Located in the heart of Times Square, Royal Family Productions is presenting a one-night-only, “live concept album” concert performance of Serving Time, a new musical revue capturing the frantic, eclectic and eccentric world of restaurant life conceived by Michele Foor, who also wrote the lyrics, along with composers David Gaines, William TN Hall, Timothy Huang, Ryan Langer and Frank Spitznagel.
The concert will take place on Monday, September 12, at 7 pm at The Royal Family Arts Center (145 West 46th Street, 3rd floor). The concert version of Serving Time includes a cocktail reception with the cast after the performance. There is a suggested $20 donation and reservations can be made by calling Royal Family Productions 212-837-1756; or by emailing RoyalFamilyOffice@gmail.com.
Royal Family has assembled a wide mix of noted Broadway, Off Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, cabaret and improv performers for this concert presentation. The cast includes Broadway’s Tony Chiroldes* (In the Heights, Carmen, La Cubana), Stacia Fernandez* (Mamma Mia, The Drowsy Chaperone), Leah Hocking* (The Last Ship, Billy Elliot), Lacretta* (Disaster!, Unexpected Joy), Rosemary Loar (Sunset Boulevard, Chess), Frank Mastrone* (Phantom of the Opera, Jekyll & Hyde).
Cabaret favorites include Vodka Stinger and the Martha Rayes (Garth Schilling*, Dan Travis and Anne Rodeman), and multiple MAC award-winner Gretchen Reinhagen.
Also featured are frequent Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway performers Peter Brown*, Megan Carver, Christiana Cole*, Ryan G. Dunkin*, Michele Foor*, Brittney Lee Hamilton*, Curtis Howard, Rachel Alexa Norman*, Aaron Phillips, Kim Reinle, Timothy Ellis Riley*, Jonathan Todd Ross*, Jillian Vitko and Sarah Ziegler.
The evening is directed by Michael Perreca, Executive Director of Royal Family. Frank Spitznagel is the music director and Miles Lindahl is on percussion. Serving Time was developed through the acclaimed BMI Workshop.
“Some of BMI’s finest writers are featured here, and ‘Serving Time’ is ready to be seen by more than the enthusiastic composers and lyricists who are members of the workshop and have loved watching this show evolve over the years,” Perreca explains. “We brought together working actors from all walks of New York life to celebrate this material and introduce theatergoers to Royal Family, which is dedicated to the development of new works.”
Royal Family Productions, under Artistic Director and Co-Founder Chris Henry and Executive Director Perreca, produced the highly successful musical “Rock and Roll Refugee” earlier this year, directed by Henry, who also wrote the book, and features the music of rock pioneer Genya Ravan.
Reservations can be made by calling Royal Family Productions (be sure to give your name, phone number and number of tickets): 212-837-1756; or by emailing RoyalFamilyOffice@gmail.com.You will receive a confirmation. Seated is limited. Reservations are necessary.
*Actors appear courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.
Christiana Cole is honored to be returning as one of the featured singers in the New York Musical Festival’s Musical Songwriting Workshop, led by composer Anna K. Jacobs (POP!; Harmony, Kansas; Teeth; Echo) in a master class with Ryan Scott Oliver (Jasper in Deadland, 35mm: A Musical Exhibition, Darling). Last year, Christiana participated in the same presentation, with master clinician Laurence O’Keefe (Heathers; Legally Blonde; Batboy).
18 aspiring musical theatre writers work for a week on new songs, with Jacobs as their teacher. Their final products are performed by Christiana and other singers (who don’t mind sight-reading!). The master class is open to the public.
NYMF Musical Songwriting Workshop
Master Class with Ryan Scott Oliver, hosted by Anna K. Jacobs
Tuesday July 25, 5pm-8pm
The June Havoc Theatre, 312 W 36th Street
Click here for more info and tickets.
“Sparkle Spa: The Musical” will premiere at Interlakes Summer Theatre, in Meredith, New Hampshire. The musical is based on the popular middle grades Simon & Schuster series of the same name.
“Based on the popular Sparkle Spa book series, Aly and Brooke Tanner are ready to embrace their roles as the sparkliest girls at Auden Elementary and beat the boys in Auden’s annual Fall Carnival Competition. But as the girls fall behind the boys in the competition, Aly is faced with a decision: Risk her sparkly status and take a chance on Suzy, the school weirdo, or let the boys beat the girls for sure. An exuberant show that celebrates the sparkle–and weirdness–in all of us!”
“Sparkle Spa: The Musical” runs July 30-August 1. Music by Brad Ross, lyrics by Christiana Cole, and book by Jill Santopolo, who is also the author of the book series. Robert Phillip Smith directs. For more information and for tickets, click here.
Watch Broadway’s Carly Gendell (School of Rock) singing “The Rules of Being Cool” from “Sparkle Spa: The Musical”!
