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Thursday, August 16, 2018

KILLING AN EVENING WITH EDGAR ALLEN POE

Killing An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe




Summoners Ensemble Theatre, in association with the Merchant’s House Museum, is pleased to announce Killing An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe, a haunting new solo showcase that will play ten performances only this fall at the landmark 1832 Merchant’s House Museum (29 E. 4th Street, Manhattan), New York City's only 19th century family home preserved intact, inside and out.



Killing An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe will be performed by John Kevin Jones, seen previously over the past 5 years in A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House. His Christmas Carol collaborator, director Rhonda Dodd, also helms Killing An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe.



Killing An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe is an Actors' Equity Association approved Showcase.



Tickets, priced at $18 for all performances, are now on sale HERE or (800) 838-3006. Seating is strictly limited to 40 per performance.



In 1845, Edgar Allan Poe lived on Amity Street (now W. 3rd Street) just blocks from the Merchant's House. His publication of “The Raven” had brought him instant fame and invitations to the city's most fashionable literary salons. Join John Kevin Jones (A Christmas Carol at the Merchant's House) as the great master of horror in the Tredwells’ candlelit double parlor for a hauntingly memorable performance of Poe's thrilling tales, “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” and “The Raven.” It will be a bone-chilling evening of irrational revenge, obsession and premeditated murder, dismemberment, and the very, very dark.



The production’s performance schedule is:

· Friday, October 12 at 7PM

· Saturday, October 13 at 7PM

· Sunday, October 14 at 7PM

· Monday, October 15 at 7PM

· Tuesday, October 16 at 7PM

· Monday, October 22 at 7PM

· Tuesday, October 23 at 5PM

· Tuesday, October 23 at 7PM

· Wednesday, October 31 at 6:30PM

· Wednesday, October 31 at 8:30PM



For more information, please visit www.summonersensemble.org and www.merchantshouse.org.



JOHN KEVIN JONES: Kevin is the executive director of Summoners Ensemble and a member of Actors Equity Association, and the Dramatists Guild of America. New York: A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House (SET), Nothing But Trash (TFTNC) Jeffrey (starring Bryan Batt - Lincoln Center) The Winter’s Tale and The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Hipgnosis Theatre). Regional: The Pavilion (American Stage), Othello (Arkansas Rep), The Rivals, All My Sons (Kentucky Rep), Angels in America, Gross Indecency (Playhouse on the Square). BA in Theatre Performance from the University of South Florida and MFA in Theatre Directing from the University of Memphis.



DR. RHONDA DODD (Director) – An award winning actor, technician, and director, Rhonda made her New York acting debut with Terese Hayden and Jacqueline Brookes’ Workshop in Tennessee Williams’ Period of Adjustment. She spent 10 years working at Circle in the Square Theatre School, mostly as Associate Director, while acting and producing around town and regionally. She is a proud member of Actors Equity and The Playground Experiment – a fun forum for theatre artists to explore, test, and showcase new work while finding inspiration and support from the community that it creates. Dr. Dodd is the Artistic Director of Summoners Ensemble Theatre whose mission is to promote recognition of diverse non-profits through collaborative works with performing artists.


SUMMONERS ENSEMBLE: Founded by a group of actors who studied together at Circle in the Square Theatre School’s Professional Acting Training program, Summoners Ensemble joined the ranks of New York theatre companies in 1993. Created as a collaborative to allow the members to share in all of the functions needed in running a theatre company, Summoners remains a collective effort as we jointly produce theatrical events with other non-profits or as we find ourselves acting and directing, writing and producing. As part of this mission, Summoners is now in its fourth year of producing our Executive Director and Artistic Director’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House in alliance with the Merchant’s House Museum.



MERCHANT’S HOUSE MUSEUM: Built in 1832, the Merchant’s House is New York City’s only 19th century family home preserved virtually intact, with original family furnishings and personal belongings. A unique survivor of Old New York, the House offers an intimate glimpse of how a prosperous merchant family and their Irish servants lived from 1835-1865, when New York City grew from seaport to thriving metropolis.


The Merchant’s House is a National Historic Landmark and in New York City is distinguished as one of only 117 buildings that have NYC landmark status for both its exterior and interior.


Monday, May 14, 2018

ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY'S 'THIS AIN'T NO DISCO'

This Ain’t No Disco




Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) is proud to announce casting for the world premiere production of This Ain’t No Disco, a new musical from Stephen Trask (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) and Peter Yanowitz (The Wallflowers).



Featuring a book by Trask, Yanowitz and Rick Elice (Jersey Boys, Peter and the Starcatcher), direction by Darko Tresnjak (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Anastasia), and choreography by Camille A. Brown (Once On This Island), This Ain’t No Disco will open Tuesday, July 24th with preview performances beginning Friday, June 29th. The production will play through Sunday, August 12th, 2018 Off-Broadway at the Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20th Street).



This Ain’t No Disco will feature Krystina Alabado (The Mad Ones at 59E59 Theatre), Will Connolly (After The Blast at LCT3), Eddie Cooper (The New World at Bucks County Playhouse), Tony d’Alelio (Off-Broadway debut), Lulu Fall (Broadway: Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812), Hannah Florence (Paramour: A Cirque du Soleil Musical), Antwayn Hopper (Hair), Chilina Kennedy (Beautiful), Peter LaPrade (The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical), John-Michael Lyles (Sweeney Todd at The Barrow Street Theatre), Krystal Mackie (Off-Broadway debut), Trevor McQueen (Annie Get Your Gun), Nicole Medoro (The Illusionists Live on Broadway), Ian Paget (A Chorus Line at The Muny Theatre), Theo Stockman (American Psycho), Samantha Marie Ware (Hamilton in Chicago), and Antonio Watson (“Blue Bloods”).



Tuesday, May 01, 2018

OFF BROADWAY EXTENSION OF 'THE GREAT LEAP'

The Great Leap




Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) announces a one-week extension of the New York premiere production of The Great Leap, written by Lauren Yee and directed by Taibi Magar. The production, which opens on Monday, June 4th, will now play through Sunday, June 24th, 2018 Off-Broadway at Atlantic Theater Company’s Stage 2 (330 West 16th Street).



The Great Leap, which begins performances on Wednesday, May 23rd, will feature Ali Ahn (“The Path” on Hulu), Ned Eisenberg (Six Degrees of Separation), Tony Aidan Vo (Pan Asian Rep’s NoNo Boy), and Tony Award winner and Emmy Award nominee BD Wong (“Mr. Robot,” “Law & Order: SVU,” M. Butterfly).



