STAGE TUBE: PJZ Introduces POWER BALLADZ
Some of the greatest rock anthems of the 70's, 80's and 90's take centerstage in the wicked new rock cabaret musical POWER BALLADZ, debuting Off-Broadway at the Midtown Theatre (163 W. 46 St.) in Manhattan, with previews starting August 5th prior to an official press opening on August 19th. Not your typical theater experience, POWER BALLADZ is a 90-minute rock tribute that gives audiences the chance to unleash their inner rock star: part comedy, part interactive game show, and a genuine joy ride through the music and legend of rock songs by powerhouse bands such as Guns 'N' Roses, Journey, Heart, Queens, Bon Jovi, Styx and more. POWER BALLADZ is created by Mike Todaro, Dan Nycklemoe with Peter Rothstein, and written by Mr. Todaro and Mr. Nycklemoe. Below, POWER BALLADZ cast member Peter James Zielinski brings you a video introduction to the production.
POWER BALLADZ comes to New York following a sold-out premiere at The LABTheatre (formerly the Guthrie Lab Theatre) in Minneapolis, and is presented Off-Broadway by Bruce Johnson, Mike Todaro, and Dan Nycklemoe.
When POWER BALLADZ debuted in Minneapolis, the critic for the Star Tribune said, "POWER BALLADZ conveys the big sound and emotions of 80's rock. It will make your sap rise." And the Downtown Journal called the show "an immensely entertaining trip through the Wayback Machine."
POWER BALLADZ is directed by Mike Todaro, and features a cast which includes Dieter Bierbrauer (AS YOU LIKE IT, PIRATES OF PENZANCE at The Guthrie), Scott Richard Foster (BROOKLYN on Broadway, SESSIONS), and Mary Mossberg (NEXT TO NORMAL,WONDERLAND: ALICE's NEW MUSICAL ADVENTURE.)
Design team for POWER BALLADZ is: Bradley Clements (Lighting Design); Hilary Noxon (Lighting Design); Alex Ritter (Sound Design); Abbi Stern (Costume Design); Dan Nycklemoe (Video Design); Jason Loffredo (Music Supervisor).
At POWER BALLADZ you can celebrate the best music of the 70's 80's and 90'sand liberate the rock star inside of you. The formula is simple: start with some blood-pumping arena rock songs by Motley Crue, Poison, Guns 'N'Roses, Journey and other kick-ass arena bands, add some talented rock singers, give them a full band, lots of lights, a fog machine, a video projection screen, plenty of leather and long hair, and you've got a concert, indeed an extravaganza. And while the POWER BALLADZ band knows how to rock, the show takes an unexpected turn when the high school
sweetheart of one of the musicians stumbles into the show after ten years apart, raising the question -- will he be man enough to finally score the girl of his dreams?
An evening at POWER BALLADZ begins 30 minutes prior to curtain with interactive trivia games, rock trivia contests and an opportunity for theaudience to socialize and meet their fellow concert-goers. Following theperformance, ticket holders have access to a live-band rock anthem karaoke show during which they are welcome to perform on stage and realize their own POWER BALLADZ fantasies.
For additional information on POWER BALLADZ, including a schedule of preview events, visit www.powerballadz.com.
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