More (7) Past Productions at St. Lukes Theatre from 2006 to 2011

“ANNULLA” 2006 (Closed June 11, 2006)

The New York Premiere of Emily Mann’s Annulla, at St Lukes Theatre, opened on May 14, 2006 and closed June 11, 2006.

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Emily Mann’s play Annulla is about a Jewish woman who passed for Aryan in Nazi Germay. It received its Off-Broadway debut at The Theatre at St. Luke’s on  May 14, 2006 ( first preview May 4) and closed June 11, 2006 . Pamela Hall directed this West End Artists Company production.

About the play: “The play was born when playwright and director Emily Mann set out to record a relative’s personal remembrance of the Holocaust. Instead, she discovered Annulla Allen, a Jewish woman who passed herself off as Aryan during the Nazi regime in Germany, and decided to dramatize her life.

annulla crop 5-15-05According to press materials, Allen was “a Polish Jew married to an Austrian Jew, [who] managed to elude the authorities, and even get her husband released from Dauchau. Decades ahead of her time, she dreamt of starting the first political Women’s Party as early as 1939, and actually wrote her own six-hour play on the subject of her life. Constantly moving as a child she learned seven languages, finally settling in London as a grown woman, which she adored.”

annulla 2 5-14-05Eileen De Felitta was “Annulla” with Neva Small as “The Voice of Emily,” the Interviewer.

SECRETS (2006)

Previews for SECRETS began Jun 25, 2006 at St Lukes Theatre, opened officially, July 13, 2006 and closed July 30, 2006.

About the Play: In Gerald Zipper’s Secrets hidden relationships threaten friendship and love as this evening of wining and dining degenerated into a session of backbiting, snide comments and a contest to see who can be the cruelest to their respective spouses. When all is said, the participants wondered whether it was worth staying together anymore — but then again, can they adjust to a life alone? Directed by Ted Mornel, the six-person cast included Mark Hamlet, Darren Lougee, Lissa Moira, Alyce Mayors, Tom Sminkey and Elena Zazanis.

25 Questions for a Jewish Mother ” (2006-07) Closed March 27, 2007

Emmy-winning actress/comedienne Judy Gold’s critically acclaimed “25 Questions for a Jewish Mother

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Following a sold-out run at Ars Nova Theater the previous spring, “25 Questions…”ransferred Off-Broadway to St. Lukes Theatre, opening on October 12, 2006  and closed on March 27, 2007.  This is a heartfelt and hilarious one-woman show is written by Kate Moira Ryan, with Judy Gold, and directed by Karen Kohlhaas. The show is Gold’s personal journey about becoming a parent, while learning to be a daughter to a nagging Jewish mother of her own. “Judy Gold captures the audience from the moment she opens her mouth. She seamlessly weaves anecdotes from her own life with snippets from interviews conducted with 50 Jewish mothers across the United States. The result is fiercely funny, honest and moving.” — New York Times “The show is riotously funny and ultimately quite moving.” — Hollywood Reporter “Gold’s show is a genuine mitzvah.” — Time Out New York “Gold charms a restive audience with almost mesmeric ability.” — Village Voice.  (closed at St Lukes Theatre on March 27, 2007)

Judy and Me (2008)

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 Judy and Me opened at St. Luke’s Theatre on October 21, 2008 and closed December 14, 2008 .

Peter Mac’s sweetly earnest play, Judy and Me, in which a young gay man learned how to cope with his often harsh life thanks to imagined conversations he has with film icon Judy Garland,

The cast included Christopher Brick , Jean Ann Kump, Elyse Beyer, Christopher McCabe and Basil Meola. 1

 ‘Black Angels Over Tuskegee’ (2010) transferred to Actors Temple Theater June 5, 2010

The Off-Broadway Premiere of “Black Angels Over Tuskegee” began at St. Luke’s Theater on February 15, 2010. “Black Angels Over Tuskegee” began previews at St. Luke’s Theatre Jan. 29, 2010. Written and directed by Layon Gray, the production officially opened Feb. 15, 2010. The Off-Broadway production of Black Angels Over Tuskegee ended its run at St. Luke’s Theatre on May 31, 2010 before transferring to the Actors Temple Theater June 5, 2010, where it continues its Off-Broadway run three years later ( December of 2013).

