CLOSED: Popsical Festival: Original Pop-Culture Musicals Opens Feb. 10, 2019 St. Lukes Theatre

Popsical Festival: Original Pop Culture Musicals, is the inaugural festival focusing on pop-culture fixtures from the past and current topography by four emerging musical theatre creators and composers.

Each Sunday night 2 plays will perform one in each act.

Festival A Performs Sundays February 10 – March 31 @ 7:30pm
includes The Scarlet Savior / The Great Cat Massacre

The Scarlet Savior: A Superhero Musical Comedy (A)by Lily Dwoskin and Austin Nuckols

In The Scarlet Savior, Maggie Sullivan, a small town superhero, gets hired by Superheros Inc. to take over as New York City’s first female superhero in the wake of the famous Powerfist’s murder by New York’s villain, The Siren. But life isn’t a comic book and Maggie soon learns that the lines between heroes and villains aren’t so clearly drawn.

Director: Lori Steinberg
Music Director: Austin Nuckols
Choreographer: Tara Forseth
Book: Lily Dwoskin & Austin Nuckols
Lyrics: Lily Dwoskin
Music: Austin Nuckols

The Great Cat Massacre by Greg Moss & Casey O’Neil (A)

The Great Cat Massacre is a tale about classism, sexism, and what happens when the rich choose to believe alternative facts with eager hysteria. Set in 18th century Paris, this show follows two apprentice printers who convince the neighborhood that their beloved cats are possessed by demons. The resulting slaughter is the worst event of feline history.

Director: Nina Kauffman
Music Director: Austin Nuckols
Choreographer: Josh Israel
Book, Music, and Lyrics: Greg Moss and Casey O’Neil


Beginning April 7, 2019 – Festival B

Festival B Performs Sundays April 7 – May 26 @ 7:30pm
includes Geeks / #Adulting

Geeks! The Musical! by Tom Misuraca (B)
Geeks! The Musical! follows the adventures of a gaggle of geeks through a Comic Book/Sci-Fi Convention. Will the geek boy find true love and a mint copy of Batman #92? Will the artist and Goth girl sell their avant-garde comic? Will the has-been sci-fi actor get cast in the remake of his old TV show? These questions and more will be answered as they sing, dance and debate if Batman could beat Spider-Man in a fight! Be square, be there!

Director: John Lant
Book & Lyrics: Tom Misuraca
Music: Ruth Judkowitz

#Adulting by Natalie Elder and John Ervin Brooks (B)
Imagine the Millennial version of Seinfeld. Now imagine it set to classical music.#Adulting is a series of operatic sketch comedies about four 20-something roommates trying to figure out how to be grown-ups. Drew has to become more patient with his friends, Ruth needs to be less dependent on technology, Tony must master basic life skills, and Bucket… well, maybe Bucket has it all figured out.

Director: Nina Kauffman
Music Director: Austin Nuckols
Libretto: Natalie Elder
Music: John Ervin Brooks
Additional Libretto: Stefan Melnyk & Austin Nuckols

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CLOSED – “The Book of Merman” St. Lukes Theatre

“The Book of Merman” opens October 5, 2018 at St. Lukes Theatre. Final Performance Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019

*** Two Mormon missionaries ring the doorbell of Ethel Merman and hilarity ensues in this new musical comedy. “The Book of Merman” is a diva-driven journey featuring original songs and show-stopping ballads. It’s delightful. It’s delicious. It’s de-Merman!  ***

The Book of Merman Original Cast Members *** Carly Sakolove, Chad Burris, Kyle Ashe Wilkinson. ***

*** For more info: BookOfMermanMusical.com

 

***The Book of Merman Creative Team***

Music and Lyrics by Leo Schwartz
Book: Leo Schwartz and DC Cathro
Director/ Choreographer: Joe Langworth
Music Director: Aaron Benham

For tickets contact Telecharge

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St. Luke’s Theatre is located at 308 West 46th Street

(between 8th and 9th Avenues)

New York NY 10036
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CLOSED: “Intrusion” Opens St. Lukes Theatre Aug. 8, 2018

Intrusion opened Wednesday August 8, 2018 at St. Lukes Theatre . Running through September 27.

