FINIAN'S RAINBOW & FLAHOOLEY

Genre: Musical
Book by E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy; Directed and Choreographed by Keith Lee Grant

FINIAN'S RAINBOW
 Book by E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy;
 Lyrics by Harburg; Music by Burton Lane
 (Running time 60 minutes)
 

FINIAN’S RAINBOW shocked audiences when it opened in 1947 with its attacks on racism, class prejudice and injustice. It was the first fully integrated black and white cast performing on stage. The profound political and social economic messages that shocked the country over 60 years ago continue just as relevant today. Although FINIAN’S RAINBOW is certainly a beloved Golden Age American musical icon that is filed with charm and a wonderful score, it remains an important example of political theater that advocates for a utopian world where tolerance and social justice prevail.


 FLAHOOLEY
 Original Book by E.Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy; Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg;
 Music by Sammy Fain; Adaptation by Art Perlman
 (Running time 55 minutes)
 
Don't let the silly title mislead you! FLAHOOLEY is a provocative and hard hitting, politically charged musical that attacks capitalism, consumerism and corporate greed. FLAHOOLEY was created by Yip Harburg during the turbulent McCarthy era and raised eyebrows and ire when first produced in 1951. Harburg's response to being blacklisted and shunned by the Hollywood community was to write, direct and produce an allegorical musical that lambasted the witchhunts and injustices that plagued him and many of his colleagues. FLAHOOLEY was ahead of its time and still packs a punch today. HRT’s production is a rare opportunity to experience a revival of this extraordinary musical gem; a progressive and whimsical musical with all you can ask for: wire tapping, labor strike, political intrigue, love, dolls and a magical lamp.

 

Open:   12/27/13
Close:   01/12/14

Schedule:
Friday and Saturday @ 7pm
Sunday @ 3pm
Theater:   133rd Street Arts Center
Address:   308 West 133rd Street - 2 Fl
New York, NY 10027
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Cost:General $20, Premium $40, Students/Seniors $15
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Presented by: Harlem Repertory Theatre Company         Official Web Site: www.harlemrepertorytheatre.org

 Marcus Barjon is grateful to be in FINIAN'S RAINBOW and FLAHOOLEY. This is his first time being part of a professional theater company and he cannot wait to continue to learn and grow with HRT. The cast and director have all been welcoming and nurturing to him. Mr. Barjon has been in a number of productions: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, THE WEDDING SINGER, PANDORA, LES MISERABLES and HAIRSPRAY. He is mentored by the incomparable Meghan Duffy, who is aiding him as a performer as well as an artist. Mr. Barjon hopes to one day serve as the artistic director of his own theatre company. With all the wisdom and talent surrounding him he is confident that this dreams will become reality.

 Kyria Geneva from a young age has always dreamed of becoming an actress. What drew this New York native to become an actress was her first major performance at Aaron Davis Hall in a production of My Fathers Will at the age of twelve which was produced by the Harlem Tabernacle Church’s Music and Arts Department; where both of her parents were pastors. From that moment on she knew that acting was her gift. Kyria has been in numerous productions, including The WIZ with the Harlem Repertory Theatre during the summer of 2009 and Underneath It All with Get Write Entertainment. She has done film work for The Los Angeles Art Institute, SiTV in Los Angeles California and New Line Productions. She is also a playwright, director and has studied theatre at The City College of New York. Ms. Geneva has such a passion for acting because she knows that her gifts come from God. Kyria is a young woman with high expectations and countless ambitions, “dream big, the sky is the limit!”

 This is Francisco Gregory's first season performing as part of the HRT. Living in the theatre capital of the United States, New York, Mr. Gregory was exposed to theatre at a young age, and was supported by his mother and was encouraged to pursue his dreams of acting. Mr. Gregory also received extensive classical training at the New York Riverside Shakespeare Academy and continued his studies abroad as part of the Midsummer in Oxford program with the University of San Diego in California. Mr. Gregory holds a B.A. degree in theatre from The City University of New York. He has performed in THE FREE COMEDY SHOW at The Mint Theatre, playing various roles and played a homeless person in MARTHA MY HEART at the Hudson Guild Theatre. Mr. Gregory performed in the longest running Off-Off Broadway play, LINE, as Arnall at the 13th Street Repertory Theatre. He was recently cast in the films STREET CHOICE and BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE. Finally, Mr. Gregory really enjoys being a part of the Harlem Repertory theatre's talented Resident Acting Company.

 Roberto A Guzman Jr., CCNY Alumni, discovered his passion midway through his college career. Roberto has been writing songs and performing them for many years, but creating a character provided a different kind of challenge and thrill than that of songwriting. His favorite roles are Doodle, Gary and Oscar. He would like to thank Keith Grant and Harlem Repertory Theatre for this amazing opportunity.