San Francisco, spring 1989. Manford Lum, locally renowned on the sidewalk basketball courts of Chinatown, talks his way onto a college team, just before they travel to Beijing for a “friendship” game. When they arrive, China is in the throes of the post-Cultural Revolution era, and Manford must juggle international politics and his own personal history.



Inspired by events from her father’s life and (short-lived) basketball career, playwright Lauren Yee (The Hatmaker’s Wife) makes her Atlantic debut with this tender and fearless play. Yee’s play King of the Yees is enjoying its premiere this season at The Goodman Theatre and Center Theatre Group, followed by productions at ACT Theatre and Canada’s National Arts Centre. Taibi Magar recently directed the critically acclaimed Master at the Foundry Theatre and the Obie Award-winning production of Underground Railroad Game at Ars Nova, both New York Times Critic’s Picks. Her work was seen on stage this year in Aleshea Harris’ Is God Is at Soho Rep.



The Great Leap will feature scenic design by Takeshi Kata, costume design by Tilly Grimes, lighting design by Eric Southern, sound design and original music by Palmer Hefferan, projection design by David Bengali, movement direction by Jesse Perez, and casting by Caparelliotis Casting: David Caparelliotis, CSA; Lauren Port, CSA; and Joseph Gery.



The Great Leap was originally developed and produced by Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company, Chris Coleman, Artistic Director.



ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) is an award-winning Off-Broadway theater dedicated to producing great plays simply and truthfully while utilizing an artistic ensemble. At Atlantic, we believe that the story of a play and the intent of its playwright are at the core of the creative process. The plays in our repertory, from both new and established playwrights, are boldly interpreted by today’s finest theater artists and resonate with contemporary audiences. Alongside being an award-winning producing organization, we’ve also been teaching theater since our inception. The internationally-acclaimed Atlantic Acting School has the only conservatory program in the world that offers in-depth training in co-Founders David Mamet and William H. Macy’s unique and influential approach to acting: Practical Aesthetics, the Atlantic Technique. Our school’s mission is to ensure that each graduate masters the essential analytical and physical disciplines of acting and to empower every student with skills necessary for success in the profession. We also bring theater into the classroom through robust arts education initiatives that serve a record 4,200 public school students each year. Since its inception, Atlantic has produced more than 150 plays including Tony Award-winning productions of Spring Awakening (Steven Sater, Duncan Sheik) and The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Martin McDonagh); Pulitzer Prize recipient Between Riverside and Crazy (Stephen Adly Guirgis); New York Drama Critics’ Circle winner for Best New Play The Night Alive (Conor McPherson); the New York Premiere of Hangmen (Martin McDonagh); and Lucille Lortel, Obie, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award-winning The Band’s Visit (David Yazbek, Itamar Moses), now playing on Broadway; among many others! Atlantic has garnered 12 Tony Awards, 24 Obie Awards, 21 Lucille Lortel Awards, 10 Drama Desk Awards, 8 Outer Critics Circle Awards, 4 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards, 3 Drama League Awards, 3 Theater World Awards, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.



Schedule:

Tuesday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm

Sunday 7:30pm performances on 5/27, 6/10, 6/17, 6/24

Monday 7:30pm performance on 6/11

No Tuesday performances on 6/5, 6/12


Tickets:

Tickets for The Great Leap are now on sale. Regular tickets begin at $50. Order online at atlantictheater.org, by calling OvationTix at 866-811-4111, or in person at the Linda Gross Theater box office (336 West 20th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues).




Friday, April 13, 2018

OFF BROADWAY'S HIT 'PARADISE BLUE' EXTENDED RUN

Paradise Blue



The Signature Theatre (Paige Evans, Artistic Director; Harold Wolpert, Executive Director; James Houghton, Founder) production of Paradise Blue by Obie Award-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau and directed by Tony Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson has been extended one week, the company announced today. The production, which opens on May 14, will now run through June 10, 2018.



Paradise Blue is the first play of Morisseau’s Signature Residency 5, which will include three productions over the course of five years. Performances begin on April 24 in The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues).



This production of Paradise Blue features Obie Award-winner Francois Battiste (Head of Passes, “Ten Days in the Valley”), Kristolyn Lloyd (Dear Evan Hansen, The Liquid Plain), Simone Missick (“Luke Cage,” “The Defenders”), J. Alphonse Nicholson (“Tales,” “Luke Cage”), Keith Randolph Smith (Malcolm X, Jitney).



In 1949, Detroit’s Blackbottom neighborhood is gentrifying. Blue, a troubled trumpeter and the owner of Paradise Club, is torn between remaining in Blackbottom with his loyal lover Pumpkin and leaving behind a traumatic past. But when the arrival of a mysterious woman stirs up tensions, the fate of Paradise Club hangs in the balance. Paradise Blue is a thrilling and timely look at the changes a community endures to find its resilience.

Friday, March 09, 2018

THE OFF BROADWAY HIT 'SWEENEY TODD' EXTENDED

Sweeney Todd



Producers for the Tooting Arts Club production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street announced today that due to continued popular demand, the production will extend through August 26, 2018. The production celebrates its one year anniversary this week, continuing its streak as the longest running musical to play New York’s Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow Street).



Sweeney Todd currently stars Thom Sesma (as Sweeney Todd), Sally Ann Triplett (as Mrs. Lovett), Stacie Bono (as Pirelli & Beggar Woman). Michael James Leslie (as Judge Turpin), Zachary Noah Piser (as Tobias), John Rapson (as The Beadle), Billy Harrigan Tighe (as Anthony) and DeLaney Westfall (as Johanna). The cast also includes Matt Leisy, Liz Pearce, Danny Rothman and Monet Sabel.



In addition to the chicken and vegetable pie options available prior to each performance, a beef wellington pie is now available from chef William “Bill” Yosses. The new pie features a Filet of Angus Beef, Aged Sherry, Wheat Flour, Butter, Herbs, Salt, Pepper, Eggs, and a medley of fresh vegetables that may include Chanterelle Mushrooms, Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts, Carrots, Celery, Vidalia Onions, and Black Truffle Zest.



Sweeney Todd, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler from an adaptation by Christopher Bond, and directed by Bill Buckhurst, is now playing at the Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow Street).



Sweeney Todd features set and costume designs by Simon Kenny, music supervision and arrangements by Benjamin Cox, music direction by Matt Aument, choreography by Georgina Lamb, lighting design by Amy Mae, sound design by Matt Stine, casting by Telsey + Company / Cesar A. Rocha, CSA and production stage management by Joshua Mark Gustafson.



