Photo Coverage: Striking 12 Opens Off-Broadway

The new Off-Broadway musical Striking 12 opened on Sunday, November 12th for an eight-week limited engagement through Sunday, December 31 at the Daryl Roth Theatre (101 East 15th Street) in Union Square.

Created and performed by the indie pop-rock band GrooveLily, the show "is the story of a Grumpy Guy who decides to avoid the hectic, loveless world on New Year's Eve, until he's visited by an incandescent salesgirl with the promise to chase away his winter doldrums. Combining pop-rock, musical comedy and old-fashioned uplift with a healthy dose of 21st-century skepticism, this festive tale will ignite the holiday spirit and illuminate the coming season with an electrifying, rockin' performance that cannot be matched," state production notes.

Directed by Tony Award winner Ted Sperling (The Light in the Piazza), the show is written by Brendan Milburn (book, music and lyrics), Tony Award-winner Rachel Sheinkin (book and lyrics) and Valerie Vigoda (book, music and lyrics).The New York City trio GrooveLily featuring band members Gene Lewin (drums/vocals), Milburn (keyboards/ vocals) and Vigoda (electric violin/vocals) "crosses the boundaries laid down by words like rock, folk, jazz and pop. With intelligent, original songs and no shortage of wit, GrooveLily connects lush musical textures and soaring vocals to make a new music that's all their own."

Visit www.Striking12.com for more information.

Photo Coverage: Striking 12 Opens Off-Broadway
Valerie Vigoda, Gene Lewin and Brendan Milburn

Photo Coverage: Striking 12 Opens Off-Broadway
Valerie Vigoda, Gene Lewin and Brendan Milburn

Photo Coverage: Striking 12 Opens Off-Broadway
Brendan Milburn

Photo Coverage: Striking 12 Opens Off-Broadway
Valerie Vigoda, Gene Lewin and Brendan Milburn

Photo Coverage: Striking 12 Opens Off-Broadway
Gene Lewin, Valerie Vigoda and Brendan Milburn


Gene Lewin, Valerie Vigoda and Brendan Milburn


Gene Lewin, Valerie Vigoda and Brendan Milburn


Valerie Vigoda and Brendan Milburn


Patrick Catullo and Jeff Romley


Erica Lynn Schwartz, Elwin Schwartz and Cheryl Schwartz


Kathy Evans and Charles Dillingham

Photo Coverage: Striking 12 Opens Off-Broadway
Michael John LaChiusa, William Finn and Ricky Ian Gordon


Gene Lewin, Valerie Vigoda and Brendan Milburn


Gene Lewin, Valerie Vigoda and Brendan Milburn


Back: Ted Spurling, Mark Johannes, and Brendan Millburn; Middle: Greg Schaffert, Amy Danis, Gene Lewin, and Valeria Vigoda; Front: Nancy Gibbs and Rachel Sheinken


Back: Ted Spurling, Mark Johannes, and Brendan Millburn; Middle: Greg Schaffert, Amy Danis, Gene Lewin, and Valeria Vigoda; Front: Nancy Gibbs and Rachel Sheinken


Ted Spurling and Rachel Sheinkin


Jayson Raitt, Kate Stopa and Jamibeth Margolis

Photo Coverage: Striking 12 Opens Off-Broadway
Brian Maschka, Erika Shannon and Steve Garcia


Ed O'Connor, Jennifer Mudge, Joyce Rosenthal, John Freeman, and Steve Rosenthal


Brendan Milburn, David Korins (Set Designer) and Carolyn Cantor


Ken Flandro and Michael Gilliam (Lighting Design)


Nancy Gibbs, Rachel Sheinkin and Michael Gilliam

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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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