" was highly regarded by EVERY single member of her large family. She attributes her love of music to her Mother—who raised her to keep a song in her heart and never forget that "what will be, will be." She is thrilled to be a part of iMusical and thankful to Travis Ploeger for being a great teacher and, coincidentally enough, the musical director of the very Chicago City Limits show she saw that inspired her to pursue improv comedy many years ago. Jaci also performs with the ensemble team Commonwealth and is a WIT faculty member.
Greer Smith has the time of her life in the cast of iMusical and she's never felt this way before.  Yes, she swears, it’s the truth.  Greer began performing after daring herself to take classes at the DC Improv and Washington Improv Theater, where she has since enjoyed being a T.A. to wonderful improvisers who embrace the RomCom format with their bodies and souls.  In addition to iMusical, you can see Greer from time to time with Girltime! and in Comedy Sportz and the Blue Show at the Comedy Spot in Ballston (VA).
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