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!”

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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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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
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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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ONE PERF ONLY- “One Man Illusion: OLMAC MAGIC SHOW” – AP 15, 2016

 “One Man Illusion: OLMAC MAGIC SHOW”
ONE MAN ILLUSION (2)

Unbelievable. Unpredictable. Spectacular. Original. A must-see show!

Professional magician for 20 years, Olmac is unique in the field.

Having performed around the world (Las Vegas, Washington, Paris, Montreal, Peking, Dubai…) He will be in New York for a show on the 15th of April at Saint Luke’s Theatre!


For Tickets – Telecharge link

For more info on the Magic of  Olmac  :  MagicOlmac.com

CLOSED – The Sal Mineo Story ”Rebel with A Cause” – Feb 9th &10, 2016

CLOSED – Feb 10, 2016 :  2 Nights Only St. Luke’s Theatre – The Sal Mineo Story ”Rebel with A Cause”

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Actor Dean Ghaffari (Photo by Michael Schwartz/WireImage)

Best remembered for his portrayal of Plato alongside James Dean in the classic Rebel Without a Cause, Sal Mineo was a two-time Oscar-nominated actor, a gold record-selling pop singer and a trailblazing figure for gay rights before he was tragically murdered. After rocketing to stardom, Mineo became typecast and had trouble finding substantial roles. He was only starting to launch a comeback on stage when his life was cut short.

Now, writer-actor Dean Ghaffari brings Mineo’s complex character to life in his solo show The Sal Mineo Story: Rebel With a Cause at St. Luke’s Theatre.

Dates: Tues, Feb 9th -8PM
Wed, Feb 10th – 8PM

Length: 65 min, no intermission

Age Restrictions:
Recommended for 18+

There may be some strong language
Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

CLOSED: 2 Across – A New Comedy of Crosswords and Romance begins Previews November 14th, 2015

FINAL PERFORMANCE – 2 PM- Feb. 7, 2016

 

2 Across” – A New Comedy of Crosswords and Romance
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An Open-Ended Off-Broadway Run
Begins November 14th, 2015
at St. Luke’s Theatre

Opening Night Set for December 9th, 2015

Evelyn Rudie (“Eloise”) Directs the Off-Broadway Premiere of a New Play by Jerry Mayer

Off-Broadway premiere of Jerry Mayer’s new comedy, “2 Acrosswill begin a open-ended engagement on Saturday November 14th at St. Luke’s Theatre (308 West 46th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues)

Emmy Award nominee Evelyn Rudie (“Eloise”) directs a cast that stars Andrea McArdle and Kip Gilman. Opening Night is set for December 9th.

Two strangers, a psychologist (Andrea McArdle) and an unemployed ad man (Kip Gilman) find themselves alone on a San Francisco commuter train at 4 a.m., each doing their New York Times crossword puzzles. But before their crosswords are solved, they find that they may have solved the puzzles of their own lives.

Andrea McArdle captured the hearts of theatergoers when she originated the title role in Annie, becoming the youngest performer nominated for a Tony® Award as Best Lead Actress in a Musical.  She received the Theater World and Outer Critics’ Circle Awards for her performance and went on to star as Annie on London’s West End. Coming full circle, Andrea appeared as “The Star to Be” in the TV production of “Annie.” In 2010, Andrea played, yes, Miss Hannigan at the North Carolina Theatre and Musical Theatre West. Andrea starred on Broadway in the Jerry Herman musical Jerry’s Girls alongside Carol Channing and Leslie Uggams; in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express, as Margy Frake in State Fair, Fantine in Les Miserables, and Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. She toured nationally as Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Eponine in Les Miserables and in The Vagina Monologues (also, Off-Broadway). Andrea continues to tour in the concert event, 4 Girls 4 with Maureen McGovern, Donna McKechnie and Faith Prince. In addition to “Annie,” Andrea’s film and TV credits include starring as Judy Garland in “Rainbow,” “All My Children,” “The Leading Ladies Of Broadway” on PBS, and headlining her own PBS special “Andrea McArdle On Broadway.”