Immersing audiences in a completely new theatrical experience, this production of the classic tale of blood thirsty barber Sweeney Todd and resourceful pie shop proprietress Mrs. Lovett comes to New York City following sold-out runs in London. Tooting Arts Club first mounted this Sweeney Todd in the winter of 2014 in Harrington’s Pie and Mash Shop, one of the oldest continuously operating pie shops in London, seating only 35 people at each performance. In 2015, the production made the leap to the West End where Tooting Arts Club recreated Harrington’s in a 69 seat Shaftesbury Avenue venue provided by producer Cameron Mackintosh. The Harrington’s shop environment has once again been brought to life for its US debut in the 130 seat Barrow Street Theatre.



Sweeney Todd is produced by Rachel Edwards, Jenny Gersten, Seaview Productions, Fiona Rudin, Barrow Street Theatre, Jean Doumanian, Rebecca Gold and Nate Koch (Executive Producer).



Based on a Victorian horror story, Sweeney Todd is often considered Sondheim’s greatest masterpiece. It first premiered on Broadway in 1979 at the Uris Theatre (now the Gershwin) and went on to make its West End debut in 1980. The original Broadway production won 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score. The 2007 Tim Burton film adaptation earned one Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards.



Former White House Executive Pastry Chef William “Bill” Yosses (dubbed “the Crust Master” by President Barack Obama) serves as the production’s official pie maker. In keeping with the original Tooting production and the West End transfer, “pie and mash” is available for purchase by audience members prior to every performance, served communally in the pie shop where the production is set. An authentic slice of Victorian London, the traditional “pie and mash” dish consists of a meat pie, a generous helping of mashed potato and hot parsley sauce – otherwise known as “liquor” – which is an optional extra. Both meat veg pie options are available.

Friday, February 16, 2018

AMAZING KRESKIN HITS BROADWAYS THEATER ROW

WABC'S Rita Cosby Gets Mesmerized By Kreskin




NEW YORK ― “Astounding.” “Flabbergasting.” “Incredible.”


Kreskin is a friend of mine and I have seen his talents privately many times. Kreskin is really "AMAZING".



These are just some of the adjectives guaranteed to be flying around New York City in the Spring when THE AMAZING KRESKIN debuts his off-Broadway production, “The Amazing Kreskin LIVE” Thursday, April 12 at Theatre Row – Lion Theatre, 410 W. 42nd St., NYC 10036. Tickets, at $37.25 & $52.25, on sale Thursday, Feb. 22 at www.telecharge.com or by phone at 212-239-6200.



The three-week residency will showcase the legendary mentalist’s you-gotta-see-‘em-to-believe-‘em abilities as a reader of people’s thoughts which have mesmerized — and yes, amazed — fans of all ages around the world for some six decades. Marvel as Kreskin ascertains the suit and value of cards selected randomly by audience members. Watch in wonder as he displays his unprecedented mental powers by reciting information written in secret by those in attendance.



And, of course, Kreskin will climax each performance of “The Amazing Kreskin LIVE” with his signature piece, in which he requests that his check be hidden somewhere in the venue. If he fails to find it, he will forfeit that show’s fee.



To confirm the legitimacy of this and his other awesome feats of psychic literacy, Kreskin continues to offer $100,000 to anyone who can empirically prove he employs paid secret assistants or confederates in any phase of his act. Not surprisingly, the bounty never has been claimed.



As for the upcoming off-Broadway run, Kreskin counts it among his numerous career highlights (which include late-night TV stints with Jimmy Fallon and David Letterman, as well as 88 appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and his own hit TV series, The Amazing World of Kreskin).



“I’ve spent my entire adult life travelling the world performing for presidents, kings and the elite of dozens of nations, but never have I been more excited about an engagement than this one,” says Kreskin. “To have the opportunity to perform for New York audiences on an extended basis is one of the great honors and privileges of my career.”



WHAT: “The Amazing Kreskin LIVE” starring THE AMAZING KRESKIN



WHERE: Theatre Row – Lion Theatre, 410 W. 42nd St., New York, NY 10036



WHEN: April 12 through April 28, 2018

Show times: 7:30 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday



TICKETS: $37.25 & $52.25 on sale Thursday, Feb. 22 at www.telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200. More info at www.theatrerow.org


Saturday, February 03, 2018

BROOKE DAVIS 'LATE TO PARTY' @ LAURIE BEECHMAN

Brooke Davis




New York, NY – Late to the Party, a rollicking cabaret show starring wickedly funny singer-comedian Brooke Davis, comes to the intimate Laurie Beechman Theatre in New York’s West Bank Café, 407 West 42nd Street at 9th Avenue, Saturday, Feb. 24, Sunday, Feb. 25 and Thursday, March 1. Performances are at 7:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. respectively.



Late to the Party is about a big life that refuses to shut off the lights and close the door. The show, directed by Barbara Grecki, chronicles Ms. Davis’ hilarious journey as she chases her passion to become a performer in the Big Apple. It’s about learning the ropes once she arrives in New York, coping with big city agents and auditions as well as humorous upheavals in family relationships. Ms. Davis also re-lives the ups-and-downs of her journey to the Big Apple --- from a fairy tale childhood in Arizona filled with horseback riding and choir singing to becoming a suburban soccer mom, to spending a lifetime in the arts.



With Musical Director/Arranger/Pianist Darren R. Cohen, Ms. Davis takes audiences on a marvelous adventure that features songs by Stephen Sondheim, Billy Joel, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Randy Newman, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson and many more. She immediately impresses audiences with her stage presence, incredible vocal range and comedic timing. Noted one critic: Ms. Davis has a “unique combination of wicked wit, sweet vulnerability and boisterous humor.”



A performer, producer, educator and advocate, Ms. Davis created and produced children’s theatre with her own Arizona Stage Company as well as with Music Theatre Arizona, a professional theatre in Tucson which she founded while continuing to perform close to her home in the desert southwest.



But Ms. Davis’ desire to expand her professional career and perform in New York simmered quietly on the back burner while happily running carpools, bake sales and preparing dinner for her husband and two children. Then, in 2006, her dream of a post-suburban acting career took off. She landed a role in the hit show, Menopause the Musical. She performed as Earth Mother in several of its productions, including long runs in St. Louis, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, New York and Providence. The St. Louis Dispatch called her “absolutely hilarious” as Earth Mother with “a terrific voice.”



