Angels: new musical to star Robert Cuccioli, Jessica Grovï¿½ and Nicholas Rodriguez
The new musical Angels, music by Ken Lai, with book and lyrics by Marcus Cheong & Ken Lai, will arrive on Broadway during the 2008/09 Broadway season - theatre and dates to be announced.
Angels will feature Robert Cuccioli, Jessica Grovï¿½ and Nicholas Rodriguez with Todd Buonopane, Kevin T. Collins, Kerri Jill Garbis, Trey Gillen, Alan H. Green, Brittney Lee Hamilton, Holly Heiser, Tim Hunter, Erica Jacob, Kolina Janneck, Melina Kalomas, Erin Kruse, Brian Mathis, Adam Monley, Kathleen Elizabeth Monteleone, Ellie Mooney, Ron Nahass, Shane Rhoades, Caesar Samayoa, Rena Strober, Molly Tynes, Kevin Vortmann and Eric William Whitehead.
Robert Cuccioli was nomianted for a Tony for his role as Jekyll/Hyde in the musical 'Jekyll & Hyde' (1997), he made his Broadway debut in 'Les Misï¿½rables' (1987).
Jessica Grovï¿½ was recently seen on Broadway in the revival of 'Sunday in the Park with George,' she made her Broadway debut in 'Thoroughly Modern Millie' (2002).
Nicholas Rodriguez made his Broadway debut in the ensemble of 'Tarzan' (2006) in which he understudied the lead role of Tarzan.
Angels tells the epic story of the ancient war between the Angels and Luciferï¿½s fallen minions. The conflict is told through the eyes of Sera (Grovï¿½), the Angel of Light. Though she is gifted with the power to control light with spectacular effect, she aspires for a more heroic role. Her ambition is manipulated by Lucifer (Cuccioli), which results in tragic consequences to the Angels and the humans they protect.
Sera must decide how far she is willing to go and what she must sacrifice to turn the tide in this celestial battle.
The musical will be directed by Richard Fowler and choreographed by 'Lynne Hockney,' who are making their Broadway debuts.
The creative team features Skip Mercier (set & costumes), Lightswitch New York (lighting) and Bernard Fox (sound).
Angels was imagined by two University of Sydney students (Cheong and Lai) in 1998 (the two met some years earlier when they collaborated on their first musical) Cheong, then a 24-year-old architecture graduate, wrote the book and lyrics, and Lai, a budding aeronautical engineer, composed the music. They soon abandoned those fields of study to pursue their theatrical careers (their journey is the subject of an Australian public television network documentary currently being filmed). Since then, Angels has been revised, and received a 2006 workshop production at the New York Musical Theatre Festival.
Angels is produced by Marcus Cheong, Frank Monteleone, Dale Smith; Tamara Lovatt-Smith, producing associate; and Bob Blume, consulting producer.
The musical is to have a pre-Broadway engagement at the Srand Theater in Shreveport, Los Angeles from 29 Aug - 13 Sep 2008.
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