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Contact: Brad Cerenzia, Producer firstname.lastname@example.org 917-719-0464
RE: ‘Disenchanted!’ – The hilarious hit musical comedy – Fairfield CT premiere
POISONED APPLES. GLASS SLIPPERS.
WHO NEEDS ‘EM?
Not Snow White and her posse of Disenchanted! princesses in the hilarious hit musical that’s anything but Grimm.
Mamches Productions, theatre incubator for clever, mischievous, and innovative new works, is living happily ever after! Why? Well, this savvy new group has just been awarded the Fairfield, CT, rights to premiere Disenchanted!, Off-Broadway’s popular, all-female musical that skewers the helpless, damsel-in-distress, fairy tale oeuvre.
But the story doesn’t end there. Mamches has also nabbed several key members of the original Off-Broadway production of Disenchanted! to helm the Fairfield show including the musical’s creators (Dennis T. Giacino – Book, Music, Lyrics), Fiely Matias (Off-Broadway director), the original costume designer (Vanessa Leuck, who was nominated by the Henry Hewes Design Awards for her Off-Broadway work), and Bobbie Zlotnik (original Off-Broadway wig designs)! #OMFG – Oh, My Fairy Godmother, that is – dreams really do come true!
The Off-Broadway creatives will be present at the Saturday evening, October 26 performance for a pre-show meet/greet and post-show talkback including Frank Fraver, legendary Broadway theatre poster art designer (and Connecticut resident) who created the original Off-Broadway logo for ‘Disenchanted!’
So, forget the princesses you think you know. The original storybook heroines are none too happy with the way that they’re portrayed in today’s movies and pop culture as helpless, weak, Bambi-like waifs who do nothing more than sit around and wait for their princes to come. The empowered princesses of Disenchanted! spring to life to set the record straight and belt out the truth in a high- energy, riotous variety show sure to give fairy tales the bird!
Disenchanted! has previously been nominated in NYC by the Outer Critics Circle (‘Outstanding New Musical’ ) and Off Broadway Alliance (‘Best New Musical’ ) and currently performs worldwide. ___________________________________________________________________________
AT A GLANCE:
WHO: Mamches Productions
WHAT: Disenchanted! – Fairfield, CT Premiere
WHERE: 70 Sanford Street, Fairfield CT 06824
WHEN: Oct 25th @ 8 PM, Oct 26th @ 2 PM & 8 PM
TIX: All tickets available at www.mamches.com/tickets
$55 Adults, Seniors/Students: $50, FTC Members: $5 off
For hi-res photos, see gallery links below. For interview requests and more info, contact Brad Cerenzia at 917-719-0464. See page 2 for creative team bios and cast list.
DISENCHANTED!, the hilarious hit musical comedy, marks the Fairfield premiere of this hit Off-Broadway show. Mamches Productions is proud to bring New York City to Connecticut for 1 weekend only at FTC!
DENNIS T. GIACINO (Director; Book, Music, Lyrics)
A full member of the DGA (Dramatists Guild of America), Giacino co-created and wrote the book, music, and lyrics for the Off-Broadway musical hit Disenchanted! (named by Playbill as one of NYC’s ‘Unforgettable Theatre Experiences – 2014’).
Giacino’s Disenchanted! has performed to critical acclaim and sold out engagements in New York City (with award nominations from the Lucille Lortel Awards, the Outer Critics Circle, and the Off Broadway Alliance), New Jersey (where Disenchanted! won ‘Best Play’ at the NJ Playwrights Contest), and around the USA and beyond (UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Canada, China). Giacino’s musical and comedy works have been performed on five continents to sold out houses and rave reviews.
FIELY MATIAS (Directorial Consultant)
Fiely Matias co-created and directed the award-nominated NYC Off-Broadway production of Disenchanted! He has also directed sold-out, raved about productions of Disenchanted! in Orlando (2011 – 2013), Los Angeles (2013), Missouri (2012), the San Francisco Bay Area (2013), the out-of- town tryout in Tampa (2014), as well as the original New York City workshop (2009) and staged readings (2012).Matias is a proud member of SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers Society). He has directed countless musicals and comedy plays over the past 25 years, including over 20 international Fringe Theatre Festival productions. Awards for Matias’ directorial work include ‘Best National Show’ (Daily City News, Disenchanted!) ‘Best Musical’ and ‘Best Comedy’ (USA National GLBT Theatre Festival), ‘Best Comedy’ (Ottawa Fringe Theatre Festival), Producers Award (Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival), and ‘Best of Fest’ at the Orlando, San Francisco, and Saskatoon Fringe Theatre Fests.
PAUL LINNES (Music Director)
A Music Director in the greater Seattle area and pianist/keyboardist for many years, Paul has also performed principal roles in many operas and been a soloist in concert works with orchestras throughout the West Coast and tours of the Far East with the Roger Wagner Chorale. Other activities have included studio recordings for “Halo” and “Age of Empires” as well as film soundtracks for “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”, “Jurassic Park” and “Ghost Rider”. He received his M.M. in Vocal Performance (Opera) from the University of Southern California and, in addition to his performing schedule, is an active teacher who maintains a private voice studio and works with several high school drama programs throughout the year. He is also a founding member of the University of Washington’s Advisory Board in the Performing Arts.
VANESSA LEUCK (Costume Design)
Created original designs for Disenchanted! Off Broadway and is thrilled to be part of the Seattle Princess Posse! Recent designs: Broadway Backwards (Al Hirschfeld Theatre), Sex With Strangers (Capital Repertory Theatre) Midnight at the Never Get (Provincetown Inn), The Time Machine (Acorn Theatre) NYMF Best Overall Design nomination. Off-Broadway: Money
Talks (Davenport Theatre) Disenchanted!(Westside Theatre) Henry Hewes Design Award nomination. National Tours: Disenchanted!(Starvox Entertainment), Disney on Ice Let’s Celebrate (FELD). Associate Design: Disney on Ice Frozen. Assistant Design: The Little Mermaid(Broadway), Ringling Brothers’ Barnum and Bailey Circus, and Disney Live! Vanessa is an Assistant Professor of Theater Arts at BMCC-CUNY and a member of United Scenic Artists 829.
BOBBIE ZLOTNIK (Wig and Hair Design)
A hair dresser on over two dozen Broadway shows, including Beautiful, Wicked, and Beetlejuice, Bobbie revisits Disenchanted! after designing the wigs for its Off-Broadway run at The Westside Theatre. His Design Credits include BedBugs!!!, Drop Dead Perfect, Forbidden Broadway: Alive & Kicking & Comes Out Swinging, and countless NYMF, College and Regional Productions.
FRANK FRAVER (Poster Art Design)
Frank “Fraver” Verlizzo is an American design artist and Drama Desk Award-winner with over 250 theatre poster designs from Broadway, Off-Broadway, and around the globe He is best known for creating the posters for many prominent Broadway productions, including the original productions of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Sunday in the Park with George, and The Lion King.
BRAD CERENZIA (Producer)
Executive Producer of Mamches Productions, an art incubator for clever, mischievous, and innovative new works, Cerenzia was an early investor in Disenchanted! Off-Broadway. He continues to produce the show around the USA (including the critically-acclaimed Seattle production at 12th Avenue Arts which played to sold out houses, received numerous award nominations, and had an extended run), as well as Jacques Lamarre’s My Vhite House Christmas Spashial, Everett Quinton’s solo show A Tale of Two Cities, and Outrage Onstage – Performances of Resistance, Solidarity and Affirmation. In July, 2019, Cerenzia produced the Disenchanted! 10th Anniversary Studio Album being released this October 7th.