Ms. Davis has since performed in numerous plays and musicals in repertory and regional theatres. In addition to Earth Mother, her favorite roles include Charon in Anger Box, Mama in Chicago and Charlotte in Beyond Therapy. TV credits include Orange Is the New Black, Law & Order, One Life to Live and The Onion News Network and the film Movie 43 with Emma Stone.



Late to the Party marks Ms. Davis’ return to the Beechman. Her first cabaret show, I’m So Sorry...For Everything, played there in 2013. It also was featured at New York’s Metropolitan Room.





Photo Courtesy Of: Katz PR


Wednesday, November 01, 2017

LABA: A LABORATORY OF JEWISH CULTURE AT 14TH ST Y

LABA DRUNK





LABA, the international incubator of Jewish art and culture, presents DRUNK, its annual wine-soaked celebration of new art inspired by ancient texts. The evening will feature readings and performances by LABA fellows and a five-course wine tasting. DRUNK is a unique way to experience Jewish culture - and did we mention wine? - in a cabaret setting.


This year marks the tenth anniversary of LABA, and its organizers have lined up an extra-special event. The selections of Jewish texts have been curated by LABA Lead Teacher Liel Leibovitz of Tablet Magazine; Resident Scholar Ruby Namdar, author of the Sapir Prize-winning novel The Ruined House, provides riveting commentary. The wines have been carefully paired by renowned sommelier Ronald Jordan of VOS Selections.


"The ancient rabbis knew what they were talking about when they compared the Torah to fine wine," said Leibovitz. "And there's no better way to ponder its eternal wisdom than with a glass at hand, the heart opening a little more with each sip."


The evening will include works that range from wine-inspired video installations, monologues, and dance, as well as a few drunken songs. Examples include: Carnal Regrets of the Patriarchs: A Triptych by Jon Adam Ross, in which three men of Genesis emerge from their beds with hangovers and carnal regrets; and Confessions of a Wine Lover by writer Amy Handelsman, who will read a new fiction piece on sobriety.


So we invite you to feast, sip, study, and celebrate as LABA kicks off its tenth-anniversary celebration with DRUNK on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 7:30pm at The Theater at the 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th Street, New York, NY 10003. Tickets are $25 in advance ($30 at the door) and are available at 14streety.org/drunk.


About LABA


Each year, The Theater at the 14th Street Y presents the residency program LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture. The goal is to support Jewish art and culture by providing the space, time, and resources needed to create new work. At the core of LABA's mission is the belief that classical Jewish text study can and should be a source of inspiration and creativity for contemporary culture-makers and thinkers. All of the public art created through LABA aims to transcend cultural and social borders by bringing to light the universal themes and questions that our artists encounter through their engagement with Jewish thought.

Monday, October 30, 2017

PATRICIA RICHARDSON JOINS CRUEL INTENTIONS

Patricia Richardson



Alex Boniello
Off Broadway New York, NY -- Cruel Intentions: The Musical has turned the 90s nostalgia level up to eleven. Eva Price and Sucker Love Productions are pleased to announce that four-time Emmy nominee Patricia Richardson, who captured the hearts of American families for a decade on the hit television show “Home Improvement”, is returning to the stage as Mrs. Bunny Caldwell in Cruel Intentions: The Musical for the show’s ten-week limited engagement at Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street) this fall. Richardson, who made her Broadway debut in the first revival of Gypsy, completes a cast which features the previously announced Lauren Zakrin (Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812; Rock of Ages) as Kathryn, Constantine Rousouli (Wicked, Ghost) as Sebastian, Carrie St. Louis (Rock of Ages, Wicked) as Annette, Jessie Shelton (Hadestown) as Cecile, Alex Boniello (Spring Awakening) as Blaine, Brian Muller (“The Good Wife”) as Greg, and Matthew Griffin (The New Yorkers at Encores!) as Ronald.



Following two sold-out runs in Los Angeles and a sold-out pop-up engagement in NYC, Cruel Intentions: The Musical – the stage adaptation of Roger Kumble’s 1999 cult hit film, created by Jordan Ross, Lindsey Rosin and Roger Kumble – begins performances on Friday, November 17, 2017 with opening night set for Monday, December 11. Set to the greatest pop and rock hits of the ‘90s and songs from the film’s iconic soundtrack Cruel Intentions: The Musical features immersive stage direction by Lindsey Rosin and choreography by Jennifer Weber (KPOP, The Hip Hop Nutcracker), with Music Supervision and arrangements by Zach Spound. Richardson


Constantine Rousouli



Carrie St Louis
Cruel Intentions: The Musical pulls you into the manipulative world of Manhattan’s most dangerous liaisons: Sebastian Valmont and Kathryn Merteuil. Seduced by revenge and fueled by passion, the two diabolically charming step-siblings place a bet on whether or not Sebastian can deflower their incoming headmaster’s daughter. As the two set out to destroy the innocent girl –and anyone who gets in their way– they find themselves entangled in a web of secrets, temptation, and the cruelest game of all: love. This new musical is a full-on ’90s throwback to when email was only for “geeks and pedophiles” and rosaries were more than a fashion statement. Featuring your favorite nostalgia-inducing hits like, “Lovefool,” “Just A Girl,” “Only Happy When It Rains,” “Colorblind,” and – of course – “Bittersweet Symphony.” Don’t miss the most intoxicating musical in Manhattan. Your reputation depends on it.



Patricia Richardson is best known for her portrayal of Jill Taylor in “Home Improvement”, which garnered her four Emmy nominations as well as two Golden Globe nominations. Some of her other television and film credits include “Strong Medicine,” (two Prism Award Nominations), “The West Wing” (recurring the last two seasons) and Ulee’s Gold ( Independent Spirit Award Nomination). Richardson made her Broadway debut understudying Angela Lansbury in Gypsy. She’s created roles in The Miss Firecracker Contest (MTC), The Wake of Jamie Foster (Broadway), Michael Weller’s Loose Ends (Broadway), and several shows at the WPA Theater (including Cruise Control by Kevin Wade. Her more recent credits include I Forgive You Ronald Reagan (Samuel Becket Theater), the world premiere of Alfred Uhry’s Apples and Oranges directed by Lynne Meadow at the Alliance Theater and two plays at Buck’s County Playhouse: M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias with Jessica Walters and Susan Sullivan, and last summer Other Desert Cities directed by Sheryl Kaller.



Cruel Intentions: The Musical is produced by Eva Price and Sucker Love Productions, and features Costume Stylist Tilly Grimes, Sound Design by Robert Bradley, Lighting Design by Daniel Kent and Props Design by Carolyn Mraz. The show debuted at The Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Angeles in 2015, where it ran for 38 sold-out performances, before being remounted for a second sold-out run at LA’s Prospect Theatre in November 2016. In spring 2017, it made its New York premiere for a limited “pop-up” engagement at (le) Poisson Rouge, where it was a sold-out smash success.



