WICKED FROZEN Opens Sunday 4/8

WICKED FROZEN Opens Sunday 4/8

Write Act Repertory Producing Artistic Director John Lant is pleased to announce the Off-Broadway premiere of WICKED FROZEN, the untold parody musical of some magic ice witch princesses and other stuff like that, with book and lyrics by Zoe Farmingdale and music and lyrics by Toby Singer. The production is directed and choreographed by Zoe Farmingdale

Previews are Sunday, March 25 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, April 1 at 7:30 pm. Opening is set for Sunday, April 8 at 7:30 pm. Performances then run Sundays at 7:30 pm, through July 22. St. Luke's Theatre is located at 308 West 46th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues). Tickets cost between $20 and $99 and can be purchased through Telecharge at www.telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200. For more information, please visit www.wickedfrozen.com

WICKED FROZEN tells the story of Kristen Chenobell, a young actress who puts her career on hold to care for her ailing father, returning home to teach science in a Boston public school. Miss Chenobell's excitement about her first day leading drama club is thwarted when only one student shows up: Adele Dazeem, a precocious preteen who uses theatrical fantasies as a way to cope with her fears about the world and her troubles at home. When a Boston blizzard traps them both in the classroom, Adele convinces Miss Chenobell to read her magnum opus, a totally original story called Wicked Frozen. Musical theater madness ensues when the dour classroom is transformed into the halls of Shitz University in the magical land of ScandiNorFinDelle, where Elsaba and Glindanna vie for the love of Prince Ikea, and battle the evil foe Cli-MAH-te Chan-JE. As Adele and Kristen's fantasy world spins increasingly out of control, they soon find their own imperfect lives changed...for good. PG-13. www.wickedfrozen.com

Featured in the cast are Kathleen Armenti, Lily Davis, Allison Frasca, Wills Jacobs, Tyler Joseph, Vanessa Magula, Jake McKenna, Chris Evan Simpson, Natalie Sullivan, Bethany Nicole Taylor and Meagan Wells.

Music direction and arrangements are by Toby Singer, lighting design is by Maarten Cornelis and costume design is by Jennifer Anderson.

Toby Singer (Music, Lyrics, Music Director, Sound Design) is a theatre composer, playwright, and music producer. In addition to Wicked Frozen, his work includes Gruff, an environmental activist retelling of the Billy Goats Gruff story. Written with Brooklyn theatre company Doppelskope, Gruff was commissioned by Muhlenberg College in 2014, was subsequently featured in the New York Times, and made its off-Broadway debut with Vital Theatre Company in 2017. It will next be staged this spring at the Long Island Children's Museum. Toby also collaborated with Doppelskope on two other musicals commissioned by Muhlenberg College; Grimm, a technology-focused exploration of the Grimm fairy tales, and Growl, a capitalist deconstruction of Goldilocks & the Three Bears. South By South Death, a slasher musical set at a summer music festival, written with Jared Saltiel, premiered in a sold-out residency at Brooklyn's National Sawdust in 2016. The Utopia of Now, a Silicon Valley-focused adaptation of Voltaire's Candide, premiered at the 2016 Fort Worth Fringe Festival. University of Michigan-trained (Go Blue!), Toby lives in Brooklyn with his wife Rabbi Rachel Van Thyn, and his exuberant flat-coated retriever Neko. For more information, visit www.tobysinger.com. Twitter: @tobysinger; IG: @mobiastax.

Zoe Farmingdale (Book, Lyrics, Director, Choreographer) has performed in regional theatres and dance festivals all over the USA; her choreography and original music have been presented all over NYC; and her writing has been produced both nationally and internationally. Recent writing credits include the musical Life is a Dream: A Fairy-Tale for Adults-For Kids! (The Tank); Preschool! A Pint-Sized Musical (co-written with Teresa Bayer, Winner: Best Musical WVMTF 2012); An Untitled Art Sketch Comedy Show Inspired by Mead Notebooks (co-written with Oscar Montoya); and video sketch content for Catmagic (comedy/music duo with Bethany Nicole Taylor). Zoe has written several short plays as a resident playwright with Amios Theatre; recently her piece What Do You Say? was presented at a Fine Arts festival in Taipei. Recent NYC/Regional Theatre acting credits: The Importance of Being Earnest (Cecily), You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Sally), The Pirates of Penzance (Isabel), Hunter Gatherers (Pam), The Other Place (The Woman), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Logainne), Coffee and Biscuit (HERE Arts; NYFringe), Red Light Winter(Christina), Cabaret (Helga/Gorilla). Comedy: UCB, Second City, PIT (house team member), Story Pirates. TV/Film: ONN; Billy on the Street; appearances on Discovery ID, MTV, and Fuse; commercials and film festivals worldwide. Zoe is from St. Louis, MO but currently resides in sunny Los Angeles. BA: Wesleyan U. Twitter/IG: @thezoeshow

John Lant (Producer/Producing Artistic Director) is a 35-year veteran in the entertainment industry and has been involved in over 600 television, film, music tours, and theatrical productions as a creative director, consultant, and/or above the line entity. An award-winning producer, director, writer, lighting and set designer, John has mounted productions at Cal Arts, Ricardo Montalban, Powerhouse, Glendale Center, Hollywood Playhouse, Long Beach Playhouse, the Jewel Box Theatres and Write Act Repertory. His work and productions garnered DramaLogue, Diamond, ADA, NAACP Awards, LA Weekly and Backstage Picks of the Week, Garland and Valley Theatre (LA) nominations. John worked with Jonathan Sanger at Chanticleer Films, on two shorts that won an Emmy and an Oscar, and mentored under Howard Storm. Scripts he has developed include children's TV pilots"Symphology", "Carrot Talk", and cable-themed "Anonymous Confessions", and several adapted musicals. John received the California Service Award from the State Legislature for his Community Outreach and Service to the Arts in 2000, 2001, 2008 and 2009. In NYC, he is currently Production Manager at Carnegie Hall, and on down time redesigns, redevelops and refurbishes theatres, including the upstairs Davenport Theatre, Elektra Theatre, Times Square Arts Center Theatres, the Richmond Shepard, and a new exciting project for late summer 2018, refurbishing an old off-Broadway theatre in the Theatre District to its old glory. As Producing Artistic Director of Write Act Repertory / Director of Development for Twisted Media NYC: off-Broadway productions of FABULOUS! The Queen of Musical Comedies!, licensed through Steele Rights, with current projects Lili Marlene and Frankenstein playing off-Broadway at St. Luke's for the last 9 months. Other lead producing credits: AEA off-Broadway's 2 by Tennessee Williams, Pillars of NY. Now in pre-production for spring 2018: It Came from Beyond, Wicked / Frozen, and Pearl - The Musical (with creative team members of Dreamgirls! original Broadway cast). Current Los Angeles projects: Their Finest Hour: Churchill and Murrow, Wicked Wicked Mae West, and Prez - The Lester Young Story, in addition to developing the TV & film productions of "Rock Chefs", "Unnatural Real Estate", and the horror film "Near Me" with John Harrison and James Dalton of Twisted Media NYC.

Under the artistic leadership of John Lant since 2003, WRITE ACT REPERTORY has produced over 30 Mainstage and 75 original one-act plays in Los Angeles and New York City. Write Act Repertory is dedicated to the development of original plays, lesser known works by established writers, adaptations of classical-themed materials and musicals. Write Act Repertory also produces rarely seen works and unfinished musicals by composers who passed before their work was completed. www.writeactrep.org

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