HUSH THE MUSICAL

Genre: Comedy, Musical
Libretto adapted by Emelise Aleandri, Italian play by Etta Cascini Co-conieved/Composed/Directed by Charles Mandracchia

HUSH Wins Midwinter Madness Audience Appreciation Award

Sonorous Voices and Acutely Nuanced Performances-The DailyBeast/Newsweek

A Lively musical With a Positive Message-Reviewfix

 

HUSH The Musical! is a new original musical comedy strategically set in the VIP waiting room at LaGuardia airport during a blinding snowstorm which has inconveniently halted all departures. Two stranded, eccentric characters and their opposing philosophies are forced into a comical confrontation with humorous and delightful consequences. Georgia, a New Age rookie Buddhist meditation instructor encounters Othello Salviati, a successful and materialistic businessman. Other characters include a Wife, an inept Hit Man and a kooky Stewardess. Hush the Musical is Co-concieved/Produced by Charles Mandracchia & The Frizzi & Lazzi the Olde Time Italian-American Music & Theatre Company. Music is composed/Director by CHARLES MANDRACCHIA, Libretto by EMELISE ALEANDRI from Shhh, a play by Etta Cascini and Starring: SETH BLUM, DIANA FALZONE, EMELISE ALEANDRI, MADELN SCHWARTZ, TOMMY J DOSE, BLAIR ANDERSON, EMILY BILLIG, JIM ROUMELES, ISABEL CRISTINA ORBANDO & Musical Director MITCH MARCUS with ALISA HORN on Cello & YUIKO KAMAKARI on Violin.

Preview:   05/19/11
Open:   08/13/11
Close:   08/28/11

Schedule:
SAT 8/13 At 3:30
TUE 8/16 At 7:00
TUE 8/23 At 5:00
WED 8/24 At 7:00
THR 8/25 At 6:30
Theater:   Le Poisson Rouge
Address:   158 Bleeker Street
NYC, NY 10012
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Take the ACE or BDFV to West 4th Street; Exit at West 3rd Street and walk west toward MacDougal; make 1st right on MacDougal; Make 1st left on Bleecker Street.

Cost:15-18
Buy Tickets Online or Call: FringeNYC at 212-279-4488
Company: Charles Mandracchia & Frizzi & Lazzi         Official Web Site: www.hushthemusical.com
Seth Blum Othello

Seth Blum(Othello)- is an actor, guitarist and singer/songwriter. He studies acting with Stuart Burney at the Susan Batson Studio. Most recently, Seth took on the role of Balthazar in the original musical adventure, "Lighthouse". Previously, Seth played Leon Whittaker in the NYC debut of "Chains of Dew" at the Wings Theatre in the West Village. And coming soon, you can see Seth in the role of Morty in the feature-length independent film "I Hate Tom Petty." You can see video and hear original music at his website: www.SethBlumNYC.com

Diana Falzone The Wife

Diana Falzone - is a talk show host, relationship expert, and writer.  Diana is the relationship expert for Military.com where she writes a daily advice column on My Wingman Diana. She is the spokesperson for Paltalk.com and she hosts a weekly interview show focusing on Hollywood, music and sports celebrities. Additionally, she is the co-creator and writer for the comic book, “Hot Mess,” based on the real life challenges Diana went through in high school.  She is a special field correspondent for G4TV’s Attack of the Show and co-hosts Maxim’s weekly show, “DVD Aphrodisiac.”   Diana hosted Cosmolicious with Diana, her own national daily primetime talk show on  Sirius XM..  Also, she was the first female to host a talk show on Maxim Radio Sirius XM called DeVore and Diana. Additionally, Diana is the "Love and Marriage" host for the lifestyle magazine Fox News iMAG. Her work has been published in the textbook, “Sexuality Education,” distributed in universities across North America.  She can be seen, heard, and read as a relationship expert on various TV networks, radio stations, and websites.

Emelise Aleandri is the Artistic Director of Frizzi & Lazzi. As an actress and singer she has performed in numerous films, TV shows and theatrical productions, including Spike Lee’s films Crooklyn and Summer of Sam, Sister Italy, the Walnut Street Theatre production of Italian Funerals and Other Festive Occasions and as Eleonora Duse in Penguins and Peacocks. She is a frequent guest speaker on TV and radio programs (Geraldo, Good Morning America, WPIX11) and is featured in the documentaries, Teatro, Festa, Little Italy: Past Present and Future (NBC TV) and The Italian Passion for Life (PBS). She created and hosted Italics, the first nationally syndicated TV program about Italian-Americans.

 
Tommy J. Dose Hitman

Tommy J. Dose: Originally from Buffalo, NY is thrilled to be joining the cast of HUSH: The Musical. His previous credits include: Phantom and Spamalot(Fulton Theatre), My Fair Lady(Lancaster Symphony), In the Beginning(Sight & Sound), Urinetown(JCC Rochester), Assassins(Dramatis Persone), Into the Woods, Oklahoma(Artpark), Captains Courageous and Oliver!(Cumberland Co. Playhouse). Special thanks to my friends and family for all their love and support. "We have no map, only the way we most wish for ourselves."

 

Madelyn Schwartz Stewardess

 Madelyn Schwartz recently moved to New York City from Oregon, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Theatre Arts from The University of Oregon. Regional Credits include: Willamette Repertory Theatres production of Wild Oats, As YouLike It (Amiens), The Person I Once Was(Matty), Big River(Susan). Spelling Bee (Marcy Park), Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Honk!(Lowbutt), and Oklahoma!(Ado Annie) and The Boys From Syracuse(Luce) at the Oregon Festival of American Music.  She recently made her NYC stage debut in Nicu’s Spoon Theatre children’s production of Cinderella.



