Rachel Klein News

GRINDR The Opera to Premiere at The West End Cabaret, 5/2-3
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

Libertine Idol Productions and Charles Czarnecki are presenting the world premiere of Erik Johannes von Ransom's GRINDR The Opera in concert on May 2nd and 3rd at The West End Cabaret, with direction by Rachel Klein. GRINDR is an unauthorized musical parody of the eponymous gay hook-up app that has sweepingly altered the course of modern gay intimacy. (more...)

Jason Gotay, Remy Zaken & Randy Jones to Star in World Premiere of THE ANTHEM Off-Broadway, Begin. 5/20
by BWW News Desk - Apr 08, 2014

JJJ Productions in Association with Culture Project and Aaron Grant Theatrical, Inc have announced that the world premiere of THE ANTHEM, an original musical lovingly inspired by the classic Ayn Rand Novella, 'Anthem', with a book by Gary Morgenstein, music by Jonnie Rockwell and lyrics by Erik Ransom will begin previews on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, Off-Broadway at Culture Project's Lynn Redgrave Theatre on 45 Bleecker Street. This musical helmed by Rachel Klein officially opens on Thursday, May 29, 2014. Spiderman's JASON GOTAY, Spring Awakening's REMY ZAKEN and RANDY JONES of The Village People lead a cast of theatrical favorites in this rollicking sci-fi musical, featuring an expansive aerial and circus environment, about a revolt of the young against an evil state. (more...)

Seth Rogan, Norman Lear & More to Headline 2014 PRODUCED BY CONFERENCE
by Movies News Desk - Mar 27, 2014

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) is pleased to announce the initial slate of speakers confirmed to participate in the 6th annual Produced By Conference (PBC). (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside Theater for the New City's LOVE 'N COURAGE Benefit
by Walter McBride - Feb 25, 2014

Just last night, Theater for the New City paid tribute to the playwright and theater critic Mario Fratti (whose adaptation of the Federico Fellini film 8 ½ became the Broadway musical NINE) at the 11th annual LOVE 'N COURAGE benefit at the National Arts Club (15 Gramercy Park South) in New York City. An annual evening to benefit TNC's Emerging Playwrights Program, this year's LOVE 'N COURAGE event featured appearances by Liliane Montevecchi, Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham, two-time Tony winner Tammy Grimes accompanied by Alex Rybeck, singer Anna Bergman accompanied by William Hicks, Austin Pendleton, Katharine Cullison, cabaret star KT Sullivan, Inma Heredia, Human Kinetics Movement Arts, Rachel Klein Dance Company, Jocab Merrick Storms, the Yip Harburg Foundation Rainbow Troupe, and Michael-David Gordon and TNC's Street Theater Company. BroadwayWorld was there for the special night and you can check out photos from the performances below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Theater for the New City Celebrates Mario Fratti at LOVE 'N COURAGE Benefit
by Walter McBride - Feb 25, 2014

Just last night, Theater for the New City paid tribute to the playwright and theater critic Mario Fratti (whose adaptation of the Federico Fellini film 8 ½ became the Broadway musical NINE) at the 11th annual LOVE 'N COURAGE benefit at the National Arts Club (15 Gramercy Park South) in New York City. An annual evening to benefit TNC's Emerging Playwrights Program, this year's LOVE 'N COURAGE event featured appearances by Liliane Montevecchi, Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham, two-time Tony winner Tammy Grimes accompanied by Alex Rybeck, singer Anna Bergman accompanied by William Hicks, Austin Pendleton, Katharine Cullison, cabaret star KT Sullivan, Inma Heredia, Human Kinetics Movement Arts, Rachel Klein Dance Company, Jocab Merrick Storms, the Yip Harburg Foundation Rainbow Troupe, and Michael-David Gordon and TNC's Street Theater Company. BroadwayWorld was there for the special night and you can check out photo coverage below! (more...)

Liliane Montevecchi to Headline LOVE 'N COURAGE Honoring Mario Fratti, 2/24
by BWW News Desk - Feb 03, 2014

Liliane Montevecchi - the celebrated actress best-known for her Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning performance in the musical NINE - will lead the line-up for theatre artists paying tribute to the playwright and theater critic Mario Fratti (whose adaptation of the Federico Fellini film 8 ½ became the Broadway musical NINE), when Theater for the New City presents its 11th annual LOVE 'N COURAGE benefit on Monday, February 24 at 6 pm at the National Arts Club (15 Gramercy Park South) in New York City. (more...)