The previous engagements of the show have been hailed as “EPIC! An awesome live show,” by InStyle. Bustle calls the show “NOSTALGIA HEAVEN – just waiting to become YOUR NEW OBSESSION! Sure to satisfy fans of the 1999 cult classic,” and LA Weekly says it’s “deliciously vile.” Hello Giggles raves “Just Awesome. The same drama and sexiness [of the original film] is present, only the cast sometimes break out into delightful songs.” When the New York Premiere was announced, Teen Vogue said, “Cruel Intentions: The Musical is ‘a go’ in the city IT WAS BORN FOR. Let the games begin!”



Roger Kumble’s film Cruel Intentions – a sexy, modern-day telling of the classic 1782 French novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos – was produced by Neal Moritz and released by Columbia Pictures on March 5, 1999, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, Selma Blair, Joshua Jackson, Eric Mabius, Sean Patrick Thomas and Christine Baranski. In addition to being an immediate box office hit, Cruel Intentions went on to carve itself a permanent spot in the pop culture lexicon. Rated the “#1 90s Teen Movie” by Buzzfeed and the “#1 Sexiest Thriller of All Time” by Bustle, Cruel Intentions is “still as enormously entertaining” as ever more than 15 years after its release, according to Entertainment Weekly, “thanks to an uncommonly sharp script, a killer soundtrack, and, most importantly, an impeccable cast.”



PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE


The performance schedule is: Mondays at 7PM, Saturdays at 5PM & 8PM, and Sundays at 3PM & 7PM. There are no performances on: December 24-25, December 31-January 1, and January 13-15. Performances have been added on: Friday, November 17 at 8PM; Wednesday, December 20 at 7PM; Thursday, December 21 at 7PM & 10PM; Friday, December 22 at 8PM, Tuesday, December 26 at 7PM & 10PM; Wednesday, December 27 at 7PM & 10PM; Thursday, December 28 at 7PM & 10PM; Friday, December 29 at 8PM; Saturday, December 30 at 5PM & 8PM; Wednesday, January 17 at 7PM; Thursday, January 18 at 7pm; Friday, January 19 at 8pm; Tuesday, January 23 at 7PM; Thursday, January 25 at 7PM; Friday, January 26 at 8PM.



TICKETS


General admission tickets are $59 for standing room, $79 for table seating, and $109 ‘Secret Society’ tickets which are in a reserved, premium seating location. All seated tickets require a 2-beverage or food minimum. Cruel Intentions: The Musical is a 13+ show. Those under 18 can be admitted only if accompanied by a legal guardian. Tickets are on-sale via www.CruelMusical.com or can be purchased in person at the (le) Poisson Rouge box office (158 Bleecker Street) between the hours of 5:o0-8:00PM Monday-Saturday. 



Photos Courtesy Of: Vivacity Media Group


Monday, January 09, 2017

TRU VOICES NEW MUSICALS READING SERIES NYC

St Lukes Theater




Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces the TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series, on January 23 & 30 at 7pm at St. Luke's Theatre, 308 W. 46th Street, NYC 10036. A "Dollars and Sense" talkback on the future development of the presented works will be held after each performance. Admission is free. Please RSVP at least a day in advance (or much sooner) by calling 212/714-7628, or e-mailing TRUMusicals2017@gmail.com


The purpose of the series is to help develop new musicals, help producers develop the skills needed to produce new works, and foster the producer-writer relationship for future development beyond our series. Each reading will be followed by a "Dollars and Sense" panel discussion with prominent New York producers, general managers and artistic directors focusing on potential venues, marketing and budgeting of the works presented. Shows that have been optioned for future development from this industry-focused series include My Life Is a Musical, Volleygirls, The Forgetting Curve, Echoes of Octavia, The Hummingbirds, Pied a Terre and The Great American Trailer Park Musical.


"The series is also a great opportunity for us to offer members of our Producer Development and Mentorship Program hands-on experience to complement their year-long educational training," adds TRU president Bob Ost. "Producer Jesse B. Langston of Question 1 is a graduate of the program who brought on current member, Yoni Vendriger, as associate producer. Sam Strum of Dumb Luck brought on Dan Irwin, currently a member of the PDMP Master Class to assist."


TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series finalists that are scheduled for readings are Question 1 by Chris Reza and Dumb Luck by RC Staab and Michael Sansonia.


Question 1 - January 23, 2017 


Music, Lyrics, and Book by Chris Reza, Directed by Joe Barros, Music Directed by Eugene Gwozdz,Presented by Jesse B. Langston in association with Yoni Vendriger. When a politician becomes the center of Maine's Question 1 debate, he must choose between being honest with himself and the world, or risk losing his entire career and family. Question 1 explores how the choices we make determine whether each of us contributes either strife or kindness and honesty to humanity.


Question 1 is a new musical dramedy by up-and-coming writer Chris Reza (reed player for the 2016 Radio City Christmas Spectacular and Broadway's Fun Home). Chris has also been heard as a multi-instrumentalist on Broadway in The Book of Mormon, Matilda, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, and How To Succeed... As a composer, Chris's music has been performed on three different continents including a piece premiered by the 38-hear English Horn veteran of the New York Philharmonic, Thomas Stacy, and Grammy Award-Winning multi-instrumentalist, Paul McCandless and holds a Jazz Composition degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Director Joe Barros is an award-winning choreographer and director with an emphasis on new work development. Joe's work has been seen on Broadway in Gigi (associate director) and many Off-Broadway shows including Cagney (currently running at the Westside Theatre), A Taste of Things to Come (associate director), I Married Wyatt Earp, Hard Times, and Charlotte's Webb. Joe is also the Artistic Director of New York Theatre Barn. Music Director Eugene Gwozdz is the MD/Arranger for American Dance Machine 21 and the Duke Ellington Center for the Arts. Eugene has been heard on Broadway in The Full Monty and Oklahoma, as well as the National Tour of Sunset Boulevard, Flower Drum Song, Swing!, The Color Purple, The Phantom of the Opera, Will Rogers' Follies, and West Side Story. Jesse B. Langston is a theatre and concert producer with a mission to produce and develop new works that value the power of change through positive messages. His goal is to create commercial viability for these new works so as wide of an audience as possible may be reached. www.question1musical.com


Dumb Luck - January 30, 2017


Music and Lyrics by Michael Sansonia, Book and Lyrics by RC Staab, Directed by Dan Swern, Presented by Sam Strum in association with H. Danforth & Co. There are stories about people living. There are stories about people after they die. But Dumb Luck tells the unlikely, but true, story of the life and afterlife of poor Elmer McCurdy, a small-time Old West outlaw.