Kip Gilman was recently acclaimed for his performances as Oscar Madison in the LA production of The Odd Couple as well as his starring turn in the long running hit Aspirins & Elephants. Lead roles in World Premieres include Catskill Sonata and Adam Baum and the Jew Movie, both directed by Paul Mazursky as well as American premieres Mutually Assured Destruction, Michael Weller’s What the Night Is For, and the Mark Taper Forum’s production of Stuff Happens by David Hare for which he received an Ovation award nomination. Mr. Gilman will soon be seen starring in the up-coming films Outlaws Don’t Get Funerals, the psychological thriller Painless and as a wacky scientist in the madcap comedy Big Baby. Also featured with Nick Nolte in the Taylor Hackford film Parker and Atlas Shrugged Part 2 with Samantha Mathis. Mr Gilman is familiar to television audiences as a series regular on “Studio 5B” with Jeffrey Tambor, “Nurses,” “Closeup News,” “Foot In The Door,” “Dorothy,” “Trapper John M.D.” and “Loves Me, Loves Me Not” with Susan Dey. Most recent guest appearances: “CSI Miami” and “Bones.” As a director and writer, Mr. Gilman has collaborated at the Los Angeles Theater Center, Ivy Sub Station and Highways performing his irreverent one-man musicals Men Women and Assassins and Mister Moody: 82 Minutes With Christ. He is presently in pre-production on the feature film Perfect Match for which he is writer-producer as well as one of its stars. His recent compilations of music, “No Miracles” and “Primitive Man” will be released later this year.

Jerry Mayer born and educated in St. Louis, Mo., has had an impressive career in television, writing and producing such prized shows as “M*A*S*H,” “The Bob Newhart Show,” “All in the Family,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Facts of Life” and five Mitzi Gaynor’s TV specials, plus her famous Las Vegas Act. Mr. Mayer thoroughly enjoyed his TV career but, has happily discovered that by far his first love is writing for the theatre. Five of his plays have been published by Samuel French, Inc. His award winning plays and musicals have appeared successfully in New York city four times (Off-Broadway) and in hundreds of theatres all over the US and Canada, as well as in Europe. Most of Mr. Mayer’s plays deal with the “ups, downs and sideways” of male/female relationships, for which he humbly thanks the guidance of his lovely “muse/wife.”

Evelyn Rudie began her career at age 3 and received an Emmy nomination at 5 for her portrayal of “Eloise” on TV’s “Playhouse 90” (the first time a child actress was so honored); she went on to star in more than 70 motion pictures and television shows (“the greatest child tragedienne of our time,” London Daily Express), and is the proud recipient of a star in Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. “Arguably the most talented and prolific producer-director-lyricist-composer-musician-actress in theatre” (LA Times), with her partner/husband Chris DeCarlo Ms. Rudie has been involved with more than 600 productions, including 400 World, American and West Coast premieres and 50 international tours, including seven of Jerry Mayer’s eight plays. Chris and she became Co-Artistic Directors of Santa Monica Playhouse in 1973 (where they met). She has received commendations from the City of Santa Monica, the City and County of Los Angeles, and the California State Senate, for completing 50 years of uninterrupted participation in theatre, film, television and arts education, a record that continues today. As director/playwright, career highlights include Dear Gabby, the Confessions of An Over-Achiever, the longest-running teen dramedy in LA history – 15 years in its initial run; the Shakespeare-inspired Love In Bloom – Critics’ Pick of the Year, American Press Network, the East Meets West Three-Continent International Theatre Festival; and Author! Author! – An evening with Sholom Aleichem. She also teaches, directs and lectures worldwide.new-rack-back1

Performances for “2 Across” will be Wednesday at 2 pm beginning January 20, 2016, Saturday evenings at 8pm and Sunday matinees at 2PM.
The show runs 90 minutes without an intermission.

