YHWH THEATERS & SHOW PRODUCTIONS presents YAHWEH ON BROADWAY- The Exodus. Directed by Celine Rosenthal, the production will start it's run on Monday, September 26th at 8pm. Performances are Monday, September 26th through Thursday, September 28th; general admission seating $18 Adults; Students $15. For more information please visit www.facebook.com/YahwehTheaters.
All performances will be held at the Shetler Studios and Theaters, 244 West 54th Street New York, NY. To purchase tickets, visit www.brownpapertickets.com.
The musical Yahweh on Broadway is a compelling story of one man's disbelief's, and his triumph in overcoming them as he is transcended into the Mosaic times of the Exodus. Greg (played by Samuel Spare) a struggling actor and the main character in this story experiences the tragic loss of his mother after her three year fight with breast cancer. This dramatic loss solidifies his doubts about faith in God.
Greg's deceased mother's friends, Susan, Deborah and Dinah, (played by Meagan Michelson, Kate Cherichello and Eva Mastrangelo) have over the years tried constantly to teach Greg about the importance of spirituality. But his reluctancy, disrespect and lack of interest, forces Yahweh's hand, transcending him into the Mosaic times of Passover and the Exodus. Here the series of events encountered gives him a profound understanding of a struggling Israel's oppression and faith in YWHW.
While most would believe the main character in this story to be Moses, it is the friendships established between Greg with Aaron the brother of Moses, and Miriam (played by Lana Stevens) the sister of Aaron, which stands out. Miriam's nurturing and constant teaching of the importance of faith in YWHW with Aaron's wisdom and support, gives aid to Greg's spiritual awakening and his eventual relationship with YWHW. This results in his return home, right before the opening night of YAHWEH ON BROADWAY.
It is the belief of YHWH Theaters and Show Productions to give back to the community, as a result, a percentage of the proceeds received from all performances of YAHWEH ON BROADWAY will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Celebrate Recovery and the Humane Society.
ABOUT YWHW THEATERS AND SHOW PRODUCTIONS
It is the mission of YHWH Theaters and Show Productions to provide new playwrights and screen-play writers with the necessary tools to transform their biblical and inspirational pieces into great productions and performances through consultation, training and promotion.
Shandell King Producer/Playwright/Composer, CEO/Founder YWHW Theaters &Show Productions
Shandell is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Thomas King, and grew up musically and vocally trained by her father a former music teacher and musician of the bass and acoustic guitar. Growing up listening to the classical sounds of Beethoven, Mozart and Liszt Paganini, Shandell developed a fondness for song composition and arrangement and commenced writing her own songs at the age of 19 years old. She also has seven years of On Camera training in TV/Film under the direction of Bob Harter and Della Cole of yourAct in Decatur Georgia. She landed her first major role on the TBS hit sitcom Tyler Perry's "House of Payne", and appeared on CBS Guiding Light as the Spalding family lawyer. Now residing in New York City Shandell focuses her energies in developing inspirational pieces as well as providing new and upcoming producers and playwright's with the necessary tools to transform their inspirational and biblical pieces into great productions via consultation, training and promotion.
Some past Credits Include: Hit girls: The Musical (Manhattan Theatre Source), The Weird (Manhattan Theatre Source) Hapless Romance (Wings), The Looking Glass (13th Street Rep), The End of the Line (13th Street Rep), The Post-Graduate (Richmond Shepard). She studied at NYU (Tisch), CTI, BMI (Lehman Engel Workshop), and is proud SSDC Associate and former NYC Paramedic.
Ted Cruz - Music Director
Since graduating from the University of North Texas in 1990, Mr. Cruz has been active with both recording and performing with various jazz, rock, R&B and classical music artists all over the world. His current jazz and improvisational musical exploits include recording and touring worldwide with the Alex Blake Quartet. His production and arranging work has been recognized and acclaimed by Billboard, Downbeat, Vibe and Rolling Stone magazines. His various composition works includes a Meet The Composer grant for the improvisational score to "Tetsuo The Iron Man" which was performed at the Knitting Factory in New York. He also composed the music for the opening and closing ceremonies of the millennium celebration in Times Square, New York City. Mr Cruz's recent forays into film and television music has his work featured on ESPN, NBC, MTV, and HBO television. He created original music for the television documentaries "Creating Counterparts" which was selected as the best documentary at the 2003 Kansas City Film Festival, "Flag Wars" for PBS television and the film "Palo Alto". (2007) Recent CD production and arranging work include Pete Muller's "More Than This" (2004), Carole Alexis "Osmosis" (2005), Theresa Sareo's "Alive Again" (2006) and Joshua Louis' self-titled EP, (2008) and his second release "My Special Friend" (2009).
