Write Act Rep’s FRANKENSTEIN Musical at St. Luke’s Theatre

Write Act Rep’s FRANKENSTEIN Musical begins previews at St. Luke’s Theatre – October 2, 2017

Producers John Lant, Tamra Pica and Write Act Repertory have announced the world premiere of FRANKENSTEIN, a new musical based on Mary Shelley‘s novel about the human need for love and companionship, with book, music and lyrics by Eric B. Sirota and directed by Clint Hromsco.

Frankenstein: a new musical, based on Mary Shelley’s classic novel, is a two-act sweeping, romantic musical about the human need for love and companionship.

Having lost his mother at a young age, Victor Frankenstein seeks to end human mortality and arrogantly enters territory beyond his control. While he enjoys unconditional love from Elizabeth, he grants none to his creation.

“it is a success of a show that should be considered something great in the realm of musical theater.” BroadwayWorld

“…takes the audience by the ears” TheaterScene

“Sirota…imbues his show with the serious philosophical underpinnings of Shelley’s original” –Off Off On Line

 

Based on Mary Shelley‘s classic novel, FRANKENSTEIN is neither a comedy nor a parody, but a sweeping, romantic musical that is true to its source material and revolves around the question of “Without love, what is life?” Having lost his mother at a young age, Victor Frankenstein seeks to end man’s mortality and arrogantly enters territory beyond his control. While he enjoys unconditional love from Elizabeth, he grants none to his creation.

Eric B. Sirota (Book, Music and Lyrics) is a composer and playwright, as well as an established research scientist and fellow of the American Physical Society, with a PhD in Physics from Harvard and over 90 highly cited publications and 20 patents. Under the title “Day of Wrath”, Frankenstein was an Official Selection of The New York Musical Festival’s Reading Series in 2015 and also received a reading as part of the Emerging Artists Theatre New Work Series. Another one of his musicals, Your Name On My Lips, an original love story, played at Theater for the New City in March 2017.

Featured in the original cast: Daniel Bristoll, Jonathan Cobrda, Amy Londyn, Benjamin M. Haupt, Cait Kiley, Stephanie Lourenco Viegas and Gabriella Marzetta.

The current cast includes: Erick Sanchez-Canahuate, Kevin Reher, Gabriella Marzetta, Amy Weintraub, Adam Kee, Stephan Amenta, Stephanie Lourenco Viegas,,Bryan Walton, Jennifer Smith,

Original Music direction and arrangements by Anessa Marie and lighting design by Marteen Cornelis. Casting by Tamra Pica Casting. Current Music Direction is by Austin Nuckols

The production will preview on Monday, October 2 at 7:00 pm and open on Monday, October 9 at 7:00 pm. Performances run Mondays at 7 p.m. at St. Luke’s Theatre, located at 308 West 46th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues). Tickets cost between $20 and $99 and can be purchased through Telecharge at www.telecharge.com/Off-Broadway or by calling (212) 239-6200. For more information, visit stlukestheatre.com. For more about the show, go to www.thefrankensteinmusical.com.

John Lant (Producing Artistic Director) 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.

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 Repertory is dedicated to the development of original plays, lesser known works by established writers, adaptations of classical-themed materials and musicals. Write Act Repertory also produces rarely seen works and unfinished musicals by composers who passed before their work was completed. Go to www.writeactrep.org for more.

 

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“Friends! The Musical” St Lukes Theatre CLOSED June 22, 2018

The Unauthorized Musical Parody of the Hit TV Show “Friends”
Opened at St. Luke’s Theatre – October 13th, 2017

Friends! The Musical is set to open preview shows at St. Lukes Theater on October 13th, 2017. The production will be produced by Lynn Shore Entertainment and Medium Face Entertainment and is set to be directed and choreographed by Paul Stancato,

Friends! The Musical follows the wacky misadventures of six 20-something pals as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life and love in Manhattan. Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey, Phoebe and Gunther are back!

Rachel zoeCreated by Bob and Tobly McSmith, this duo has created musical parodies for the stage of Saved by the Bell, 90210, and Full House and are ready to present this celebrated 90s sitcom as their next big Off-Broadway hit!

Songs from Friends! The Musical include:

“495 Grove Street – How Can We Afford This Place?”
• “How you Doing, Ladies?” – Joey
• “Hey Ugly Naked Guy Who Lives Across the Street!”
• “We were on a Break!” – Ross
• “I’m Gonna Hump U” – Marcel the Humping Monkey
• “Oh. My. God. It’s Janice!” – Janice
• “Will They or Wont They” – Ross and Rachel
• “The Ballad of Fat Monica”
• “Could I BE Anymore…..in Love with Monica” – Chandler
• “The One Where We Make a Million Dollars An Episode”
• “We’ll Always Be There For You

Bob and Tobly McSmith (Writers) are huggable weirdos who met at a Girl Scout Convention. They are the writers/directors of “Bayside! The Musical!” and “Full! House! The Musical!” and “Katdashians! The Musical!” and “Showgirls! The Musical!” and “JonBenet! Murder Mystery Theater!” Bob and Tobly have been nominated for a cornucopia of honors including “Most Likely to Improve Sexually” (Tobly, 5th Grade) and “Class Masturbator” (Bob, 1st-12th Grade).  They are working on their next musicals: “Anne Frank 2: Hungry for Vengeance (and Bread)” and “Philadelphia: On Ice”

Paul Stancato (Director) Paul Stancato is an award-winning director/ choreographer who works in theatre, film and television. Paul has been tapped to direct a project for Universal Studios Beijing. Palm Beach Dramaworks- one of South Florida’s premier not-for-profit theatres- will be bringing Paul on board to helm Collected Stories by Donald Margolis for their 2016-’17 season. He recently directed/ choreographed the 2014-’15 National Tour of Jekyll and Hyde. From 2012-2014, he served as the Artistic Director for Franco Dragone’s, The House of Dancing Water in Macau, China. He was the Resident Director for the National Tour of Disney’s The Lion King, 2006 -2010 (2008 Helen Hayes nomination for Best Touring Musical).

Lynn Shore (Producer) Lynn is the writer and producer of Happy 50ish, the 2015 off-Broadway hit that played at The Beckett Theater at Theater Row. He is now co-producing the road tour with his production partners, Theater Mogul. Shore’s voice can be heard on numerous commercials for Ford, Disney, The Biltmore Hotels and others. He also voiced seven characters for Sony’s animated series “Gun Parade March,” “Demon Lord Dante” and sang three solo tracks on the 2012 Grammy Award-nominated children’s album “ABC Mouse: The Alphabet Songs.” Lynn Shore is the recipient of the 2013 Jason Robert Brown World-Wide vocal contest and performed with him at 54 Below.

St. Luke’s Theatre is a 174-seat Off-Broadway theatre at 308 West 46th Street, the Restaurant Row, just west of Eighth Avenue in Manhattan’s Theater District.

(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
A
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.

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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