Featured in the cast are Alan Stentiford, Anthony Logan Cole, Cait Kiley, Alexander Price, Sean Gregory, Stephanie Lourenco Viegas, Katie Hutch, Rebecca Monk, William Raveau and Amy Weintraub.
Producer John Lant, Write Act Repertory and Tamra Pica are pleased to announce the casting of Alan Stentiford as Victor Frankenstein, in FRANKENSTEIN, as it enters into its 2nd year. FRANKENSTEIN, a new musical based on Mary Shelley's novel, with book, music and lyrics by Eric B. Sirota is directed by Clint Hromsco. The production opened October 2, 2017, and now continues through the new year, on Mondays at 7:00 PM, with an additional Friday 11AM matinee on November 9th. Performances are Off-Broadway at St. Luke's Theatre located at 308 West 46th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues). Tickets cost between $29 and $99 and can be purchased through Telecharge at https://www.telecharge.com/Off-Broadway/Frankenstein-a-new-musical or by calling (212) 239-6200. For more information, please visit https://stlukestheatre.com. If you would like to request a group of 20+, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Company: Write Act Repertory
Mission Statement &Â Philosophy
Write Act Repertory is a membership-based organization whose artist members include Writers, Actors, Directors, Designers and Technical Personnel. Write Act Rep specializes and is dedicated to the development of original plays, lesser known works by established writers, adaptations of classical-themed materials and musicals. Write Act Rep also produces rarely seen works or Los Angeles premieres. Along with our repertory season, Write Act Rep enriches the lives of the multi-cultural community of New York through our outreach programs with several other non-profit organizations, theatrical or academic, creating a positive educational and artistic impact within the community. Currently, one of Write Act Rep's outlets provides members the opportunity to produce and create original scripts developed exclusively for the resident professional artists in the membership. We encourage the artists through the continued engagement and immersion in an environment of artistic safety, to forward the company's mission as well as their own personal goals in the entertainment field. By providing an atmosphere of mutual respect for every discipline and area of live theatrical presentation, we have become one of the most diverse theatre companies in NY. Write Act Repertory continues to enrich the lives of Los Angeles theatre artists, our patrons, and the multi-cultural community through our innovative programming, and by providing rental space and rehearsal time to our other fellow theatre producers.
Created by Bob and Tobly McSmith, the duo that created five critically acclaimed musical parodies including Bayside! The Saved by the Bell Musical (NY Times Critics’ Pick), 90210! The Musical, Full House! The Musical starring Perez Hilton, Showgirls! The Musical, and Katdashians! The Musical!
TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series
Scheduled Performances: January 23 & 30, 2017 at 7pm at St. Luke's Theatre
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces the TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series, on January 23 & 30 at 7pm at St. Luke's Theatre, 308 W. 46th Street, NYC 10036. A “Dollars and Sense” talkback on the future development of the presented works will be held after each performance. Admission is free. Please RSVP at least a day in advance (or much sooner) by calling 212/714-7628, or e-mailing TRUMusicals2017@gmail.com
The purpose of the series is to help develop new musicals, help producers develop the skills needed to produce new works, and foster the producer-writer relationship for future development beyond our series. Each reading will be followed by a "Dollars and Sense" panel discussion with prominent New York producers, general managers and artistic directors focusing on potential venues, marketing and budgeting of the works presented. Shows that have been optioned for future development from this industry-focused series include My Life Is a Musical, Volleygirls, The Forgetting Curve, Echoes of Octavia, The Hummingbirds, Pied a Terre and The Great American Trailer Park Musical.
“The series is also a great opportunity for us to offer members of our Producer Development and Mentorship Program hands-on experience to complement their year-long educational training,” adds TRU president Bob Ost. “Producer Jesse B. Langston of Question 1 is a graduate of the program who brought on current member, Yoni Vendriger, as associate producer. Sam Strum of Dumb Luck brought on Dan Irwin, currently a member of the PDMP Master Class to assist.”
TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series finalists that are scheduled for readings are Question 1 by Chris Reza and Dumb Luck by RC Staab and Michael Sansonia.
Question 1 – January 23, 2017
Music, lyrics and book by Chris Reza, directed by Joe Barros, music directed by Eugene Gwozdz, presented by Jesse B. Langston in association with Yoni Vendriger. When a politician becomes the center of Maine’s Question 1 debate, he must choose between being honest with himself and the world, or risk losing his entire career and family. Question 1 explores how the choices we make determine whether each of us contributes either strife or kindness and honesty to humanity.
Question 1 is a new musical dramedy by up-and-coming writer Chris Reza (reed player for the 2016 Radio City Christmas Spectacular and Broadway’s Fun Home). Chris has also been heard as a multi-instrumentalist on Broadway in The Book of Mormon, Matilda, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, and How To Succeed… As a composer, Chris’s music has been performed on three different continents including a piece premiered by the 38-hear English Horn veteran of the New York Philharmonic, Thomas Stacy, and Grammy Award-Winning multi-instrumentalist, Paul McCandless and holds a Jazz Composition degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Director Joe Barros is an award-winning choreographer and director with an emphasis on new work development. Joe’s work has been seen on Broadway in Gigi (associate director) and many Off-Broadway shows including Cagney (currently running at the Westside Theatre), A Taste of Things to Come (associate director), I Married Wyatt Earp, Hard Times, and Charlotte’s Webb. Joe is also the Artistic Director of New York Theatre Barn. Music Director Eugene Gwozdz is the MD/Arranger for American Dance Machine 21 and the Duke Ellington Center for the Arts. Eugene has been heard on Broadway in The Full Monty and Oklahoma, as well as the National Tour of Sunset Boulevard, Flower Drum Song, Swing!, The Color Purple, The Phantom of the Opera, Will Rogers’ Follies, and West Side Story. Jesse B. Langston is a theatre and concert producer with a mission to produce and develop new works that value the power of change through positive messages. His goal is to create commercial viability for these new works so as wide of an audience as possible may be reached. www.question1musical.com
Dumb Luck – January 30, 2017
Music and lyrics by Michael Sansonia, book and lyrics by RC Staab, directed by Dan Swern, presented by Sam Strum in association with H. Danforth & Co. There are stories about people living. There are stories about people after they die. But Dumb Luck tells the unlikely, but true, story of the life and afterlife of poor Elmer McCurdy, a small-time Old West outlaw.