Dumb Luck is the brainchild of composer/co-lyricist Michael Sansonia - famously the musical director and contributor for National Lampoon's live shows and television specials. He also conducted the original New York run of Little Shop of Horrors and has appeared in several Broadway and off-Broadway shows as an actor/musician including Pump Boys and Dinettes. His co-lyricist and book writer R.C. Staab's musicals and plays have been produced in New York, San Francisco and England (www.rcstaab.com). Director Dan Swern is the co-founder and producing director for coLAB Arts in New Brunswick, NJ, which engages artists, social advocates, and communities to create transformative new work. He has directed projects with American Records, Branch Street Productions, Voice Afire and The Secret City. Producer Sam Strum is a line producer for New York Theatre Barn's New Works Series of original musicals, works at Broadway Asia and is producing Broadway Goes A Cappella at Feinstein's 54 Below. www.dumbluckmusical.com

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

KIM MARESCA RETURNS TO FEINSTEIN'S 54 BELOW

Kim Maresca




Feinstein’s/54 Below will present the triumphant return of Kim Maresca in her all new show IT’S MY PARTY AND I’LL BELT IF I WANT TO! next Wednesday, September 21st at 7 PM. Kim exploded onto the New York theatre scene last season with her starring debut as Judy Denmark in the Off-Broadway smash RUTHLESS! THE MUSICAL.



Fresh from that “auspicious Off-Broadway debut” (Entertainment Weekly) in RUTHLESS!, Kim Maresca returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below to celebrate her birthday with IT’S MY PARTY AND I’LL BELT IF I WANT TO! Come get to know the gal that has “all the makings of a great big Broadway star!” (Gay City News) in this buoyant evening of songs that make her giddy, songs that make her dream…and songs that scare the sh*t out of her!



With the aid of a top-notch, seven-piece band of Broadway musicians led by music director Jon Balcourt (THE BOOK OF MORMON), this evening of some of Kimmy’s favorite standards and Broadway showstoppers features sparkling new orchestrations & arrangements by Larry Moore (FINIAN’S RAINBOW) and Joshua Clayton (GYPSY with Patti LuPone, ON THE TOWN).



Join one of New York’s brightest new stars on this musical journey of love, laughter, (maybe a coupla tears), and a special appearance by Broadway legend Betty Buckley, as Kim prepares herself for the exciting next stage!



IT’S MY PARTY AND I’LL BELT IF I WANT TO! is being presented by Evan Sacks as a benefit for Broadway Dreams. Tickets are $40 - $50 (including open bar) and are available at www.54Below.com or by calling 646-476-3551.



Michael Feinstein, one of the world's great musical artists, and 54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, have united to give New York an unparalleled destination for entertainment and dining. Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, is the performance venue in the grand tradition of New York City nightlife. A few blocks from the heart of Times Square and just below the legendary Studio 54, Feinstein's/54 Below is a classically designed state-of-the art nightclub in the theatre district that hosts audiences with warmth and style. Feinstein's/54 Below presents iconic and rising stars from the worlds of Broadway and popular music. The venue provides a food and beverage menu that is worthy of the world-class entertainment on the stage. Located at 254 West 54 Street, Feinstein's/54 Below features up to three shows nightly.


Photo Courtesy Of: Michael Stever

Friday, February 12, 2016

CZECHOSLOVAK-AMERICAN MARIONETTE @ LA MAMA

Czechoslovak American Marionette Theatre



NEW YORK – "The New World Symphony: Dvorák in America" is a puppet and object theater work examining the influence of African-American and Native American music upon the great 19th-century Czech composer Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904). The piece is written and directed by Vít Horejš and performed by Czechoslovak American Marionette Theatre. It traces how Dvorák helped America accept its beautiful multicultural musical traditions by his enthusiasm for African-American and Native American music during his short but influential time in the USA. La MaMa Theatre will present the play's world premiere run March 10 to 27, 2016 in its Ellen Stewart Theatre, 66 East 4th Street (East Village). Composer and Musical Director is saxophonist James Brandon Lewis.



The piece depicts Dvorák's creative and family life during his tenure as the Director of the National Conservatory of Music of America in NYC, and the highlights of his three-year stay in the US (1892-1895) in NY and in the "little Bohemia" of Spillville, Iowa where he spent the summer of 1893.



While in America, Dvorák declared that African-American and Native American music would be the foundation on which new American music would rise up. As we all know, this happened, although the contemporary musical idioms (not only in America but throughout the world) based on African-American music are very different from what the Czech composer envisioned. During his time in New York, Dvorák composed his landmark "The New World Symphony," a work inspired by Spirituals and the Hiawatha story. His creation of the symphony is an important theme of the play. 



The characters of the play include Dvorák and his family (including his wife's sister, Josefína Cermáková, the love of his life, for whom he composed the song-cycle "Cypresses"), the founder of the American Conservatory of Music, Janet Thurber, who was his patron; his African-American students Harry Burleigh and Will Marion Cook and various New York musicians--his students and protégés. Chief Big Moon of the Hunkpapa Tribe (one of the seven council fires of the Lakota) discourses eloquently on Native American music. Several African-American luminaries also make appearamces in the play, including poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, soprano Sissieretta Jones, Frederick Douglass and Ida B. Wells. 



Music ranges from spirituals and work songs to Dvorák's original compositions, to jazz and rock. Composer and Musical Director is African-American saxophonist James Brandon Lewis. Steeped in spirituals, gospel and free jazz, Lewis was hailed by Ebony Magazine as one of "7 Young Players to Watch." Playing with Lewis will be Luke Stewart on bass and Warren Trae Crudup III on drums. Two Dvorák experts, Michael Beckerman (Chair of NYU's Music Department) and conductor Maurice Peress, have provided dramaturgical assistance.


Friday, January 29, 2016

THE OFF BROADWAY PRODUCTION OF FAMED 'HAMLET'

Alexander Sovronsky



NEW YORK – To share an outstanding production of the 2013 Hamlet Marathon in Milan, Italy with a wider audience, First Maria LLC will present Shakespeare's "Hamlet," directed by Celeste Moratti and performed by a mixed American-Italian company, March 4 to 20, 2016 at Teatro Circulo, 64 East 4th Street, Manhattan. The production trims politics out of the plot in order to emphasize each character's role as either a child or a parent, highlighting mistakes of mothers and fathers and the conflicts in children between filial duty and the emergence of conscience. The performance is entirely in English.