Matthew Nulty- Assistant Director
Matthew is an aspiring theater director. He has been involved with theater from a young age and has been an avid New York theater-goer for many years. His most recent performance experience has been with the Cornell University Glee Club, an all-male choral group that toured throughout the United States and China. He was also a Word of Mouth panelist for Broadway.com for the 2010-2011 Broadway season. He is thrilled to be a part of this production.
Jenna Lazar-Stage Manager
Jenna Lazar (Stage Manager) has just completed successful runs of original works Mush and The Fourth State of Matter at the New York International Fringe Festival and the Dream Up Festival respectively. Other recent favorites include Christopher Boal's critically-acclaimed plays Order (dir. Austin Pendleton), and Jonathan's Blaze (dir. Alexander Dinelaris); Duncan Pflaster's Sweeter Dreams; Twelfth Night; Notches; The Starship Astrov (dir. Eric Parness); American Rapture (dir. Alexander Dinelaris); Woman Before a Glass (dir. Austin Pendleton); Insecurity!; Much Ado About Nothing; As You Like It; Richard III and Hamlet (both w/ Karen Lynn Gorney); and the short film "Max and Zoe." Love to the family.
Rocio Sanchez Rodriguez began dancing at the Professional Conservatory of Sevilla, in her native country Spain, where she graduated from with a major in Classical Spanish Dance and Flamenco. Ms. Sánchez began her professional career at the age of 18, performing with several companies. She got inspired by modern dance in the most recent years of her career, with opportunity to study in New York City at NYU, where she has performed works by Gus Salomons jr, Renée Redding-Jones, Patricia Hoffbauer and Gemma Morado. In May 2011, Ms. Sanchez graduated from NYU´s Tisch School of the Arts with a MFA in Dance and a Yoga teaching certification through the Mind Body DancerTM 200 Teacher Training
Karim Reivera- Wardrobe Design Intern
Karim Rivera, graduated from University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus with a B.A. in Theater Education, and desires her MFA in Costume Design and has recently moved from Puerto Rico.
Jeanette Milo- Makeup Artist
Graduated from the Tom Savini Special Makeup Effects Program at Douglas Education Center. Jeanette Milo was lucky to be part of the crew for Annie and Phantom of the Opera at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh and in doing so she realized how much she enjoyed doing makeup for theater. Ms. Milo is so glad to be part of this production.
Tara Carrigy Makeup Artist
Tara Carrigy was born and raised in New York City. After doing makeup while getting her Associate Degree she decided to fine tune her skills at Makeup Designory, New York, NY, where she received her Master Makeup Artistry Certificate. The world of professional makeup was an easy transition for Tara. She has worked in film, television as well as photo shoots and Fashion Week 2011. She is also proficient in character make up and special effects
The Cast of Yahweh On Broadway
Lana is thrilled to be a part of Yawhew on Broadway - The Exodus. Originally from Bentonville, AR, Lana made the move to New York six months ago after spending the last five years performing in Orlando, Florida. She was last seen touring with New York's Identity Theater's production of Cinderella- the Musical! Favorite roles: Picks (The Great American Trailer Park Musical), Lucy/Emma (Jekyll and Hyde), Maureen (Rent), Little Red (Into the Woods), Echo (Eleemosynary), Adriana (A Comedy of Errors), Gomer (Forgiven). To my wonderful husband, Charlie Habakkuk 3: 17-19.
Samuel Spare (Greg) - is honored to be a part of YWHW on Broadway. He is a graduate from Kean University with a BA Degree in Theatre and Brookdale College with an AA Degree in the Arts. Professional credits include: SMTW's Kiss of the Spider Woman (Fuentes) and performing for Six Flags Great Adventure for six years in such shows as Get Ready to Wiggle and The Whippershnappers. Educational Credits include: Hairspray (Link) A Midsummer Night's Dream (Oberon) Thrill Me (Richard) Gypsy (Yonkers) High School Musical (James) Children's Letters to God (Brett Williams) and many more. Much love and thanks is due to his ever supporting family, this dream would not be possible without all of you.
