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Marymount Manhattan College Presents ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS and VOW, Jan-Feb 2014

Musical Theatre students at Marymount Manhattan College are thrilled to be performing two shows this January: a revival of Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens, and VOW, featuring writers from The Directory of Contemporary Musical Theatre Writers.

Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens, the song and poetry cycle by Bill Russell (book and lyrics) and Janet Hood (music), celebrates the lives lost to AIDS and is told in free verse monologues with a blues, jazz and rock score and is inspired by the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and Masters' Spoon River Anthology. The MMC January Workshop production of Elegies is directed by Bill Russell, has musical direction by Paul Jacobs, and features a cast of 40 musical theatre students, alumni and faculty.

Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens is performed tonight, January 24 at 7:30 and January 25 at 5:30 and 8:00 at the National Dance Institute (217 West 147 Street, NYC). For tickets visit: http://mmc-elegies.eventbrite.com.

VOW presents the work of the M2 (Made-to-Measure) Musical Workshop designed to introduce the Marymount Manhattan College community to writers and songs from The Directory of Contemporary Musical Theatre Writers. Award-winning writers Russ Kaplan, Sara Wordsworth, Will Reynolds and Clay Zambo worked directly with the cast, the director Laura Josepher, and the musical director David Sisco, to develop 10-15 minute musical theatre "shorts" based on stories from the Wedding/Celebrations section of The New York Times.

VOW is performed January 31 at 8:00 and February 1 at 7:30 and 9:30 in the Theresa Lang Theatre at Marymount Manhattan College (221 East 71 Street, NYC). For tickets visit: http://mmc- vow.eventbrite.com.

Musical Theatre at Marymount Manhattan College: The Theatre Arts department at Marymount Manhattan College produces revivals as well as new musicals and is committed to preserving the past and helping to create the future of the form. Revivals include: Carousel, Baby, Rags, She Loves Me, Plain and Fancy, Two Gentlemen of Verona and Ragtime. New works include: The Human Heart, Speakeasy, Metropolitan Music and Charles Strouse's Can't Stop Dancin'! Revivals with a new book have been: The Grass Harp, New Girl in Town, and Best Foot Forward.

The January Musical Theatre Projects have given MMC students access to master directors Patricia Birch, Larry Fuller and Barbara Siman shepherding new works by Charles Strouse, Larry Grossman, Bill Zeffiro and Joseph Stein with David Pomeranz. These projects are funded in part by the Frederick Loewe Foundation. Broadway comes to the Musical Theatre program at Marymount Manhattan College as well with Master Classes and Guest Speakers such as Broadway director Harold Prince, composer Stephen Sondheim, Elaine Stritch, Jack O'Brien, and Chita Rivera.

Directed by Patricia Hoag Simon, the MMC Musical Theatre program combines study of voice, dance and acting and is designed to complement the BA Theatre Arts degree with a concentration in Theatre Performance. MMC Alumni have appeared in Broadway productions and National tours including Kinky Boots, A Night with Janis Joplin, Big Fish, Spiderman, Bring It On: The Musical, Leap of Faith, Sister Act, Legally Blonde, Showboat, Hair, Wicked, Mary Poppins, Aida, Phantom of the Opera, Spring Awakening, The Book of Mormon and The Lion King, as well as Off-Broadway productions and the television series GLEE. http://www.mmm.edu/departments/theatre-arts/minors/musical-theatre.php

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