ENDANGERED! THE MUSICAL Will Close December 30
After a successful six month run at the Davenport Theatre (354 West 45th Street), Endangered! THE MUSICAL will close it's off-Broadway engagement. The hit family musical, which opened to rave reviews on July 23rd, 2017, will play it's final performance on Saturday, December 30th, 2017 at 3pm. Upon closing, the new musical by Keni Fine and Tony Small will have played 7 previews and 68 performances, as well as hosting the live-streamed Endangered Climate Talkback Series.
ENDANGERED! author Keni Fine remarked, "ENDANGERED! has been a joy to work on, with an amazing team. Though the time has come to close our groundbreaking run at the Davenport, we are looking forward to taking Endangered! out into the world with local and national tours to spread its uplifting message of hope and respect for all life." Concerning the timeliness of the show's mission, Fine added, "Since our opening, we've had four monstrous hurricanes hit the U.S., the islands and Puerto Rico, and continue to see horrific, unprecedented wildfires burning in California. Yet, in our present climate of denial about the real dangers of global warming, too many people are not focusing on or learning about it. It is vital that we as artists address climate urgency now, along with the interrelated plight of animals and the mass extinction man is causing. In Endangered!, we choose to do this in a positive way - by focusing on young people's natural curiosity, intelligence and compassion, and by telling a heroic and adventurous story in which we affirm and celebrate our interdependence with nature."
The Endangered! cast currently includes Lana Schwartz as Livvy Lovewell, Maggie Ronck as Janie Goodall, Dana Scurlock as Bam-Boo the Superstar Panda, Nate Rocke as Einstein the Bird Brain Whooping Crane, Ani Djirdjirian as Sita the Noble Cheetah, Nicolette Shin as G-Low the Golden Tamarin, Connor Delves as Crankee the Rockin Crocodile, Alex Sanders as Snoop the Spotted Skunk, and Josh Vidal as the Male Swing.
Twice extended in its hit run at the Davenport Theatre, Endangered! was originally commissioned by the Friends of the National Zoo, created in conjunction with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington's TAP Arts Camp, directed by Tony Small. In the summer of 2013, Endangered! had a staged reading at the National Zoo, then premiered live-streamed on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage.
The creative team includes Keni Fine (Book, Lyrics, Additional Music), Tony Small (Music), Michael Chase Gosselin (Director/ Choreographer), Lena Gabrielle (Music Director, Arrangements and Additional Music), Doug Katsaros (Orchestrations), Ann Beyersdorfer (Set Design), Catherine Clark (Lighting Designer), Collin Ranney (Costume Designer), Patrick A. Lachance (Sound Designer), Ido Levran (Projection Designer), Greg Uliasz, CSA (Casting Director), NJ Agwuna (Associate Director), Gabby Cogan (Associate Choreographer), Oliver Benjoseph (Stage Manager), Visceral Entertainment (General Manager), Peri Shaw and Heidi Hutner (Associate Producers).