Photo Flash: FUNIKIJAM'S BABY LIKES TO ROCK! Announces Complete Cast
FunikiJam World Music announces the complete cast and creative team for the inaugural production in its 2018-2019 Off-Broadway Season of Family Musicals. Brian Barrentine will direct and star as Captain Jam in the endlessly entertaining and incredibly unique FunikiJam's BABY LIKES TO ROCK!
Throw your mittens around your kittens and get ready to rock around the world with the new Off-Broadway musical, FunikiJam's BABY LIKES TO ROCK! This globe-spanning musical adventure is the latest addition to the ongoing series of Jam-Magical Family Musicals playing at the historic Actors Temple Theatre. Presented by FunikiJam, the award-winning education and entertainment company, FunikiJam's Baby Likes to Rock! will open on September 16th for a limited engagement through November 12th, with special Halloween Costume Parties and Shows on October 27 & 28.
In addition to Barrentine as Captain Jam, the cast features Damien Alix-Souhabi, Ashton, Parrack, Amy Weaver, and Kolten Bell who form The Jam-tastic International Agents of Jam. Ryan McCurdy will music direct the FunikIJam three piece band. Victoria Raigorodsky is the production manager. Meg Doherty assists Barrentine with direction and choreography. Maarten Cornelis designs lights. Video production is by David Moriya.
Lifelong artist and educator, Brian Barrentine is the creator, voice and face of FunikiJam
World Music - winner of the 2016 Parent's Choice Award for Best Music. Barrentine has
been cast in numerous musicals on Broadway and Off; played Elvis in Elvis the Musical
European Tour; written the Gymboree Music Program; served as Early Childhood Director at Brooklyn Conservatory; and acted in national commercials and TV shows like The Good Wife, Madam Secretary, and Law & Order SVU.
Damien Alix-Souhabi was featured most recently in FunikiJam's Music Garden and Totally Awesome Summer! His other credits include Beauty and The Beast, Hair, Moulin Rouge (directing), Jekyll & Hyde and more. He sings every month at the Let's Broadway Cabaret.
Kolten Bell is an NYC based performer. Regional credits include A Chorus Line, Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Normal Heart, Fun Home.
Ashton Parrack also appeared in FunikiJam's Music Garden and Totally Awesome Summer! Her previous credits include La Traviata with Amore Opera, Cinderellawith Poteet Theatre, and Anything Goes with Oklahoma City University.
This is Amy Weaver's first time performing with FunikiJam. She recently returned from Hong Kong Disneyland where she played Merida. Prior to that she sailed the world performing with Holland America Cruise Line for two years.
FunikiJam's BABY LIKES TO ROCK! is the crown jewel of FunikiJam's Fall Season of music & movement programs which include weekly classes, music in the park, school programs, and birthday parties.
FunikiJam was founded by Brian Barrentine in 1999 to meet a growing demand for quality education and entertainment programs for young children and families. Starting with a weekly audience of just six families, the program quickly became so popular that Barrentine began training teachers, opening new locations, recording the music, and touring live shows to schools, music festivals and lofty venues like the Historic Ryman Auditorium and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Now based in NYC, FunikiJam has evolved into a landmark early childhood education and entertainment organization with an annual reach of over 70,000 patrons. Uniquely blending Barrentine's original rhymes, chants, songs and stories with indigenous music from around the world, FunikiJam's mission is to empower global citizens to reach their highest potential through its trademark "music exploration for the next generation" classes, live shows, musical recordings, film production, and teacher training.
WARNING: May cause dancing, laughing and singing in a variety of different languages. SIDE EFFECTS may include relaxed parents, happy kids, and the chance to go on stage and jam along with your favorite Agents of Jam!
FunikiJam's BABY LIKES TO ROCK! performs on the following dates at 11:00 am: 9/16, 9/30, 10/8, 10/14, 10/27, 10/28, 11/11, 11/12 at Actors Temple Theatre, 339 W. 47th St., between 8th and 9th Avenues. Tickets at $30 are available through www.funikijam.com. Running time is 60 minutes and the show is appropriate for children ages 2 to 10. For more information, visit www.funikijam.com.
Brian Barrentine, creator of FunikiJam World Music, as Captain Jam