Tony Scialli's DRAGON SLAYER THE MUSICAL Gets World Premiere This January
Tony Scialli's musical The Dragon Slayer, directed by Andrea Andresakis with musical direction by Kenneth McQueen III, will get its world premiere as part of Winterfest at the 2017 New York Theatre Festival. The show will get three initial performances between January 9 - 14, 2017 at the Hudson Guild Theatre (459 West 26 Street). Tickets are $18 and can be purchase by visiting http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2717927.
Aspiring playwright/waiter, Lenny is obsessed with getting his show "Dragon Slayer" produced and he'll do it even if it costs him everything. In a fantastical twist, Lenny's life is thrust into chaos and he turns to the girl of his dreams and heroine of his play to help save the day.
Cast includes: Mark Ferrando (National Tour: Peter Pan 360), Ruthy Froch (New York: Welcome To The Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia), Luke Hoback (National Tour: Henry & Mudge ), Kate Marilley (Broadway: Billy Elliot ), Alia Munsch (New York: Spears), Andy Pappas (Regional: The Little Mermaid), Dylan Paul (Broadway: Cabaret), Devon Perry (Regional: The Wizard Of Oz), Chelsea Turbin (National Tour: American Idiot ), Miguel Angel Vasquez (Regional: Show Boat). The creative team includes: Patrick Bakalli (Lighting Designer), Scott Aronow (Scenic Designer), Tracey Fess (Costume Designer), Ben Strate (Property Design), Stephanie Klapper (Casting), Elizabeth Ramsay (Stage Manager ), Lisa Dozier King (General Management).
Tony Scialli (Book, Music, Lyrics) grew up in Passaic, New Jersey and wrote his first musical when he was 16, then got sidetracked by a career as a physician and medical school professor. The first musical, titled The Dragon Slayer, was an adaptation of The Fifty-First Dragon, a short story by Heywood Broun. Although the show was not very good, it served as the basis for a new Dragon Slayer some decades later. The new show was about a writer who has done an adaptation of the Broun story and is obsessed with getting it produced. Mr. Scialli has also written the musical DORA! about World War I jingoism as a parody of the Bush era in the US, although the infamous 43rd president is never mentioned in the play, and the action takes place 30 years before he was born. And Magic: The Musical about a family of magicians who conceals their secrets from each other for far too long.
Andrea Andresakis (Director/Choreographer) NYC credits include: My Purple Wig (Off-Broadway); Spandex (Off-Broadway); Little Shop of Horrors (Theatre at St. Clement's); The Little Prince (Merkin Concert Hall); Lola Luning's First Steps (Abingdon); Fahrenheit 451 (Wings Theatre); Star Spangled Girl (Playwrights Horizons); The Egg Project (NYC International Fringe Festival). Tours/Regional credits include: The Marvelous Wonderettes; Crimes of the Heart; Fame; Evita and Arms and The Man. In 2014 she spent five months in India developing The Beatles in India. www.Andresakis.com.