For more information, visit “2 Across, The Play”

CLOSED (for now) -“SANTASIA , A Holiday Comedy”

“SANTASIA , A Holiday Comedy” 2015 !!
CHRISTMAS of 2016 was an uproarious success!
UPDATE- Santasia will return to St. Lukes Theatre December 2018!!

tn-500_jollyfellas-richardleewarren,rustylocke,shaunloeser,brandonloeser_photomichaelduisenberg“hilarious … a side splitter…”Santasia” resembles what could happen if the “Kids in the Hall” crew got into Grandma’s kitchen and laced all the fruitcake with LSD.” – LA TIMES

“comedic perfection … laugh out loud funny” – BACK STAGE

“a 90-minute, Wonka-fied yuletide send-up of Hollywood blockbusters and celebrity culture that’s so riddled with lowbrow humor and clever social commentary that the nimble, six-man cast rarely come across as anything less than perfection. – LA.COM

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L.A.’S LONG RUNNING YULETIDE SEND-UP OF CELEBRITY CULTURE
SANTASIA: A HOLIDAY COMEDYCOMES TO THE BIG APPLE IN A SPECIAL LIMITED ENGAGEMENT RUN
NOVEMBER 17TH THROUGH DECEMBER 23RD AT ST. LUKE’S THEATRE

A RELENTLESS ASSAULT ON YOUR HOLIDAY FUNNY BONE, THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED SEASONAL SENSATION IS STOCKING STUFFED WITH SNARK, SENTIMENT, DYSFUNCTION AND LOVE

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(New York, NY) – SANTASIA, L.A.’s hilarious holiday musical sketch comedy show that embraces and skewers all the iconic moments of the Christmas season will begin a limited engagement run in NYC at St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 West 46th Street in Manhattan beginning on Tuesday, November 17th. The official opening will be on Tuesday, December 1st and continue through December 23rd. Created by brothers Shaun and Brandon Loeser and directed by Tania Pearson-Loeser, the critically acclaimed seasonal sensation has run for over 13 years in Los Angeles and is jam packed with a biting blend of yuletide snark and sentiment.

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SANTASIA’s relentless assault on your holiday funny-bone will have you hurting from laughter. Stocking stuffed with everything from dysfunctional family sketches to charm, wit, love and beautiful sentiment, it conjures up memories of your own Christmas past. The hysterical holiday classic has been compared to the “Carol Burnett Show”, “Kids in the Hall”, “In Living Color”, and “Saturday Night Live”.

Santasia is appropriate for children ages 13 and over due to strong language. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Dynamic choreography, on-point holiday parody, side splitting sketch comedy, and classic Rankin and Bass inspired Claymation movies, this multi-media Santasia is the fresh face of Vaudeville Comedy.

Shaun Loeser (Co-Writer, Director & Producer) is originally from Chicago, having trained with legendary improv guru Del Close at iO Chicago. He is both a professional actor and stuntman having appeared in American Horror Story: Hotel, The Amazing Spider-Man, Conan, True Blood, The Tonight Show, NCIS LA, Pair of Kings, GCB, Step Brothers, iCarly, My Name is Earl, The Sarah Silverman Program, The Comebacks, Numbers, General Hospital, Kambakkht Ishq, among other Television series and films.

Brandon Loeser (Co-Writer & Producer) is a Chicago native who studied at iO Chicago under the direction of famed improv teacher Del Close. In addition to acting, he is also a stuntman and comedian. Brandon has appeared numerous times on Grimm, Superstore, Conan, True Blood, Justified, Children’s Hospital, Supah Ninjas, The Dark Knight, The Tonight Show, Chasing 3000, Changeling, General Hospital and Disaster Movie.

Tania L Pearson-Loeser (Co-Writer, Associate Producer & Choreographer) is a professional choreographer, actor and stuntwoman. She has choreographed for Conan O’Brien’s “Not Permitted to Perform on Television National Tour,” “Conan” and the “The Tonight Show” and has appeared in in the television series Chuck, Alice in Wonderland, Criminal Minds, Without A Trace, True Jackson VP, Pushing Daisies, Brothers and Sisters, Late Night With Conan O’Brien, General Hospital and Days of Our Lives.

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santasia 1The cast of SANTASIA features Brandon Loeser, Shaun Loeser, James Elden, Lon Gowan, Chey Kennedy, Richard Lee Warren.

SANTASIA’s set designer is Rich Warren, lighting designer is Wynn Zucchero, sound designer is Brandon Loeser and the musical director is Stacey Quinealty.

Performances are on Tuesdays at 8PM and Wednesdays at 2PM.