Write Act Repertory’s “Lili Marlene” Off-Bdwy Premiere July 25 at St. Lukes Theatre

Write Act Repertory’s Producing Artistic Director, John Lant, is pleased to present the off-Broadway, East Coast premiere of LILI MARLENE, a new musical about a family’s escape from the rising tide of Nazism; with book, music and lyrics by Michael Antin and directed and choreographed by Mark Blowers.

Lili Marlene Musical Off Broadway Show Tickets

LILI MARLENE
A New Musical about a Family’s Escape
from the Rising Tide of Nazism
July 25 – October 10, 2017
Tuesdays @ 7 p.m.

St. Luke’s Theatre
308 West 46th Street
between 8th and 9th Avenues

 

The production begins previews on Tuesday, July 25 at 7:00 p.m. and opens on Tuesday, August 1 at 7:00 p.m.

LILI MARLENE is the musical love story of Rosie Penn, a famous, Jewish cabaret singer and Count Hans Wilhelm von Kleister Graff, Set in Berlin during the last year of the Weimar Republic, and at the beginning of the Third Reich period ( as the dark clouds of Nazism loom) the Count, as the head of the passport bureau of the German foreign ministry, helps the German cultural and scientific elite escape from the country as he, his family and Rosie must decide where their futures lie.

Featured in the cast : Charles Baran, Louie Bartolomeo, Rebecca Brunelle, Nicholas Tyler-Corbin, James David Dirck, Audrey Federici, Alexandra Gonzalez, Clint Hromsco, Rachel Leighson, Amy Londyn, Matt Mitchell, Kevin Paley, Jacob Rice, Elle Rigg and Stephanie Michele Toups. Music Direction and Arrangements by Rocco Vitacco. Production Manager, Krista Swan.

                                The Creative Team
Michael Antin
(Composer, Bookwriter, Lyricist)

Retiring after 45 years of practice as a tax lawyer, Michael Antin has devoted himself to music and the theatre. His teaching experience, as a Visiting Professor of law, at Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California Berkeley, and in numerous countries of central Europe, brings a special perspective to his playwriting. Michael played five instruments and student conducted the All-Southern California High School Orchestra before even getting to high school. Upon entering UCLA he joined the choir conducted by Roger Wagner and moved on to the Chorale. He was the only non-music major admitted to the music honorary fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Michael left music behind when he entered law school. When he retired in March 2008 from the practice of tax law, he resumed piano lessons and joined a choir. His piano teacher motivated him to write lyrics and to compose, resulting in a proliferation of songs. A cabaret singer heard some of his work and motivated Michael to write what became his first musical, “Answer the Call”. Additional experiences in getting to know people led to the further development and productions of the musicals Butterfly, Sophia, Renewal and Pillars of New York.

John Lant (Producing Artistic Director)

Mr. Lant is a 35-year veteran in the entertainment industry and has been involved in over 600 television, film, music tours, and theatrical productions as a creative director, consultant, and/or above the line entity. An award-winning producer, director, writer, lighting and set designer, John has mounted productions at Cal Arts, Ricardo Montalban, Powerhouse, Glendale Center, Hollywood Playhouse, Long Beach Playhouse, the Jewel Box Theatres and Write Act Repertory. His work and productions garnered DramaLogue, Diamond, ADA Awards and Garland, ADA and NAACP nominations, as well as LA Weekly and Backstage Picks of the Week. John worked with Jonathan Sanger at Chanticleer Films on two shorts that won an Emmy and an Oscar and mentored under Howard Storm. Scripts he has developed include Children’s TV Pilots “Symphology,” “Carrot Talk” and cable-themed “Anonymous Confessions” and several adapted musicals. John received the California Service Award from the State Legislature for his Community Outreach and Service to the Arts in 2000, 2001, 2008 and 2009. In NYC, he is current Production Manager at Carnegie Hall and, on down time, redesigns, redevelops and refurbishes theatres, including the upstairs Davenport Theatre, Elektra Theatre, Times Square Arts Center Theatres, the Richmond Shepard and a new exciting project Summer of 2017, refurbishing an old off-Broadway theatre in the Theatre District to its old glory. John’s 30-week off-Broadway production of “FABULOUS! The Queen of Musicals!”was recently licensed through Steele Rights. This past year he produced 2 off-Broadway Shows at St. Luke’s Theatre, “2 By Tennessee Williams” and the new musical, “Pillars of New York”. Current Producing Artistic Director of Write Act Repertory and Founding Member of newly formed N.M.C.L.O. (New Musical Civic Light Opera), concentrating on the development of second stage, full musical workshop productions for off-Broadway shows and is also the Director of Development for Twisted Media NY.

