The FunikiJam Show! is Back beginning Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Re Opens Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 11 am.
Set a course for globe-spanning musical adventures with Captain Jam and the Agents of Jam. “A tuneful trip around the world” (The NY Times).  “Fun for families, not just kids” (Mommy Nearest)  “Best Kids Events” (Time Out Magazine) “Part rock concert, part stage show, and part puppet theatre”( Atlanta Journal Constitution),  The FunikiJam Show changes with the seasons, so you can come back again and again.  Touring since 2000 and off-Broadway since 2015, these original family musicals engage audiences in cultural exploration and celebration with infectious music, high-energy dancing, unique characters, and charming stories for the very young and young at heart.  Inspired by the award-winning FunikiJam World Music classes, original kids music, and popular videos created by Brian Barrentine, The FunikiJam Show encourages audiences to use imagination and musical tools to complete “Special Missions” that explore world culture and open doors to conversations about diversity and our changing world. 
 

Playing Tuesdays at 11am – May 3-31 

Sundays at 2pm – June 12, 19, & 26

The show blends education and fun with globe-spanning musical adventures that celebrate world culture;engaging little ones – and their grown up friends – with live music, singing, dancing, spectacle, and audience participation in a fully produced theatrical setting.

W​ARNING: May cause laughing, clapping, dancing, and singing in multiple languages!

 

The FunikiJam Show: 2021-2022 Stage, TV/Film, and Voice Cast: Andrea Galata, Beatriz Cavalieri, Brian Barrentine, Celia Diagana, Dan Domingues, Darius Maxey, Emperor Kaioyus, Genevieve Godlesky, Hannah Chism, Hector Luis Fabian Meija, Juan Espinal, Kaila Wooten,  Kadyn Kuioka, Kylie Kuioka, Kyle Jack, Molly Coyne, Robert Quilles, Shawday Graves, Shiho Matsuoka, Sage Newman, Sara Cuozzo-Gonzalez, Sarah Rose, Talita Real

The FunikiJam Show: 2021-2022 Creative Team: 

WORDS & MUSIC, DIRECTION & CHOREOGRAPHY: Brian Barrentine 

COLLABORATIVE DIRECTOR: Rosemary Newcott 

MUSIC DIRECTOR: Joe Mazza 

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Maarten Cornelis

VIDEO PRODUCTION: David Moriya. Tin Mirror, and Gatehouse Entertainment

Actors  Temple Theatre SHOWS AND DATES

 The FunikiJam Show! musical adventures for every season
Tuesdays at 11am – May 3-31 
Sundays at 2pm – June 12, 19, & 26

Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office one hour prior to the performance.
 


Check the website for more info on FunikiJam Music Touring

 


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COLORBLIND: A NEW PLAY BY NAACP AWARD WINNING PLAYWRIGHT – Now Playing

COLORBLIND
A NEW PLAY BY NAACP AWARD WINNING PLAYWRIGHT WALLACE DEMARRIA TO MAKE ITS NEW YORK PREMIERE OFF-BROADWAY AT ACTORS TEMPLE THEATRE THIS SPRING

PREVIEWS BEGAN MONDAY, APRIL 25th, 2022
OFFICIAL OPENING NIGHT SET FOR MONDAY, MAY 2nd

L to R: Valence Thomas, Gregory Warren, Joseph Salvatore Knipper, Wallace Demarria, Jessica Catalano, Dana Harris, Jeremy Rosenblum

(New York, NY) – The New York based theater company Outside Studios today announced that it will present the Off-Broadway premiere of COLORBLIND, a play about how race figures into love and judgement in America. Written by NAACP Award-Winning Playwright Wallace Demarria, and co-directed by Mr. Demarria and Amanda White-Del Pino.

The production begins previews on Monday, April 25th at Actors Temple Theatre, 339 West 47th St.  The official opening night is set for Monday, May 2nd. 

https://www.colorblindoffbroadway.com

COLORBLIND dives headfirst into the long-standing racial inequality in America. It follows the life of Mr. Clinton Muhammad, the controversial spiritual leader of the Minority Empowerment Movement. His militant speeches and fiery stance against “the oppression and discrimination” of minorities has divided all that come in contact with him. Some love and idolize him while others despise him and plot his demise. At the peak of his meteoric rise, a life altering event puts everything Muhammad believes into question. Colorblind tackles the issues from every angle, leaving the audience to ask themselves: is it possible to have a truly “colorblind” society? Colorblind is a story of love, patriotism, betrayal, violence and redemption. Does love care about ethnicity?

