11th Hour Theatre Company Brings Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret to Spotlight Series

11th Hour Theatre Company is closing its first Spotlight Series with a bang! The Spotlight Series will host an appearance by the wildly popular Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret. Martha Graham Cracker Sings Musicals will close the series Monday, April 2 at 7 p.m. All shows are upstairs at World Café Live Philadelphia, 3025 Walnut Street. Tickets cost $40 and are available online at www.11thhourtheatrecompany.org or by phone 267-987-9865.

The Spotlight Series features unforgettable, one-night-only concerts in an intimate setting. It is designed to be a social event and show unlike anything else in the region that deepens the relationship between artists and audience.

To close out this new series, 11th Hour Theatre Company is thrilled to welcome Martha Graham Cracker. This soulful songstress is the perfect blend of everything 11th Hour values as a company: theatricality, rockin' music, and the ability to defy expectations. The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret is creating a set list from its large arsenal of musical theatre numbers and audiences can expect a wide range of musical representation - from Hedwig to Sondheim to The Who (remember Tommy?). Martha promises not to play anything from Cats.

This evening will be directed by Megan Nicole O'Brien, 11th Hour Theatre Company Resident Director and Co-Founder. Martha Graham Cracker's band Victor Fiorillo (keyboard), Andrew Nelson (bass), Richard Hill (guitar), and Ned Sonstein (drums) will join her for this evening Broadway songs in a style only Martha Graham Cracker could create.

"Martha Graham Cracker Sings Musicals is the happy ending to our inaugural Spotlight Series! This season, we wanted to give our audiences a different kind of theatre experience, while shining a light on artists and causes that deserve some attention. Martha is different. Martha is an experience. And Martha is a shining light that commands attention!" said Spotlight Series Creator Steve Pacek, 11th Hour Associate Artistic Director and Co-Founder.

Sandi Foxx-Jones sponsors Martha Graham Cracker Sings Musicals.

About 11th Hour Theatre Company

11th Hour Theatre Company is the only company in Philadelphia dedicated to producing all musicals, all the time. Intimate by design, 11th Hour creates a lasting experience with the audience by producing character-driven musical theatre.

11th Hour produces a broad spectrum of musicals that fill a niche in the diverse Philadelphia theatre landscape: musicals that spark the creativity of artists and the imaginations of audiences. Over the past eleven seasons, they have produced seventeen full-scale musicals, nine of which were Philadelphia premieres. In addition to the World Premiere of their first commission, Field Hockey Hot, the company has contributed to the development of several new musicals beginning with Angst, a ten-minute musical that premiered in the Spark Festival of 2005. 11th Hour produced the American premiere of Austentatious that went on to success at the New York Musical Theatre Festival; and a 29-hour reading of Fantasy Football, the Musical? before its production at New York University. Both Austentatious and Fantasy Football have since been published and are now professionally licensed. In the fall of 2014, 11th Hour partnered with University of the Arts to workshop Persephone Unplugged, a new twist on the classic Greek myth. With support from the Independence Foundation, 11th Hour recently commissioned their second musical from a local writing team, a Civil War-themed project currently titled Something Like a War.

11th Hour has received a total of forty-six Barrymore Award nominations. Their work has been recognized with eight awards, including two consecutive awards for "Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical" (The Bomb-itty of Errors, The World Goes 'Round), and several individual awards for their artists. Founding member Steve Pacek was also the proud recipient of the 2012 F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist. In 2013, 11th Hour became the first-ever recipient of the June and Steve Wolfson Award for an Evolving Theater.

The Spotlight Series features unforgettable, one-night-only concerts in an intimate setting. It is designed to be a social event and show unlike anything else in the region that deepens the relationship between artists and audience.


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