Intrusion-Off-Broadway-Show-Tickets-176-072518.jpgIntrusion Summary

Intrusion is set 20 years into the future, where sexual violence has been eradicated. That is, until one woman comes forward about her rape. The production examines how we all perpetuate rape culture through the expose of different sectors of society. Over the span of one hour and through her portrayal of a college student, journalist, prosecutor, day trader, politician psychologist, school kid, and professor, Qurrat Ann Kadwani evaluates the flaws in a society where rape is supposedly eradicated, helping to raise awareness about sexual violence and combat systemic oppression.

Get Tickets now at Telecharge

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

CLOSED: “It Came from Beyond – The Musical” St.Lukes Theatre

It Came From Beyond is a family friendly musical comedy described as Grease meets War of the Worlds with comic books, aliens, and 1950’s dancing.  It Came From Beyond opens Tuesday April 10, 2018 at St Lukes Theatre ( 308 W. 46 St.) To purchase tickets, click thru to TELECHARGE

It Came From Beyond takes place in a high school science classroom in 1959 and switches between two parallel stories. It centers on the nerdy, high school geek whose only chance to save the popular, beautiful girl that he loves, is to find the secret hidden in a new comic book called It Came From Beyond. In the parallel story, an astronomer seeks the same secret in order to stop an attack on Planet Earth from aliens from outer space.

The show has licensed film clips from 1950s sci-fi movies such as Invaders From Mars, Brain From Planet Arous, Hideous Sun Demon, Devil Girl From Mars, The Flying Saucer, and Plan 9 From Outer Space.

It Came From Beyond is a comedy with characters that you can root for, a plot that will take you in, and unforgettable songs destined to be standards that will have the audience singing as they leave the theatre. It is suitable for all audiences and has a positive message.

One newspaper described the play as Grease meets War of the Worlds. Comic books, aliens, 1950’s dancing, and its music couldn’t be more relevant with parody songs like “American Way,” “They’re Here,” “Find a Hero,” and “Are You One of Them?” playfully set against the backdrop of paranoid Cold War propaganda.

For More Information : It Came From Beyond

*Six Ovation Award nominations from Los Angeles Stage Alliance including Best Musical and Best Writing of a Musical.

“thoroughly entertaining” – Los Angeles Times “Recommended”

“hilarious ….the next Rocky Horror Show” – The Pasadena Weekly

“hysterical … the lyrics are a riot” – NYTheatre

* By popular demand, had its run extended at the New York Musical Theatre Festival.

It Came from Beyond – The Musical Cast Members:

Ryan Ball, Kaitlyn Baldwin, David R. Doumeng, Maureen Duke, Clint Hromsco, Adam Kee, Natalie Michaels, Kayleen Seidl, Danicah Waldo, Bryan S. Walton

It Came from Beyond – The Musical Creative Team

Executive Producer / Artistic Director: John Lant
Producers: Tamra Pica & Write Act Repertory
Writer: Cornell Christianson
Composers & Lyricists: Stephen M. Schwartz, Norman E. Thalheimer
Director: Jim Blanchette
Choreographer: Mark Blowers
Music Direction: Austin Nuckols
Assistant Director / Assistant Choreographer: Maureen Duke
Casting Director: Tamra Pica Casting
Lighting Design: Maarten Cornelis
Costume Design: Jennifer Anderson
Production Stage Manager: Lauren Winnenberg
Producing Associate: Tim Hays, Danielle Vejar, Jamie Ades
Publicity / Marketing: Stephen Sunderlin – Sunpro Inc
Additional Marketing: Roger Gonzalez and Local Theatre NY.com

CLOSED : “WICKED FROZEN” the untold parody musical St Lukes Theatre

Wicked Frozen begins previews at St. Lukes Theatre, playing Sunday evenings at 7:30 pm. on March 25, 2018. Opening date is April 8, 2018, Closed January 6, 2019

Wicked Frozen is the untold parody musical of some magic ice witch princesses and other stuff like that. (PG-13; Mild language)

Wicked Frozen is a high-energy grown-up parody mash-up of Wicked and Frozen, both celebrating and skewering these two wildly successful pop culture phenomenons. When Adele Dazeem and her teacher Kristen Chenobell become trapped in a Boston classroom during a freak blizzard, things take a turn for the absurd, as Adele sets off on a journey through the magical land of Scandinorfindelle. Wicked Frozen is not only a subversive satire on six cups of coffee, but also a reminder that even when things may only ‘be okay,’ it’s the people around us that truly matter.

