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‘In America – A New Musical’ Launches Salvo Against Trump’s Culture War

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- In response to President Trump's increase in rhetoric against education, immigration, Black Lives Matter, Tik Tok(TM) and his defense of the Confederate flag and its monuments, Professor Hal Harper of Oakland, California, retired professor of English as a Second Language (ESL), has launched his own salvo in the culture war as he releases "In America - A New Musical" to the public.

More than 20 years in the making, this modern immigrant tale (which introduces 25 characters and 18 brand-new musical numbers) tells the story of young Mr. Johnson, a recent teaching graduate from New York City who has just landed his first job at a small community college in San Francisco, California where he is assigned as a Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) to immigrant students recently arrived In America.

The rookie teacher soon finds himself in a quandary however as he finds his new school facing budget cuts, a growing anti-immigrant sentiment spearheaded by the local "Thug Boys" and the affections of a beautiful Chinese student, Mei Li, unbeknownst to him.

"They always say, 'Write about what you know,' so I did," explains Professor Harper. "As the years passed, I realized that the show I'd written before 9-11 is actually more relevant today than it was when I first wrote it. To modernize this musical time capsule, I added songs and story lines, with references to budget cuts in education, immigration, racism, Russia, China, Vietnam, Dreamers, Thug Boys, 'Tax the Rich,' and Ti(c)k To(c)k, 'the greatest student prank ever,' so that by now, In America has something for everyone and should be great fun for the whole family. And given the increased in shrillness of Donald Trump's rhetoric as of late, there seems to be no better time to launch this effort than now."

Viewers are invited to visit the show's website at https://inamericaproductions.com/ and hear the show's complete selection of musical numbers, read its lyrics, sheet music and script excerpts, visit the merchandise page or make a donation to a future production of "In America" on the stage or screen.

Mr. Harper hopes that his work can one day become the first publicly sponsored musical to go all the way to Broadway.

VIDEO (YouTube): https://youtu.be/Heb_azj6vaY

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In America Productions
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Gary Fritzen, Composer, and California Arts Org, Art-In-Relation Team for ‘There Will Be Light’ – You Sing It, New Song Challenge

STOCKTON, Calif -- Gary Fritzen, award winning composer of musical theatre, feeling the weight of the covid-19 pandemic announces a challenge for singers of all abilities and interest to sing his new song, "There Will Be Light."

Gary has been composing music for over 30 years. With a specialty in musical theatre, you can find some of his published works, such as "Toy Camp" and "Metaphasia" in the Pioneer Drama Services catalog (pioneerdrama.com). Winner of the Schubert Frendrich Playwriting award, he was a winner of the American College Theatre Festival Kennedy Center for best musical score, for "Vanya!"

Mr. Fritzen continued writing musicals for Santa Monica Community College from 1995-2016. Gary has used all of his musical experience to write this song "There Will Be Light" while he works from home as a public High School Music Teacher in the City of Manteca, California (musd.net). As he watches the entire world in lock down and comforts his students online that are nervous for the future, Gary felt a need to write a song that brings hope to his family, friends and loved ones.

With this composition, he is challenging singers to learn the song and sing it for their friends and audiences as well. Art-In-Relation, a production company in Southern California, artistic director Jonas Sills, and Gary Fritzen are teaming up to make a donation of $10 for every person who records this song to Direct Relief ( https://www.directrelief.org/ ) charity organization that donates directly to covid-19 relief up to $5,000 total.

Each submission will be screened to be posted on the YouTube channel for the song and posted nationally!

To hear a sample of the song please visit: https://youtu.be/YnhZMobQMEM

Links to a lead sheet and instrumental tracks are below the YouTube link.

To submit for this challenge please email a video submission to therewillbelightchallenge@yahoo.com. This can be a mp4 file or a YouTube link.