Additional Producers: Tamra Pica & Write Act Repertory; Dramaturg,  Jim Blanchette and Casting by Tamra Pica Casting

The Los Angeles production of the musical in March/April 2017 was nominated for a total of eight Valley Theatre Awards (Best Play Musical; Best Director of Musical; Best Writing of a Musical; Outstanding Actor in a Musical; Outstanding Actress in a Musical; two for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical and Featured Actress in a Musical) and won for Outstanding Actress in a Musical – Amy Londyn.

Critical praise for the Los Angeles production:

“a stand alone and unique show… I highly recommend Lili Marlene” – NoHoArts.com
“Come to the Cabaret…tale with incredible talent” – The Examiner – Los Angeles
“performers are all highly skilled actors and singers, especially Amy Londyn as cabaret performer Rosie Penn” – Broadway World
“Director Mark Blowers brings out everyone’s best.” – Tolucan Times
“The play is a sweeping classic…story is imaginative, not historical, but a tale worth knowing.” – Arts Beat LA

 For more information, please visit stlukestheatre.com OR  http://www.writeactrep.org/new-york.html

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** Lili MarleneDATES AND TIMES – St. Lukes Theatre
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Preview Opening
– Tuesday July 25th, 2017 @ 7:00 PM
Opening – Tuesday August 1st, 2017 @ 7:00 PM
Running Tuesdays @ 7:00 PM through October 10th, 2017

St. Luke’s Theatre 308 West 46th Streetbetween 8th and 9th Avenues

*Tickets cost between $20 and $99 and can be purchased through Telecharge at https://www.telecharge.com/Off-Broadway or by calling (212) 239-6200*

(CLOSED 7-09-17)”Baghdaddy” returns!

A NY Times Critic Pick in its NYC non-profit run in the fall of 2015, Baghdaddy returns to NYC at the St. Luke’s Theater on April 6th.

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The NY Times hailed Baghdaddy as “an important, cunning rock solid musical comedy with a terrible title.” The show begins in a church basement, where disgraced spies, along with the unwitting audience, gather for a support group meeting. The action soon shifts to Frankfurt Airport, where a mysterious Iraqi defector claims he built secret Iraqi bio-weapons labs. At CIA headquarters, our other characters are contending with their own ambitions, rash decisions, inflexible bosses, unrequited affections and unremitting boredom, when a fax arrives from Germany, and with it a golden opportunity. If the defector’s story holds up, it will be the ticket out of the basement and into a corner office. It’s all fun and games until the looming cataclysm changes everything.

 Check their website out at Baghdaddy Musical

Baghdaddy Cast Members:

Brennan Caldwell, Jason Collins, Bob D’Haene, Brandon Espinoza, Joe Joseph, Claire Neumann, Larisa Oleynik, Ethan Slater

Baghdaddy Creative Team

Music, Co-Book, Director: Marshall Pailet
Co-Book, Lyrics: A.D. Penedo
Choreographer: Misha Shields
Musical Direction: Rona Siddiqui
Producer: Charlie Fink
Company Manager: Sean Springle
Stage Manager: Courteney Leggett
Assistant Stage Manager: Krista Swan

Tickets can be purchased at Telecharge

CLOSED: “Sgt. Stubby The Great American War Dog Musical”

“Sgt. Stubby The Great American War Dog Musical” begins previews at St. Lukes Theatre November 12, 2016. opening December 3, 2016. {CLOSED JANUARY 22, 2017}

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First Preview Date Opening Date  Closed
November 12, 2016 December 3, 2016

Inspired from a true story, Stubby the First American War Dog fought 17 Battles and received the Purple Heart. He even met the President of the United States, was given a life-time membership to the YMCA and Three Bones A Day, which in America is all any dog could hope to achieve!!!

A family-friendly musical about a brave stray from New Haven Connecticut who became a world-wide hero in the Great War, 1914-18.

Other dogs have graced the stage entertaining millions of children and adults alike; but Stubby will charm, entertain and enlighten you! A musical filled with heart – humor – history!!!

While the cartoon character Snoopy became an Off-Broadway & Broadway star, he only dreamed of fighting the Red Baron … Stubby, a real life soldier actually fought the Kaiser in the trenches of France!!!