PGA to Hold 6th Annual 'Produced By' Conference This June
by Movies News Desk - Jan 08, 2014

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today that the 2014 Produced By Conference (PBC) will be hosted by Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, Calif. on June 7-8, 2014. (more...)

Christine Andreas, Tina Chen & More Join URBAN STAGES' WINTER RHYTHMS 2013 Performers Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Dec 06, 2013

Urban Stages, in association with producer/director/lyricist Peter Napolitano have announced additions to WINTER RHYTHMS 2013 performer line-up now running throughSunday, December 15, 2013 at Urban Stages Theatre (259 West 30th Street). Tickets are $30 per show (unless otherwise noted).Tickets may be purchased on www.smarttix.com or 212 868-4444. (more...)

Constantine Maroulis & Randy Jones to Guest as 'Shaman' in THE DEAD DREAM MACHINE, 10/11 & 13
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2013

RAGING SQUID INK and ERIC SCHMALENBERGER are thrilled to introduce the celebrity guest artists performing the role of SHAMAN in Jake Thomas' horror experience THE DEAD DREAM MACHINE, video art by Sean Gill and directed and choreographed by Around the World in 80 Days' Rachel Klein. In the final scene each night, the SHAMAN with sing a gothed out orchestral version of Nick Cave's 'There is a Kingdom.' (more...)

Constantine Maroulis & Randy Jones to Guest as 'Shaman' in THE DEAD DREAM MACHINE, 10/11 & 13
by BWW News Desk - Oct 03, 2013

RAGING SQUID INK and ERIC SCHMALENBERGER are thrilled to introduce the celebrity guest artists performing the role of SHAMAN in Jake Thomas' horror experience THE DEAD DREAM MACHINE, video art by Sean Gill and directed and choreographed by Around the World in 80 Days' Rachel Klein. In the final scene each night, the SHAMAN with sing a gothed out orchestral version of Nick Cave's 'There is a Kingdom." (more...)

THE DEAD DREAM MACHINE Continues at at La Luz Through 10/13
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2013

RAGING SQUID INK & ERIC SCHMALENBERGER are pleased to announce the world premiere production of Jake Thomas' THE DEAD DREAM MACHINE, which will play a limited engagement, from September 18 - October 13, at La Luz (135 Thames Street, Brooklyn, NY). Previews are Wednesday, September 18 & Thursday, September 19, opening on Friday, September 20. THE DEAD DREAM MACHINE features direction & choreography by Around the World in 80 Days' Rachel Klein & video art direction by Sean Gill. Ben Kato is the lighting designer, with scenic design by Evan Collier, costume design by Juanita Cardenas & the RKP Ensemble Costume Collection, puppet design by Elena Delgado & original music by Sean Hagerty. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at THE DEAD DREAM MACHINE at La Luz
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2013

RAGING SQUID INK and ERIC SCHMALENBERGER are thrilled to celebrate Friday the 13th by introducing the terrifyingly awesome celebrity guest artists performing the role of SHAMAN in Jake Thomas' horror experience THE In an abandoned theater on the outskirts of town, an experiment is being conducted-one which extracts dreams! This crazed horror anthology incorporates song, dance, puppetry, aerial, magic and more to create an out of body theatrical experience. THE DEAD DREAM MACHINE will play a limited engagement at La Luz (135 Thames Street, Brooklyn, NY). Scroll down for a sneak peek at the show! (more...)

Randy Jones to Guest Star in Raging Squid Ink's THE DEAD DREAM MACHINE, 9/21
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2013

RAGING SQUID INK and ERIC SCHMALENBERGER will welcome Randy Jones, actor, author, American Music Award winner and multi-platinum recording artist, the original Cowboy and founding member of Village People, as the special guest star (aka SHAMAN) in Jake Thomas' horror experience THE DEAD DREAM MACHINE, directed and choreographed by Rachel Klein, on Opening NIght, Saturday, September 21st. Jones joins a line-up which includes Michael Musto and Mx Justin Vivian Bond among others. In the final scene each night, the SHAMAN with sing a gothed out orchestral version of Nick Cave's 'There is a Kingdom.' (more...)