Direct Relief
* Direct Relief working in overdrive to get protective gear and critical care medications to as many health workers as possible, as quickly as possible, with emergency deliveries leaving daily for medical facilities across the U.S.
* Direct Relief is coordinating with public health authorities, nonprofit organizations and businesses in the U.S. and globally to provide personal protective equipment and essential medical items to health workers responding to coronavirus (COVID-19).
* Direct Relief working in overdrive to get protective gear and critical care medications to as many health workers as possible, as quickly as possible, with emergency deliveries leaving daily for medical facilities across the U.S.
* Direct Relief is coordinating with public health authorities, nonprofit organizations and businesses in the U.S. and globally to provide personal protective equipment and essential medical items to health workers responding to coronavirus (COVID-19).
* Direct Relief is also staging personal protective equipment with regional response agencies across the world, including in the Caribbean and South America through the Pan American Health Organization.

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Gary Fritzen
Art-In-Relation
therewillbelightchallenge@yahoo.com
310-991-8190

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‘Ain’t Too Proud’ Star, Jawan Jackson, Hits a High Note with Students During Pandemic

FREDERICK, Md. -- Phenomenology, Inc., an innovative production model in the performing arts, is teaming up with Jawan Jackson, star of the hit Broadway musical "Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations," to encourage high school musical theater students in Frederick, Maryland.

With statewide shutdowns across Maryland, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency, many theater students who would have otherwise performed in their high school musicals during the spring semester will be unable to showcase their talent, on stage, this year. As a result, Jeffery Keilholtz, CEO/Artistic Director of Phenomenology, decided to take action.

"We were encouraged by many Broadway stars who have used their social media platforms to inspire students during the COVID-19 challenge," said Keilholtz of he and his organization's Board of Directors, "so we chose to join forces with one of the kindest and most talented musical theater actors on Broadway, to lift the spirts of students who go to school in Frederick County."

In cooperation with Jackson, the "Ain't Too Proud" sensation agreed to "be the audience" for Frederick County high musical theater students, Keilholtz explains. For a set period of time, students are able to post the songs they would have otherwise sung on stage and post them online. In turn, Jackson will view the posts and provide a personalized message of encouragement for those that do.

Jackson has also agreed to answer questions posed by some of the students in a private email exchange, arranged by Phenomenology. "We hope to create a safe space for students to still perform, and also provide a mentorship opportunity with one of Broadway's top performers," says Keilholtz. "It's the least we can do for Frederick County students and we couldn't be more thrilled to have a powerhouse like Jawan as a partner."

Now through April 25, Frederick County high school students can participate when they post a song they sing to their own social media pages and tag Phenomenology or post directly to one of the organization's social media platforms on Facebook (@phenoart), Twitter (@phenoart) or Instagram (@phenoart2).

For more information about Phenomenology visit: https://phenoart.org/.

About Phenomenology, Inc.:

Phenomenology, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is an innovative production model to raise the quality of life for performing artists and technicians by creating meaningful partnerships in the entertainment industry - coupled with the production of high-value projects - to generate a first-of-its-kind corridor of professional activity between Frederick, Maryland and major media markets. More information: https://phenoart.org/

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Ralph Brunson debuts witty original musical comedy, ‘Samson and the Burning Bush’ – A Farce to Be Reckoned With

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Ralph Brunson Productions, in association with Art-In-Relation, announces the world premiere fully staged production of "Samson and the Burning Bush." Jan. 10-12 at the Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theater.

"Samson and the Burning Bush" is presented as part of the Collaborative Series at the Long Beach Playhouse in Long Beach California. after successfully work shopping "Samson and the Burning Bush" in August 2019 before a large audience. The series gives new writers the chance to produce their shows in a fully staged environment.