Jasmine Holloway is a singer/actress who is making her first appearance with the Harlem Repertory Theatre in their 2013-14 season. Ms. Holloway’s love for musical theatre first awakened in the living room of her cousin’s home as she watched the musical ANNIE for the first time. She took her passion for music even further when she became a member of the touring Girls Choir of Harlem. While in college, Ms. Holloway became heavily involved with theatre by performing in various productions including STEPPING OUT, INTO THE WOODS AND LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. Jasmine was nominated for the Richard Maltby Jr. Award for Musical Theatre Excellence during the 2013 Kennedy Center College Theatre Festival for her performance as Chiffon in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. 


Ms. Holloway plans to continue her undergraduate education and training in musical theatre at Pace University, in addition to being a resident member of the HRT and other professional theater companies.

Derrick Montalvo appeared in the HRT's 2009 award winning production of THE WIZ. He is an accomplished dancer who has performed with and choreographed for leading New York City dance companies. The HRT is overjoyed to have Mr. Montalvo back!

 Eric "Le Roy" Myles is born and raised from Bronx, NY. He is a trained Singer, Dancer, Actor and writer earning his first lead Role Playing Mr. Macafee in Harlem's Repetory's Production of "Bye Bye Birdee". Since his youth, Eric has featured in Several High profileappearances including Performing at Madison Square Garden and post 9/11 Tributes. Eric has also participated in Def Jam Recordings Pre-Internship Program on Artist Develpoment. Inspired by Michael Jackson, Family and Music, Some of his most prominent works include The Scarecrow in Harlem Repertory Theatre’s Off-Broadway production of“The Wiz”, as well as “Flahooley” and The Shining but Troubled Singer, James Thunder Early in HRT's AUDELCO winning “Dreamgirls” to Raving Reviews. Eric is Currently seeking representation.

Natalia Peguero is a City College of New York alumna with a BA in Theatre. She is a founding member of HRT since its inception in 2003, under the direction of Keith Lee Grant. Her roles with the HRT include, Shelia in Hair, Deena Jones in DreamGirls, Lady Blue in FOR Colored Girls..., Lula in Dutchman, Gloria in Tamborines To Glory, Amelia in Ain't Misbehavin', and Gratziella in West side Story. Ms. Peguero’s other performance credits include Queen in The Life (directed by Julio Matos), Sandy in Flahooley (Theatre For The New City), and Stella in A Bronx Christmas Carol. Last summer Ms. Peguero worked with Roy Arias in Sex On The Beach, directed by Alfred Preisser. She occasionally performs as a background singer for legendary freestyle groups TKA and Merengue singer Carlos David. Natalia is also a member of REVOLUCION LATINA.

 Janine Rainteau was exposed to the arts at a very early age and has always found her comfort on the stage. Since moving to New York City from, “across the pond” she has graduated from The City College of New York (CCNY) with a BFA in Classical vocal performance with a minor in theatre. She is currently a member of the Yip Harburg Rainbow Troupe. 


While studying at CCNY Ms. Rainteau starred in, THE OTHER SHORE, COMEDY OF ERRORS, THE FULL MONTY and she made her debut with the Harlem Repertory Theatre in their 2009 production of FLAHOOLEY at Theater For The New City. Ms. Rainteau is delighted to be performing with the Harlem Repertory theatre again this season. "The world is your stage!"

 Daniel Fergus Tamulonis  received a B.A. in Theatre from the Pennsylvania State University and was in the M.F.A. Program at the University of Connecticut- Storrs. At the 2008 NYFringe Festival, Mr. Tamulonis performed as an actor/puppeteer in the title role of Gogol’s The Diary of a Madman,directed by Richard Termine. He has performed several roles with the Harlem Repertory Theatre (HRT): the title role in FINIAN’S RAINBOW, Duke Senior in AS YOU LIKE IT, Herr Schultz in CABARET and B.G. Bigelow in FLAHOOLEY. As a long-time puppeteer, Mr. Tamulonis toured nationally with the Atlanta-based Center for Puppetry Arts and was the recepient of the 1984 UNIMA Award for Excellence In the Art of Puppetry for his production of the Ravel/Colette opera,L’enfant et les sortiléges (THE BOY AND THE MAGIC). In addition to his work as a performer, Mr. Tamulonis has directed productions of A MIDSUMMER’S NIGHT’S DREAM, as well as marionette adaptations of CYRANO DE BERGERAC, HANSEL AND GRETEL, THE LAND OF GREEN GINGER, THE BLACK COACH and SLEEPING BEAUTY. Mr. Tamulonis designed the puppets for the (Illinois) Regional Touring Company’s 1986 season and for HRT’s Off-off Broadway production of FAHLOOLEY.

 Aili Venho is a born and raised New Yorker, singer, dancer and actor. She graduated from The LaGuardia Performing Arts High School as a dance major and continued her artistic studies at The City College of New York (CCNY) where she received a BA in Theatre in 2012. Her favorite roles include Mary in THE LIFE at CCNY and Helene in SWEET CHARITY at the New Haarlem Arts Theatre.