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PiPe Dream Theatre Opens Steam-Punk Show THE NUTCRACKER AND THE MOUSE KING Off-Broadway

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PiPE DREAM THEATRE has announced the world premiere production of Liz Muller and Collin Simon's THE NUTCRACKER AND THE MOUSE KING, directed by Liz Muller. THE NUTCRACKER AND THE MOUSE KING will play a limited engagement at Off-Broadway's Beckett Theatre (Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street). Performances began Wednesday, November 28 and continue through Saturday, December 15. Opening Night is tonight, December 1 (8 p.m.). $25 tickets are available at telecharge.com.

In the steam-punk world of THE NUTCRACKER AND THE MOUSE KING where Clara-Marie lives, she doesn't fit in, surrounded by cruelty, ugliness, and people who don't understand her. One Christmas, in a loving gesture, her Godfather Armand, gives her a Nutcracker to protect her. That evening, Clara-Marie travels to the land of Colossus, where toys are larger than life-including her Nutcracker-and humans small. As she journeys through the land, she encounters evil characters including the Mouse King and his cronies who are trying to enslave Colossus' dolls. At last she meets the Mouse Queen and her children who are trying to thwart the king's evil plans.

Upon returning home to the Land of the Great Reach, Clara-Marie tells her family of all that she's seen. They don't believe her, thinking her imagination is useless, except for her twin brother Colby. Intrigued by her story and wanting to hear more, the two fall asleep while recounting the story. To their surprise, they awake in Colossus and help take down the Mouse King and regain control of Colossus.

Told through music and dance (not ballet) THE NUTCRACKER AND THE MOUSE KING is a classic holiday story told through the re-envisioning of these dedicated group of artists.

The production features scenic design by Liz Muller, costume design by Vanessa Price, and lighting design by Stephanie Goldman. Collin Simon is the sound engineer and Stephanie Goldman is the stage manager.

THE NUTCRACKER AND THE MOUSE KING plays the following regular schedule through Saturday, December 15:

Tuesdays at 7p.m.
Wednesdays at 8 p.m.
Thursdays at 8 p.m.
Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sundays at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $25 and are now available online at www.Telecharge.com or by calling 212-239-6200. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the Theatre Row Box Office, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Running Time: 90 minutes no intermission

For more about the show, visit www.pipedreamtheatre.com.

BIOGRAPHIES

Liz Muller (Director/Musical Director/Producer/Lyrics) has had the fortune of being able to play in the theatre for most of her life. She has directed college and community theatre throughout NY including: Urinetown, The Mikado, Into the Woods, Godspell, 12 Angry Men, The Seagull, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, Wait Until Dark, Midsummer, Mrs. Warren's Profession, and Once on this Island. Favorite acting roles include Lady Macbeth (Macbeth A Musical), Pitti-Sing (The Mikado) and Olivia (Twelfth Night). Muller is the lyricist for four full-length musicals (Macbeth, Briar Rose- the Tale of Sleeping Beauty, 3 Ghosts, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King) two oratorios (The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Masque of the Red Death) as well as songs for a number of plays and movies. She is currently the Musical Director and Production Supervisor for Wine Lovers The Musical (directed by Holly-Anne Ruggiero). Muller is the lyricist for www.JusticeWoman.com. Muller has a full length CD - It's Only Me, released in 2004, and has sung on all the original cast PiPE DREAM recordings - Lady Macbeth (Macbeth A Musical) The Ghost of Christmas Past (3 Ghosts), Avarice (Briar Rose), Katrina (Sleepy Hollow), Fountine (Red Death), and Olivia (Twelfth Night).

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