“DaVinci and Michelangelo: The Titans Experience” opens St Lukes Theatre August 15, 2019

PRESS RELEASE : July 17th, 2019 – New York, NY. – “DaVinci & Michelangelo: The Titans Experience” announces their schedule of performances at St. Luke’s Theatre, New York City. Preview performances begin Thursday, August 15th at 8:00 PM, followed by two matinee performances on Saturday and Sunday, August 18th and 19th, 2019 at 1:30 PM.
Opening Night will be Thursday, August 22th, 2019 at 8:00pm.

Mark Rodgers, the creator and host of this multi-media production, is also the curator of the DaVinci Machines and Michelangelo Exhibitions for North America. Rodgers originally developed the idea to compare and contrast the two geniuses while curating the DaVinci and Michelangelo Exhibition in Denver, CO.

The production was first conceived as an exhibition of the works of Leonardo DaVinci and then expanded by incorporating elements of the Michelangelo Exhibition from Florence, Italy. According to Rodgers, the audience response to his early tours and performances ultimately inspired him to incorporate both monumental geniuses into this one-of-a-kind, multi-media production that has been successfully touring the United States. The performance is exclusively represented by Columbia Artist Theatricals in New York City. www.columbia-artists.com

“DaVinci and Michelangelo has an outreach and following that everyone can relate to,” explained Rodgers.  “Everything they said and did relates to our lives today.”  By the end of the performance Rodgers is connecting DaVinci and Michelangelo to later day geniuses like Les Paul, Van Cliburn and Paul McCartney.”    

Running Time: 2 hours with intermission.
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DaVinci and Michelangelo: The Titans Experience is a tour de force, awe-inspiring, one-of-a-kind, non-stop, image2.pngmulti-media journey through the Italian Renaissance as seen through the eyes of DaVinci and Michelangelo.

This performance event features movies, videos, 3-D animations and images of DaVinci and Michelangelo’s inventions, machines, sketches, codices, painting and sculptures. Rodgers compares and contrast the incredible lives of Leonardo and Michelangelo as never before, relating them to our world today with our contemporary geniuses of Les Paul, Van Cliburn, Paul McCartney, Jacques Cousteau and the General Motors modern internal combustion engine as we strive to discover our own “inner” Michelangelo and DaVinci.

Mark Rodgers is the creator and mastermind of the DaVinci Machines and Michelangelo Exhibitions for North America andthe Da Vinci & Michelangelo: The Titans Experience original theatrical production.

DaVinci and Michelangelo: The Titans Experience Special Information

DaVinci & Michelangelo’s artwork is explored including but not limited to the Mona Lisa, Statue of David and Sistine Chapel.

“Bravo!…. Fabulous Show! How cool is this show!?Rodgers brings Michelangelo and Leonardo to life with passion, wit and verve.How cool is that!?” – Triad Theater – NYC / Michael J Gelb – Author of “How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci”

“This was an unexpectedly fabulous show…. What made this interesting and informative experience fabulous was Mark Rodgers, the presenter. His incredible passion and delivery of the information made the show so much fun and educational. I highly recommend going, and bring your teenagers!” Michael Seeland, Dec. 16th, 2018 – Denver, CO.

“WOW. What an amazing show. It was joyful, meaningful, powerful, and inspirational! Thank you for doing a magical job! Your words and visuals were fantastic, and I keep thinking about your presentation.” – Pabst Theater, Milwaukee, WI., Dr. MN. Ph.D. Marquette University

“A shaman..ic experience…. not to be missed. It will change your life” – “creative synergistic genius” – “(the performance) brings DaVinci and Michelangelo alive”. – RINO Arts District – Denver CO. / Anthony Arguello

DaVinci and Michelangelo: The Titans Experience Cast Members:

Mark Rodgers

DaVinci and Michelangelo: The Titans Experience Creative Team

Authors: Mark and John Rodgers
Composer: Mark Rodgers
Director: Shari Debandt
Producer: Genius Production Theatricals

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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

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 April 11, 2014: “Disaster! a 1970’s Disaster Movie Musical”

Disaster! opened at St Lukes Theatre on November 3, 2013; Closing Date: April 11, 2014. Disaster! debuted at the Triad Theatre in January 2012 and moved St. Luke’s Theatre, where it had a long run and found a place on several “Best of 2013” lists.

disaster cropDisaster! is set on a summer night in Manhattan in 1979 and follows a group of NYC A-listers who party at the grand opening of a floating casino/disc0—until disaster strikes. Earthquakes, tidal waves, infernos, killer bees, rats, sharks, and piranhas all threaten the guests, who sing some of the biggest hits of the ‘70s including “Hot Stuff,” “I Am Woman,” “Knock on Wood” and more.

The musical comedy Disaster!, by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick, returned to NY for another Off-Broadway run, opening at St Luke’s Theatre 04 Nov 2013, following previews from 14 Oct 2013.

Disaster! previously ran in 2012. The New York Times called it a “triumph” and “irresistible” and advised “You’ll be tickled and, despite your best judgment, probably singing along.”

Disaster! is a musical based on 1970’s disaster movies with a score consisting of 1970’s pop, rock and disco hit songs: ‘Hot Stuff,’ ‘I Am Woman,’ ‘Knock On Wood,’ ‘Daybreak,’ ‘Signed, Sealed Delivered’ and more!.

Directed by Jack Plotnick, choreographed by Denis Jones with music direction by Larry Pressgrove, the musical will star Tony Nominee Mary Testa (‘On The Town,’ ’42nd Street’), Tom Riis Farrell (‘Coram Boy,’ ‘Dirty Blonde,’ ‘Chicago’), Michele Ragusa (‘Young Frankenstein,’ ‘Urinetown,’ ‘A Class Act’), Jennifer Simard (‘Sister Act,’ ‘Shrek the Musical’), and Seth Rudetsky (‘The Ritz’). disaster-master675 maxresdefault image  disaster pic 4

The year is 1979. All the hottest New York City A-Listers are putting on their platform shoes and polyester disco shirts and heading to the grand opening of Manhattan’s first floating casino and discotheque. Little do they know that the pier built to house the huge boat was drilled into the center of a dangerous and unstable fault-line. Disaster! is a 1970’s disaster movie musical and features songs from the ‘70’s; Hot Stuff, I Am Woman, Knock On Wood, Daybreak, Signed, Sealed Delivered, and more!Disaster!_musical_poster

Earthquake, tidal wave, infernos, killer bees, rats, sharks and piranhas all threaten the guests. Who will survive? The greedy tycoon? The aging showgirl and her 11-year-old twins? The washed-up disco star? The disaster expert still mourning the loss of his wife? The nun with the gambling addiction? The older couple with a terrible secret? And will the bra-burning feminist find love with the man who’s lost his dreams?Disaster

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(CLOSED May 25, 2008) “Welcome Home, Marian Anderson”

Curb Gardner & Cynthia Newport, Candela Entertainment, along with Jeff Britton, Broadway Bound Productions presented a Limited Run of , “Welcome Home Marian Anderson”, a play with music, at St. Luke’s Theatre. PREVIEWS were May 13, & 14 , 2008. with the official OPENING May 15, 2008. It closed on May 25, 2008. ( CLOSED)

” About the play: “As she anxiously anticipates the controversial Easter morning concert at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial, world-famous opera concert diva Marian Anderson reflects on the events that have brought her from her meager childhood in Philadelphia to this momentous occasion in our nation’s history.” Playwright Vanessa Shaw takes us on Marian’s journey through the racism, public triumphs, personal challenges and the private passions of a woman who was dubbed “The Voice of the Century.”