COLORBLIND made its world premiere at The Meta Theater in Los Angeles in 2013. The four-week engagement extended to eight weeks due to the run’s sold-out performances. The successful run at The Meta Theater was followed by another successful eight-week run at the Santa Monica Playhouse in 2014.

The cast of COLORBLIND features Wallace Demarria, Dana Patrice, Joseph Salvatore Knipper, Greg Warren, Hank Dennis, Valence Thomas, Jeremy Rosenblum, and Jessica Catalano. COLORBLIND  features set and wardrobe design by Ru, lighting design by Maarten Cornelis, and original music composition by Nat Jenkins. The Production Stage Manager is Aurora Winger. Wallace Demarria is an actor, playwright and award-winning director who received critical acclaim as well as award nods for Colorblind. A Little Rock, Arkansas native, he landed his first movie role at the age of eight years old, and later was offered the lead role (originally intended for a white actor) in the film “Too Scared to Laugh.” After graduating Fisk University, Wallace entered a drama competition beating out 5,000 other actors. He took the top prize, and was the only competitor offered a contract with a Los Angeles-based talent agency. Mr. Demarria has since sold 4 scripts and been nominated for multiple NAACP Theatre Awards and was awarded Best Playwright in 2016. Amanda White-Del Pino is a creative producer with over 15 years of experience in the television, media, and production industry. Ms. White-Del Pino is a Producer, Director and Editor working for ad agencies/production companies as well as organizing and creating content for short films and social media.  A graduate with a BA in Film/Video from Columbia College Chicago, she has worked on such film projects as Retales, Hanging in There, Clout and most recently making her directorial debut in Till Death Do Us Part.

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Performances of COLORBLIND are on Mondays at 7:00PM, Wednesdays at 7:00PM, and Saturdays at 2:00PM. Tickets range from $37 (balcony general admission) to $57 (regular orchestra general admission). Premium seats are available for $72. There is a $2.50 facility fee on all tickets. To purchase tickets, click HERE

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Vital Theatre Co Presents “The Wizard of Oz” at Actors Temple Theatre

The classic tale, The Wizard of Oz has been entertaining audiences for ages.

“Rediscover the joy of following the yellow brick road with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion, and even munchkin puppetry, as they travel through a re-imagined world of Oz.”

SEE The Wizard of OZ Now through July 3, 2022
Sundays
11:00 am


Click LINK to buy Vital’s Wizard of Oz Tickets directly from Telecharge.

Ticket prices: $49.50 (include a $2.50 Facility Fee)

Audience: Recommended for ages 2 – 7. Everyone must have a ticket regardless of age.

First Preview Date Opening Date On Sale Through
March 27, 2022 March 27, 2022 July 3, 2022

Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office
one hour prior to the performance.

VITAL’s Creative Team

Director: Stephen Sunderlin
Choreographer: Rebecca Frazier
Music Director Benjamin Stayner

Book: Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann
Music: John Gregor
Lyrics: John Gregor, Elizabeth Kann & Victoria Kann
Producer: Vital Theatre Company, Inc

Production Stage Manager – ELIZABETH EMOND
Assistant Light Design -ADAM HAMDY
Costume Assistant- SHARON MEJIA
Sound Engineer – MICHAEL COSTAGLIOLA
Casting Director – HOLLY BUCZEK
Press Agent – QIKPR

Vital’s Wizard of Oz  Links

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Sistas: The Musical Returns to Off-Broadway! NOW Playing!

Sistas: The Musical Returns to Off-Broadway! The Hit Musical Telling the Story of Black Women Through Popular Music from Billie to Beyonce.

Sistas is the hit musical telling the story of black women through popular music from Billie to Beyoncé.

After a matriarch’s death, the women in the family clean Grandma’s attic and find love and old memories packed away, and in the process, hit tunes that trace the history of black women, from the trials of the 1930s through the girl groups of the 60s to the empowerment of the 90s. Featuring 40 Hit Songs by Black Legends Including Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Alicia Keys and The Supremes.

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Reopened April 2, 2022  – Actors Temple Theatre, NYC
Performances Saturdays  4:30 PM & 8:00 PM / Sundays ~ 4:30 PM

SISTAS! The Musical , this live musical production is written by Fulbright Scholar and  Columbia University professor Dr. Dorothy Marcic, based upon a series of interviews she conducted with black women over several years.  Audiences experience an uplifting musical journey of a multi-generational African American family with over 40 hit-songs from the American songbook from the 1930s to the present day.   Performed by a cast of five women, the production focuses on the family’s quest to honor the memory of their beloved Grandmother as they dig through her basement belongings.

This new production of SISTAS! advances original cast member Tracey Lee Conyer as director and choreographer.  All new sets and costumes have also been added.

