Former Pennsylvania Governor and Ballard Spahr Special Counsel Edward G. Rendell has teamed up with Ballard Spahr Partner Kenneth M. Jarin to co-produce a new show, In Transit, Broadway's first a cappella musical.
The pair became involved after longtime friend and Broadway financier Marvin S. Rosen enlisted Mr. Jarin to raise funds to produce the show. Mr. Jarin, a political fundraiser for the Democratic Party, recruited Governor Rendell, an avid fan of a cappella-centered film Pitch Perfect, to help. This is the first venture into Broadway investing for both men.
"It was an opportunity to apply our fundraising skills to another type of candidate," said Mr. Jarin, a patron of the arts in Philadelphia who serves as Chairman of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia Board of Directors.
In Transit tells the stories of New Yorkers as they travel on the city's subway. It features an ensemble cast, including Broadway regular David Abeles, 2016 America’s Got Talent contestant Moya Angela, 2012 American Beatbox Vice Champion Steven “HeaveN Beatbox” Cantor, and American Idol alumnus Justin Guarini.
"When I first heard the music, I knew it was something I wanted to be involved in," said Governor Rendell. "And I was right. In Transit is as much fun and as enjoyable as any Broadway show I've ever seen."
Book, music, and lyrics were written by Academy Award winner Kristen Anderson-Lopez, James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan, and Sara Wordsworth. The show is directed and choreographed by three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall.
At Ballard Spahr, Governor Rendell devotes his practice to public-private partnerships and housing, with an emphasis on infrastructure. He was a Ballard Spahr partner from 2000 to 2003 before being elected Governor of Pennsylvania, where he served two terms.
Mr. Jarin is Practice Leader of the firm's Government Relations, Regulatory Affairs and Contracting Group. He represents both public and private employers in labor relations, contract negotiations, interest arbitration, employment discrimination litigation, and wage and hour disputes. Mr. Jarin was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve on the National Council on the Arts, the governing board of National Endowment for the Arts, a position he held from 1994 to 1998.