Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with NYMF's WIKIMUSICAL, Opening Tonight
WikiMusical with a Book and Lyrics by Frank Ceruzzi & Blake J. Harris; Music by Trent Jeffords is being presented at the New York Musical Theatre Festival with performances at PTC Performance Space (Pearl Theatre Company), 555 West 42nd Street, NYC. Performances begin next week. They are: Tonight, July 18 at 8pm; Saturday, July 19 at 5pm; Sunday, July 20 at 8pm; and the newly added additional show on Tuesday, July 22nd at 1:00pm; Tuesday, July 22 at 5:00 pm; and Saturday, July 26 at 9pm. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the cast in rehearsal!
The multi-talented cast of 12 will perform a dozen musical numbers. They are: Brenda Braxton (Spam King), new cast member Darius Harper(Narrator/Morgan Freeman), Trey Harrington (Kurt), Michael Mahany (Adam Levine/Mark Zuckerberg), Noah Marlowe (Young Peter), Alison Novelli (Jacqui), Heather Jane Rolff (Mrs. Oglesby), Lucas Schultz (Young Kurt), Barry Shafrin (Mittens McMittens/Emoticon), Adam B. Shapiro (Santa/Jeeves), Perry Sherman (Peter), and Bob Walton (Mr. Oglesby).
WikiMusical was one of only eight shows selected to perform at the NYMF Press Event (7/2) with Tony nomineeBrenda Braxton and the ensemble performing "Mean Is the New Nice". They again performed "Mean Is the New Nice" and also "Search Engine Crash" at the Worldwide Plaza Free Outdoor Concert Series (6/26) and that evening at Broadway Sessions: NYMF Edition at The Laurie Beechman Theatre.'
The Director/Choreographer is Richard J. Hinds and Sonny Paladino is the Music Director. The designers are: Paul Tate dePoo III (Set), Scott Westervelt (Costumes), Mike Wood (Lighting), Alex Hawthorn (Sound), Olivia Sebesky (Projection) and Tony Giruzzi for Production Properties. The Associates are: Benjamin Shaw (Associate Director), Jim Cooney (Associate Choreographer), Kyle Norris (Associate Music Director), and Justyn Wade is the Production Stage Manager. Casting is by Stephanie Klapper, and the General Management is by Perry Street Theatricals (Martin Platt & David Elliot). 2 hours 15 minutes, including intermission.
WikiMusical is a hilarious new musical satire of the virtual age. It tells the epic tale of two estranged brothers, Peter and Kurt Oglesby, who return to their childhood home for Christmas Eve and, through a series of mysterious events, are magically zapped inside the Internet. But getting back to reality isn't as simple as clicking on the right hyperlink; the brothers must put aside their differences and come to terms with their pasts in order to save the future. Along the way, they will need to rely on help from allies like the Cuddly Kittens (who may or may not have created the Internet), a cowardly Emoticon (who is searching for his long lost love, Princess LOL), and an omniscient Narrator (who may or may not be Morgan Freeman).
WikiMusical is a quintessential quest story, inspired by such classics as The Wizard of Oz, Alice and Wonderland and The Phantom Tollbooth. Add a dash of Tron and a sprinkling of Super Mario Bros. and you have a show that explores the ways in which our obsession with the virtual world has affected our ability to live in the real one. The show's hip and memorable pop score is firmly rooted in musical theater.
Tickets are only $25 and available at the NYMF page (http://nymf.org/tickets/2014-events/wikimusical/) or by phone at OvationTix (212) 352-3101. The Festival Box Office at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd St.) is open from noon until 8pm. For more information and tickets, visit NYMF.org. WikiMusical is an Official Selection of the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival.
Brenda Braxton (SPAM KING)
Richard J. Hinds (Director)
The Company of WIKIMUSICAL