Monday, January 29, 2018

World Premiere of New Musical Opens at Luna Stage February 1

A World Premiere of a New Musical Commissioned by Luna Stage
Book & Lyrics by Kate Mulley
Music by Andy Peterson
Directed by Cheryl Katz

WHEN: February 1 and run through March 4
Luna Theater is located at 555 Valley Road in West Orange, NJ and is part of the Valley Arts District
For tickets and more information visit the Luna website or call the Box Office (973) 395-5551.

Razorhurst, a new musical commissioned by Luna Stage, will begin performances as the second show in Luna’s 25th anniversary season. The show is directed by Luna’s Artistic Director Cheryl Katz with book and lyrics by Kate Mulley and music composed by Andy Peterson. The two person cast features Catherine Fries Vaughn as Kate Leigh and Claire McClanahan Tilly Devine, both are New Jersey based performers.

Cheryl Katz, Luna’s Artistic Director says: “Razorhurst marks the first time Luna has commissioned a musical. After the success of Thrill Me by Stephen Dolginoff, a couple of seasons ago, we wanted to do another musical. We started looking around and realized that part of the reason Thrill Me has enjoyed such an incredible life is because there are very few small musicals about something other than romantic love.  So, we decided to make one. Composer Andy Peterson was the musical director for our production of Thrill Me so we asked him to pitch some ideas for a new musical. Being an Aussie, he pitched Razorhurst. We bit, and soon thereafter writer Kate Mulley, Andy's regular collaborator, joined the team.”

About the play: In 1929, the streets of Sydney, Australia, ran with blood as a pair of notorious crime bosses led their rival empires to war. The twist? These two crime bosses were women. Kate Leigh and Tilly Devine spent years battling for control of the booze, drug, and prostitution trades. This new musical traces their historical reign as queens of their domains, and asks if they were truly evil ladies—or just enterprising women ahead of their time.


Please note: Razorhurst contains graphic language.