Photo Flash: Dustin Diamond Joins '80's Prom'
The Awesome 80s Prom now in its 6th year at the famed club Webster Hall (125 East 11th Street), welcomed Dustin Diamond, best known as Screech from the hit TV series "Saved by the Bell," May 21st, for six weeks only, through June 26th. Davenport has been busy revising the script and creating a special role for Diamond to play, the role of Dustin Diamond, himself.
Dustin Diamond is best known for starring in the memorable role of Samuel "Screech" Powers in the television show "Saved by the Bell," continuing the role in the college spin-off series, "Saved by the
Bell: The College Years." In addition to this show, he also appeared in a number of game shows and reality shows, including "The Weakest Link," "Celebrity Boxing 2," and "Professional Wrestling." He has also appeared in films including Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star. Dustin has also performed stand-up comedy for several years and wrote the book, Behind the Bell.
While New York audiences continue to party like it's 1989, The Awesome 80s Prom, the Off-Broadway phenomenon, has also enjoyed runs in Boston (still going strong!), Minneapolis, Baltimore, and Chicago as well as Korea. Over the last five years, over 80,000 wine coolers were served, over 160,000 packs of pop rocks were consumed and over 330,000 attempts at "The Worm" were tried by folks attending The Awesome 80s Prom. And, The Awesome 80s Prom is now available for licensing through Samuel French. It has already been performed at regional theaters and
high schools across the country.
The Awesome 80s Prom is the acclaimed interactive experience in the style of Tony n' Tina's Wedding and The Donkey Show set at the Wanaget High's Senior Prom...in 1989! All your favorite characters from your favorite '80s movies are at The Prom, from the Captain of the Football
Team to the Asian Exchange Student, from the Geek to the Hottie Head Cheerleader, and they're all competing for Prom King and Queen. And just like on "American Idol," the audience decides who wins, all while moonwalkin' to great retro hits. Come "Back in Time," and join the break-dance circle or just sit back and watch the '80s drama unfold. If you're lucky, you'll even get to dance with The Captain of the Football Team. And this time, you don't have a curfew!
THE AWESOME 80S PROM continues to perform Friday and Saturday evenings at Webster Hall (125 East 11th Street). Prom doors open at 8 PM; although there's dancing and Duran Duran from 7:30 PM. Tickets from $52.50. After The Prom, party all night at Webster Hall for freewith each paid admission. For tickets call toll free at 1-877-RAD-PROM (723-7766) or visit www.awesome80sprom.com.
THE AWESOME 80S PROM was conceived and directed by Ken Davenport and written by Davenport and "The Class of 1989," a group of performers including Sheila Berezan, Alex Back, Adam Bloom, Anne Bobby, Courtney Balan, Nicole Cicchella, Mary Faber, Stephen Guarino, Jeff Hiller, Emily McNamara, Troy Metcalf, Jenna Pace, Amanda Ryan Paige, Brian Peterson, Jessica West Regan, Kathy Searle, Mark Shunock, Josh Walden, Noah Weisberg, Brandon Williams, Simon Wong and Fletcher Young.
Ken Davenport's recent Broadway productions include Oleanna starring Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles, Speed-the-Plow starring Raul Esparza, Will Ferrell's You're Welcome America, Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury, and 13. Ken is the only independent producer to have had three shows running simultaneously Off-Broadway - Altar Boyz, The Awesome 80s Prom and My First Time. Ken was featured on a national commercial for Apple's iPhone, named one of Crain's "Forty Under 40"
in 2008, and dubbed the "P.T. Barnum of Off-Broadway" by the New York Times. He also recently accepted the 2010 Award of Distinction from the Musical Theatre Society. Current projects include Broadway revivals of Godspell and Aaron Sorkin's A Few Good Men, Ken's musical adaptation of Somewhere In Time, and a documentary on one of the top unsigned rock bands in the country - Red Wanting Blue. Ken also runs a number of theatrical websites including Broadway's #1 social
networking site - BroadwaySpace.com. His blog, TheProducersPerspective.com, has been featured in Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, The Gothamist and many others. He has written articles
for Forbes, Mashable, Imedia and others.
For more information, visit: www.DavenportTheatrical.com
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