Cast rehearsals are in full swing and the actors are having fun with the show as Samson, played by Adam Schwartz, leads the way. Delilah is played by Marley Armstrong. DragGUYlah is played by Robert Nguyen. Rachel is played by Jenna Jacobson. David is played by Greg Jeffers. Goliath is played by Rudy Hernandez. Moses is played by James Goodrich. Ramses is played by John Predny. Efrat is played by Jack Roberts. Manoah Nite is played by Jonas Sills. Beth Israel Bodacious is played by Heidi Sills. And the Ring Announcer is played by Robert Samo.

The director is David Fairchild and the choreographer is Fernando Christopher. Andrew Wilcox is Sound Engineer and Justin Castillo is Lighting Designer. Ralph is happy to be music director and will play keyboard during the show with bassist Freddy Uyehara.

Ralph Brunson, composer and producer states, "Life is too heavy and serious if we can't laugh at it. Musical theater and the arts lead us all to a brighter future in our own pursuit of happiness. Samson & the Burning Bush and its message about the power of a dream unites us in the common struggle we all experience in today's fast paced world. The variety of catchy tunes will leave the audience uplifted and wanting more."

Ralph Brunson intends for this production to lead to further productions including in New York City.

"Samson and the Burning Bush" will be lighting up the stage on January 10th and 11th, 2020, at 8 p.m.; and the 12th at 2 p.m. at the Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theater, 5021 E Anaheim Street, Long Beach CA 90804. Tickets are available at http://www.lbplayhouse.org/ or by calling 562-494-1014

About Ralph Brunson:

Ralph Brunson, also known as "Ragtime Ralph" around Long Beach, has been a pianist since the age of thirteen when his mother got him an old upright player piano that he learned from. Having played trombone since fifth grade, he developed a good ear and could easily read music. As a young Naval officer stationed in Boston, Ralph attended The New England Conservatory of Music for jazz piano performance. Then after moving to Long Beach, California in the late 80s, he attended UCLA for TV and film music composition; Golden West College for songwriting and vocal techniques; and the Los Angeles Academy for New Musical Theatre for three years as a student composer, book writer, and lyricist.

Ralph always enjoys seeing a good musical production on stage. So after all his years as a musician, he felt it was time he became a composer. Another motivation is the power of a song when it advances a good story. So Ralph set out to write "Samson & the Burning Bush" with the goal of making it a farce to be reckoned with.

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Ralph Brunson debuts witty original musical comedy, ‘Samson and the Burning Bush’ – A Farce to Be Reckoned With

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Ralph Brunson Productions, in association with Art-In-Relation, announces the world premiere fully staged production of "Samson and the Burning Bush." Jan. 10-12 at the Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theater.

"Samson and the Burning Bush" is presented as part of the Collaborative Series at the Long Beach Playhouse in Long Beach California. after successfully work shopping "Samson and the Burning Bush" in August 2019 before a large audience. The series gives new writers the chance to produce their shows in a fully staged environment.

Cast rehearsals are in full swing and the actors are having fun with the show as Samson, played by Adam Schwartz, leads the way. Delilah is played by Marley Armstrong. DragGUYlah is played by Robert Nguyen. Rachel is played by Jenna Jacobson. David is played by Greg Jeffers. Goliath is played by Rudy Hernandez. Moses is played by James Goodrich. Ramses is played by John Predny. Efrat is played by Jack Roberts. Manoah Nite is played by Jonas Sills. Beth Israel Bodacious is played by Heidi Sills. And the Ring Announcer is played by Robert Samo.

The director is David Fairchild and the choreographer is Fernando Christopher. Andrew Wilcox is Sound Engineer and Justin Castillo is Lighting Designer. Ralph is happy to be music director and will play keyboard during the show with bassist Freddy Uyehara.

Ralph Brunson, composer and producer states, "Life is too heavy and serious if we can't laugh at it. Musical theater and the arts lead us all to a brighter future in our own pursuit of happiness. Samson & the Burning Bush and its message about the power of a dream unites us in the common struggle we all experience in today's fast paced world. The variety of catchy tunes will leave the audience uplifted and wanting more."

