THE NEW PICASSO Musical, Featuring Robert Cuccioli, Max von Essen and More, Wins 2014 Featured Artist Award at ReverbNation
The recording features Tony-nominated Robert Cuccioli (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Jekyll & Hyde), Max von Essen (Evita, Les Miserables), Ashley Amber (Promises Promises, Curtains), Brooke Sunny Moriber (The Threepenny Opera, Les Miserables), Rodney Hicks (The Scottsboro Boys, Rent) and Tony-nominated Christiane Noll (Chaplin, Ragtime) along with Broadway veterans William Parry (Sunday in the Park with George, Passion), Joseph Dellger (Scandalous, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess), Tony Freeman (The Lion King, Caroline or Change), and John Jeffrey Martin (Kinky Boots, Hairspray). Several of the tracks feature the 59-piece Prague Symphony Orchestra. The albums also include Bob Barth (Off-Broadway: Treaty 321! A Musical), Tara Cornetto (Off-Broadway: Treaty 321! A Musical), Elizabeth Earley (Nat. Tour: Mary Poppins, Las Vegas: Beauty and the Beast), Jerry Gallagher (Paper Mill: Guys & Dolls), Steven M. Goldsmith (San Francisco/Chicago: Jersey Boys, Nat. Tour: Joseph...Dreamcoat), and Nyjah Moore Westbrooks (Broadway Benefit: Chess). Casting was by Mungioli Theatricals and Arnold J. Mungioli, C.S.A. (Fela!, Ragtime).
The New Picasso features a book and score by Jonathan David Sloate. "Tormented by his mother's suicide, Jon Bernard (Max von Essen) is driven to become the greatest painter that the world has ever known. Incapable of embracing the unconditional love and adoration from his childhood sweetheart, Jennifer Robbins (Brooke Sunny Moriber), or from his caring father, Nate (William Parry), and upbeat group of friends (Rodney Hicks, John Jeffrey Martin, Steven M. Goldsmith), Jon innocently entangles himself into the ever-scheming clutches of Vanguard City's most powerful art dealer, Jules de Medici (Robert Cuccioli), who remains deeply obsessed with the memory of Jon's mother, Nicolette Bernard (Christiane Noll). The dark passionate journey Jon embarks upon to discover the depths of true love brings him to the brink of ruin once Jules entices him with a stunning temptress, Alexandra Laurent (Ashley Amber). So befalls this epic tale of betrayal, obsession, resurrection, and the quest for love's ultimate redemption... The Soul."
The New Picasso presented its premiere reading at New World Stages. The creative team was comprised of Director Sam Scalamoni (Elf The Musical, Beauty and the Beast), Music Director Jan Rosenberg (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Jeckyll & Hyde) and Composer, Lyricist and Librettist Jonathan David Sloate, who also created the new musical The Tower of Babel. As composer, Jonathan David Sloate wrote the scores for Warner Bros.' Mortal Kombat Conquest and USA Networks' Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm. Casting was by Mungioli Theatricals and Arnold J. Mungioli, C.S.A. (The Lion King, Ragtime). Dave Ferdinand's One Dream Sound provided sound design. Pianist Ja Rosenberg conducted Keyboardist Kristin Dabaghian, Bassist Ray Kilday (Newsies The Musical, Bye Bye Birdie), and Percussionist Paul Davis (Newsies The Musical, Fiddler On The Roof). Production Stage Manager Beverly Jenkins (Oklahoma!, The Lion King) lead Karyn Meek (Fiddler On The Roof) and Jovon E. Shuck (Noises Off).
The staged reading featured the original concept album cast except Michael Gillis (Nat. Tour: The Phantom of the Opera) performed the role of Jon Bernard, Felicia Finley (Aida, Smokey Joe's Cafe) portrayed Alexandra Laurent, and Sara Chase (First Date, Godspell) played Trixie. Alton Fitzgerald White (The Color Purple, The Lion King) recorded songs as both Jules de Medici and Nate Bernard in earlier recording sessions along with Diana Falzone, a FoxNews.com contributor and host of "Megabyte" and "In the Zone" on Fox 411.
The New Picasso and The Tower of Babel have been penned for both stage and cinema garnering 67 Awards at worldwide festivals and competitions. The musicals rank as the 1st and 2nd most award-winning scripts for both Fantasy and Romance genres over the past decade.
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