MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET Begins Tonight at the Engeman Theater
The John W. Engeman Theater presents MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET, THE MUSICAL. Performances begin tonight, November 19, 2015 at 8:00pm and run through January 3, 2016.
The endearing holiday classic MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET is brought to life onstage in this musical gem. A white-bearded gentleman claiming to be the real Santa Claus brings about a genuine miracle on 34th Street, spreading a wave of love throughout New York City, and convincing a divorced, cynical single mother, her somber daughter, and the entire state of New York that Santa Claus is no myth. Based on the movie by the same name and written by Meredith Willson, of The Music Man fame, this joyous, heart-warming musical is pure family entertainment and the perfect holiday treat!
MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET is produced and directed by RICHARD T. DOLCE the Engeman Theater's Producing Artistic Director (Engeman Theater: Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike, A Christmas Story, Deathtrap, Other Desert Cities). Choreography is by ANTOINETTE DIPIETROPOLO (Engeman Theater: The Producers, A Christmas Story - The Musical, Evita!, The Music Man, South Pacific, Hairspray, I Love You You're Perfect Now Change and Nunsense. Off Broadway: With Glee. Regional: Annie, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago, Ragtime. National Tour: How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Associate Director/Choreographer for The Big Apple Circus.) and Musical Direction is by DAVID CALDWELL (Off Broadway Music Director: Forbidden Broadway, Murder for Two. Off Broadway Composer: All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, Uh-Oh Here Comes Christmas,Third Wish, Gotta Getta Girl. Conductor: American premiere of Stephen Schwartz's Children of Eden. Arranged and orchestrated Marvin Hamlisch's song "I'm Really Dancing" for Career Transitions for Dancers' 25th Anniversary Gala.
The design team is STEPHEN DOBAY (Scenic Design), KATHLEEN DOYLE (Costume Design), JIMMY LAWLOR (Lighting Design), LAURA SHUBERT (Sound Design), KAYE BLANKENSHIP (Props Design), FRANCK CASTING (Casting Director), RENEE SANTOS STEWART (Production Stage Manager) and MEGAN COUTTS (Assistant Stage Manager).
The cast of MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET features:
KIM CARSON (Doris Walker) Engeman Theater: The Music Man, South Pacific, and Camelot. Regional: 59E59, Walnut Street Theater, Philadelphia Theatre Co., Arden, Fulton Theatre, People's Light and Theatre, Bristol Riverside, etc.
AARON RAMEY (Fred Gaily) Engeman Theater: White Christmas. Broadway: The Visit, The Bridges of Madison County, Jekyll & Hyde, young Frankenstein, Curtains, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. National Tours: South Pacific, Jekyll & Hyde, Sweet Charity, and Disney's Beauty & the Beast.
KEVIN MCGUIRE (Kris Kringle) Broadway, National, and International Tour of: Les Miserables, Phantom of The Opera, The Secret Garden and Jane Eyre. Off Broadway: Donnybrook, Forbidden Broadway, Big Maggie, Hamlet, The Seagull, Much Ado About Nothing and Midsummer Night's Dream.
MATT WOLPE (Marvin Shellhammer) National Tours: Once. Off Broadway: Hells Belles. Regional: Weston Playhouse, Kirk Douglas Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, Sacramento Music Circus, Ensemble Theatre of Santa Barbara, Pasadena Playhouse, NoHo Arts Center, Blank Theatre, Boston Theatre Work and La Miranda.
BILL NOLTE (R.H. Macy) Broadway: The Producers, La Cage Aux Faux, Cats and more. Regional: Hello Dolly, The Drowsy Chaperone, My Fair Lady, Damn Yankees, Fiddler and Most Happy Fella.
TODD THURSTON (Judge Martin Group) Broadway: Ragtime. Tours: La Cage, Little House on the Prairie, and Les Miserables. Regional: Long Warf, Goodspeed, Barrington, St. Louis Rep, Asolo, Berkshire, Pioneer and Wichita.
JOHN LITTLE (Dr. Sawyer) Engeman Theater: Little Women, Run for Your Wife and My Fair Lady. Off Broadway: Poetic License, Hamlet and Taming of the Shrew .Regional: The Grapes of Wrath, Amadeus, Glimmerglass, Major Barbara and My Fair Lady. TV: Boardwalk Empire and Law & Order.
The cast also includes: NICK ADDEO, PIM VAN AMERONGEN, SAM ARLEN, MARK T. CAHILL, DARIA DEGAETANO, COURTNEY FEKETE, SOPHIA ELENI KEKLLAS, SUZANNE MASON, MARYELLEN MOLFELLA, MEAGHAN MARIE MCINNES, LAURA OTREMBA, MICHAEL SANTORA and SUMMERISA BELL STEVENS.
As well as a children's cast, featuring: AMBER CORRIGAN, MIRANDA JO DEMOTT, KATIE DOLCE, SOPHIA GUARNASCHELLI, ERIN HAGGERTY, KATHERINE LAFOUNTAINE, CLAIRE LEVASSEUR, MEAGHAN MAHER, SHANE MCGLONE, CHRISTOPHER MCKENNA, MICHAEL MENESHIAN, CHRISTOPHER PAPPAS, AIDAN PASSARO, MEGAN TRAGESAR, THERON VILJOEN and CHLOE WHEELER.
Press Opening is Saturday, November 21 at 8:00 pm. MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET will play the following performance schedule: Thursdays at 8:00pm, Fridays at 8:00pm, Saturdays at 3:00pm and 8:00pm, and Sundays at 2:00. Some Wednesday and Sunday evenings are available. Tickets are $74 on Saturday evenings, $69 all other performances and may be purchased by calling (631) 261-2900, going online at EngemanTheater.com, or by visiting the Engeman Theater Box Office at 250 Main Street, Northport. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express accepted.
The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport is Long Island's only year round professional theater company, casting actors from the Broadway talent pool. From curb to curtain, we have made it our business to provide affordable, quality, theater in an elegant one-of-a-kind location with outstanding facilities and extraordinary service. The renovated Theater offers stadium-style seating, state-of-the-art lighting and sound, a full orchestra pit, and a classic wood-paneled piano lounge with full bar.