 

Isabel Cristina Obando Passenger Isabel

Isabel Cristina Obando was born in Medellin, Colombia and now resides in the Big Apple persuing her acting career after graduating from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in May 2010. Recent credits include Miranda in Up to Date, Sam in The Forest, and the Mad Hatter in Alicia en el Pais... Maravillas. A mama y papa, poco a poco la vida se mejora!  isabelcristinaobando@gmail.com

 

Jim Roumeles Passenger Jim

 Jim Roumeles is thrilled to be a part of Hush!  Favorite NY credits include the Follies, Kiss Me Kate! (Gremio) and the concept recording of 1812 - The Musical.  Regional credits include Singin' in the Rain (Don Lockwood), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Caleb), Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (Willy Wonka) and Cabaret (Cliff Bradshaw).  A teacher of choral music and musical theater, Jim had the pleasure of directing Guys & Dolls this past spring.  Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College, MSED in Theatre Education from The City College of New York.

Emily Billig Passenger Emily

Emily Billig- She is a recent college graduate with a BA in Vocal Performance and theatre from the University at Albany.  Recent credits include: Simply Outrageous,  My First Time  Woman #2 and Cabaret Texas (University At Albany). Thanks to everyone apart of the Fringe Festival.

 

 

    

 

 

Blair Anderson Passenger Blair

Blair Anderson is excited to be performing in her first Fringe show!  She has performed in Disney productions around the world, including Big Band Beat inTokyo and as assorted princesses and one evil (not ugly) stepsister on Mediterranean, Caribbean, and Mexican Riviera cruises.  Other favorite roles include:   Fiona in Brigadoon; Pinky in Happy Days: A New Musical; Ida in Honk!and Patty Simcox in the international tour of Grease.  Many thanks to her parents for their support and racking up of many frequent flier miles.


 

Etta Cascini Author of Shhhh a one act play

Teacher of Italian Language and Literature (Retired). Drama Critic. Playwright and Radio Drama author. Former Director of a Drama Seminar at the University of Genoa. Since 1974: critic of the Italian, international Theater magazine Sipario. Reviews, interviews, articles and essays about Italian and Foreigner Theater in Italy and abroad. A special study about Theater in USA and Italy.

Mitch Marcus Musical Director

Mitch Marcus is a composer, pianist, and saxophonist/clarinetist whose career spans the vast spectrum of musical genres from classical and jazz to  rock, R & B, and musical theater.  He is active in the NYC music scene playing for myriad groups such as his own Mitch Marcus Quintet, The Get It, and Icelandic folksinger Anna Hallsdóttir.  Mitch also accompanies ballet and modern dance classes at dance centers across the five boroughs including The Mark Morris Dance Group and Alvin Ailey American DanceTheater.  Mitch is excited to be the Musical Director for Hushhh. www.mitchmarcusmusic.com
 

Alisa Horn Cello

An active free-lance cellist in New York City, Alisa Horn enjoys performing, recording, and teaching a wide variety of musical genres from classical to jazz to rock and beyond.  A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Alisa received her Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from the University of Michigan and completed her Master of Music in Cello Performance at Northwestern University with Professor Hans Jensen.  Alisa performed regularly in the 2009 Tony Award-Winning Musical and 2010 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Drama, "Next to Normal" on Broadway.  She has also performed in the 2007 Tony Award-Winning Best Musical, "Spring Awakening" as well as the new musical, "Catch Me If You Can"on Broadway. Alisa joined jazz greats, Bill Mays and Marvin Stamm, to form The Inventions Trio, who performs a fusion of jazz and classical repertoire.  The Trio released its debut recording, “Fantasy," on Palmetto Records which was voted one of the top new jazz releases in The Village Voice and has been given four stars in Downbeat Magazine, as well as rave reviews in Jazziz and Jazz Times magazines.                                              

 For more info about Alisa:  www.alisahorn.com 

Yuiko Kamakari (violin / viola ) is native of Kamakura, Japan and is currently living in New York City. She has played with many of the freelance local orchestras and chamber groups in the New York area  and is quite active in pop, rock and roll, and various studio projects as well. Artists she has shared stage with include Alice ColtraneRavi ColtraneJack DejohnetteKelli O' Hara, Arturo Sandoval,Alexander Markov, Il Divo, Lior , Paul Banks(from Interpol) ,  Mary J BligeU2Mick JaggerDavid Garrett, Fargie, Liza MinnelliGigi D'AlessioTrisha Yearwoodand many others.Television work includes Women's World Awards, Late night with Conan O'brien(NBC), the View(ABC), and Good Morning America(ABC). She has lately joined the recording sessions with Charlie haden quartet west and Nick Zinner ( from Yeah Yeah Yeahs ).

     

As a violinist, she received her bachelor's degree from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music , where she studied with Sakiko Shimo, Kazuki sawa, Garhard Bosse, Isaac Malkin and Daniel Phillips. Miss. Kamakari has played keyboard/ violin on the original Broadway show Next To Normal from 2009 to January 2011.
Charles Mandracchia Prodecer/Composer/Director

CHARLES MANDRACCHIA - (Composer/Director).A twenty year veteran of the stage, Charles has appeared in numerous Broadway and Off Broadway productions (Original Broadway cast of Grand Hotel; South Pacific and Porgy and Bess, New York City Opera). His credits also include: Composer/co-creator Valentino the Musical and numerous television and film appearances, as well as creating and developing projects for Paramount Pictures. As a vocal consultant, Charles has coached numerous celebrity musical talents for Atlantic, Epic, Sony and Warner Brothers Records. He is also a NYC Public School Teacher.