Book: Jack Dyville
Music: Lawrence Wankel
Lyrics Jack Dyville & Lawrence Wankel

For more info please go to SgtStubbyTheMusical.com 

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CLOSED- Special Performances of Layon Gray’s “Kings of Harlem” Begin Wed. Sept 14, 2016 at 8 pm

Three Special Performances at 8 pm on Wed. Sept 14 and Thursdays Sept. 22 & 29, 2016
Kings of Harlem Play Off Broadway Show Tickets

Layon Gray’s “Kings of Harlem” at St. Lukes Theatre

From the people that brought you Layon Gray’s acclaimed play, Black Angels Over Tuskegee, now in its 7th year Off-Broadway, comes Kings of Harlem. Inspired by the true story of six men who overcame adversity to win more than 2,000 games while barnstorming throughout segregated parts of the country in the 1930’s despite being officially accepted professionally or socially.

The team was formed five years before the Harlem Globetrotters, and provided African – American men with the opportunity to compete against white athletes equally on the court. The Rens got their name from playing at the Renaissance Casino ballroom in Harlem, New York, where they amazed fans with their innovative and unique style of play. The play performed for the Legends of the NBA during All-Star Weekend.

See Layon Gray’s, “Kings of Harlem” at St. Lukes Theatre
308 W. 46th st . NY 10036 ( just West of 8th avenue)

Tickets can be purchased at Telecharge- online or by phone at 212-239-6200 or 800-447-7400.

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CLOSED “The Babies” Opens St. Lukes Theatre – opened Oct 27, 2016/closed Jan 7, 2017

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First Preview- Oct 13, 2016
Opening : Oct. 27, 2016
Closed January 7, 2017

If you ever had a baby.
If you ever wanted a baby.
If you ever WERE a baby.
Then this show is for you!

“THE BABIES” : A musical by the family of the creators of The Brady Bunch and Gilligan’s Island

CAST

Sophie………………………….Barbara Mallory
Joshua………………………….Anthony Gruppuso
Desmond………………………Parnell Damone Marcano
Spring…………………………..Jayme Lake
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t the piano …. Matt Dayan
Stage Manager…Krista Swan

Replacement Cast

Sophie………………………….Krista Swan
Joshua………………………….Asher Dubin
Desmond………………………David Holland
Understudy……………………Liberty Anderson

At the piano…. Rachel Kaufman
Stage Manager – Maarten Cornelis

CREATIVE TEAM

Music……………………..Matt Dahan
Lyrics……Lloyd J. Schwartz & Anthony Gruppuso
Book and Direction…………Lloyd J Schwartz
Musical Staging……………..Gene Castle

“The Babies”-A new musical

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If you were ever a baby, The Babies is the musical for you. Going all the way from the womb to preschool, watch the babies as they sing and dance and tell you what they really think.

St.Lukes Theatre “Where OFF-Broadway is ON!”

Tennessee Williams: Evening of Two Plays 27 Wagons Full of Cotton & Kingdom of Earth Opens at St. Luke’s Theatre -July 9, 2016/Closed Nov. 6, 2016

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First Preview Date Opening Date
July 9, 2016 July 9, 2016

In 27 WAGONS FULL OF COTTON, after Jake, a shady, middle-aged cotton gin owner, burns down rival Silva Vicarro’s mill, Vicarro attempts to enact vengeance by seducing Flora, Jake’s delicate young wife. In 1976, Meryl Streep was honored with Outer Critics Circle and World Theater awards and Drama Desk and Tony nominations for her performance as Flora.

In KINGDOM OF EARTH, a flood is surging in the Mississippi Delta, and Chicken’s property is only safe until old man Sikes down the road dynamites his levee to save himself. While Chicken waits alone in his kitchen for the inevitable blast, he receives an unexpected visit from his dying half-brother, Lot, and Lot’s wife of but one day, Myrtle. Leaving Lot upstairs to rest, Chicken assesses Myrtle as a potential threat to his inheritance of the estate, currently under Lot’s name. Chicken and Myrtle find common ground but not even footing in their similar experiences of the inescapable hardness of the world – two “lost, sinful, puzzled” souls falling into a familiar power dynamic and bracing themselves as the waters rise. Estelle Parsons’s 1966 performance as Myrtle garnered a Tony nomination for Best Leading Actress.

Tennessee Williams’s work changed the landscape of American theater. This evening of his short plays will perform in the heart of the NY Theatre District, opening for the summer season.

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The Production:

2 By Tennessee Williams

Executive Producers Roy Nevans and John Lant, in association with Edmund Gaynes, are pleased to present 2 By Tennessee Williams: 27 WAGONS FULL OF COTTON and KINGDOM OF EARTH, a limited engagement directed by Marilyn Fried and starring Kathryn Luce Garfunkel.