To purchase tickets go to TELECHARGE

Wicked Frozen Cast Members:

Kathleen Armenti, Lily Davis, Allison Frasca, Wills Jacobs, Tyler Joseph, Vanessa Magula, Jake McKenna, Chris Evan Simpson, Natalie Sullivan, Bethany Nicole Taylor, and Meagan Wells.

Wicked Frozen Creative Team

Executive Producer: John Lant 
Creators: Zoe Farmingdale & Toby Singer
Director: Zoe Farmingdale
Choreographer: Zoe Farmingdale
Music Direction: Toby Singer
Lighting Design: Maarten Cornelis
Costume Design: Jennifer Anderson 
Producing Associate: Tim Hays, Danielle Vejar, Jamie Ades 
Publicity / Marketing: Stephen Sunderlin – Sunpro Inc.

 

For more info go to  Wicked Frozen Official Website

“The Snowy Day and Other Stories” by Ezra Jack Keats Opens Jan. 13, 2018 – St. Lukes Theatre- CLOSED

showimage2048The Snow Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats is children’s theatre for the whole family that will warm your heart.

The Snow Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats celebrates the wonder of childhood in the city: the excitement of a fresh snowfall, the delight of whistling for the first time, the awe in finding a special treasure.

Four of Ezra Jack Keats’ best stories are brought to life, including The Snowy Day, Whistle for Willie, Goggles!, and Letter to Amy.

Look no further for family entertainment in New York! The Snowy Day and Other Stories…includes singing, live action, humor, and shadow puppets, making the 60 minute show fly by for children of all ages. Our goal is to create a warm, joyful experience that brings families together,though we think this piece of children’s theatre will be loved best by kids ages 3-8. Brought to you by the same team that produced the long running hit The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats Cast Members:

Taylor Alexis Bass, Jahbril Cook, Garrett Gray

The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats Creative Team

Author: Based on the books by Ezra Jack Keats, Adapted by Jerome Hairston
Music: Victor Zupanc
Lyrics: Jerome Hairston
Director: Julia Beardsley O’Brien
Production Manager: Becca Silbert
Production Assistant/Vocal Director: Jesse Corbin
Shadow Puppets: Charlotte Lily Gaspard
Set Design: Josh Iacovelli
Lighting Design: Nicole Lang
Costume Design: Heather Carey
Producer: O’Brien Entertainment / Julia O’Brien

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“Lili Marlene” Off-Bdwy Premiere at St. Lukes Theatre- CLOSED

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. Previews began Tuesday July 25th, 2017 @ 7:00 PM with the official Opening – Tuesday August 1st, 2017 @ 7:00 PM.UPDATE: LILI MARLENE moves to Wednesdays  at 2 pm  beginning April 18th through June 6, 2018.
Critical praise for the production in NY and LA:

“performers are all highly skilled actors and singers, especially Amy Londyn as cabaret performer Rosie Penn” – Broadway World

“The play is at its best musically and vocally… Amy Londyn makes a phenomenal Off-Broadway debut.” – Local Theatre NY

“the choreography by Mark Blowers is fun and sharp … the cast is highly skilled and talented … Lili Marlene puts a sweet twist on how love is possible even in the dreariest of times” – Off Off Online

“Come to the Cabaret…tale with incredible talent” – The Examiner – Los Angeles

“a stand alone and unique show… I highly recommend Lili Marlene” – NoHoArts.com

“The play is a sweeping classic…story is imaginative, not historical, but a tale worth knowing.” – Arts Beat LA
Lili Marlene Musical Off Broadway Show Tickets

LILI MARLENE
A New Musical about a Family’s Escape
from the Rising Tide of Nazism
Wednesdays @ 2 p.m. thru June 6th , 2018

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

The production began previews on Tuesday, July 25 at 7:00 p.m. and opened Tuesday, August 1, 2017 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 Original 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.

The current cast includes: Stephan Amenta, Ryan Ball, Sam Balzac, Samantha Collette, Nicholas-Tyler Corbin, Alexandra Dominguez, Maureen Duke, Adam Kee, April Leohard, Amy Londyn, Christian Luu, Jon Rose, Megan Supina, Jennifer Smith, Stephanie Viegas, Bryan Watson


Original Music Direction and Arrangements
by Rocco Vitacco. Current Music Director is Lisa Lawrence

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                                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,

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.

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

*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*