Musical Theatre Factory will celebrate its five-year anniversary with a gala at Town Stages. The May 13 evening, dubbed High Five, will be directed by Sidney Erik Wright and Brandon Powers, hosted by Larry Owens, and will honor A Strange Loop writer and composer Michael R. Jackson.
The benefit will feature work and performances by Natalie Walker (Alice by Heart), Heath Saunders (Alice by Heart, Great Comet,NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live), Jessie Shelton (Hadestown, Waitress, Futurity), Nikko Benson (Jonathan Larson award winner), Douglas Lyons (Beau, Polkadots), and Preston Max Allen (Agent 355, We Are The Tigers) with a dance party by Nessa Norich aka DJ nessoono (Infinite Love Party).
The inaugural MTF Makers Cohort will also be introduced, featuring work and performances by Troy Anthony (The River is Me), Melissa Li and Kit Yan (Interstate), Jillian Walker (SkinFolk: An American Show), AriDy Nox (Flawless Feminism), Brandon Webster (Medicine for Melancholy), and Jonathan Larson Award winners Tidtaya Sinutoke and Ty Defoe (Clouds Are Pillows for the Moon).
"You will meet the MTF Makers inaugural cohort together, and experience the exciting breadth of ground breaking work that is happening at MTF!" says Mei Ann Teo, producing artistic director of MTF.
Tickets start at $25 with a sliding scale offered to ensure inclusive participation.
On Saturday, April 6, 2019, The Imperial Court of New York will celebrate 32 years of service to the LGBTQ community with the 33rd Annual Night of a Thousand Gowns, a gala event studded with royalty, pageantry and dazzling entertainment.
Our Monarchs, Empress XXXII Gaye Banter and Emperor XVII and Regent Emperor XXVII Rob Hunter de Woofs, and The Imperial Court of New York invite you to our annual coronation ball at the Marriott Marquis New York.
This year’s event benefits Trinity Place Shelter.
Hypatia and the Heathens: A Musical Bacchanalia is a new interactive musical based on the true story of Hypatia, the last librarian of the Library of Alexandria during the apocalyptic end times of the Roman Empire. This immersive, multi-sensory theatrical experience is based on the raucous festivals of ancient Rome and Egypt. One thing is for certain: it's like no toga party you’ve attended before.
Join our cast of New York’s most talented performers for a bacchanal of epic proportions; surprises abound, and a mild (historically accurate and perfectly legal) hallucinogen is included in your ticket price. It’s the end of the world as we know it, so let's get weird.
Lyrics, Music and Book by Lia Tamborra and Harry Einhorn and Orchestrations, Arrangements and Additional Music by Bálint Varga, Directed & Choreographed by Sidney Erik Wright
On Saturday, March 23, MTF will present the inaugural edition of ’Overnight Sensations’, an evening of mini-musicals collaboratively devised by the talented artists of the Musical Theater Factory community. Four teams of directors, choreographers, writers, and actors will be randomly paired and tasked with creating a short original work overnight. After only one day in a rehearsal studio, these creations will be shared with an audience in an informal presentation at Playwright’s Downtown. This experimental lab is designed to incubate new collaborations and celebrate the excellence of the MTF community. Come out and support the newest of new work!
Once more into the fray! After choreographing “Manuel vs. The Statue of Liberty” at NYMF in 2015, I am THRILLED to collaborate with Noemi de la Puente and David Davila on their new musical Promésa.
Promésa is a mariachi musical across four centuries that takes you on a pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Yaretzi, an Aztec woman after the fall of Tenochtitlan, Leonora, a soldadera in the Mexican Revolution, and Milagros, a doctor at the height of the AIDS epidemic, all undertake this difficult pilgrimage to the sacred site at El Tepeyac in hopes of a miracle. Not all of them will get the miracle they want, but perhaps faith itself is the miracle they need.
With Musical Theatre Factory’s 4x15 program, we have 5 hours of rehearsal and an incredible cast of LatinX actors to make this original mariachi musical…magical. I can’t wait!
When Michael Lee Scott calls, you pick up the phone. This genius is directing the grand unveiling of the 2018 Saks Holiday Windows with choreography by the incomparable Tammy Colucci and a cast of 150 dancers performing an epic routine to support Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS. I’ll be tapping my heart out on 5th Avenue and getting in the festive holiday spirit for their “Theater of Dreams” reveal. Nothing makes me happier than collaborating with talented friends!
The Broadway Flea Market raised $906,825 for BCEFA and I was thrilled to participate on the SDC committee, coordinating the stocking of merchandise and assisting with setup/breakdown on the big day. Our table managed to contribute a whopping $9,634.25 and offered incredible experiences from our members like a dance class with Chase Brock or coffee with Camille Brown. We also had one-of-a-kind merchandise such as posters signed by the legendary Hal Prince, costumes from the original Broadway production of Cats, and shoes owned by one of my choreographic icons, Michael Bennett.
Official Recap HERE
After collaborating with Benjamin Hey on his music video “Safe Word”, we got back in the studio to stage some sick moves for an upcoming concert. I threw down some steps for his song “Scene of the Crime” and he slayed the crowd at The Delancey for his first live show in a couple years. Watch out world, this artist is going places!
