Siddhartha, the Musical Set for January 27-28
Fresh off of its smash-hit European tour, Siddhartha, The Musical will have two concert performances at Herb Alpert's Vibrato Grill Jazz Restaurant, 2930 Beverly Glen Circle, Bel Air, California 90077 on Monday, January 27 at 8 pm and Tuesday, January 28 at 8pm. Tickets are priced at $65, including full dinner (service begins at 6:30pm). For more information, please visit siddarthathemusical.com
Siddhartha, the Musical is produced by Gloria Grace Alanis, Fabrizio Carbon and Broadway International Entertainment (BIE). Siddhartha, the Musical in concert will have its American premiere at 54 Below in New York on January 23 and 24. For information please visit www.54Below.com.
Inspired by Herman Hesse's timeless novel, the musical tells the story of Prince Siddhartha's spiritual quest for enlightenment with a sizzling, Italian and South Asian-influenced pop-rock score and raw, sexy performances. This adaptation of one of the world's most iconic emotional journeys will delight fans of the novel, and audiences who appreciate the unique transformative power of musical theatre.
Written and directed by Isabella "Isabeau" Biffi with music by Isabeau and Fabio Codega, Siddhartha, the Musical will be performed in Italian with English narration and, in addition to, Herb Alpert's Vibrato Grill, it will also play 54 Below in New York from January 23rd - January 24th and Costa Careyes Private Estate Resort in Careyes, Mexico on February 1st.
In 2006, singer-songwriter Isabeau was contacted by the Opera Jail, a maximum-security prison in Milan, to conduct a musical workshop, aiming to help rehabilitate its inmates. During the workshop, she established a musical theater program where all Opera prison inmates, even those with life sentences, participated as cast and crew. Three successful musicals later, Siddhartha, the most recent project, transferred to a professional theatre in Milan to critical and commercial praise.
"It is astonishing that Siddhartha's evolution began in the Italian prison system, and grew into a full scale musical that has toured extensively through Italy in the last year," said producer Gloria Grace Alanis. "We are excited to introduce Siddhartha, the Musical into the US marketplace, and hope that this concert version will give audiences a taste of what's to come for our show."
Herman Hesse's novel Siddhartha is one of the best-regarded and most widely read books of the twentieth century, and contributed to Hesse's reception of the Nobel Prize in 1946. The novel has been translated into dozens of languages, including several different English versions, and was adapted into a film in 1972. In the nearly hundred years since its publication, Siddhartha has sold tens of millions of copies, and is still taught regularly in schools and universities around the world.
About Broadway International Entertainment
Marc Routh and Simone Genatt Haft have just announced the formation of Broadway International Entertainment - which represents the expansion of their global theatrical business activities.
As principals of Broadway Asia, Routh and Genatt have one of the largest production, management, licensing and touring companies of live entertainment throughout the Asia Pacific region. As they have expanded their reach to major international markets throughout the world, the establishment of BIE is a natural progression of the extensive work by Routh and Genatt and will focus on production, management and theatrical consulting services beyond Asia.
Over the last 20 years, theatrical productions by Broadway Asia partners have played in 400 cities and in over 40 countries on five continents, and have garnered more than 50 global theatrical awards. Past productions include many Tony Award winning musicals including The Sound of Music, The King and I, The Producers, Hairspray, Legally Blonde, West Side Story, The Addams Family, Rock of Ages, Fuerzabruta, Stomp, Cookin, SpongeBob Squarepants Live' and many others.
Broadway Asia is the exclusive representative for theatrical licensing for the Rodgers & Hammerstein Theatre Library in China, Korea, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Argentina and Brazil, including more than 100 Broadway titles.
"I have spent the majority of my career producing and managing shows on Broadway, off-Broadway and on tour while simultaneously working in the global marketplace with a special focus on Asia and Europe," said Marc Routh. "Broadway is a unique brand with worldwide recognition, and we have enormous expertise as a production and management team both domestically and globally. With Broadway International Entertainment, we are proud to play a leading role for productions and clients seeking to expand their theatrical business activities in the global marketplace."
"It's been an incredible ride opening live entertainment shows in more than 25 cities in China, 12 cities in Korea and 16 cities in Japan," added Simone Genatt Haft. "We are among the most prolific global production and distribution companies for live entertainment, and have been pioneers for Broadway internationally. Over the last 20 years, we have been responsible for over 100 productions in the territories. Broadway is an economic indicator of emerging markets. Currently, we are working on five continents and look forward to creating bridges among U.S. and international productions and partners in the live entertainment industry. The world is smaller than it was before."
BIE is currently working on many new projects, including BRUCE LEE, the Musical Martial Arts Spectacular by Stan Lai and Tan Dun scheduled to premiere in Singapore; a new Mandarin-language musical based on the Chinese classic Peony Pavilion by Maury Yeston and Jeffery Hatcher and directed by John Rando in China; Siddhartha, the Musical, direct from Italy; a global tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's production of The Sound of Music premiering in South Africa; In The Heights in Brazil and ICE AGE LIVE, A Mammoth Adventure in Asia.
Marc Routh is a four-time Tony Award-winning producer and the Co-Founder of Broadway International Entertainment. His Broadway production credits include The Norman Conquests, Company, Hairspray, and The Producers (all Tony-winners), and A Little Night Music, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, Smokey Joe's Café and others. West End credits include Little Shop of Horrors, The Producers (Olivier Award), Hairspray (Olivier Award), This is Our Youth, Oleanna, and others. He has also overseen European productions of Hairspray and Flashdance. Marc has overseen the production and management of theatrical productions that have garnered over 50 Tony, Olivier, and Grammy Awards over the past ten years. He has been a partner in the Baruch/Frankel/Viertel/Routh Group for over 20 years. He is also a co-owner of 54 Below. Marc is the Co-Founder and President of Broadway Asia.
He is an adjunct professor at Brooklyn College, and has lectured at Columbia University, New York University, The University of North Carolina, and others. He is the recipient of the Robert Whitehead Award as Outstanding Commercial Theatre Producer, is a member of the NYU Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame, and was the president of the League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers for eight years.
Simone Genatt Haft is the Co-Founder and President of Broadway International Entertainment and Co-Founder and Chairman of Broadway Asia, one of the largest production, touring and licensing operations for Broadway musicals and other entertainment in the Asia Pacific region. It has been the touring and licensing agent for such hits as The Producers, Hairspray, 42nd Street, The Addams Family and Cinderella, and the Executive Producer of COOKIN' from Korea, SpongeBob Squarepants Live globally and Reel to Real, the Movies Musical from China.
Select Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include The Sound of Music, Little Shop of Horrors, Legally Blonde and Murder Ballad. Graduate of Stanford University, Simone began her Broadway career as apprentice to Gerald Schoenfeld, former Chairman of The Shubert Organization, and subsequently worked for Broadway and West End Producer, Roger Berlind.
She has worked with Warner Bros. Theatrical Ventures, Dreamworks Animation, Nickelodeon Recreation, Rodgers & Hammerstein Theatricals, Universal Studios, MGM Theatrical, and more. She is also the Founding Board Member of Urban Arts Partnership, the leading not-for-profit arts organization in greater New York providing arts education to more than 60 inner-city public schools.