Ralph Brunson intends for this production to lead to further productions including in New York City.

"Samson and the Burning Bush" will be lighting up the stage on January 10th and 11th, 2020, at 8 p.m.; and the 12th at 2 p.m. at the Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theater, 5021 E Anaheim Street, Long Beach CA 90804. Tickets are available at http://www.lbplayhouse.org/ or by calling 562-494-1014

About Ralph Brunson:

Ralph Brunson, also known as "Ragtime Ralph" around Long Beach, has been a pianist since the age of thirteen when his mother got him an old upright player piano that he learned from. Having played trombone since fifth grade, he developed a good ear and could easily read music. As a young Naval officer stationed in Boston, Ralph attended The New England Conservatory of Music for jazz piano performance. Then after moving to Long Beach, California in the late 80s, he attended UCLA for TV and film music composition; Golden West College for songwriting and vocal techniques; and the Los Angeles Academy for New Musical Theatre for three years as a student composer, book writer, and lyricist.

Ralph always enjoys seeing a good musical production on stage. So after all his years as a musician, he felt it was time he became a composer. Another motivation is the power of a song when it advances a good story. So Ralph set out to write "Samson & the Burning Bush" with the goal of making it a farce to be reckoned with.

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NYC Dancers Step Together in Short Musical Film to Encourage Our Youth to Speak Out!

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- 3 cords & a hook studios announces "Youthful Faces," bringing together some of NYC's best dancers, including: Matt Wiercinski (Broadway: "Anastasia" - Ensemble/Prince Siegfried) and Kathryn Zimmer (Broadway: "Matilda The Musical"), to encourage and become a catalyst for our younger generation to speak up and speak out to illuminate the future they want to see.

The dance, musical short film, shot in the streets of Brooklyn, N.Y. is a collaboration between award-winning choreographer Lane Napper, who is known for his choreography work on the Nickelodeon shows "iCarly" and "Victorious," the socially charged music of Jour Majesty and visionary filmmaker Michael C. Perry, known from his award-winning short musical films, "The Carnival Kid," and "Empty Box of Wine."

The film follows thirteen dancers, each defining their unique style of dance to illuminate their concerns about the future. The performance is to the words and music of Jour Majesty's single, "Youthful Faces."

"The lyrics completely spotlight the anxieties of our youth," says Choreographer Lane Napper. "Glowing shiny faces swiping for affirmation, Page by page in a sea of distraction and the people took no action, and the earth became fractured."

Each performer came up with their own interpretation of the song and lyrics to capture their feeling about our current societal condition.

"I am extremely grateful to participate in 'Youthful Faces' to help inspire today's youth to have hope for the future and to courageously take action to drive positive change," says sixteen-year-old Kathryn Zimmer (Broadway: "Matilda"). "Now is the time to speak up and speak out to illuminate the future we want to see. Youthful Faces, raise your voices - right here, right now."

"Youthful Faces" will premiere at the Cutting Room International Short Film Festival in New York City on October 19, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. The musical short is nominated for "Best Music Video" and "Best Director of a Music Video" by the festival. Following the premiere, Youthful Faces will be available to view by everyone at https://youthfulfacesmovie.com/.

We want to encourage our young people to take hold of their futures and be part of the conversation; whether raising their voices at the ballot box, volunteering, mentoring other young people, or maybe just being kind to other human beings. The actions and decisions of today will follow them for the rest of their lives. They should have a stake in the question; let's give them a voice.

For more information on Youthful Faces cast/crew/press ready photography https://youthfulfacesmovie.com/

For more information on the music of Jour Majesty
https://jourmajesty.com/

For more information on The Cutting Room International Short Film Festival NYC https://thecuttingroomnycisff.com/

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NYC Dancers Step Together in Short Musical Film to Encourage Our Youth to Speak Out!