The production is set in late '70s to early '80s, during the wave of hedonism that abruptly ended with AIDS. That's meant to frame the play in an awakening of conscience—especially in Hamlet, played by Alexander Sovronsky, but also in everyone else. The elders of the play are either overwhelmingly present or, in the case of Hamlet's father, absent to the point of being a ghostly image of himself. It's meant to be seen as a coming-of-age tale for a sheltered child who in a critical instance receives from his father an impossible order. There is a five-person greek-style chorus and live music by two Italian musicians, Francesco Santalucia and Papaceccio.



This "Hamlet" is the directorial debut of Celeste Moratti, an Italian-born actress who is hitherto best known for both realistic and surrealistic leading roles in the "Pathological Theater" productions of Dario D'Ambrosi. Her vision is informed by her work at La MaMa and The Living Theater. She first achieved widespread notice for her starring role in "Days of Antonio" (La MaMa, 2007), a play based on the real incident of an insane boy who had been raised in a henhouse. The New York Times (Jason Zinoman) credited her with "a boldly feral performance of a boy stuck between the worlds of the sane and the mentally ill and the human and the animal." She reprised this role in the play's film rendition, which was completed in Italy in 2010. In July 2009, she starred in a realistic thriller by D'Ambrosi, "Night Lights," which was a site-specific performance on the block between Washington Street between Spring Street and Canal Street in SoHo. The play portrayed a precarious liaison between a female university professor and a male ex-convict in a city street. It inaugurated an original genre of live performance called The Drive-In Stage™, in which the audience of 40 viewed the live action from within parked cars, listening with headsets. Last fall, she played the title character in D'Amrosi's version of Euripides' "Medea" at Wilton's Music Hall in London and at La MaMa, NYC. That production included a chorus of ten actors with diverseabilities (including epilepsy, neurological disabilities and down syndrome) from D'Ambrosi's Teatro Patologico di Roma. She is a member of The Living Theater, which which she performed "Red Noir," directed by Judith Malina in 2009. She is a graduate of the Stella Adler Conservatory, NYC and has also appeared OOB at Medicine Show Theatre, ADK Shakespeare Company and Titan Theatre Company. Her films also include "L'Uomo Gallo" by Dario D'Ambrosi (2010), "My Mother’s Fairy Tales" by Paola Romagnani (Simmia Productions, 2006), "Fight the Panda Syndicate" by Jason J. Dale (Crazy Elk Productions, 2009) and "Traffickers" by Sean F. Roberts, Jr. (Pitbull Shadow Productions, 2014), which she co-produced. It was an official selection of the prestigious Courmayeur Noir Film Festival in December 2015.



The production was originally produced by Milan's Teatro Franco Parenti in September, 2013 as the final production in the theater's "Hamlet Marathon" which featured Hamlets from around the world. Corriere Della Sera (Maurizio Porro) reported that Moratti's production echoed Peter Brook's essential "Hamlet." La Repubblica (Sara Chiappori) called it "A coming of age tale, a young man so far devoid of responsibilities who has to deal with the terrible consequences that becoming a man entail." Giornale Metropolitano (Vincent Sardelli) called it a metaphor of human development, zeroing in on "the most a-temporal and universally relatable aspect of the play: parents and children, the former either too present or micromanaging or absent to the point of becoming ghosts; children who pay with their skin for their parents' mistakes." That 2013 "Hamlet" was a production of Hyperion Theatre Company, of which Moratti was co-producer at the time. Hyperion had presented a "Midsummer Night's Dream" at Teatro Franco Parenti in 2011, directed by Michael Pauley, in which Moratti played Titania. Moratti's goal in re-mounting "Hamlet" in New York is to test her unusual adaptation on an American audience while most of her original cast could be reassembled. She is launching her own theater company, First Maria LLC, with this production.



Celeste Moratti is a new mother and considers this production an extended meditation on being a parent as well as a child. She says, "I gave myself Gertrude to play, initially thinking the character was a selfish woman. Then I re-read the play and now I sympathize with her. She's a protective mother. She married Claudius out of her need for safety when her husband died. She thought the best way to keep herself and her son in the palace was to marry Claudius. She doesn't see her mistake."


Thursday, January 21, 2016

OFF BROADWAY'S 'RUTHLESS' WINS ODYSSEY AWARD

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Joel Paley With Paul Pecorino And Marvin Laird



Odyssey New York Magazine presented the 2015 Odyssey Nightlife Awards at a star-studded gala this past Friday, January 15th at XL New York. RUTHLESS! The Musical received the coveted Best Off Broadway Show award and its star, Paul Pecorino, was honored for Best Breakthrough Off Broadway Performance. Due to overwhelming demand, the producers of RUTHLESS! recently put a new block of seats on sale through April 2nd. RUTHLESS! opened Off-Broadway July 13, 2015 to unanimous rave reviews led by Entertainment Weekly which called the show, “Uproarious! A mash-up of THE BAD SEED, GYPSY, ALL ABOUT EVE, plus the films of Douglas Sirk and John Waters!” Book and lyrics are by Joel Paley with music by Marvin Laird. Paley also directed the original production of RUTHLESS! as well as productions in L.A., South Beach and the record-breaking concert event starring Bernadette Peters. He once again serves as director of the new production, with Marvin Laird on board as music supervisor as well.



When THE BAD SEED meets GYPSY, it’s fun for the whole dysfunctional family! Tina Denmark is a pretty, charming and diabolical eight-year-old who "was born to entertain." With the encouragement of slick and overbearing potential agent Sylvia St. Croix, Tina will do anything to play the lead in her school play. The question is, where does such remarkable talent and unstoppable ambition come from? The answer is shocking in this award-winning Stage Mother of all musicals.



RUTHLESS! first appeared Off-Broadway 24 years ago at the Players Theatre, winning both the Drama Desk Award for Best Lyrics and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. Most notably, the production featured a few young girls in the role of Tina including Britney Spears, Natalie Portman and Laura Bell Bundy. The show continues to be a favorite among regional theaters and productions are continually being staged around the globe.



But make no mistake – this is not your mother's RUTHLESS! This is no mere revival, but a newly imagined meditation on narcissism, talented tykes and stage mothers in a world that has since been introduced to such gems as “Toddlers & Tiaras” and 'Honey Boo Boo.'