First presented in the 2011 MIdtown International Theater Festival, SISTAS! is slated to become Off-Broadway’s longest running production. After 9 years Off-Broadway at Edmund Gaynes’ St. Lukes Theatre we couldn’t be more excited to re-open at Gaynes’ Actors Temple Theatre.”

SISTAS! celebrates black music and the bonds of a family whose struggles and triumphs are universal and whose singing will rock the house with humor, humility, and sass!” said Tacey Lee Conyer, Director.

Ultimately, SISTAS! is a story of family, of the history that binds us, and of the love we share that transcends our differences.  It is a joyous celebration of strong women,” says Dr. Dorothy Marcic, Playwright

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Debra Thais Evans (Simone)

Debra Thais Evans, a native of Brooklyn, NY, is thrilled to be a part of the Sistas family. Favorite credits include: Broadway: Rocktopia: A Classical Revolution,  Tours: Porgy & Bess, Hairspray: Regional: Little Shop of Horrors (Ronnette), South Pacific (Bloody Mary), Carousel (Nettie), Into the Woods (The Witch). Other previous credits include several albums with Stage Stars Records. Many thanks to Bill, Tracey and the entire creative team for this incredible opportunity. Mama, Love ya!

Romelda Teron Benjamin (Roberta)

Romelda is known for her powerful, full, rich and emotionally charged vocal style. She recently appeared on Law and Order SVU and in the original Off-Broadway production of The Secret Life of Bees as Queenie at Atlantic Theater Company. She is most recognized for her portrayal of Sister Chantell in the original Off-Broadway production of Bare: A Pop Opera and for her portrayal of Paradise in the Broadway production of Brooklyn The Musical. Romelda recently appeared at Joe’s Pub in the critically acclaimed Ryan Raftery: Watch What Happens Live On Stage The Tale of Andy Cohen and the Housewives as Nene Leakes and Ryan Raftery Is the Most Powerful Woman in Fashion, The Anna Wintour Musical. Other credits Include: Momma Morton in Chicago, Mavis White Eagle in Idaho!, Featured Ensemble in Catch Me If You Can original workshops through its out-of-town run at The 5th Avenue Theater in Seattle, BJ Crosby in the National Tour of Smokey Joe’s Café. Romelda has appeared in numerous recordings, workshops, readings, The John Oliver Show on HBO and concerts with Linda Eder, Natalie Douglas, Harry Connick Jr., Pope Francis, Gloria Estefan, and Billy Porter. Thank you, God, for my Mommy, my Family, and Friends. My WAM Family Managers Rich and Mike. THANK YOU! IG: @theromeldateronbenjamin

Dawn Cantwell (Heather)

Broadway: Sting’s The Last Ship (originated the role of Young Meg), Wicked (Nessarose). Off-Broadway credits include: original company F#%king Up Everything/Brooklyn Crush, Music in the Air (Encores! City Center), original company Dogfight (Second Stage), Love’s Labour’s Lost (37 Arts). Regional/Tour credits include: Les Miserables, The Master Class, Romeo and Juliet, Carousel. Film: The Train (opposite Eli Wallach), Isolation (Independant). Save the Date (Independant) TV: Every Other Sunday (Amazon), The Tonight Show. She is writing a musical, Hiraeth, alongside Addi McDaniel. She also writes and performs with her brother Ryan Cantwell (musical director/conductor forthcoming Broadway revival of 1776, Waitress, Pippin, Bat Out of Hell). Their music can be found here. BA: NYU Tisch. www.dawncantwell.com, www.hiraethmusical.com. IG @dawasong, fb @dawncantwell

Maria Lawson (Gloria)

Maria is excited to join Sistas! A UK native who relocated to New Jersey, with her father hailing from New York, Maria obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science at Lancaster University, UK and was awarded a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music. Maria started her music career as a songwriter with Peer Music Publishing and went on to record her debut album with Sony Music.
Television credits: The X Factor UK– Finalist, The Equalizer – CBS,  Eastenders– BBC, Lost Arc, VO- Amazon. Theater Credits: (Lead Singer) Thriller Live– West End, London, (Candy) Saturday Night Fever – US Tour, (Chiffon) Little Shop of Horrors – Edinburgh Fringe, Soul Train – The Musical. Maria would like to thank her UK/US family for their continued love and support. Follow Maria and download her vocal app at https://www.instagram.com/marialawsonofficial/

Montria Walker (Tamika)

