DISENCHANTED! to Open Off-Broadway
Producers Don Frantz (Beauty and the Beast) and Jonathan Pollard (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change) are thrilled to announce that the new musical comedy DISENCHANTED! will make its New York premiere in a limited 9-week engagement at Theatre at St. Clement's (423 West 46th St. at 9th Avenue) beginning previews on Wednesday, November 26, 2014. Opening night is set for Thursday, December 4, 2014. With book, music and lyrics by Dennis T. Giacino, DISENCHANTED! is directed by Fiely A. Matias and features musical staging by Matt West (Lestat). Tickets are available exclusively to Audience Rewards (www.audiencerewards.com) members beginning Thursday, September 11, 2014 and will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, September 18, 2014.
Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs 'em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the new musical comedy that's anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know. After multiple sold-out runs nationwide, these royal renegades toss off their tiaras to bring their hilariously subversive, not-for-the-kiddies musical to New York City - and fairy tales will never be the same!
The "princess posse" will be comprised of original cast member Michelle Knight (Jersey Boys) as Snow White; Becky Gulsvig (Legally Blonde) as Cinderella; Jen Bechter (Elf 1st Nat'l Tour) as Sleeping Beauty; original cast member Lulu Picart (David Friedman's Listen To My Heart) as Hua Mulan/Pocahontas/Princess Badroulbadour; Alison Burns (RENT Nat'l Tour) as Belle/The Little Mermaid/Rapunzel; and Soara-Joye Ross (LES MISERABLES 2006 Broadway revival) as The Princess Who Kissed the Frog. Erin Leigh Peck (Grease) and Karen Burthwright (Jesus Christ Superstar 2012 Broadway revival) are the understudies.
The idea for DISENCHANTED! was conceived by Giacino, a former history teacher. When teaching his class about the colonial settlement at Jamestown, Virginia, he couldn't help but wonder: What would the 'real' Pocahontas - a circa 1616, rough-and-tumble 10-year-old Powhatan girl - think of the fringed deer-pelt miniskirt and long, flowing hair donned by her 20-year-old counterpart in her 1995 comeback? A musician at heart, Giacino penned a musical number skewering the 'princess pop culture' that transformed Pocahontas from a revered Native American heroine into a pin-up vixen of the silver screen. Soon, Giacino found himself discovering a number of other 'princesses' who had been similarly wronged, and DISENCHANTED! was born!
DISENCHANTED! played a sold-out, award-winning run at Orlando's International Fringe Festival in 2011 ('Best of Fest' - Orlando Sentinel), and subsequently licensed over a dozen productions nationwide, from New Jersey to California, all of which were met with widespread critical acclaim.
Featuring scenic design by Gentry Akens ("The Mickey Mouse Club"), Costume Design by Vanessa Leuck (Disney on Ice: Frozen - assoc, The Little Mermaid - asst), Lighting Design by Graham Kindred (Love Linda directed by Richard Maltby), DISENCHANTED! features musical arrangements by Robert Meffe (Little Women) and additional arrangements and musical direction by Michael Raabe.
Tickets are available exclusively to Audience Rewards (www.audiencerewards.com) members beginning Thursday, September 11, 2014 and will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, September 18, 2014 via www.DisenchantedMusical.com.