HEREAFTER Receives NYC Staged Readings

By: Mar. 04, 2013
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Vinnie Favale and Indie Global present staged readings of Hereafter (written by Vinnie Favale and Frankie Keane) on Monday, March 4th and Tuesday, March 5th in New York City. The industry-only staged readings are open by invitation only.

Hereafter previously had a limited run at Theater 80 in New York City in the spring of 2012. The Theater 80 production was also directed by Terry Berliner with music direction by Lon Hoyt.

Hereafter explores what happens when a loved one dies from the perspective of both the living AND the dead. It is December 1999 and three women have come together at the Middletown, New Jersey home of world-renowned medium, Jason Richards. They are participating in a group reading, desperate to make contact with their lost loved ones. They are hoping for a life after death not only for the spirits in the Hereafter but also for themselves in the here and now. As the session unfolds we see the living bond over their shared grief as the spirits that have gathered struggle with the choice between remaining in limbo or making contact and slipping away into the Hereafter.

Hereafter features Karen Bernod, Paul Blankenship, Pierce Cravens, Cicily Daniels, Eileen Faxas, Ilene Grossman, Shea Hess, Frankie Keane, Carolyn Mignini, Gabrielle Reid, Deborah Tranelli. The reading is stage managed by Pamela Edington with music supervision by Bill Hindin and general management by La Vie Productions.

Vinnie Favale (Book, Music & Lyrics/Producer) made his TV debut on October 28th, 1982 on "The Late Show With David Letterman"... he was so successful that it only took him ten years before he appeared on TV again! He was the producer of Comedy Central's "Real Deal" and "800 Club" (which he also hosted). He has co-written one of the first books about the internet: Websightings. He was the executive in charge of production for the Howard Stern Show on CBS TV. He has been a semi regular on the Howard Stern morning radio show for the past ten years and begs that you never Google him. He is the proud VP of Late Night for CBS where he oversees the funniest show on TV: "The Late Show With David Letterman".

Frankie Keane (Book and Additional Music & Lyrics) With influence in Gospel, R&B, rock and classical, Frankie is a multiple threat as singer/songwriter, composer, lyricist, instrumentalist and accomplished stage/film actress. Frankie made her debut off-Broadway in director David Tobin's acclaimed review, Pure Gospel America and toured with the musical If This Hat Could Talk, directed by Tony Award winner George Faison. In Chicago, Frankie was chosen The Cotton Club's "Best Young Vocalist". Frankie has recorded with R. Kelly as well as Universal artist Malik Yusef, appearing on his 2003 debut album The Great Chicago Fire as well as in its video along with Kanye West, Common, Twista, Ron-E-Ron and more, and has opened up for koko Taylor, Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes, Ashford and Simpson and more.

Terry Berliner (Director) recently directed and choreographed a tribute to Grammy Award-winning composer David Shire entitled It Goes Like It Goes. Her Broadway credits include The Lion King, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, The Sound of Music and The Red Shoes. Off Broadway: Time and Again, Captains Courageous, Violet and Merrily We Roll Along. Other NYC: Next Thing You Know, Cloaked (2011 Kleban Prize and Jonathan Larson Award-winning new musical), The Maiden's Prayer, By Proxy, One Thing I Like To Say Is..., Emma (NYMF), The Mercy Seat, Spine and Allegro (City Center Encores!). Ms. Berliner received the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for her production of Bingo and the prestigious Roe Green Artist Grant for direction/choreography of the new musical Beneath the Surface. Her work in regional theaters has been seen at the La Jolla Playhouse, McCarter Theatre, Geva Theatre Center and Arena Stage. She has written for American Theatre magazine, Theatre Bay Area and Theatre History Studies. Ms. Berliner is the co-artistic director of LeAp Onstage, a member of the Lucille Lortel voting committee and the SDC Society.

Lon Hoyt (Music Director) was the Music Director/Conductor for Hairspray on Broadway as well as the Hairspray movie. He was the Music Supervisor for the 2 national tours, Toronto, Las Vegas, London, Johannesburg and Cologne companies of Hairspray. He was also the Music Supervisor for Lennon. Most recently he was the Associate Conductor for Catch Me If You Can on Broadway. Other Broadway MD and conductor credits include: Rock of Ages, Hair, The Rocky Horror Show, Street Corner Symphony and Footloose. Off-Broadway he has conducted Forever Plaid, Song of Singapore, A Backer's Audition, Hit the Lights and The Diva is Dismissed. Regional theater credits include Burt Bacharach's Some Lovers, the Duncan Sheik/Steven Sater musical The Nightingale, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Blackbirds of Broadway, Calamity Jane, 42nd Street and Anything Goes. He can be heard playing piano for Whoopi Goldberg in the film and on the soundtrack of Boys on the Side. Most recently, he was the Music Consultant for the Todd Graff film A Joyful Noise and he arranged and orchestrated songs for another Todd Graff film, BandSlam.

The invitation-only staged readings of Hereafter play Monday, March 4th and Tuesday, March 5th in New York City.