Libertine Idol's COMING: A ROCK MUSICAL OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS Set for FringeNYC, 8/8-22
COMING: A ROCK MUSICAL OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS is a fearless and comical retelling of the Biblical Book of Revelation. This critically acclaimed glamtastic spectacular was described by Liz Black of the Huffington Post as "A mash-up of Velvet Goldmine, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Labyrinth, The God Delusion and The Holy Bible."
The story follows the rise of Josh Crenshaw, a wholesome, heartland teen who also happens to be the Second Coming of Christ. He seeks to spread a message of love and hope to an increasingly callous world, and decides the best way to reach his base audience is by competing on a televised singing contest called "American Icon". Meanwhile, Damian Salt, an infamous gender-bending glam pop Antichrist Superstar spreads his own gay, boozy gospel. When God strikes a personal blow against Damian, the self-proclaimed Son of Sodom declares war on The Lord by resolving to corrupt his only begotten son.
With a clever, theologically-flecked book and a diverse, riveting score that ranges from rock to requiem mass, "Coming" "has got it all: rock n'roll, glamour, glitter, romance, and of course, the anti-Christ, says director Rachel Klein." "It's incredibly clever, sexy, fun, and fast paced, and my creative team and cast are endlessly talented."
The cast of COMING: A ROCK MUSICAL OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS features Aurora Black (The Prima Ballerina of Burlesque, NYC's Naughtiest Ballerina), Mark Willis Borum (The Wedding Singer, 1st Natl Tour; Nightfall on Miranga Island NYC Fringe), Ilana Gabrielle (Kissing Frogs: A Tale of Dating Misadventures in New York City), Ashanti J'Aria (American Idol, Disaster, Deployed, Saturday Night Fever), Glen North (Showgirls the Musical, Bayside the Musical), Erik Ransom (My Big Gay Italian Wedding, My Big Gay Italian Funeral, & the Emmy nominated series Tainted Dreams), Avery Royal (42nd St, My One and Only) and Courter Simmons (Jersey Boys, High School Musical, Beauty and the Beast).
Erik Ransom (Book, Lyrics, Music) is a composer, playwright, librettist and performer with a diverse body of work. He has performed extensively Off-Broadway and regionally, and is currently in the Off-Broadway repertory company of "My Big Gay Italian Wedding" and "My Big Gay Italian Funeral". Recently he created the recurring role of François on the 2014 Emmy-award nominated web-series, "Tainted Dreams". "Coming: A Rock Musical of Biblical Proportions" was Erik's first foray as a writer and, within a year of starting the first draft, he was fortunate enough to see it fully produced at The Prince Music Theatre in February 2011. In Philadelphia, "Coming" played to packed houses and unanimously positive reviews, including raves from The Huffington Post, Edge Magazine and The Philadelphia Inquirer. His other produced works include, "SAGA The Ragnarok Opera" and "Tragic Events". Erik penned the lyrics for the recent Off-Broadway musical spectacular: "The Anthem" which ran at The Culture Project's Lynn Redgrave Theatre. His latest opus, "GRINDR The Opera" premiered in concert in Spring of 2014 and is gearing up for a longer engagement in the coming year.
Rachel Klein Rachel Klein (Director) is a NYC based theater director, choreographer, and designer coined "Endlessly Clever" (NY Post) and "Nothing short of brilliant" (Broadway World), and of who the New York Times has said "What makes this show pop is the bracing vision of its director, Rachel Klein." Off B'Way: The Anthem; Around the World in 80 Days; Gay Bride of Frankenstein (iStar Theatre Lab). Selected NYC Theater: Grindr the Opera; Carrie: Blood, Fire, and Ballet; The Dead Dream Machine; Symphony of Shadows (Jerome Robbins Foundation commission for Dixon Place); The Tragedy of Maria Macabre (The Tides Foundation commission); Go-Go Killers!; Hound (based on The Hound of the Baskervilles); Circus of Circus (New York Innovative Theater Awards nominee for Outstanding Director of a Play) & Stage Blood is Never Enough. Regional: A Midsummer Night's Dream (New Brunswick Shakespeare Festival). Educational: Alice in Wonderland at Camp Maor in PA; Co-hosted a DOE internship for Talent Unlimited High School with Danielle Marie Fusco and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. Miss Klein is an alumnus of the International Directors Symposium in Spoleto, Italy, and a SDC Associate.
Charles Czarnecki (Music Director) made his Broadway debut conducting Jersey Boys and his Carnegie Hall debut conducting (and orchestrating for) the New York Pops. He's scored four films to date, all of which have seen the screens of international festivals including the Cannes Film Festival. He has orchestrated and vocal arranged over 10 full-length musicals, several live concert and cabaret acts, is the musical supervisor of over 15 projects, and is executive producer of several projects now as well. In 2012 he composed his first ballet, which will be the subject of a documentary film celebrating the diversity of choreographers. He earned his Bachelor's in Classical Piano Performance and Psychology from Purchase Conservatory of Music (SUNY), his Master's in Classical Piano from the Manhattan School of Music and certificates of completion from the Sarasota Music Festival, Piano Summer at New Paltz, the International Academy of Music (St. Petersburg, Russia), and the Amherst School of Music. Maestro Czarnecki is the founder & creative director of CZMaestro.com, a web-based creative resource.
Production design for COMING: A ROCK MUSICAL OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS includes Set Design and Prop Design by Mark A. Dahl and Bill Egan of Traverse Arts Project. Casting is by Daryl Eisenberg. General Management is by Brierpatch Productions. Choreography is by Aurora Black and Rachel Klein. Fight Direction by Rod KinterCostumes are by Rachel Klein & Bobby Fabulous. ACR is Veronique Ory.
Tickets are $18 general admission, and can be purchased online at www.FringeOnTheFly.com (through Eventbrite) up to 30 minutes in advance - Credit Card only. Credit cards will only be accepted at the venue box office 15 minutes prior to each performance. Convenience fees apply to tickets purchased Online and at the Venue Box Office.