Full Cast Announced for THE LIFE + DEATH OF KENYON PHILLIPS' Limited Run
Kenyon Phillips, the theatrical singer, songwriter, actor, writer, model, dancer, and DJ announced today that the casting for his 90-minute autobiographical rock opera, The Life + Death of Kenyon Phillips, which will play a special four-performance limited engagement at The Box (189 Chrystie St., New York, NY 10002) starting February 20th, is now complete.
In addition to previously announced Tony and Drama Desk Award winner Cady Huffman (The Producers), Tony Award nominee Gabriel Barre (Starmites), and entertainment columnist and actor Michael Musto, the cast will include Aurora Black, Lola Carter, Chris Comfort, Dorothea Garland, Kimberly Giannelli, Sonja Harpstead, Peter Hart, Justin Sams, Kelsey Strauch, Roxie Valdez, Vanessa Walters, Jacob A. Ware, and Paul Zuker.
The infamous Ladies in Waiting, Mr. Phillips's all-girl backing band, will feature Alisha Judge on viola, Nikkiesha McLeod on percussion, Mackenzie Shivers on piano & vox, and Yuka Tadano on upright bass.
The creative team for The Life + Death of Kenyon Phillips will include co-director & dramaturg Isaac Klein, music director & arranger Eric Miranda, costume & props designer Eryn Lefkowitz, lighting designer Taylor Black, choreographer Vanessa Walters, sound designer AJ Molae, makeup designer YuuiVision, and hair/wig designer Gerald Decock.
The Life + Death of Kenyon Phillips is a 90-minute rock opera that uses an interactive cabaret-variety show format - complete with burlesquers, aerialists, and other circus acts - to explore the past, present and future of downtown performance artist Kenyon Phillips.
The four-night engagement at The Box promises audiences new and old an intimate evening at the theatre unlike anything they've ever seen before. The Felliniesque production will feature all of the songs that fans of the Joe's Pub performances have come to know, and a few that have never been performed in front of an audience. Mr. Phillips expressed excitement at the opportunity to stage his show at The Box, stating: "Now the show can really let its freak flag fly. Certain elements that I had to cut from the earlier versions at Joe's Pub - like aerialists and tightrope walkers - can now be realized. And the new ending will have audience members up on their feet and singing."