Featured in the cast of RUTHLESS! are Kim Maresca (Westport’s TWELFTH NIGHT), Paul Pecorino (DEVIL BOYS FROM BEYOND, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW), Rita McKenzie (ETHEL MERMAN’S BROADWAY, RUTHLESS! L.A.), Andrea McCullough (URINETOWN, GREASE), Jennifer Diamond (INTO THE WOODS, JEKYLL & HYDE), and introducing Tori Murray (Paper Mill’s NEW VOICES OF 2014: OH, WHAT A NIGHT!)



RUTHLESS! is produced Off-Broadway by Maxine Paul, Evan Sacks and Ken Schur. The playing schedule is Mondays and Fridays at 8 PM and Saturdays at 2 PM at St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 West 46 Street (just west of Eighth Ave.) Tickets are available through www.RuthlessTheMusical.com or by calling 212-239-6200.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

RUTHLESS! STAR TORI MURRAY ATTENDS HALO AWARDS

Tori Murray



Tori Murray, the young star of Off-Broadway’s smash musical RUTHLESS!, recently attended the 17th annual Nickelodeon HALO Awards at Pier 36 in New York City. The HALO Awards honor teens that are making a difference and Justin Bieber was this year’s recipient of the first ever HALO Hall of Fame Award for his work with Make-A-Wish. The awards will be broadcast November 29th at 8 PM on Nickelodeon, TVLand and CMT.



RUTHLESS! opened July 13th at St. Luke’s Theatre to unanimous rave reviews led by Entertainment Weekly which called the show “Uproarious! A mash-up of THE BAD SEED, GYPSY, ALL ABOUT EVE, plus the films of Douglas Sirk and John Waters!” Book and lyrics are by Joel Paley with music by Marvin Laird. Paley also directed the original 1992 Off-Broadway production as well as productions in L.A., South Beach and the record-breaking concert event starring Bernadette Peters. He once again serves as director of the newest incarnation of RUTHLESS!, with Marvin Laird on board as music supervisor as well.



When THE BAD SEED meets GYPSY, it's fun for the whole dysfunctional family! Tina Denmark is a pretty, charming and diabolical eight-year-old who "was born to entertain." With the encouragement of slick and overbearing potential agent Sylvia St. Croix, Tina will do anything to play the lead in her school play. The question is, where does such remarkable talent and unstoppable ambition come from? The answer is shocking in this award-winning Stage Mother of all musicals.



11-year-old Tori Murray has scored a triumph with her Off-Broadway debut in RUTHLESS! Rex Reed reported in the Observer that “Tori Murray looks like Shirley Temple and sings like Ethel Merman!” and Theatermania said she “has one of the most powerful sets of pipes currently exhibited Off-Broadway in this genuine star turn. Tori Murray has a big future in showbiz!”



Also featured in the cast of RUTHLESS! are Kim Maresca (Westport’s TWELFTH NIGHT), Paul Pecorino (DEVIL BOYS FROM BEYOND, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW), Rita McKenzie (ETHEL MERMAN’S BROADWAY, RUTHLESS! L.A.), Andrea McCullough (URINETOWN, GREASE), and Jennifer Diamond (INTO THE WOODS, JEKYLL & HYDE).



The playing schedule for RUTHLESS! is Mondays and Fridays at 8 PM and Saturdays at 2 PM at St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 West 46 Street (just west of Eighth Ave.) Tickets are available through www.RuthlessTheMusical.com or by calling 212-239-6200.

Monday, November 09, 2015

OFF BROADWAY'S SMASH 'RUTHLESS!' ON SALE NOW

Paul Pecorino With Tori Murray And Kim Maresca



Due to overwhelming demand, the producers of the Off-Broadway smash, RUTHLESS! The Musical, today put a new block of seats on sale through January 30, 2016. RUTHLESS! opened Off-Broadway July 13th to unanimous rave reviews led by Entertainment Weekly which called the show, “Uproarious! A mash-up of THE BAD SEED, GYPSY, ALL ABOUT EVE, plus the films of Douglas Sirk and John Waters!” Book and lyrics are by Joel Paley with music by Marvin Laird. Paley also directed the original production of RUTHLESS! as well as productions in L.A., South Beach and the record-breaking concert event starring Bernadette Peters. He once again serves as director of the new production, with Marvin Laird on board as music supervisor as well.



When THE BAD SEED meets GYPSY, it’s fun for the whole dysfunctional family! Tina Denmark is a pretty, charming and diabolical eight-year-old who "was born to entertain." With the encouragement of slick and overbearing potential agent Sylvia St. Croix, Tina will do anything to play the lead in her school play. The question is, where does such remarkable talent and unstoppable ambition come from? The answer is shocking in this award-winning Stage Mother of all musicals.



RUTHLESS! first appeared Off-Broadway 23 years ago at the Players Theatre, winning both the Drama Desk Award for Best Lyrics and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. Most notably, the production featured a few young girls in the role of Tina including Britney Spears, Natalie Portman and Laura Bell Bundy. The show continues to be a favorite among regional theaters and productions are continually being staged around the globe.



But make no mistake – this is not your mother's RUTHLESS! This is no mere revival, but a newly imagined meditation on narcissism, talented tykes and stage mothers in a world that has since been introduced to such gems as “Toddlers & Tiaras” and 'Honey Boo Boo.'



This version of RUTHLESS! is the one co-creators Joel Paley and Marvin Laird have long envisioned. As Paley explains, “Before it became a full musical, it was a long one-act but, in the transformation, it became a two act musical because that’s what was required to get it Off-Broadway. In this staging, we’ve done away with the intermission and have streamlined it into 90 minutes that is roller-coaster sharp and fast.”



Featured in the cast of RUTHLESS! are Kim Maresca (Westport’s TWELFTH NIGHT), Paul Pecorino (DEVIL BOYS FROM BEYOND, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW), Rita McKenzie (ETHEL MERMAN’S BROADWAY, RUTHLESS! L.A.), Andrea McCullough (URINETOWN, GREASE), Jennifer Diamond (INTO THE WOODS, JEKYLL & HYDE), and introducing Tori Murray (Paper Mill’s NEW VOICES OF 2014: OH, WHAT A NIGHT!)



RUTHLESS! is produced Off-Broadway by Maxine Paul, Evan Sacks and Ken Schur. The playing schedule is Mondays and Fridays at 8 PM and Saturdays at 2 PM at St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 West 46 Street (just west of Eighth Ave.) Tickets are available through www.RuthlessTheMusical.com or by calling 212-239-6200.


Photo By: Carol Rosegg