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

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DA VINCI & MICHELANGELO: THE TITANS EXPERIENCE

Multimedia Exploration of The Greats and Their Works Sets New York City Run

Performances Begin
August 15, 2019

(July 24, 2019 – New York, New York) – After over 500 years, the two greatest minds and artists of the Renaissance will make their New York stage debut in Da Vinci & Michelangelo: The Titans Experience. Created and performed by Mark Rodgers, this multimedia production exploring the artists’ works and lives will play St. Luke’s Theatre (308 W. 46th St., between 8th and 9th Avenues) beginning August 15th, with opening night set for Thursday August 22nd. Tickets, starting at $39, are available online at www.St.LukesTheatre.com or by calling Telecharge at 212.239.6200.

First conceived as exhibitions of creations from the mind of Leonardo Da Vinci and the masterworks of Michelangelo, Da Vinci & Michelangelo: The Titans Experience is a one-of-a-kind, multimedia production that brings the works of these two Renaissance men into a brand-new, contemporary light. In the Da Vinci & Michelangelo: The Titans Experience, audiences take an awe-inspiring journey through the Italian Renaissance, led by creator Mark Rodgers, experiencing the world and its possibilities through the eyes of these two monumental geniuses.

Da Vinci & Michelangelo has something that everyone can relate to,” says Rodgers. “The impact of everything they said and did can be found in our lives today.”

Through exploration of their inventions, machines, sketches, paintings, and sculptures, Rodgers connects the immortal work of Da Vinci & Michelangelo to modern day geniuses, such as Les Paul, Van Cliburn, and Paul McCartney, and encourages audiences to discover their own “inner” Da Vinci and Michelangelo.

Created by and starring Mark Rodgers, Da Vinci & Michelangelo: The Titans Experience is directed by Bill Stine, with lighting and projection design by Shari Debandt.

The production is exclusively represented by Columbia Artists Theatricals in New York City (www.columbia-artists.com). For more information about Mark Rodgers and the production, please visit www.DiscoverDaVinci.com.

Running Time: 2 hours with intermission.

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.”