TADA! Youth Theater's PRINCESS PHOOEY to Run 7/10-8/1
The Drama Desk Award-Winning TADA! Youth Theater will present PRINCESS PHOOEY, an original Off-Broadway musical in its first revival, performed by the talented kids from TADA!'s Resident Youth Ensemble, for kids of all ages. With book and lyrics by LISA DIANA SHAPIRO and music by Drama Desk Nominee ERIC ROCKWELL, PRINCESS PHOOEY opens on July 10th and runs through August 1st at TADA! 15 West 28th Street (2nd floor).
PRINCESS PHOOEY isn't your typical princess. She doesn't want to curtsy, smile or be rescued by a prince...she'd rather run around with the chambermaids and the stable boys. Join us for this musical fairy tale like no other! A hilarious time for the whole family.
Since TADA! is celebrating its 30th anniversary, PRINCESS PHOOEY was chosen to keep with the theme of growing up, says JANINE NINA TREVENS, TADA!'s founder, Executive and Artistic Director and Director of PRINCESS PHOOEY.
Audience InterACTive: Want to perform on the TADA! stage with some of the cast members? Now you can! July 18th and 25th after the 4pm shows, learn a song and dance from the show with members of the cast! Get in on the ACTion! $10 per participant. PLUS: If you come dressed like a prince or princess, you can take a picture with TADA!'s prince and princesses from the show on stage!
JANINE NINA TREVENS, Executive and Artistic Director of TADA! directs the production, which stars TADA!'s RESIDENT YOUTH ENSEMBLE. TADA! (ages 8-18). Associate Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer, JOANNA GREER, will choreograph and ADAM JONES serves as musical director.
STEVE O'SHEA, TADA! Resident Scenic & lighting Designer, does set and lighting design, CHERYL McCARRON designs the costumes and JONATHAN BACH production stage manages. Assistant Director is ADAM METZGER from music sensation AJR.
TADA! original musicals are approximately one hour long and are intended for family audiences. Bring the whole family to TADA! for less than the price of one Broadway ticket!
LISA DIANA SHAPIRO (Book and Lyrics) most recent musical, Samantha Spade, Ace Detective (music by Georgia Stitt), premiered at TADA! Youth Theater last spring and was named Best New Musical by the National Youth Arts organization. Samantha Spade will have its next production in the fall in Atlanta. Her musical Princess Phooey (music by Eric Rockwell) was originally produced at TADA! in 2008, selling out its run and garnering rave reviews. Other playwriting credits include the hit comedy Labor Pains, a Comedy in Nine Months, which played a sold-out premiere run at the Victory Theatre in Los Angeles and has been produced regionally. Labor Pains was a finalist in the New American Comedy Festival and a BackStage West Garland Award nominee. Aces Wild, Lisa's first full-length play, premiered at Theatre Geo in Hollywood, winning awards in the FutureFest national play competition, the Jane Chambers Playwriting Competition and the Writer's Digest Competition. Lisa's play ...and Into the Fire has been workshopped in New York and Los Angeles, and her high-school tour show, The End of the Story, has received a workshop production Off-Broadway at TADA!
ERIC ROCKWELL (Composer) created several musicals for TADA!, including Golly Gee Whiz, Up To You, The History Mystery, Everything About School (Almost) and Princess Phooey. A 2004 Drama Desk nominee for Best Music, Eric composed the score and co-wrote the book to The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) which, after two years of performances in New York, went on to have success on London's West End. Eric was a member of the BMI-Lehman Engle Musical Theater Workshop, where in addition to creating Musical of Musicals, he developed the score to A Little Princess, which received its world premiere in 2013 at the Sacramento Theater Company. At the Rockwell Music Studio, Eric teaches piano and voice to some of New York's most talented performers.
JOANNA GREER (Choreographer) is a Director-Choreographer and Teaching Artist and has had the pleasure of working with numerous award-winning organizations, such as The American Ballroom Theater (featured in the 2005 Documentary Mad Hot Ballroom), YANY, City Lights Youth Theatre and the acclaimed Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Current TADA! director and/or choreographer credits include over 25 main-stage musicals as well as 365 Days/365 Plays by Suzan Lori-Parks at TADA! and The Public Theater. Most recently, she choreographed Alienne: The Musical Adventures of My Little Martian at the 2014 New York Fringe Jr. Joanna is also the Co-founder of NYC-based Kinetic Dance Theater, an artistic collective driven toward innovating dance theater, cabaret and musical theater performance. Currently, her choreography can be seen across North America in 50 SHADES! The Musical.
STEVE O'SHEA (Resident Scenic & Lighting Designer) Recent Designs include Unsung/Heros, Samantha Spade, Ace Detective, The Gift of Winter, The Little Moon Theater, The Adventures of Ezra Jack Keats, Sleepover, Everything About School (Almost), Up To You, The History Mystery, Odd Day Rain, Rabbit Sense, The Magic Pot, Wide Awake Jake, B.O.T.C.H., The Perfect Monster, They Chose Me! (TADA! Youth Theater), God of Carnage (St. Louis Rep), Macbeth, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Chaos Theory, Ladies In Retirement (Pulse Ensemble Theatre), Blade to The Heat, Aloha Say The Pretty Girls, 12 Ophelias (Baruch College), Murder In The Cathedral (University of CT), Last Easter (Drew University), Late (Clubbed Thumb), Carmen, Tristan Und Isolde, Magic Flute, Norma, Le Nozze di Figaro (Teatro de la Opera, San Juan PR), End of the Rope (Sibiu International Theatre Festival, Romania) and the Spring Fever Festival, NYC (breedingground).
ADAM JONES (Musical Director) credits with TADA! include Everything About A Family (Almost), Unsung/Heroes and The Gift of Winter. Originally from Troy, NY, he has traveled North America several times over as the Music Director and Conductor of the national tours of Annie and A Chorus Line. Adam majored in Film Scoring at The Berklee College of Music in Boston and has held the M.D. position at several regional theaters throughout the country.
CHERYL McCARRON (Costume Designer) has designed costumes for over 100 theatre, dance and film productions including 8 shows at TADA! Her work has been seen at Boomerang Theatre, Penguin Repertory Theater, Dorset Theatre Festival, the Storm Theatre, Amas Musical Theater, Saratoga Shakespeare, NYMTF and the Take Dance Company, among others.
ADAM METZGER (Assistant Director) is an alumni of TADA! and is thrilled to be returning to his theatre roots. After graduating Columbia University and touring both nationally and internationally with his band, AJR, Adam is hard at work writing and recording the band's second album. The initial single, I'm Ready, is a Gold and Platinum certified hit and the band will be touring the country through the rest of the summer.
JONATHAN BACH (Production Stage Manager) joined the ensemble at the age of nine and took a few years off at 14. During those years, his credits include Off-Broadway's Clinton the Musical, Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter Starring Cady Huffman and Kate Shindle.