Vital Theatre Company Announces ANGELINA BALLERINA: THE VERY MERRY HOLIDAY MUSICAL, 11/18-1/13

Vital Theatre Company and HIT Entertainment have announced the return of the yuletide hit, Angelina Ballerina™ The Very Merry Holiday Musical, to the McGinn/Cazale Theatre at 2162 Broadway from November 17 – January 13. The show, with book and lyrics by Susan DiLallo, music by Ben Morss, and direction and choreography by Sam Viverito, is based on the famous dancing mouseling and her friends created by Katharine Holabird and illustrated by Helen Craig. Angelina And her friends will return to the Vital stage with a special "pink carpet" press opening on November 17th. Performances continue November 18 - January 13 on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 am and 1 pm, with special school holiday performances on November 23, December 5, December 24 -! 27, December 31, and January 1 at 11 am and 1 pm. Tickets are $29.50. Premium seats are available for $49.50. For reservations, visit www.vitaltheatre.org, call us at (212) 579-0528, or visit the McGinn/Cazale box office. Vital Theatre Company is located at 2162 Broadway on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

Hailed as "a great holiday treat for your family to enjoy" in its premiere run last season (NYC Single Mom), Vital Theatre Company and HIT Entertainment welcome back the festive hit Angelina Ballerina™ The Very Merry Holiday Musical! Angelina And her friends are planning an absolutely positively spectacular holiday dance pageant; the best in all of Mouseland! When a mix-up prevents the pageant from going on, Angelina And her friends must use their creativity to save the show. By working together, Angelina, Alice, Gracie, AZ, Marco, and Angelina's little sister, Polly, discover the true spirit of the holidays. It's not about things you receive, but the holiday cheer you share. With dancing, singing and festivities, this heart-warming musical is perfect for everyone's holiday season! For additional info! rmation about Angelina Ballerina™ The Musical and Angelina Ballerina™ The Very Merry Holiday Musical, visit www.angelinathemusical.com.

The Angelina Ballerina Very Merry Holiday Musical cast includes Samantha Bryce, Daniel Caraballo, Tara Carbone, Maggie Gomez-Madonia, Todd Ritch, Roberto Araujo, Ayelet Firstenberg, and Chelsea Pinero. The crew includes Director and Choreographer Sam Viverito, Set Designer Kyle Dixon, Costume Designer Amanda Jenks, Lighting Designer Josh Bradford, Musical Director Julian Blackmore, and Production Stage Manager Angie McCormack.

Angelina Ballerina™, a beloved publishing property for close to three decades, is a little star with big dreams of becoming a prima ballerina. This feisty little mouse works hard to reach her goals and along the way, always learns from her mistakes. When little girls share in Angelina's experiences, they're inspired to go after their big dreams too. In addition to the critically acclaimed story books created by Katharine Holabird and Helen Craig, Angelina Ballerina dances her way into the hearts of young girls on PBS KIDS® and Sprout® in the CG-animated series, Angelina Ballerina The Next Steps. For more information about Angelina Ballerina, please visit www.angelinaballerina.com.

Susan DiLallo (Book and Lyrics) is a recipient of the covetEd Kleban Award. Her libretto for an original musical comedy, Iron Curtain, earned her a Jonathan Larson Award. The show was further developed during a residency at the Eugene O'Neill Music Theater Conference, and showcased at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It was seen in the 2009 NAMT Festival, The Village Theater, and in NYC in November. Her book and lyrics to another original musical comedy, Once Upon a Time in New Jersey, won both a Richard Rodgers Award and The Global Search for New Musicals Competition, Cardiff 2005. It has had several regional and international productions, and opens in August 2012 at the Surflight Theater, NJ (Roy Miller, Producer). Other credits include: revised libretto for the classic Arthur Schwartz/! Dorothy Fields/George Abbott musical A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Theatre at St. Clement's, March, 2011 (commissioned by Peccadillo Theater Company), Outer Critics Circle nominee, Best Revival of a Musical; book and lyrics for two musicals based on the children's book and PBS series Angelina Ballerina the Musical (commissioned by Vital Theatre Company), currently running in NYC; book and lyrics for the Mattel/Clear Channel production of Barbie Live! In Fairytopia (national tour, 2006); book and lyrics for Pinocchio, a Family Musical about Adoption (winner, Hangar Theater KIDDSTUFF New Play Competition); lyrics for The Soprano State: New Jersey's Culture of Corruption (film), directed by Peter LeDonne. 2010; currently writing book and lyrics for a musicalization of the James Patterson novel, Sundays at Tiffany's. She has a B.S. from New York University (English l! iterature/ Secondary Ed) Member: ASCAP and the Dramatists Gui! ld.


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