I met artist Benjamin Hey! at creative artist networking event The Common Ground at The Artist Co-op. In the past, I’ve had fantastic luck there finding exciting new collaborators who are embracing the hustle (it directly led to “Luscious Lips”) and was excited to connect with Benjamin. He’s creating a massive series of releases from his upcoming album LAX and I got to tackle his tongue-in-cheek song “Safeword.” It was a blast getting in the studio with him, and I can’t wait to see the final product (shot by Manu Photo)!
The internet is strange and wonderful. Somehow, while I wasn’t paying attention, my dirty little pup play fantasy seems to have gone viral. 3 months after it’s release, “Psych” crossed the 1 million viewers mark and continues to climb. I’m so proud that new audiences are continuing to discover the joy and sex-positivity of Broadway Bares and that this number is introducing people around the world to the event, ensuring packed houses for years to come. What we do together makes a difference. Thank you BCEFA for releasing this number into the world! Onwards, pups! Woof!
Collaborating with the fine folks at Shuga Pie Supreme on creating shenanigans for a Shakespeare! In this madcap Brecht-ian adaptation of Coriolanus, I'm movement consulting and building a couple zany sequences to get the audience hyped as part of adaptor Chris Tyler and director Anne Ciarlone's brilliant vision. Come check us out at The Brick on August 20, 23, or 25th as part of their "Shakespeare in the Theatre" Festival! There will be puppies and puppets...
Man, I forgot how much I love teaching! Feels good to be back in the studio, warming up and throwing combinations on friends and newcomers. I was lucky enough to be brought back for some summer masterclasses with Broadway-By-Donation, once on July 21st and again on August 11th. Two VERY different combos. We ponied our Hairspray fantasies to "Ladies Choice", then served ballroom seduction to Cake's cover of "Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps." And there was much sweat. Hoping to do more masterclasses in the coming year!
What a night at the NYMF closing awards! I received an "Outstanding Choreography" nomination and by the end of the night, our show ended up tying for most awarded show in the festival!
"Outstanding Choreography" Nomination
Sidney Erik Wright
"Outstanding Book" Nomination
"Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role" Winner
"Outstanding Individual Performance Award" Winner
Taylor Caldwell, Gregory Diaz IV, Julian Silva
Special Citation for "Political Relevance and Impact"
I'm so proud of the work we did together, and I can't wait to see what the world holds in store for this gem of a show! Full press release of all winners and nominees HERE.
Once more, into the NYMF fray! Choreographing the delightful new musical "Pedro Pan" for this year's festival. I can't say how grateful I am to be working on this show (about Operacion Pedro Pan which helped children flee Cuba in the 1960's) in the midst of America's own immigration crisis. I love when I can combine art and activism, using my creative abilities to inspire change in the world. And this cast is ridiculously talented. Check out more info HERE
Public directing debut! Well, Joe's Pub at least. Excited to helm this super-secret (and super-emotional) send-off to the iconic Shakina Nayfack as she departs her role as the Artistic Director of Musical Theatre Factory. She has personally given me so many opportunities to develop work and stretch my wings as a director and choreographer, so it feels very full-circle to help create this concert to honor her and her work as the Founding Artistic Directory as MTF evolves into its next iteration. Love this lady, and love that I get to celebrate her through artists and collaborators that I've admired for years. MTF is family. #wereworkingonit
More info HERE
Once more into the fray! This year, I'll be working with the VIP dancers to create an immersive 'pre-game' before the official show begins. There will be flash mobs. There will be audience interaction. There will be couture costumes paying homage to iconic games like Risk, Barrel of Monkeys, and Corn-Hole. Gonna have SO much fun working with these lovely dancers to give the audience a surprise appetizer to the main course. Thanks BCEFA for letting me break ground on this brand-new element of the show! Excited to experiment with this titillating surprise pop-up performance!
More info HERE
Who doesn't love an immersive moment? At the '1983' pride party, Retro Factory's first big shenanigan, I'll be queer-ing an iconic music video. Corralling some badass lesbian and queer women to reinterpret A-ha's "Take On Me" as a dykes-on-bikes fierce butch/femme love story. Living for some 80's music and gay pride vibes. Come check us out in Brooklyn (because, duh!) at the Plaxall Gallery!
More info HERE
It's that time again! Looking forward to being back on the magical island with director Michael Lee Scott and fellow choreographers Barrett Davis and Justin Henry as we put on a sexy and sultry and STUPENDOUS show. I love the intersection of art and activism, using my talents to raise money for BCEFA. What we do together makes a difference!
More info HERE
Last night, May 28, 2018, Theatre Now New York presented its Fifth Annual Festival of 10-Minute Musicals, SOUND BITES 5.0, on The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center, to a sold-out house for the second year in a row. This annual, one-night only event showcases ten new musicals of up-and-coming musical theatre writing teams.