Montria Walker is making her Off-Broadway debut in SISTAS. Montria is an actor, recording artist and vocal coach. She has loved performing ever since she was a little girl! She grew up in church singing in the choir, but realized in elementary school, after doing her first musical, there was more to her passion! She went on to college and obtained her bachelor’s in Fine Arts With a Concentration in Musical Theatre at Kent State University. Favorite roles include Intimate Apparel (Mayme), All Shook Up (Lorraine), Pippin (Leading Player), and Into The Woods (Lucinda). Shortly after, she accepted a contract with Royal Caribbean International and went on to perform in Southeast Asia. She is so happy to be gracing the stage again with such an incredible cast! Montria would like to thank her director, music director, the entire SISTAS Team, and cast, for their dedication to making this a memorable show! She would also love to thank God, her family, boyfriend and friends for their constant love and support ! If she could leave you with one word it would be to “Believe.” IG: @MontriaWalker
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Sistas: The Musical Creative Team
Author: Dorothy Marcic
Music & Lyrics: Various
Director / Choreographer: Tracy Conyer Lee
Producer: Franzblau Media Inc

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Running Time: 85 minutes, with no intermission
Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.
Saturdays  ~ 4:30 PM & 8:00 PM / Sundays ~ 4:30 PM

Box Office Hours Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office
one hour prior to the performance.

Click link to buy Tickets to Sistas: The Musical directly from Telecharge.
Ticket prices start at $42.00 including a $2.50 Facility Fee.

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PimComedy: The Musical at Actors Temple Theatre

PimComedy: The Musical  is a musical journey into an artist’s mind.
opened Jan 17, 2022

Heaven: Heaven on Earth. Good things to come. Love and joy rules .
Love and peace. Hell: Darkness reigns. No joy, no peace. Only darkness.
Love overcomes all. Joy on Earth. People are happy. Music brings love.
Peace and musical, in New York City.

Fashion designer, painter and musician PimComedy hosts a 90 minute journey deep into the mind of the creator.

 

Exploring the visual and musical themes of heaven and hell, light and dark, colors, laughter and the hilarity of death, he offers a partnership into the process of beautification. Set in an east village artist’s studio among mixed media portraits, PimComedy performs his songs as if to a group of fellow painters. He mixes in amongst them and tells the story of his work, and in doing so, reveals a secret that will take your breath away.

PimComedy: The Musical Creative Team

Book / Music / Director: PimComedy
Producer: The Set NYC

PimComedy: The Musical Quick Facts

Running Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes, with no intermission

Tickets Starting At: $39.50 (Ticket prices include a $2.50 Facility Fee.)

Contact Telecharge for tix :
https://www.telecharge.com/Off-Broadway/PimComedy-The-Musical/Overview

Box Office Hours: Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office one hour prior to the performance.Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

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“The Importance of Being Earnestly LGBTQ+” (Now Playing)

Importance of Being Earnestly LGBTQ Tickets Off BroadwayA modern inclusive spin on Oscar Wilde’s classic tale, The Importance of Being Earnest, re-imagined with LGBTQ+ representation.

John “Jack” Worthing loves NYC and Gwyn Fairfax, and he can have both when he assumes the name of his made-up brother, Ernest. When Agernon, “Algy” (John’s best friend) falls in love with Cecil (John’s ward), he too decides to take on the name of Ernest. With John pursuing one man and Algy pursuing another, Lady Bracknell (who happens to be Gwyn’s mother) slowly unravels the odd strings of potential matchmaking. Of course, with two men and one name they share, what follows is a mess of imaginary identities, good natured gossip, and ridiculous romance. The Importance of Being Earnestly LGBTQ+ brings Oscar Wilde’s “trivial comedy for serious people ” to contemporary times with new laughter, color and heart.

“I’m proud to create a world where coming out is never a thing, allowing our heroes to be unapologetically themselves. We will root for each one of them in our own way as we identify their fallible struggles and triumphs as everyone’s allowed to be complete human beings in love.” –Maarten Cornelis

Original February 14th, 1895 Review from Opening Night –
“The Importance of being Earnest, belongs indubitably to the first class. It is delightful to see it, it sends wave after wave of laughter curling and foaming round the theatre…”

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FOR TICKETS:

Now Playing Tuesdays at 7 PM.
Contact Telecharge for Tickets

Beginning May 12 (New Schedule)
Thurs and Suns @ 7 pm

Box Office opens one hour before performance

The Reviews Are Coming In :  Theatre Pizzazz

The Importance of Being Earnestly LGBTQ+

Jul 12, 2021 | Theater

Review By Michael Tingley

While flipping through the program before the show, I stumbled on two quotes that would capture the beauty of this adaptation of The Importance of Being Earnest. The first is from Producer/Director/Lighting Designer Maarten Cornelis, “What if members of the LGBTQ+ community never had to step out of the closet because we never had to be in it in the first place?” The other is from Michael Morley’s bio — who plays the bubbly and wonderfully petulant Cecil Cardew — “Michael Morley is thrilled to make Oscar Wilde even more gay!”