Ashley Kate Adams, Michael Musto and More Guest as 'Shaman' in THE DEAD DREAM MACHINE, Now thru 10/13
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2013

RAGING SQUID INK and ERIC SCHMALENBERGER are thrilled to celebrate Friday the 13th by introducing the terrifyingly awesome celebrity guest artists performing the role of SHAMAN in Jake Thomas' horror experience THE DEAD DREAM MACHINE, video art by Sean Gill and directed and choreographed by Around the World in 80 Days' Rachel Klein, who has been called 'clever' by the New York Post, 'inventive' by Theatermania, and 'a new generation's Julie Taymor' by Woman Around Town. In the final scene each night, the SHAMAN with sing a gothed out orchestral version of Nick Cave's 'There is a Kingdom.' (more...)

Raging Squid Ink Brings THE DEAD DREAM MACHINE to La Luz, Now thru 10/13
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2013

Raging Squid Ink and Eric Schmalenberger have announced the Raging Squid Ink and Eric Schmalenberger have announced the world premiere production of Jake Thomas' THE DEAD DREAM MACHINE, video art directed by Sean Gill and directed and choreographed by Rachel Klein. THE DEAD DREAM MACHINE will play a limited engagement at La Luz (135 Thames Street, Brooklyn, NY). Performances begin tonight, September 18 and continue through Saturday, October 13. Opening Night is Friday, September 20 (8 p.m.). Press are invited tonight, September 18 at 8 p.m., Thursday, September 19 at 8 p.m. and Friday, September 20 at 8 p.m. (and any subsequent performance). (more...)

James Seol Joins Off-Broadway's AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2013

Producer Cedric Yau has announced that James Seol will step into the 17 roles originated by Jimmy Ray Bennett in Around the World in 80 Days, beginning Tuesday, September 17th. Bennett's last performance will be Sunday, September 15th­ at 7pm. Guy LeMonnier heads the cast as the phlegmatic Phileas Fogg, with Shirine Babb, Matt Lutz, and Gary Littman rounding out the ensemble cast. Rachel Klein directs. (more...)

Ashley Kate Adams, Michael Musto and More to Guest as 'Shaman' in THE DEAD DREAM MACHINE, 9/18-10/13
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2013

RAGING SQUID INK and ERIC SCHMALENBERGER are thrilled to celebrate Friday the 13th by introducing the terrifyingly awesome celebrity guest artists performing the role of SHAMAN in Jake Thomas' horror experience THE DEAD DREAM MACHINE, video art by Sean Gill and directed and choreographed by Around the World in 80 Days' Rachel Klein, who has been called 'clever' by the New York Post, 'inventive' by Theatermania, and 'a new generation's Julie Taymor' by Woman Around Town. In the final scene each night, the SHAMAN with sing a gothed out orchestral version of Nick Cave's 'There is a Kingdom.' (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Rome Wasn't Built in a Day - Transforming a Theater for 'AROUND THE WORLD'
by Stage Tube - Sep 07, 2013

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS continues off-Broadway, with Gary Littman & Matt Lutz having just stepped into the roles of Passepartout & Detective Fix, respectively, and Guy Lemonnier heading the cast as the phlegmatic Phileas Fogg, with Shirine Babb and Jimmy Ray Bennett rounding out the ensemble. Rachel Klein directs. Below, watch a fun, behind-the-scenes featurette showing the full transformation of The New Theater for Around the World in 80 Days! (more...)

Gary Littman and Matt Lutz Join Cast of AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS Today
by BWW News Desk - Sep 03, 2013

Producer Cedric Yau has announced that Gary Littman & Matt Lutz will step into the roles of Passepartout & Detective Fix (respectively) in Around the World in 80 Days, beginning today, September 3rd. They will replace John Gregorio & Stephen Guarino, whose last performance was Sunday, September 1st. Guy Lemonnier heads the cast as the phlegmatic Phileas Fogg, with Shirine Babb & Jimmy Ray Bennett rounding out the ensemble cast. Rachel Klein directs. (more...)

Gary Littman and Matt Lutz to Join Cast of AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, 9/3
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2013

Producer Cedric Yau has announced that Gary Littman & Matt Lutz will step into the roles of Passepartout & Detective Fix (respectively) in Around the World in 80 Days, beginning Tuesday, September 3rd. They will replace John Gregorio & Stephen Guarino, whose last performance will be Sunday, September 1st. Guy LeMonnier heads the cast as the phlegmatic Phileas Fogg, with Shirine Babb & Jimmy Ray Bennett rounding out the ensemble cast. Rachel Klein directs. (more...)

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