“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*

“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
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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!”