Thursday, May 4, 2017

NEW MUSICAL GETS PRE-NY DEVELOPMENTAL RUN @ RAHWAY’S HAMILTON STAGE

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Hit Her with the Skates
A New Musical by CHRISTINE REA & RICK BRISKIN
Directed by MICHAEL SCHIRALLI
Musical Direction by BRANDON ETHRIDGE
Choreography by GINA VENTURA

WHEN: May 12 - 27, 2017; Opening Night Saturday, May 20 at 8pm; Thursday at 8pm; Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2pm; Special Mother’s Day Performance - Sunday, May 14 at 2, check the website for details.  
WHERE: Hamilton Stage, 360 Hamilton St., Rahway
TICKETS: $15 - $25
For tickets and more information, please visit www.hhwts.com

Hit Her With The Skates is Grease meets Hairspray with a sprinkle of Xanadu! It’s 1994, and rock star Jacqueline Miller has a lot to celebrate. She’s headlining her first national tour and returning for a hometown concert at her beloved Windy City Skates. When complications hit her head on, Jacqueline comes face-to-face with her 12-year-old self and all the things she learned during the golden age of the roller rink in 1977. From the wisdom of the Ouija Board to the power of Smarties candy, Hit Her With The Skates explores the magic and hope of finding your one true love. It's a fun show with the flare of the 1970's & 90's that is perfect for 12+. 

“I’m thrilled to see this show on its feet in NJ before we skate off to NYC. Hit Her With the Skates is a nostalgic romp of a show with a feel-good message for everyone. At its core, it asks the question: What would my 12-year old self, think of the choices I’ve made as an adult? We’ve assembled an A-list team of cast, musicians & creatives to bring this whimsical show to life.” Book and Lyrics for Hit Her With the Skates, Christine Rea

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Cast includes: John Treacy Egan (Broadway: Nice Work If You Can Get It, Producers. NY: Clinton: The Musical), Madeline Fansler (NYC: Dogfight. Regional: Rent, Chicago), Kyle Jurassic (Regional: Million Dollar Quartet, Rock of Ages), Heather Patterson King (Tour: Mama Mia) Kristin Piacentile (Lost in Love: The Air Supply Musical),  Andy Savage (Regional: West Side Story, A Little Night Music), Matthew Schatz (NY: Heathers: The Musical),  Kelsey Stalter (National Tour: Teacher from the Black Lagoon)Amy Toporek (National/Intl Tour: Hairspray. Regional: The Marvelous Wonderettes), and Chris Walker (Regional: The Wiz, Aida). (Above: Photo by Russ Rowland features Kristin Piacentile and Amy Toporek)

The creative team includes Nathan Avakian (Lighting Design), Lindsay McWilliams (Costume Design), Josh Iacovelli (Set Design), Bruce Yauger (Sound Design), Dee Spencer (Wig Design), Bob Cline (Casting Director), Lisa Dozier King (General Manager).

The band includes Brandon Ethridge (Piano), Rick Briskin (Guitar), Mike Hall (Bass), Angelo DiBraccio (Sax/Keyboards), Ethan Bill (Drums).