The New Musical HIT HER WITH THE SKATES Opens This Weekend at Rahway's Hamilton Stages

The new musical, Hit Her with the Skates, by Christine Rea & Rick Briskin, directed by Michael Schiralli with musical direction by Brandon Ethridge and choreography by Gina Ventura, will get a pre-New York developmental production at Hamilton Stage (UCPAC, Rahway, NJ) from May 12 - 27, 2017. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by visiting

Hit Her With The Skates is Grease meets Hairspray with a sprinkle of Xanadu! It's 1994 and rock star Jacqueline Miller has a lot to celebrate. She's headlining her first national tour and returning for a hometown concert at her beloved Windy City Skates. When complications hit her head on, Jacqueline comes face-to-face with her 12 year-old self and all the things she learned during the golden age of the roller rink in 1977. From the wisdom of the Ouija Board to the power of Smarties candy, Hit Her With The Skates explores the magic and hope of finding your one true love.

Cast includes: John Treacy Egan (Broadway: Nice Work If You Can Get It, Producers. NY: Clinton: The Musical), Madeline Fansler (NYC: Dogfight. Regional: Rent, Chicago), Kyle Jurassic (Regional: Million Dollar Quartet, Rock of Ages), Heather Patterson King (Tour: Mama Mia) Kristin Piacentile (Lost in Love: The Air Supply Musical), Andy Savage (Regional: West Side Story, A Little Night Music), Matthew Schatz (NY: Heathers: The Musical), Kelsey Stalter (National Tour: Teacher from the Black Lagoon), Amy Toporek (National/Intl Tour: Hairspray, Regional: The Marvelous Wonderettes), and Chris Walker (Regional: The Wiz, Aida).

The creative team includes Nathan Avakian (Lighting Design), Lindsay McWilliams (Costume Design), Josh Iacovelli (Set Design), Bruce Yauger (Sound Design), Dee Spencer (Wig Design), Bob Cline (Casting Director), Lisa Dozier King (General Manager).

The band includes Brandon Ethridge (Piano), Rick Briskin (Guitar), Mike Hall (Bass), Angelo DiBraccio (Sax/Keyboards), Ethan Bill (Drums).

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