Wilde, as we all know, was born too early, we’re still catching up to him. Morley reminds us that in Earnest, Wilde held himself back to fit the milieu. Cornelis wants to imagine Wilde freed from his time and goes beyond adaptation; Earnestly LGBTQ+ more than places the Victorian Earnest into the present, more than swaps paisley for Pride parades, opium dens for trap-houses, Victoria for Biden, and buttonholed green carnations for mesh tops and death drops. Instead, Earnestly LGBTQ+ imagines if Wilde, equal parts wit and iconoclast, wrote today — what would it be like? It asks, and it answers, fabulously. Let me explain.

First, all the relationships in the play are LGBTQ+. It is not such a simple change as one might expect as the actors are acutely aware. By making Earnest “even more gay” the show reveals how “gay” it was in the first place. The actors have found that the dialogue subtly changes when the relationship is queered, and the players emphasize these nuances wonderfully. Next, no one walks in this show, there’s only strutting (the stomping tantrums of Cecil Cardew being the exception). Lady Bracknell, played by Denise Turkan — think Eastern European/Turkish Devil Wears Prada Meryl Streep — has become Cerberus-like, splitting lines with her two tremendous…assistants? Lovers? It’s unclear but it’s clearly hilarious. J. Mahal and Lyman Heung sass, bend, and seduce their way around the stage.

Playing Miss Prism is the confident and dynamic Lauren E. King. The love affair between Prism and Dr. Chasuble, played by Marie Angelo, is moving in a play that ridicules moving emotions — or any movement at all (“It is awfully hard work doing nothing”). The cynical, if not positively pessimistic, Lane finds multiple facets when played by Alison Wien. The added scene where Mahal and Heung change Lane into Merriman, Jack Worthing’s butler in the country, gives the butlers a sexuality often ignored in other productions.

But if we’re speaking of seduction — and really one can’t avoid it when talking about this show — Kenon Veno is unsurpassed. He plays by far the most dynamic, attractive, (adjectives don’t do the performance justice) Gwyn I have ever had the fortune to watch. The charged scenes between Veno and Preston Fox, as John Worthing, and Michael Morley, Cecil Cardew, should not be missed. Always a favorite of mine, the scene between Cardew and Gwyn in the country garden is the best rendition I’ve seen. Morley and Veno are exceptional together, sharing an energy and play only possible to achieve by actors who love their roles and fit them.

Finally, the outrageous best friends turned brothers, John Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, played by Preston Fox and Clint Blakely, interrogate, rouse, and trick each other. In most productions, Jack Worthing is an uptight Victorian wrestling with his desires. The Jack in Earnestly LGBTQ+ has to be all that in lace shirts with bleached hair. Fox pulls it all off though, and still manages to be an exceptionally engaging partner for Blakely’s Algernon, a character famous for his desire to eat everything – including the play. Blakely plays this voracious part exceptionally well, delivering some of Wilde’s most memorable lines with grace and humor.

Earlier I mentioned Cornelis was Producer/Director/Lighting Designer, each of these roles is as important as the last in this show. The lighting is playful, neon, romantic. The actors have fun competing for their best light. Earnestly LGBTQ+ is a romp, a delight, and an imaginative liberation of Wilde’s most loved work.

Produced by Write Act Repertory and Gatehouse Entertainment at The Actors Temple, 339 West 47 St., NYC

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“Wackiness abounds as Wilde’s classic is updated to present day NYC with same-sex couples, a Grindr reference, fashionistas and nightclub-style dances.” The Importance of Being Earnestly LGBTQ+ is a theatrical alternative romp.
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The Importance of Being Earnestly LGBTQ+ Cast Members:

Preston Fox (John / Earnest), Clint Blakely (Algy), Kenon Veno (Gwen), Michael Morley (Cecil), Denise Turkan (Lady Bracknell), and Lauren E King (Miss Prism), Marie Anello (Dr. Chasuble), Samantha Randolph (Merriman / Lane), with J. Mahal (Dancer 1) and Lyman Heung (Dancer 2)

The Importance of Being Earnestly LGBTQ+ Creative Team

Author: Oscar Wilde
Director: Maarten Cornelis
Choreographer: J. Mahal and Lyman Heung
Producer: John Lant and Maarten Cornelis in association with Write Act Repertory and Gatehouse Entertainment
Press Agent: Daniel DeMello

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