Right Angle Entertainment Announces Jim Lanahan As Vice President
Right Angle Entertainment announced today the hiring of Jim Lanahan as Vice President. He will be based in the Los Angeles offices handling touring show general management, marketing and operations for the company. He joins Right Angle Entertainment with a long history of working with Broadway and the road's biggest producers and productions including Disney Theatrical Productions, Really Useful Group and Blue Man Productions. Additionally, John Poland and Elissa E. Szieff have joined the executive team as Director of Touring, and Chief Financial Officer, respectively. Poland will be in charge of tour coordination and Szieff will handle all company business management and accounting. Carla Marie Rugg continues on as Associate Producer, and Cliff Kellas remains in his role as General Manager.
Founded in 2014 by Alison Spiriti and Justin Sudds, Right Angle Entertainment specializes in the creation, production and management of live touring shows with a focus on bringing personalities and brands to life on stage. The shows cross genres from concerts to digital stars to theatrical productions.
"Elissa, Jim, and John are talented, passionate creative executives in our business and we are extremely lucky to have them on the team as we grow our company," says Alison Spiriti and Justin Sudds, Co-Founders of Right Angle Entertainment.
Right Angle Entertainment will attend the APAP Conference (Association of Performing Arts Professionals) January 12-16 in New York City. Its roster of shows include:
MARKIPLIER'S YOU'RE WELCOME TOUR: One of YouTube's biggest stars hit the road for the first time ever! Comedic vlogger Markiplier has assembled the ultimate cast of characters to guarantee audiences a never-before-seen adventure, live on stage. The audience is the centerpiece of this spectacle, driving the entire narrative of the show using a combination of "choose your own adventure," improv games and audience challenges.
RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL: The beloved TV classic Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage for the holiday season! All of your favorite characters from the special, including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, come to life in Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical.
PARCAST - SERIAL KILLERS AND CULTS: Parcast.com is an on demand multi-dimensional production house and Podcast Network that is focused on producing high quality, entertaining, mysterious, insightful and thought-provoking podcasts for our audience. Our live stage production will take these stories to an audience where they will hear the history and psychology behind the most notorious cults and serial killers of all time.
THE PALS LIVE! The Pals are a group of 5 best friends - Denis, Sub, Alex, Corl and Sketch - who create daily YouTube content focused primarily on fun family friendly gaming videos but also spanning wacky live action challenges, vlogs and animations. Join The Pals as they take their special brand of comedy and commentary to the stage, live, for their fans for the first time ever!
FRIENDS! THE MUSICAL PARODY: The hilarious new musical that lovingly lampoons TV's Friends. You'll laugh! You'll cry! You'll Unagi! The show celebrates and pokes fun at the wacky misadventures of a group of 20-something pals as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life and love in 1990's Manhattan. In partnership with Lynn Shore Entertainment and Theater Mogul.
THE PRICE IS RIGHT LIVE: The hit interactive stage show gives eligible individuals the chance to hear their names called and "Come On Down" to win. Prizes may include appliances, vacations and possibly a new car! Play classic games just like on television's longest running and most popular game show...from Plinko to Cliffhangers to The Big Wheel and even the fabulous Showcase.
FOR THE RECORD: SCORSESE - AMERICAN CRIME REQUIEM: Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, Casino and The Wolf of Wall Street form the basis of this unique, genre-bending form of live entertainment. The soundtracks and narratives of the iconic filmmaker, Martin Scorsese, are turned into a thrilling, immersive theatrical concert experiences.
SherLOCK - THE ULTIMATE ESCAPE ROOM: A dark room. A locked door. SherLock the Ultimate Escape Room takes you deep into the mind of Sherlock Holmes as he attempts to solve a murder. From the worlds of Victorian London to the Wild West, a 4 channel video installation will take you on a mysterious journey as you try to unlock the clues to help Sherlock. Working with a distinguished staff of theatre and gaming professionals, we have crafted an escape experience like no other. Can you solve the crime before the time runs out?
THE SIMON AND GARFUNKEL STORY (50TH ANNIVERSARY): Direct from London's West End, a sold-out UK tour and standing ovations at every performance, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is back! Using huge projection photos and original film footage, this 50th anniversary celebration also features a full live band performing all the hits including 'Mr. Robinson', 'Cecilia', 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', 'Homeward Bound' and many more.
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO SNOOPY: The World According to Snoopy is a brand new re-imagining of the original and London productions of the musical Snoopy! This musical features Charles Schulz's iconic Peanuts characters - Charlie Brown, Sally, Peppermint Patty, Lucy, Linus, and Woodstock, under the guidance of the consummate showman Snoopy, as they sing and dance their way through witty philosophies about love and life as only The Peanuts gang can. Produced in partnership with A Rising Tide Theatrical.