Dumb Luck is the brainchild of composer/co-lyricist Michael Sansonia – famously the musical director and contributor for National Lampoon's live shows and television specials. He also conducted the original New York run of Little Shop of Horrors and has appeared in several Broadway and off-Broadway shows as an actor/musician including Pump Boys and Dinettes. His co-lyricist and book writer R.C. Staab’s musicals and plays have been produced in New York, San Francisco and England (www.rcstaab.com). Director Dan Swern is the co-founder and producing director for coLAB Arts in New Brunswick, NJ, which engages artists, social advocates, and communities to create transformative new work. He has directed projects with American Records, Branch Street Productions, Voice Afire and The Secret City. Producer Sam Strum is a line producer for New York Theatre Barn’s New Works Series of original musicals, works at Broadway Asia and is producing Broadway Goes A Cappella at Feinstein’s 54 Below. www.dumbluckmusical.com
Admission is free for everyone. But reservations are required. Please reserve at http://truonline.org/tru-voices (click for the show you wish to reserve), or call at least a day in advance for reservations: 212/714-7628, or e-mail TRUMusicals2017@gmail.com.
TRU is currently accepting submissions for the 2017 TRU Voices Play Reading Series. For details, and to submit an application visit http://truonline.org/tru-voices-details-and-history/. Deadline for submissions is January 20, 2017.
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the leading network for developing theater professionals, a twenty-four year old 501c3 nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of the arts. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies.
TRU publishes a community email newsletter of services, goods and productions; presents the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading Series and Annual New Musicals Reading Series, two new works series in which TRU underwrites developmental readings to nurture new shows as well as new producers for theater; offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program whose mentors are among the most prominent producers and general managers in New York theater, and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop the business skills they need. TRU serves writers through a Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop, How to Write a Musical That Works and a Director-Writer Communications Lab; programs for actors include the Annual Combined Audition plus Resource Nights and “Speed Dating.”
Programs of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by public funds awarded through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, 9th district Council Member Inez Dickens; and with support from the Montage Foundation and the Friars National Association Foundation.
For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org or call 212 714-7628.
Since Billy escaped in 1975, he has spoken about his ordeal on television, in classrooms and lecture halls, even back in Turkey. But he has never spoken about it in a theatrical setting, until now. RIDING THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS with BILLY HAYES was originally presented at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival where The Times of Scotland called it: “A remarkable, inherently theatrical tale, which Hayes articulates with great charm, humor and energy…Part memoir, part thriller, part philosophical contemplation of freedom…this absorbing story proves Hayes to be a fascinating character and charismatic storyteller.”
The best 70's Songs! The biggest 70's Disasters! DISASTER!
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 your favorite songs from the ‘70’s; Hot Stuff, I Am Woman, Knock On Wood, Daybreak, Signed, Sealed Delivered, and more! It also features your favorite disasters from the ‘70’s; 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?
The best 70's Songs! The biggest 70's Disasters! DISASTER!
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. Unbroken Circle is at turns hilarious and disturbing and explores how abuse and family secrets affect every person in each generation differently.
Unbroken Circlestars Stacey Bone-Gleason (The Baristas, “Celebrity Ghost Stories”), Lori Hammel (Forbidden Broadway, Mamma Mia), Suzanna Hay (Dance of Death), Anika Larsen (Xanadu, Zanna, Don't), Eve Plumb (Love, Loss and What I Wore, "The Brady Bunch"), James Wesley (The Wild Party,Ragtime), and Juli Wesley (Children of Eden).
The Wonderful Wizard of Song moves from The Cotton Club, thru Harold Arlen’s Hollywood Years to Broadway, sharing inside stories of how some of the world’s most beloved songs were created as well as sharing rarebehind the scenes footage from The Wizard of Oz taken by Harold Arlen himself. Featuring The Three Crooners, George Bugatti, Marcus Goldhaber and Joe Shepherd, with Antoinette Henry, the Arlen revue makes its New York debut after a national tour to 18 cities and a month-long run at the Debbie Reynolds Theatre in Las Vegas.
Produced by Yellow Brick Productions in association with Shea Arender, Steven Colucci and Jerry Rosenberg, THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF SONG has direction & musical staging by Broadway veteran Gene Castle. The original concept is by Nigel Wright, Sam Arlen and George Bugatti with special thanks to Harold Arlen’s son Sam Arlen for all archival and historical content.
On this magical night in the 1930’s, 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.
The new off-Broadway musical Sistas is a nonstop celebration. Produced by three-time Tony winner Hinton Battle and directed by Smash's Kenneth Ferrone, the production follows five women as they prepare to bury the matriarch of their family. The women discuss their family history and the history of African-American women through popular music spanning from Billie Holiday to Beyonce.
This is a moving event for men and women of all ages. Get ready to sing, clap and get on your feet.
Tickets purchased on Brown Paper Tickets will be available at the box office at the St. Luke's Theater (Day of Event), 308 West 46th Street, NY, NY.