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)

CLOSED Feb 15, 2013: “Zelda at the Oasis”

Zelda at the Oasis was a new play by P.H. Lin, directed by Andy Sandberg and starring Edwin Cahill and Gardner Reed. Performances began on November 16th, 2012 with its official opening night on December 4th, 2012 Zelda at the Oasis closed at St Lukes Theatre on February 15, 2013.

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About the play: Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, wife of legendary American novelist, F. Scott Fitzgerald, wants nothing more than to be recognized as an artist in her own right. Two things stand in her way: a growing mental instability and the overbearing shadow of her husband. On this magical night, Zelda discovers The Club Oasis, a New York City bar where she has escaped to drink alone…until a unique and unexpected friendship is forged with an aspiring musician who plays piano and tends bar at the Oasis. Vivid and haunting memories are triggered as Zelda transforms the Bar Man into those from her past who have shaped her own self-image. Through this after-hours encounter, they share their dreams, missteps, and insights with one another, hoping to unlock the courage to move forward with their lives.  Visit the website for Zelda at the Oasis for more information!(CLOSED)