Krystina Alabado, Zachary Prince, and Ashley Park Join Prospect for STRIKING 12 in Concert
Prospect Theater Company (Melissa Huber, Managing Director / Cara Reichel, Producing Artistic Director) is pleased to announce casting for its final 2016 IGNITE Series event on Friday, December 16th at 8pm at the TimesCenter (242 West 41st Street). The evening will feature a a special concert presentation of the musical Striking 12, with book, music, and lyrics by Brendan Milburn, Rachel Sheinkin and Val Vigoda.
It's New Year's Eve. Oppressed by cheer, an overworked New Yorker vows to spend the night alone in his apartment... when an unexpected visitor arrives, bringing light into his world.
Inspired, in part, by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Match Girl," this urban fairy-tale springs to life through an eclectic mix of pop, rock, jazz, and more.
The evening will feature Krystina Alabado (Lazarus, American Idiot), Ashley Park (The King and I, Mamma Mia), and Zachary Prince (Honeymoon in Vegas, Jersey Boys). Also included in the company of actors and actor-musicians are: Troy Burton (Public Works 12th Night), Brittany Campbell (For the Last Time), Sarah Elizabeth Haines (Todd Almond's Iow@ at Playwrights Horizons), Allison Kelly, Jared Loftin (Gigantic), Ben Moss (Arlington at the Vineyard Theatre), Adam Wolfe, and more to be announced. The concert will be directed by Cara Reichel, with music direction by Ben Moss.
Striking 12 premiered Off-Broadway in 2006, subsequent to numerous performances around the country by Milburn and Vigoda's band, GrooveLily. The New York Times declared Striking 12 "Thoroughly winning... a first-rate score... more artfully crafted and engaging than virtually all the standard-mold musicals coming our way these days." Prospect previously produced Milburn and Vigoda's Long Story Short in 2015 at 59E59 Theaters.
Striking 12 is presented by special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide.
Launched in 2015, the IGNITE Series is an ongoing concert initiative at The TimesCenter. Reflecting Prospect's dedication to fostering and producing work by emerging artists, IGNITE Series programming includes premieres of original material by award-winning songwriters; cutting-edge creations straight from Prospect's annual Musical Theater Lab; concert presentations of new musicals, and more. Single tickets are $25, $35 and $45, and may be obtained through online purchase at www.ProspectTheater.org or by calling 212-352-3101. Tickets may also be purchased at the door, beginning at 7pm on the night of the concert.
The TimesCenter (www.TheTimesCenter.com) is located at 242 West 41st Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues, in the heart of NYC's Times Square District. The venue features a 378-seat auditorium with state-of-the-art lighting, sound, and video capability, and a Steinway Concert Grand Piano.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Brendan Milburn writes songs for theatre and film (mostly with longtime collaborator Val Vigoda), produces records, and is a mostly stay-at-home dad. Musicals: Striking 12 (Off-Broadway & regional), Sleeping Beauty Wakes (CTG, McCarter, La Jolla), Wheelhouse (TheatreWorks), Toy Story: The Musical (Disney), Long Story Short (regional & Prospect Off Bway!), Midsummer Night (in development), Ernest Shackleton Loves Me (Seattle Rep/George St. Playhouse/Arts Emerson) WATT?!? (Village Theatre), The Behavior of Broadus (CTG, SacRed Fools), Beautiful Poison (5th Avenue). Film: four movies about Tinker Bell (Disney). Awards: Jonathan Larson (2006, 2008), ASCAP/Richard Rodgers (2009), LA Ovation for music direction and best musical (2007), LA Drama Critics Circle for best musical score (2015), LA Stage Raw for best musical, best score (2015), LA Ovation Award for best musical, best music and lyrics (2015). Proudest productions: eleven-year-old Mose and five-month-old Arlen.
Rachel Sheinkin writes book and lyrics for musical theater. Her interest in nontraditional collaborations and hybrid forms drew her to work with the band GrooveLily on Striking 12. She worked again with Milburn and Vigoda on Sleeping Beauty Wakes, initially as a commission for Deaf West Theatre performed in ASL and English. Her best-known collaborative adventure was as bookwriter for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Rachel teaches part time at NYU's Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program
VAL VIGODA is an electric violinist, singer, writer, former Army lieutenant, and founding member of the band GrooveLily. She has toured the world with Cyndi Lauper, Joe Jackson and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and is now launching her solo live-looping multimedia project, Just Getting Good. Co-writer of many songs for Disney, as well as the scores for eight musicals which have been produced from La Jolla Playhouse to Off-Broadway, Val (with longtime collaborator Brendan Milburn) has won the Jonathan Larson Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre, the LA Ovation Award for Best Musical, and the ASCAP Richard Rodgers Award. Val is also the newest Artist Mentor in the Electrify Your Strings program, which brings rock arrangements and high-octane performance energy to school orchestras throughout the nation. Her proudest production is 11-year-old son Mose. Val returns to NYC this winter to star in Ernest Shackleton Loves Me, opening Off-Broadway Feb 2017!
ABOUT PROSPECT THEATER COMPANYProspect Theater Company (founded in 1998) is dedicated to fostering and showcasing today's new voices shaping tomorrow's musicals. Since 2000, the company has fully produced more than 30 premiere musicals in New York City, in addition to new plays and numerous re-inventions of classic works. Reflecting its investment in the future of the field, Prospect leads a variety of developmental initiatives, including an annual Musical Theater Lab for emerging writers, and a Summer Intensive training program for teenagers. In recognition of its enterprising and risk-taking new musical theater, the company received a 2016 OBIE Award grant. Their work as a community anchor for emerging artists that strengthens the quality, diversity, and dynamism of American theater was also honored with a 2013 National Theatre Company Grant from the American Theatre Wing. Notable productions include: the Drama Desk Award-winning Working (2012), Death for Five Voices (2016), Long Story Short (2015), Jasper in Deadland (2014), the Drama-Desk nominated Tamar of the River (2013), Unlock'd (2013), Iron Curtain (2006, 2011), Myths and Hymns (2012), With Glee (2010), The Blue Flower (2008), Golden Boy of the Blue Ridge (2009), The Hidden Sky (2010), Illyria (2002, 2008), and the Drama-Desk nominated The Pursuit of Persephone (2005).
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