Lisitza Sings Iconis and Maddock in 'Triumphant Baby'
The York Theatre Company will present "Triumphant Baby: Lorinda Lisitza Sings The Songs of Iconis and Maddock." The show will play Mondays at 8 p.m. on August 13, 20, 27 and September 10 at the Theatre at St. Peter's (54th Street, just East of Lexington Ave).
"Triumphant Baby," with music by Joe Iconis and lyrics by Robert Maddock, stars Lorinda Lisitza and is directed by Brad Oscar (The Producers, Forbidden Broadway, Aspects of Love). "The show is a concert about hick towns and hussies and all the good and bad things that can happen to a lady with a hankering for fame and murder. And root beer floats! The audience is catapulted into the world of this ambitious girl's journey through the highs and lows of love, heartbreak, criminal digressions, dreams, failures and the great 'triumph' of survival. 'Triumphant Baby' is partly a tribute to Old Hollywood and vintage tales about hooligans and hookers. The concert harks back to bygone eras with a 'cabaret' vibe while staying contemporary with songs like, That's What You Get For Falling in Love with Tom Hanks and the titular anthem, which reminds everyone to stay young, hopeful and very, very wild," state press materials.
"Triumphant Baby" was originally presented at The Metropolitan Room in December, 2006. After that show the New York cabaret critics named Lorinda Lisitza recipient of the 2007 New York Nightlife Award for Cabaret Musical Comedy.
Lisitza is from Porcupine Plain, Saskatchewan. On the New York stage, she has played Hallelujah Lil in Happy End, title role in Mother Courage, Jenny in The Threepenny Opera and Frosine in The Miser. She has appeared in "The Broadway Musicals of 1968," directed by Brad Oscar at the Town Hall, the World Premier Opera Cheri at the Actors Studio and Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill, as well as York Theatre's "Musicals in Mufti" Darling of the Day, Take Me Along and I and Albert. She is a Nightlife, MAC and Back Stage Bistro Award-winner.
Iconis is a graduate of the NYU/TISCH Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program. He is the proud recipient of a 2007 Kleban Award, a 2006 Jonathan Larson Award, a 2007 Backstage Bistro Award, a 2006 Daryl Roth Award and a 1992 Stratford Elementary School Vocal Music Certificate of Achievement. His garage band rock musical The Black Suits (for which he wrote the music, lyrics, and co-wrote the book with Robert Maddock) will be seen next year at the MCC.
Maddock is a lyricist. He earned his MFA at NYU's Tisch Graduate Musical Theater Writing program. Maddock is the recipient of a 2007 Jonathan Larson Award for his lyrics. Current projects include: The Black Suits (with music, lyrics and book by Joe Iconisand book co-authored by Robert) and the Daryl Roth Award Winning misfit riot, Plastic!a musical about broken people in a plastic world. Maddock and Iconis are the winners of a 2007 Backstage Bistro Award for their song "Almost (99 I-Love-Yous)," which has been featured in their concert Triumphant Baby.
For ticket information, visit www.yorktheatre.org or call 212-935-5820. The York Theatre Company in Saint Peter's Theatre is located at 54th Street Just East of Lexington. Tickets are $20 for "Triumphant Baby."
Photo of Lorinda Lisitza and Brad Oscar by Linda Lenzi