Christiana Cole reprises her roles of Melanie and Promise Keeper Girl in TEETH at Playwrights Horizons, in collaboration with Musical Theatre Factory, June 29 & 30th. TEETH is about a teenage Evangelical girl who discovers she has teeth in her vagina. TEETH is by Anna K. Jacobs and Michael R. Jackson and is based on the film TEETH by Mitchell Lichtenstein. Calloway award-winner Marlo Hunter directs. The cast features Alyse Alan Louis, Chris Critelli, Stephen Anthony, Sam Heldt, Bruce Warren, Christiana Cole, Melody Madarasz, Kerri George, Hana Slevin, Elexis Morton, and Samantha Parrish. For more information and tickets, visit mtf.nyc or click here.
Christiana Cole’s song “Way, Way Back,” with music by Rick Bassett, has been nominated for a 2015 MAC Award for Comedy/Novelty Song. Find about more about the MAC Awards (the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs) here. The MAC Awards will be presented on March 29 at BB King’s.
Christiana Cole has been commissioned by Interlakes Theatre to the write the lyrics for a new musical adaptation of Sparkle Spa: Bling it On!
Sparkle Spa: Bling it On! tells the story of Aly Tanner, a 5th grade girl who runs her own nail salon with her little sister Brooke, and her attempt to run the very best booth at her elementary school carnival.
The full production will run at Interlakes Theatre in Meredith, New Hampshire in July 2016.
Christiana Cole joins the cast of Island Song at the Drama League Rough Draft Residency. Callaway Award Winner Marlo Hunter (Unlock’d) directs this song cycle by lyricist Sam Carner (Kleban Award, Richard Rogers Award) and Derek Gregor (Richard Rogers Award). The invited industry reading takes place March 4 at the Drama League.
Island Song boasts five MAC-nominated songs, and was previously workshopped in the summer of 2013 at the Balagan Theatre in Seattle and the Indiana Festival of Theatre, following fall 2012 concerts at (le) Poisson Rouge in New York and at Crawfish in Tokyo (in Japanese). The show was presented at the Bloomington Playwright’s project in February of 2014 (“mesmerizing… vibrant, supercharged” –Herald Times).
Christiana Cole joins Broadway luminaries Margot Siebert and Teal Wicks in the cast of Pride and Prejudice: The Musical in concert at 54 Below on March 2 at 9:30pm.
Set in 1800 England, this 2008 Richard Rodgers Award finalist musical tells the story of Elizabeth Bennet (Margot Siebert), one of five sisters, who rebels against society’s and her mother’s wish that she must marry anyone, as long as he is rich. When she crosses paths with the rich and arrogant Mr. Darcy (Nathaniel Hackmann), a battle of wills ensues. Book, lyrics and music by Lawrence Rush. Music director Matt Castle (Roundabout’s Into The Woods, Transport Group’s Once Upon a Mattress, and Company on Broadway) conducts. Christiana Cole plays Kitty Bennet.
Christiana Cole is performing all over the city around Christmastime.
Dec. 12 at 2pm
Advent/Christmas concert @ St. Francis of Paola Church
An afternoon of traditional carols, sung by Christiana and some of her best friends – Aaron Phillips, Chris Critelli, and Lynsey Buckalew. Justin T. Fields on the piano, with special guest Gina Izzo on flute. Produced by Christiana. 219 Conselyea Street in Williamsburg. Free.
Dec. 14 at 7:30pm
New York Theatre Barn Annual Holiday Celebration
Christiana Cole and Brandon Michael Lowden host an evening of 2015’s best new musical theatre songs. Christiana will be singing her time-travel-fear song, “Way Way Back” with composer Rick Bassett at the keys, and making up a brand new Christmas song with her co-host Brandon. At the D-Lounge at 101 E. 15th Street. Free. Click here to RSVP to the event on Facebook.
Christiana will be cantoring Advent and Christmas Masses at St. Francis of Paola Roman Catholic Church, 219 Conselyea Street, in Williamsburg, throughout the Christmas season: Saturdays at 5pm, Sundays at 8am (Italian bilingual Mass) and 11:30am (with guitarist Phil Faconti). Check back for updates about Christmas Vigil and Day Mass schedules.
THE PIGLETS, the new musical by Christiana Cole (book/lyrics) and Dina Pruzhansky (music) is featured at Urban Stages on Dec. 6, part of “New and Noteworthy Tonight” and the Winter Rhythms series.
The cast includes:
CHRISTIANA COLE as a chicken
CHRIS CRITELLI as a dumber chicken
CAIT MURPHY as Pinky
AARON PHILLIPS as a bossy chicken
DANIELLE SACKS as a kind-hearted chicken
ALLAN K WASHINGTON as Harry Wolf
GRETCHEN WYLDER as Mama Straw
with music direction by
ARRI LAWTON SIMON
THE PIGLETS is the story of the Three Little Pigs twenty years after the Wolf Incident and an “Animal Farm”-style examination of America today.
Sunday Dec 6 at 7pm
at Urban Stages, 259 W 30th Street
Click here for TICKETS.