A TUNA CHRISTMAS: The colorful residents of Tuna, Texas' third-smallest town, are competing in the annual Christmas lawn display contest when a mysterious Christmas Phantom wreaks havoc on the elaborate decorations. Meanwhile, Tuna's embattled theater director tries to get a troubled production of A Christmas Carol on its feet. Two actors play more than 20 characters, and multiple costume quick-changes help to put the riotous fun in holiday dysfunction in this audience-favorite. Produced in partnership with A Rising Tide Theatrical.
BOB & TOBLY'S Beverly Hills 90210 THE MUSICAL - THE UNAUTHORIZED PARODY: From the creators of Full House! The Musical!, Show Girls The Musical!, Bayside! The Musical! and Kardashians comes the "unauthorized parody" of the 90's TV cult-classic, Beverly Hills, 90210. The show features a number of original songs that include, "The Ballad of Andrea Zuckerman," "We Are Drama Zombies," and "Will Tori Spelling Graduate?" After playing New York City's East Village, this comedy is on the road and chock-full of drama - and laughs.
ELVIS AND ME - AN EVENING WITH Priscilla Presley: Priscilla offers audiences an extremely rare opportunity to gain insight into a world only a few have entered. Take a journey with her through her fascinating life in an intimate interview format where Priscilla answers your questions and shares stories that spark curiosity and conversation. Guests of this unique experience in cities across America and Canada are intrigued, surprised and entertained by Priscilla herself, live on stage in this open conversation.
MUSICAL THRONES: A PARODY OF ICE AND FIRE: Fans of the most talked about show on television get their fantasy fix, live on stage with this hilarious send-up. With music, book and lyrics written by the hysterical mad-men behind Silence! The Musical, Jon and Al Kaplan, Musical Thrones a Parody of Ice and Fire brings your most beloved and be-hated characters to life onstage!
ONE WOMAN SEX AND THE CITY: A PARODY ON LOVE, FRIENDSHIP AND SHOES: This loving tribute and send-up takes audiences through a laughter-infused version of all six seasons of the beloved show. For anyone who remembers the naked dress, the tantric sex demonstration, the post-it note, and "he's just not that into you, the show provides a great reminder of why this series and its characters have stayed so firmly in women's hearts and minds.
POSTSECRET: THE SHOW: An immersive, poignant journey through the humor and humanity of the personal stories we keep to ourselves, and on rare occasions, share with others. Projected images, videos, three actors and a guitarist guide the audience through crowd-sourced narratives revealing the true stories behind the secrets. See the hopeful, shocking, painful and sexual secrets that brought hundreds of millions to the PostSecret blog, became six best-selling books and are currently in a Smithsonian art exhibition.
Jim Lanahan has spent the last two decades managing and marketing live entertainment. Most recently, he launched two tours for Really Useful Group and, worked with industry leaders including Tony Bennett Enterprises, Disney Theatrical Productions, Blue Man Productions, The American Opera and The Second City. During a brief hiatus from the entertainment industry, Jim managed seven global business units for General Electric, including the team that produced commercials for the 2010 Olympic Games.
John Poland is a commercial theater professional with 28 years of experience in tour booking and management, venue management, & producing and presenting live theatrical shows. He is a former Vice President with Broadway Across America. John's recent projects include the tours of Celtic Woman; Menopause the Musical; 50 Shades-The Musical Parody; Decades Rewind, Million Dollar Quartet; Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story; Saturday Night Fever, to name a few. In his spare time, John is pursuing a law degree which he will complete in December 2018.
About Elissa E. Szieff: Elissa is thrilled to join the Right Angle Entertainment team as Chief Financial Officer. Elissa has had a long career in production management and financial analysis as the owner of E2 Accounting Services. She has worked with a variety of organizations and tours such as McCoy Rigby Entertainment (Peter Pan, Little Mermaid, Miss Saigon), NFL's Hall of Fame's Game for Life Exhibit, Ad Astra's For the Record series and InHouse Booking, among many others. Elissa originally started a business management firm for the music industry ultimately growing her business to encompass all forms of live entertainment.
About Carla Marie Rugg: Carla has spent the last 15 years working in theatre, film and television as a designer, scenic and prop fabricator, company manager and producer. Prior to making the jump into entertainment, she spent almost 10 years in event production, and has put her skills to work for such organizations as The U.S. Olympic Festival, Senovva, Comedy Central, Kish Productions, McCoy Rigby Entertainment and Loyola Marymount University.
Cliff Kellas joined Right Angle Entertainment as a consultant in January 2017 and is currently General Manager/Director of Production for live and touring projects at Fremantle Media N.A.
Cliff received his formal business training from University of California, Berkeley and has worked with leading performing arts institutions such as San Francisco and New York City Opera companies, Broadway producers and managers including Foresight Theatrical (formerly Alan Wasser Associates) and major networks including Nickelodeon and Warner Bros. Prior to Right Angle, Cliff was employed as Producer in the Global Live Entertainment division at Mattel Inc.