'It Came From Beyond' Extends at NYMF

THE 2005 NEW YORK MUSIC THEATRE FESTIVAL and Cornell Christianson are pleased to announce the world premiere of the new musical "IT CAME FROM BEYOND" with original staging by JEFF CALHOUN (Grease, Big River, Brooklyn). The book is by CORNELL CHRISTIANSON, music and lyrics are by STEPHEN M. SCHWARTZ and NORMAN THALHEIMER. Featured in the cast are Kevin Earley (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Les Miserables), Heather Marie Marsden, Todd Fournier, STEPHEN BREITHAUPT AND Katherine Von Till. Performances will be at the 45th Street Theatre and runs September 15 and 16 at 8:00, September 17 at 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm, September 21, 24, and 29th at 1:00 pm. All tickets are $15.00. For reservations please call (212) 352-3101 or visit www.nymf.org to purchase tickets online. The 45TH STREET THEATRE is located at 354 West 45th Street, (between 8th and 9th Avenues).

IT CAME FROM BEYOND is set in the 1950s and tells the story of a group of high school kids who go mad for a new comic book called IT CAME FROM BEYOND. But is it just a comic book? Are secrets hidden inside this comic that can change the laws of science? When math wizard Harold sets out to crack the code, he finds himself in the fantasy world of Commie spies and creatures from outer space who threaten the American way of life. Joining Harold in this fight for freedom is the girl he has always longed for, the beautiful Becky. But she has fallen into the clutches of the high school bully Steve. Can Harold overcome his fear and discover the secret in time to save Becky and the world? Just when all appears to be lost, Harold realizes that he must be the hero!

Director Jeff Calhoun's original staging is being used for this world premiere in New York. Calhoun directed the recent Broadway production of Brooklyn, the long-running revival of Grease and the sign language revival of Big River. His work as a Choreographer appeared in Taboo, Bells are Ringing, and Annie Get your Gun. As a performer, Calhoun has appeared in My One and Only and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

Book writer Cornell Christianson has been a producer-writer at Paramount Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox where he won two Emmy Awards for producing "The Paper Chase" starring John Houseman. He won a Mania Award presented by Wes Craven for writing a short film, "Repossessed" starring JoBeth Williams, which took First Prize at five international film festivals and can be seen on the internet at Atom Films. Christianson is also the Story Writer of a 1940s musical-comedy Wicked City Blues To follow up his 1940s film noir and 1950s sci-fi musicals, Christianson is writing a 1960s sword & sandal musical called Unchained Muscle.

Lyricist/Composer NORMAN THALHEIMER is also the Book writer/Lyricist/Composer of the 1940s detective jazz musical Wicked City Blues Thalheimer was also a composer/lyricist for the Broadway musical "Marilyn: An American Fable" at the Minskoff Theatre.

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