After a record-breaking amount of submissions this year, the ten musicals featured in SOUND BITES 5.0 competed for top festival honors including Best Musical, Best Direction, Best Choreography, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Music, Best Lyrics, and Best Book. The award winners were determined by votes from a judging panel of industry professionals, which included Kristy Cates, Ken Cerniglia, Ciera Iveson, Casey McLain, Matt Murphy, Stephen Nachamie, and Zach Zamchik. The audience also voted for their favorite musical, which earned the coveted Audience Choice Award. The awards were announced by Thicket & Thistle's What's Your Wish? at an awards ceremony in the Signature lobby immediately following the performance.
SOUND BITES 5.0 AWARD WINNERS
- BEST MUSICAL: The Almost In-Laws
- AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD: Dinosaur
- BEST DIRECTION: Angelique Ilo (Run This Town)
- BEST CHOREOGRAPHY: SIDNEY ERIK WRIGHT (Dead Flowers)
- BEST ACTOR: Kyle Olsen (The Almost In-Laws)
- BEST ACTRESS: Laura Shoop (Welcome to Ridgington)
- BEST MUSIC: Bystander (Eric Grunin)
- BEST LYRICS: Dinosaur (Zach Spound)
- BEST BOOK: Hospital Kids (Lisa Mongillo)
Just as we're in the thick of rehearsals for Bares: Fire Island, an emergency gig drops into my lap. Writer Michael Finke reached out for a last-minute production number for "Dead Flowers" at the SoundBites festival produced by Theatre Now New York. Looking forward to working with director Aaron Simon Gross and to debuting another piece at Signature! Yay, new musicals!
More info HERE
Excited to direct Janelle Lawrence's new musical "Group Therapy" for MTF's 4x15 developmental program. In this series, musicals are provided 5 hours of rehearsal to explore 15 minutes of the show on its feet, away from the confines of a music stand, so that the writers can discover how their work lives as a theatrical event. I'll be collaborating with choreographer Cassie Nordgren and music director Ben Krauss to bring Janelle's brilliance to life for the first time. Looking forward to diving in and explore this thrilling piece!
I choreographed another music video! Atlanta-based artist Shawn Spencer was flying to NYC for the Grammy's and reached out to his friend, director Jason Toledo, about shooting his first music video while in town. I was enlisted to handle the movement and brought Allyson Carr, Nikki Croker, Rosie Lani Fiedelman, Myriam Gadri, and Jessica Wu on to dance. The result is 'Pretty Little Lies.' Currently in the editing process and releasing later this Spring, and based on the footage I've seen, it's going to be beautiful. Proud choreographer. First project of 2018, check!
Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS released its Fall 2017 issue of Behind the Scenes, the quarterly magazine detailing all the incredible work of the organization, and I'm thrilled to announce that my work on 'Broadway Bares: Strip U' is prominently splashed across the front cover! I am so honored to have my number help publicize the larger cause of BCEFA and contribute to this incredible organization's legacy. Collaborating with my pack of pups to bring our sexy play on Pavlov's Dog to life was the greatest. They were such good boys. Truly, what we do together makes a difference.
Luscious Lips is coming back! After workshopping a sequence of Cayenne Douglass' play at Feast: A Performance Series in October, we're remounting and expanding to present a first pass at the entire thing! One night only on the mainstage at Dixon Place on December 15th. Excited to collaborate with director Daniella Caggiano again and create physicality and movement sequences with our actors Stephanie Miller and James McCormack.
I love new musical development! I had the pleasure of directing the Act 1 Finale sequence from the musical Big Deal by KC Hur and Jacob Fjeldheim. The show is an adaptation of "Much Ado About Nothing" set in a boarding school rife with teenage drama. Only 5 hours of rehearsal flies by in an instant, but with the assistance of musical director Ben Krauss we were able to achieve a fully staged and wonderfully engaging sequence incorporating the songs "Stay Invisible" and "Holly is a Slut Bag." Such a fun night directing for MTF and putting new work on its feet for the first time!
I love a good masterclass! I've been asked by the fine folks at Musical Theatre Factory to lead a movement for actors audition/coaching masterclass for the undergrads in the Playwrights Horizons Theater School. Looking forward to dancing with some talented students and passing on some pearls of wisdom through a challenging combo!
I get to collaborate with some cool peeps. Playwright Cayenne Douglass is developing a new piece, "Luscious Lips", with director Daniella Caggiano and they invited me into the rehearsal process to add some physical storytelling to the production. I had the immense pleasure of collaborating with actors Stephanie Miller and James McCormack to create some movement sequences and non-verbal interactions that sculpted the transitions between scenes. This draft was presented as part of the monthly Feast series at Under St. Marks Theater, but we're continuing to develop and hope to show another iteration in the near future...
Make your own work! I'm collaborating with a dear friend, performer and makeup artist Ryan Jackson, on a series of film projects..."Made-in-a-Minute Makeup-meets-Movement Mini-Movies." We develop a concept and then, in one afternoon, we paint, rehearse, and film a short 30-45 second film. I'm loving the chance to stretch my creative muscles and play in the on-camera directing world! And working with friends to make art doesn't suck either...