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- 3 cords & a hook studios announces "Youthful Faces," bringing together some of NYC's best dancers, including: Matt Wiercinski (Broadway: "Anastasia" - Ensemble/Prince Siegfried) and Kathryn Zimmer (Broadway: "Matilda The Musical"), to encourage and become a catalyst for our younger generation to speak up and speak out to illuminate the future they want to see.

The dance, musical short film, shot in the streets of Brooklyn, N.Y. is a collaboration between award-winning choreographer Lane Napper, who is known for his choreography work on the Nickelodeon shows "iCarly" and "Victorious," the socially charged music of Jour Majesty and visionary filmmaker Michael C. Perry, known from his award-winning short musical films, "The Carnival Kid," and "Empty Box of Wine."

The film follows thirteen dancers, each defining their unique style of dance to illuminate their concerns about the future. The performance is to the words and music of Jour Majesty's single, "Youthful Faces."

"The lyrics completely spotlight the anxieties of our youth," says Choreographer Lane Napper. "Glowing shiny faces swiping for affirmation, Page by page in a sea of distraction and the people took no action, and the earth became fractured."

Each performer came up with their own interpretation of the song and lyrics to capture their feeling about our current societal condition.

"I am extremely grateful to participate in 'Youthful Faces' to help inspire today's youth to have hope for the future and to courageously take action to drive positive change," says sixteen-year-old Kathryn Zimmer (Broadway: "Matilda"). "Now is the time to speak up and speak out to illuminate the future we want to see. Youthful Faces, raise your voices - right here, right now."

"Youthful Faces" will premiere at the Cutting Room International Short Film Festival in New York City on October 19, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. The musical short is nominated for "Best Music Video" and "Best Director of a Music Video" by the festival. Following the premiere, Youthful Faces will be available to view by everyone at https://youthfulfacesmovie.com/.

We want to encourage our young people to take hold of their futures and be part of the conversation; whether raising their voices at the ballot box, volunteering, mentoring other young people, or maybe just being kind to other human beings. The actions and decisions of today will follow them for the rest of their lives. They should have a stake in the question; let's give them a voice.

For more information on Youthful Faces cast/crew/press ready photography https://youthfulfacesmovie.com/

For more information on the music of Jour Majesty
https://jourmajesty.com/

For more information on The Cutting Room International Short Film Festival NYC https://thecuttingroomnycisff.com/

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Historic partnership of Long Beach arts organizations create family classic THE CHRISTMAS CAROL in the Ernest Borgnine Theatre

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Art-In-Relation (A.I.R.), Children's Theater of Long Beach (CTLB), and The Scottish Rite Cathedral announce a wonderful partnering of resources and talent for a 2017 holiday musical production of "The Christmas Carol." Plays Dec. 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Ernest Borgnine Theatre, 855 Elm Avenue, Long Beach, CA.

The two companies, A.I.R. and CTLB, both were founded in 2013 and found themselves on similar trajectories as they were both producing musical theater at the historic Ernest Borgnine Theatre in Long Beach, Calif. Two long-time friends, Jonas Sills (A.I.R.) and Sean McMullen (CTLB) reunited under the advisement of Tim Cable, long time Long Beach resident and manager of the gorgeous venue. It was a natural partnership as each entity is primed to flourish with their talents.

Jonas Sills serves as director and music director for this show and is thrilled with both the partnership and the production. "The cast for this show is uniquely diverse, talented, and dedicated to making the story of Ebenezer Scrooge come alive," says Sills. "I can't imagine a better coupling of resources than working with Tim, and Sean!"

Tim Cable is thrilled to return to this production to play the leading role of Scrooge after playing the role in 2014 with A.I.R. He also serves as executive producer. Sean McMullen, a multi-capable theatrical force, serves this production as technical director, handling sets, costumes, lights, sound, and all things that have to do with production values.

This production of "The Christmas Carol" is a unique version written and conceived by Ray Buffer, producer emeritus for A.I.R. It combines a very genuine adaptation of the Dickens classic and infuses appropriate era Christmas carols as well as original music including the sweet, singable title song "The Christmas Carol." The music was orchestrated by Robert Gross.