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From left, Rich Skidmore, Lamman Rucker, Thom Scott II, David Wendell Boykins, Demetrus Grosse, Derek Shaun and Layon Gray in Mr. Gray’s drama about the Tuskegee Airmen, fighter pilots in World War II, at St. Luke’s Theater. Mr. Gray also directs.

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“Every sympathetic character hits one note over and over, but Mr. Gray has the instincts of an entertainer, and the rapport his actors have established is persuasive enough to distract you from the formulaic aspects of the drama. As manipulative, obvious and sentimental as it is, this show is also tough to resist. By the end, when the pilots overcame their obstacles and finally got up into the air to the swelling of music, tears welled up in my eyes right after I rolled them.”

Richard Skipper as Carol Channing in Concert (2010-2011)

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RICHARD SKIPPER AS CAROL CHANNING IN CONCER
Richard Skipper As “Carol Channing” In Concert celebrates the career and persona of the unique theatrical legend. Accompanied by a 3-piece band, Skipper blends Channning’s standards with original material and other familiar songs sung in a spot-on-Channing-on-Broadway perfection. The Off-Broadway musical surveys Channing’s life with many stops along the way for Skippers unique –and riotous– “ad-lib” interactions with the audience. – See more at: http://www.newyorkcitytheatre.com/theaters/st-lukes-theater/richard-skipper-as-carol-channing-in-concert.php#sthash.Agpe6Npu.dpuf
Richard Skipper As “Carol Channing” In Concert celebrates the career and persona of the unique theatrical legend. Accompanied by a 3-piece band, Skipper blends Channning’s standards with original material and other familiar songs sung in a spot-on-Channing-on-Broadway perfection. The Off-Broadway musical surveys Channing’s life with many stops along the way for Skippers unique –and riotous– “ad-lib” interactions with the audience. – See more at: http://www.newyorkcitytheatre.com/theaters/st-lukes-theater/richard-skipper-as-carol-channing-in-concert.php#sthash.Agpe6Npu.dpuf
Richard Skipper As “Carol Channing” In Concert celebrates the career and persona of the unique theatrical legend. Accompanied by a 3-piece band, Skipper blends Channning’s standards with original material and other familiar songs sung in a spot-on-Channing-on-Broadway perfection. The Off-Broadway musical surveys Channing’s life with many stops along the way for Skippers unique –and riotous– “ad-lib” interactions with the audience. – See more at: http://www.newyorkcitytheatre.com/theaters/st-lukes-theater/richard-skipper-as-carol-channing-in-concert.php#sthash.Agpe6Npu.dpuf

Opened December 10, 2010 at St Lukes Theatre and closed on March 22,  2011   Richard Skipper interspersed stories and jokes from Channing’s life — much of it in her own words — with favorite numbers from her career, from “Before the Parade Passes By” and “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” to lesser known novelty tunes such as Ervin Drake’s “Widow’s Weeds.” A talented three-man combo led by musical director John Fischer provides spirited support.

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RICHARD SKIPPER AS CAROL CHANNING IN CONCERT

Richard Skipper As ‘Carol Channing’ In Concert celebrates the career and persona of the unique theatrical legend. Accompanied by a 3-piece band, Skipper blends Channning’s standards with original material and other familiar songs sung in a spot-on-Channing-on-Broadway perfection.

– See more at: http://www.newyorkcitytheatre.com/theaters/st-lukes-theater/richard-skipper-as-carol-channing-in-concert.php#sthash.Agpe6Npu.dpuf

Surviving Mommie Dearest: A Conversation with Christina Crawford” (2013)

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This Special Celebrity Event starred actress and best-selling author Christina Crawford (Mommie Dearest, Survivor) in “Surviving Momie Dearest: A Conversation with Christina Crawford”. It played from November 20 through November22, 2013, an exciting and rare glimpse into the real life story behind the movie MOMMIE DEAREST.  ( For information on future booking please contact Gaynes Theatrical Booking )

Christina covers 100 years of showbiz history and detailing the turbulent relationship between her and her movie legend mother, Joan Crawford, in off-Broadway’s Surviving Mommie Dearest. Featuring film clips, footage from 1940s home movies and blow-by-blow personal anecdotes, Crawford, whose memoir was the basis for the 1981 film of the same name, recounts the abuse that she endured in her life, discusses her road to recovery and takes questions from the audience in the 90-minute presentation.

