Photo Coverage: NYMF's 'Singing Nun'

The NYMF musical The Tragic and Horrible Life of the Singing Nun ran from September 14th through September 22nd at St. Clements Theatre (West 46th Street).  

The show told "the story of the ill-fated nun who sang the Grammy-winning 60's hit 'Dominique-Nique-Nique.' Told through the eyes of a Nun named Sister Coco Callmeishmael, …the singing nun gazes through a pop-culture prism, pulling every candy-colored piece of Catholic Camp – with a phenomenal score -- to recount Sister Smile's hilariously funny, but ultimately tragic story of sky-rocketing fame and meteoric decline. Though based on a true story, the show takes a few liberties with reality – but always in the name of fun," according to press notes.

The cast of The Tragic and Horrible Life of the Singing Nun included Eileen Stevens, Kristen Beil (Godspell, Titanic), Randy Blair (Dangerous Beauty, Behind the Limelight), Kristine Zbornik (Mamma Mia!, Splendora), Stephen Michael Rondel (Sideways Stories From Wayside School, Once Upon a Mattress), Michael Hunsaker (Ragtime, Chess), Laura Daniel (Lucky Stiff, Little Shop of Horrors) and Tracey Gilbert (Paradise, Burning Habits).  The book as well as additional lyrics for …the Singing Nun are written by Blair Fell, who wrote the play of the same name upon which the musical is based. Fell is also the author of the cult hit Burning Habits. The composer and lyricist is Andy Monroe (The Life and Times of Joe Jefferson Benjamin Blow). Michael Schiralli directed. 

Visit www.nymf.org for more information.


Laura Daniel


Stephen Michael Rondel and Laura Daniel


Tracey Gilbert and Laura Daniel


Tracey Gilbert, Randy Blair and Laura Daniel


Randy Blair


Randy Blair


Stephen Michael Rondel and Laura Daniel


Kristen Beil


Laura Daniel, Stephen Michael Rondel and Kristen Beil


Stephen Michael Rondel, Laura Daniel and Kristen Beil


Kristine Zbornik and Kristen Beil


Kristine Zbornik


Tracey Gilbert and Laura Daniel


Eileen F. Stevens and Laura Daniel


Laura Daniel


Kristine Zbornik, Michael Hunsaker, and Stephen Michael Rondel


Kristen Beil and Laura Daniel


Eileen F. Stevens, Laura Daniel and Kristen Beil


Stephen Michael Rondel and Michael Hunsaker


Stephen Michael Rondel and Michael Hunsaker


Eileen F. Stevens, Kristen Beil and Laura Daniel


Randy Blair, Laura Daniel and Michael Hunsaker


Stephen Michael Rondel, Laura Daniel and Michael Hunsaker


Eileen F. Stevens, Kristine Zbornik and Kristen Beil


Michael Hunsaker and Kristine Zbornik


Michael Hunsaker and Kristine Zbornik


Kristine Zbornik and Michael Hunsaker


Tracey Gilbert and Kristine Zbornik


Michael Hunsaker and Randy Blair


Laura Daniel


Michael Hunsaker, Stephen Michael Rondel, Kristen Beil, Laura Daniel, Randy Blair and Eileen F. Stevens


Kristine Zbornik and Laura Daniel


Kristine Zbornik and Laura Daniel


Tracey Gilbert


Laura Daniel and Eileen F. Stevens


Laura Daniel


Laura Daniel and Tracey Gilbert


Tracey Gilbert and Laura Daniel


Tracey Gilbert, Laura Daniel and Stephen Michael Hunsaker


Kristen Beil, Michael Hunsaker, Tracey Gilbert, Laura Daniel, Randy Blair and Eileen F. Stevens


Stephen Michael Rondel


Laura Daniel


Laura Daniel and Kristine Zbornik


Laura Daniel


Laura Daniel, Randy Blair and Eileen F. Stevens


Tracey Gilbert and Laura Daniel


Tracey Gilbert and Laura Daniel


Tracey Gilbert and Laura Daniel


Stephen Michael Rondel


Randy Blair, Kristine Zbornik, Laura Daniel, Tracey Gilbert, Stephen Michael Rondel and Michael Hunsaker


Randy Blair, Kristine Zbornik, Laura Daniel, Tracey Gilbert, and Stephen Michael Rondel


Randy Blair, Kristine Zbornik, Laura Daniel, Tracey Gilbert, Stephen Michael Rondel and Michael Hunsaker

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Ben Strothmann Ben Strothmann has been a portrait and theatrical photographer since 1995. Since building his first darkroom in his hometown of Milwaukee WI, his portrait studio now looks out over Manhattan where he shoots headshots and production photos. Born to a famous cheesecake lady (Suzy Strothmann of Suzy's Cream Cheesecakes), Ben is also an actor and pianist. Currently he lives in Astoria and studies guitar and Icelandic. Ben is also a volunteer for The Heart Gallery (heartgallerynyc.org) and helps NYC foster children find permanent, loving families. Ben is proud to be a part of the world famous singing waitstaff at Ellen's Stardust Diner. See www.benstrothmann.com for more info.


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