It features a large cast of talents listed here in alphabetical order; Ciara Adise (Isabel), Tim Cable, (Scrooge), Meredith Carter (Edwina), Mary Frances Conover (Elizabeth), Beverly Crain (Soloist), Ferdie Directo (Fezziwig), Colin Eaton (Boy Scrooge), Pamela Flores (Youth Caroler), Kelly Lynn George (Regina), Trevor Gordon (Simon), Danelle Jaeger (Maggie Cratchit), Todd Johnson (Marley), Jordan Johnson (Caroler), Philip McBride (Bob Cratchit), Hannah McMullen (Past), Rebecca Olejar (Victoria), Jon Peterson (Present), Grant Ramos (Tiny Tim), Oscar Ramos (Caroler), Shea Ruhlin (Youth Caroler), Griffin Runnels (Young Scrooge), Amy Shu (Olive), and Heidi Sills (Mrs. Fezziwig).

Thrilled to be able to bring this wonderful story to the community, this partnership is dedicated to bringing this show to various local charitable organizations as well as the general public.

EVENT LOCATION:
"The Christmas Carol" plays December 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 at 8 p.m. and December 17 at 2 p.m. at the Ernest Borgnine Theatre, 855 Elm Avenue, Long Beach, CA.

There is plenty of free parking. For Google Maps directions, visit: https://goo.gl/maps/74qxg8gQRtR2 or the venue website: http://www.ernestborgninetheatre.org/.

TICKETS:
Tickets are available at http://www.artinrelation.com/ or by calling 323-320-2898.

Media Contact:
Jonas Sills
Art-In-Relation
(562) 760-6129
jonas@artinrelation.com

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Blue Hill Troupe Presents Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ – Nonprofit Troupe’s 93rd Season to Benefit Rocking the Boat

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The Blue Hill Troupe, now in its 93rd season, offers a fresh new take on Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance." This perennial audience favorite tells the story of a pirate named Frederic, who at the age of 21, has completed his apprenticeship and is ready to seek his fortune as an upstanding citizen.

Wasting no time, he falls in love with the beautiful daughter of a local Major General ... but is thwarted by the discovery that he was born on February 29. With a Leap Day birthday, he's only 5, not 21, which means he's still a pirate!

The Blue Hill Troupe is the only musical theater group in New York City to donate its net proceeds to charity. Proceeds from the company's 2016-2017 season will benefit Rocking the Boat.

At Rocking the Boat, a nonprofit organization in the South Bronx, students work together to build wooden boats, learn to row and sail, and restore local urban waterways, revitalizing their community while creating better lives for themselves-the perfect charity match with "The Pirates of Penzance."

The Blue Hill Troupe's production of "The Pirates of Penzance" is directed by Carl Schmehl with music direction by William Remmers.

The production features Maya Anand, Larry Beers, Lesley Berry*, Heather Denny, Julia Farina, Eva Giorgi, Rachel Goodman, Johnny Hager, Erik Hanson, Casey Keeler, Douglas Kiddie, John Leonard, Michael Macaione*, David Pasteelnick, Gregory Peterson, Allison Prince, Rebecca Rozzoni, Charlie Schlangen, Scott Richard Smith, Suzanne R. Taylor, Neal Young*, Julianne Wieboldt, Paul Mitchell Wilder, and Cynthia Whitman. (*Appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association.)

EVENT SUMMARY:
Blue Hill Troupe Presents Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance" - Nonprofit Troupe's 93rd Season to Benefit Rocking the Boat.

WHEN:
* November 11, 12, 16-19, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
* November 12, 19 at 2 p.m.
* November 13 at 3 p.m.

WHERE: The Theatre at St. Jean's, 184 E. 76 Street (between Lexington & 3rd Aves).

