TheatreZone To Present Florida Premiere Of TONYA & NANCY: THE ROCK OPERA Starring Andrea McArdle
TheatreZone, a Naples-based professional equity theatre specializing in Broadway musicals and celebrating its 15th season, will present the Florida premiere of Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera February 6-16, 2020. Performances are scheduled for 7:30p.m. on Feb. 6-9 and 13-16; 2:00 p.m. matinee performances will be presented on Feb. 8-9 and 15-16.
Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera premiered in Portland, OR, produced by Triangle Productions, in 2008. It is dark comedy featuring music produced with a great deal of heart. This work of fiction, inspired by actual events, utilizes the 1994 Tonya Harding and NANCY KERRIGAN media scandal to explore America's obsession with celebrity scandals and its "go for the gold at all costs" attitude. With libretto and concept by Elizabeth Searle and music by Michael Teoli, audiences can expect hilarity, poignant moments, and a radical score, along with adult subject matter and language including admittedly frequent "f-bombs," and non-stop energy in this unique theatrical experience.
"'Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera' brings a different musical genre to the stage," said Mark Danni, TheatreZone Founding Artistic Director. "It is based on a story audiences know, but it will be presented in a format that may be new to them."
"This show has only been presented in Boston, New York and Chicago," said Danni. "The producer flew to Naples specifically to meet with us because he wanted to have the show staged in Florida and immediately thought of me and TheatreZone."
The professional cast includes Andrea McArdle in a tour de force dual role as the mother of both Harding and Kerrigan. McArdle is widely known for her performances in the title role of the 1977 mega-musical Annie, based on the popular Harold Gray comic strip "Little Orphan Annie." As "Annie," she became the youngest performer ever to be nominated for a Tony Award as Best Lead Actress in a Musical. She also received the Theater World and Outer Critics' Circle Awards for her performance and went on to star when the show was produced on London's West End. *Fun fact: Catherine Zeta-Jones played young orphan Mollie in this production.
"This is 'Annie' like you've never seen her before," said Danni. "Andrea has such versatility as an actress, and we all know how amazing her voice is for this show. I can't wait to see her portray the abrasive 'tell it like it is' Mrs. Harding and then turn around and portray the sweet but passive-aggressive Mrs. Kerrigan."
Tickets are available at http://www.theatre.zone or by calling the box office, 888-966-3352 x1.