Meagan Michelson (Susan)
Meagan Michelson - Originally from Everett, Massachusetts, Meagan Michelson graduated from Harvard in May 2010 with a BA in English and a Citation in Italian. Recent credits include Magenta in The Rocky Horror Show, Ronnette in Little Shop of Horrors and all of the adults in Speech and Debate. She made her NY theatre debut this spring as Blanche in Reefer Madness. Meagan would like to extend love and thanks to Mom and the rest of the family, Nicole, Mrs. O'Brien, and her "Penguins."
Kate Cherichello (Deborah)
Kate Cherichello is grateful to be a part of this new work. In NYC, Kate recently filmed a commercial and a corporate training video series, and she was a part of casting director Bob Cline's musical theatre class and The Barrow Group's scene study intensive. Favorite performances include Mimi in Guys & Dolls with Gary Beach and Hugh Panaro at the Indianapolis Symphony, Margy Frake (State Fair, NJ), and Peggy Sawyer (42nd Street, NJ). When not singing or dancing, Kate also works as a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor with corporations in the City. Many thanks to God and family for always encouraging her to follow her passion.
Eva Marie Mastrangelo (Susan)
Eva Marie Mastrangelo (Dinah), from Brooklyn, NY, has a BS in theatre from Skidmore College. Performance credits include: Project 52 musical film Love is...; children's theatre tours of Willy Wonka, Schoolhouse Rock Live!, Sleeping Beauty and Charlotte's Web. Other regional credits: West Side Story, Top Girls, Company, and Merrily We Roll Along. She has also performed in several cabaret showcases around Manhattan. Much love to family, friends, and CN!
As well as being an actor, Mark is also a stuntman and fight choreographer based in NYC. He most recently choreographed the fights for "Hitgirls", and was last on stage as Prince Christopher in the Clocktower Players production of "Cinderella". Mark has also worked on the fight team of the San Diego Opera, and is a member of the Society of American Fight Directors and the United Stuntman's Association.
Brian Joseph Maguire
Brian Joseph Maguire - is making his second New York City debut! He has be previously been seen in JDProductions "Bound for Broadway" and numerous musicals and theater across the Tristate area such as Cats, Aida, Man of La Mancha, Spitfire Grill, Suessical, Footloose, Miss Saigon, Guys &Dolls, Into the Woods, Grease, Cabaret, Little Shop of Horrors, Mame, Laramie Project, Pure as the Driven Snow, Plaza Suite, Fifer's People and many more. He has also toured nationally with "Murder Mystery USA" and seasonally performed with Six Flags and showcased his Fire Breathing show at Corner of Chaos: Scream Acres. He studied musical theater at OCVTS Performing Arts Academy and Montclair State University.
Dannyll Spina is an aspiring actress and vocalist from Englewood, NJ. She graduated from William Paterson University of NJ with a BA Degree in Communications. In the past she has performed background vocals for rapper Rob Base and EZ Rock titled "Break Of Dawn". She played the Role of Ms. Corine for a community theater production titled "Shakin' The Mess outta Misery". Dannyll also was the voice over talent for a 30 second spot titled "Closer Than You Think" for Englewood Hospital and Medical Center which won a NJ Ad Club Gold Award. Dannyll would like to thank her Family and the staff of Yahweh on Broadway for everything. It was a blessing to be a part of this glorious production.
Precious Sipin is a senior Performance major at Fordham University. She is thrilled to be part of The Cast of "Yaweh on Broadway". Fordham credits include Wedding Band (Lula) and Thornwilde (Raven). Off Broadway: Daniel (Angela) w/ MCC Theater Youth Company. Off-Off Broadway: Moliere's Pretentious Young Ladies w/ Love Creek Productions and A Series of One Acts "My Fat Self", "Theology Class", and "Fat Go Away". Precious would love to thank Shandell, cast, and crew for this wonderful opportunity. Most importantly, the chance to create with and for the great Creator. This one's for you.
Joshua Harry Lindover
Joshua is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. His previous acting credits include Bernardo in West Side Story, Danny in Grease, and Stanley in Brighton Beach Memoirs. He also recently received his first directorial credit, when he directed a 50th anniversary Broadway Review at the Tel Aviv English Theater in Israel. He is very excited to be apart of this new production, and his role in making it an original success.