TICKETS: $29.50 - $100 (payment in excess of $20 per ticket is tax deductible to the extent provided by law). Tickets can be purchased at: http://bht.org/events/the-pirates-of-penzance/.

About the Blue Hill Troupe:

Every year since 1924, the Blue Hill Troupe has come together for a season of revelry celebrating its three great passions: Theater, Charity and Community. The Troupe's efforts are rooted in a tradition of performing a Gilbert & Sullivan operetta, and the group also presents a musical theater production as well as a concert series. Since its inception in 1924, the Blue Hill Troupe has donated over $4 million to New York City charities.

For more information about the Blue Hill Troupe, please visit http://bht.org/, https://www.facebook.com/BHT.org and on Twitter at @BlueHillTroupe.

More information on Rocking the Boat: http://www.rockingtheboat.org/.

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Art-In-Relation pairs two unknown works of musical theater art, ‘Wild Party’ and ‘Frankenstein, A New Musical’ in Hollywood

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- Art-In-Relation, Jonas Sills, producer, announces a move from Long Beach, after two successful seasons, to Hollywood with two hauntingly gorgeous, but lesser known musical theater productions at The Complex Theatres, Hollywood. A combination of "The Wild Party." a lesser known version of the musical based on the poem by Joseph Moncure, and written by Andrew Lippa, coupled with Mary Shelley's tale with a musical twist, "Frankenstein, A New Musical," with music by Mark Baron, lyrics by Jeffrey Jackson, and a book by Jackson and Gary P. Cohen, a Los Angeles premiere.

It seemed a perfect coupling to Jonas Sills, executive producer, to pair the musicals. "Both of them are raw, both of them are musically lush, and both of them are underperformed," said Sills.

Having an extreme interest in "Breathing new life" into musical theater, Art-In-Relation is excited about moving forward with a unique mission to offer and produce lesser known works of musical theater to an diverse Los Angeles audience.

The creative team for the two productions includes two teams led by two directors who have been with Art-In-Relation before. Quentin Garzon, Director, "Wild Party," is passionate about the 1920's era musical with lush score, harmonies, and innovative dance. Passionate enough in fact that he convinced Art-In-Relation to produce the show.

Having produced "Frankenstein" as their inaugural production, Art-In-Relation co-producer Ray Buffer was intrigued with the possibility of bringing the production to Los Angeles Audiences.

"Re-envisioning Frankenstein in a smaller, more intimate space allows us to create nuances in the performance that were not possible in a large space. This production will aim for visceral relationship between audience and storytellers, where the audience feels they are part of the mindscape," Buffer stated.

"I am grateful for this opportunity to work with a dynamic group of talented cast and crew on this new venture producing this under recognized work," Buffer added.

Sills is most passionate about intimate theater, and having the location and audience to foster it, a move to the heart of "theater row" was the "natural evolution."

"I am looking forward to continuing the success of these two winning shows with more under-noticed works in the future," noted Sills.

"The Wild Party" plays September 9 - October 2, 2016 in the "Dorie Theatre" at The Complex, 6476 Santa Monica Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028 (Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/TCMz59CsfRK2).

"Frankenstein, A New Musical" plays October 7 - October 30, 2016 in "The Flight" theater also at The Complex. Shows play Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

For information and tickets please go to http://www.artinrelation.com/.

About Art-In-Relation:

Art-In-Relation (A.I.R.) is an innovative production company focusing on breathing new life to more unknown works of musical theater as well as some new interpretations of more well-known shows. A.I.R. has worked in several venues in Los Angeles including the Ernest Borgnine Theater, the Founder's Center, and more recently The Complex Theatres. A.I.R. also in its mission is dedicated to bringing works of art to underprivileged audiences throughout southern California.

A photo gallery can be found on the A.I.R. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/artinrelation/photos_stream.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Jonas Sills
Art-In-Relation
562-760-6129
jonas[at]artinrelation.com

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