The documentary features long forgotten home movies and historical photos of both Joan and Christina Crawford. Throughout her long career, Ms. Crawford has turned the issue of family violence into public awareness. She also offers hope and the healing process through her personal experiences. The documentary was written by Christina Crawford, and directed by Ms. Crawford, and Jacksonville native, Jerry Rosenberg. Portions were filmed at the The Metro Entertainment Complex, in Jacksonville, FL.
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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 Oct. 6, 2013: “Unbroken Circle”

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“Unbroken Circle” by James Wesley opened at St Lukes Theatre, June 19, 2013, and closed October 6, 2013. The play starred Suzanna Hay (Dance of Death), Eve Plumb (The Brady Bunch, Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating), Anika Larsen (Xanadu, Zanna, Don’t), Lori Hammel (Forbidden Broadway, Mamma Mia), Stacey Bone-Gleason (recent NYU grad), James Wesley and Juli Wesley (James and Seth’s 12-year-old daughter).

About the Play: “Set in 1970 Galveston, Texas, a family is brought together for the first time in years on the day of its patriarch’s funeral. As the day turns into night, the man’s impact on his family unfolds in unexpected and surprising ways. Directed by Jason St. Little (Former dean of NYU’s Stella Adler School), Unbroken Circle is at turns hilarious and disturbing and explores how abuse and family secrets affect every person in each generation differently.” CLOSED

CLOSED June 25, 2013: “Italian Bred!”

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Acclaimed writer/performer CANDICE GUARDINO premiered the outrageous ITALIAN BRED Off-Broadway at St Lukes Theatre. Produced by Bull By the Horn Productions and 22Q Entertainment LLC, ITALIAN BRED opened at St Lukes on April 30, 2013 and closed on June 25, 2013.
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About the play: “With this 80 minute one-woman show, Candice slipped in and out of characters as she cooked up a full meal of growing up Italian on Staten Island.  Having written down everything her loving and outspoken grandmother ever uttered, she combined this unfiltered wisdom, along with her family’s VERY Italian and definitive personalities and a generous helping of her own experiences.  This hilarious and heartwarming show included unique stories and memories from her childhood…with a liberal dash of live music!  PLUS, at every performance, Candice enlisted a different Celebrity Guest Star to join in the storytelling.”
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ITALIAN BRED also included a live three-piece band under the musical supervision of DAVID DABBON (Broadway-Sondheim On Sondheim (Grammy Nominee)and direction by DONNA DRAKE (Broadway-A Chorus Line, Sophisticated Ladies; Emmy nomination, 4 Drama Desk Nominations and a Theatre World Award). (CLOSED)

Pamela Hall: “An Ingenue Who Got Lost in the Stars”

From Playbill.com : an article about the director of “Danny and Sylvia: The Danny Kaye Musical” (Closed April 2012)

Pamela Hall: “An Ingenue Who Got Lost in the Stars”

“She made her Broadway debut as Nina, the winsome waitress who sings “I’ve Never Said I Loved You” in Dear World, then replaced Betty Buckley as Martha Washington in 1776 and was Philia in Broadway’s second A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

Then — poof! — she got out of the ingénue business and, for all practical and visible purposes, dropped off the side of the stage while she was still ahead of the game.”

In truth, Pamela Hall only relocated behind the footlights and became a director. Ms Hall’s efforts as director were displayed in the long-running, Danny and Sylvia: The Danny Kaye Musical. It opened at St Lukes Theatre, May 13, 2008, and closed April 27th, 2012

CLOSED July 22, 2012: “Channeling Kevin Spacey”

Elan Wolf Farbiarz and Cory Terry’s, “Channeling Kevin Spacey”, made its Off-Broadway premiere at St. Lukes Theatre on May 15, 2011 (previews began April 17, 2011) and closed on July 22, 2012. The production starred Justin R. G. Holcomb and Jamil Chokachi. Wolf & William Productions produced.

1Office Space meets Scarface in this hilarious comic romp! In Channeling Kevin Spacey we meet Charlie, a meek pushover stuck in a dead end job and a loveless relationship.

About the play: “After a particularly soul-squashing day at work, Charlie has an epiphany and resolves to change his life. Channeling Kevin Spacey has garnered international acclaim and taken home the coveted “Best of Fest” award at the Toronto, Winnipeg, and Edmonton Fringe festivals. Fans of both Kevin Spacey and Al Pacino are in for a treat as Charlie’s metamorphosis channels the characters of both actors, triggering devastating and hilarious confrontations. ” (CLOSED)