Featured in the cast are Anthony Alessandro, Jim Biberi and Mike Keller.

The creative team includes Liz Stearns (Associate Director), SKS Theatrical Marketing (Marketing and Promotions), Tim Secrest and John B. Forbes (Lighting Design), Hunter Dowell (Costume Design), Jessica and Jennifer Davison (Sound Design), and Meagan Parker (Set Design).

Tennessee Williams was an American playwright and author of many stage classics. Along with Eugene O’Neill and Arthur Miller he is considered among the three foremost playwrights in 20th-century American drama. After years of obscurity, he became suddenly famous with The Glass Menagerie (1944), closely reflecting his own unhappy family background. This heralded a string of successes, including A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955), and Sweet Bird of Youth (1959). His drama Streetcar Named Desire is often numbered on the short list of the finest American plays of the 20th century alongside Long Day’s Journey into Night and Death of a Salesman. Much of Williams’ most acclaimed work was adapted for the cinema. He also wrote short stories, poetry, essays and a volume of memoirs. In 1979, four years before his death, Williams was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

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Broadway World Announcement

Broadway World

Kathryn Luce Garfunkel to Lead 2 BY TENNESSEE WILLIAMS at St. Luke’s Theatre

http://www.broadwayworld.com/off-broadway/article/Kathryn-Luce-Garfunkel-to-Lead-2-BY-TENNESSEE-WILLIAMS-at-St-Lukes-Theatre-20160620

“PILLARS OF NEW YORK” A New Musical at St. Luke’s Theatre July 6 – Sept 7- 2016 [CLOSED]

Sun Productions
2162 Broadway • 4th Floor • New York • NY • 10024-6620 • Phone: (212) 799-3753

www.sun-productions.netFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Please Contact: Stephen Sunderlin (212) 799-3753 – stephen.sunderlin@gmail.comJOHN LANT in association with Edmund Gaynes
present

the East Coast premiere of PILLARS OF NEW YORK
A New Musical July 6 – September 7, 2016 [Final Performance]
St. Luke’s Theatre
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Write Act Repertory’s Producing Artistic Director John Lant is pleased to present the East Coast premiere of PILLARS OF NEW YORK, a new musical with book, lyrics and music by Michael Antin, and directed by Jim Blanchette.

The production will preview on Wednesday, July 6 at 7:30 p.m. and open on Tuesday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m. Performances then run Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. from July 13 through September 7 at St. Luke’s Theatre, located at 308 West 46th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues). Tickets cost between $39 and $99

PILLARS OF NEW YORK  is the story of four couples’ personal struggles with the events surrounding the  9-11 tragedy. As the mental and physical recovery for the couples plays out, therapist and author Jake Kelly evaluates his own personal loss and mortality through the exploration of their stories. These stories are the fabric of the true Pillars of New York; the pillars who comprise the tapestry of  the human condition through tragedy and triumph. 

The critically acclaimed Los Angeles production of the musical was nominated for three Valley Awards (Best Play or Musical; Best Director: Play or Musical; and Best Lead Actor: Play or Musical). PILLARS OF NEW YORK has been praised as being “a fascinating often riveting musical” (The Examiner – Los Angeles), “smart, witty, bold and relatable” (Diane Williams – Noho Arts), and “a gem” (Rich Borowy), with a cast who are “excellent in their vocal presentations” (Tolucan Times).

Featured in the cast are Nikki Casseri, Audrey Federici, Laura Kaldis, Tyler Knauf, Alex Lamb, April Leonhard, Max Meyers, Georgia Sackler, Cruz Santiago, Brandon Schraml, and Jack Utrata

The creative team includes Rocco Vitacco (Musical Direction and Arrangements), SKS Theatrical (Marketing and Promotions), John B. Forbes (Lighting Design), and Tim Secrest (AV & Visual Design), Hunter Dowell (Costume Design), Jessica and Jennifer Davison (Sound Design), Meagan Parker (Set Design), Casting by Tamra Pica Casting.

Under the artistic leadership of John Lant since 2003, Write Act Repertory has produced over 30 Mainstage and 75 original one-act plays in Los Angeles and New York City. Write Act Rep is dedicated to the development of original plays, lesser known works by established writers, adaptations of classical-themed materials and musicals. Write Act Rep also produces rarely seen works and unfinished musicals by composers who passed before their work was completed.

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