Dark Operetta FATTY FATTY NO FRIENDS to Make NYMF Debut
Mind The Art Entertainment announces that their New York Innovative Theater Award-nominated original dark operetta Fatty Fatty No Friends will make its New York Musical Festival debut as part of its annual Concert Series.
Created by Mind The Art Entertainment's Artistic Director Christian De Gré with Joseph Reese Anderson and Serrana Gay, Fatty Fatty No Friends is an original contemporary dark operetta about a young boy who is constantly teased for being overweight, is pushed too far, and decides to take horrifically delicious revenge on his bullies. A cautionary fable in the vein of Grimm's Fairy Tales, Fatty Fatty No Friends will hold three concert performances on Wednesday, August 1 at 7:00pm, Thursday August 2 at 9:30pm and Saturday, August 4 at 7:00pm at The Green Room 42 (located at 570 10th Avenue, between 41st and 42nd Streets).
These limited concert performances will feature performances by Eric McKinley, Charly Dannis, Amy Jo Jackson, Jason Eno, Nick Gordon, Gina Naomi Baez, Jessica Kundla, Timothy Fraser, Mary Baron and David J. Wiens. This talented young company will appear under the musical direction of Chris Gurr (Bandstand).
Tickets for Fatty Fatty No Friends and the rest of this year's New York Musical Festival selections can be purchased online at www.nymf.org
Christian De Gré (Book, Music & Lyrics) Mexican artist Christian De Gré has overseen the opening of over 1,000 new productions in New York City. An award-winning composer and producer he has created works for The United Nations, Feinstein's/54 Below, HERE Arts, La Mama E.T.C., The Discovery Channel, The Drama Desk Awards and The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York. He is the co-creator of 22 original musicals/operettas including "Fatty Fatty No Friends" (2016 Innovative Theater Award Nominations for Best Music and Best Musical), "Beware The Chupacabra!" (FringeFAVE 2015) and "Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg" (Audience Favorite at FRIGID New York 2015.) He is an Alumnus of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and The Broadway League's Commercial Theater Institute. De Gré currently serves as Artistic Director of Mind The Art Entertainment, is a panelist for Davenport Theatricals, OPERA America and The New York International Fringe Festival, and was recently appointed the new director of The National Opera Center. http://www.cdegre.com
Joseph Reese Anderson (Book, Music & Lyrics) has been writing with Mind The Art Entertainment for nearly ten years. Their collaborations include Jack of Hearts, Master of None, Fatty Fatty No Friends, Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg, and A Drink with Death. He's been commissioned to write poetry and lyrics for The TE'A Project and The Nitestar Program, and is a published poet in Story Time with Mr. Buttermen: Fables for Adults Living in a Modern World.
Serrana Gay (Book & Original Story) is a bookwriter and Associate Producer at Mind The Art Entertainment and was their 2014 Artist in Residence. She is the writer of the children's book Fatty Fatty No Friends and co-wrote the musical adaptation of the same name, which went on to win an Overall Excellence award at FringeNYC, was extended to the Fringe Encore Series in 2014, and then moved Off-Broadway in 2015 where it received a 2016 New York Innovative Theater Award Nomination for Best Musical. Serrana is the co-creator of Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg which won the Audience Favorite Award at FRIGID New York in 2015. Serrana is currently developing two new projects with Mind The Art Entertainment, the horror musical The Vice of Berthe and the contemporary opera Moonshine in b Minor.
R. Patrick Alberty (Producer) is the Associate Artistic Director of Mind The Art Entertainment, bringing with him over 25 years of experience in the theatre and film industries. Having joined Mind The Art Entertainment 11 years ago, he stepped into the role of Associate Artistic Director in 2014, helping develop and produce the NYIT-Nominated Fatty Fatty No Friends (2016, Best Music and Best Musical), along with co-directing Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg (FRIGID New York Audience Favorite), and writing the book and lyrics for 2015's Beware The Chupacabra!(FringeFave, 2015). An alumnus of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and St. John's University, he also produces, directs, and performs with Radiotheatre NYC and works as rehearsal/stage manager for the TED Conference worldwide. Patrick is currently developing the fantasy opera The Music of Shadow.
AARON SANKO (Music Supervisor, Producer) is currently President of The Cruxory Group in NYC providing Executive Production and Management Consulting services to performing arts professionals. In 2018, he will produce The Wiz in Liberia in collaboration with Broadway Artists Connection and Matsiko World Orphan Choir-the first musical to be presented in the country. Select producing credits: Broadway: Spring Awakening (revival); Off-Broadway: Whiskey Pants, The Mayor of Williamsburg; Regional: Merrily We Roll Along (The Wallis); International: Porgy & Bess. Select Music Director credits: The Wizard of Oz, Beauty and the Beast, Joseph..., and Annie. Prior positions include Executive Director of the acclaimed OperaWorks program in Los Angeles, Artist Manager at UIA, and corporate Human Resources roles at Best Buy and Starbucks. He is currently Secretary of BC/EFA's NextGen Advocates. His training includes programs in Voice/Music Education at the Eastman School of Music, Entertainment Business at Full Sail University, and The Broadway League's Commercial Theatre Institute.
The 2018 New York Musical Festival will take place July 9th - August 5th. For more information, please visit: www.nymf.org