A cross between Alice In Wonderland, The Wiz, and Dante’s Inferno, The Demise is the story of Harry Haller, a young, tormented, wannabe-rock-star who takes a trip uptown through the magical underbelly of a skewed version of NYC in search of Devachan: “the greatest rock club of all time.” Harry is guided on his journey by a mysterious, omnipresent, master-of-ceremonies and meets a variety of provocative and enchanting characters who challenge him to consider a brand new perspective.
On his quest, Harry discovers far more than he bargained for: Himself.
Joel Henry Stein
(Music, Lyrics, Book)
Joel is a singer-songwriter, composer, and record producer. He has composed and directed music for productions at the Tony Award-winning Alley Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Manhattan Theatre Source. Joel co-wrote and music-directed the musical comedy, Election Day, which ran at off-Broadway’s American Theater of Actors, and has composed orchestral scores for the Discovery channel. He holds a PhD in Composition & Theory from UCLA and lives in LA with his wife and daughters. www.JoelStein.com
(Book, Additional Lyrics)
Doug has performed lead roles on Broadway, Off-Broadway, on National and International Tours, at Carnegie Hall, and at Disney Concert Hall. Doug’s regional credits include Signature Theatre, Yale Rep, The Wallis, Pittsburgh CLO, The Old Globe and many others. He is a two-time NY Fringe Award Winner, a two-time Helen Hayes Award Nominee, and a Po'okela Award Winner. Doug received a B.F.A. from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and RADA in London. www.DougKreeger.com
Elizabeth is an award-winning filmmaker whose recent producing credits include Never Here, Beauty Mark, The Chair, and The Longest Game. She has directed a number of short films and videos intended for a broad range of distribution. Theater producing credits include multiple site-specific projects and the acclaimed one woman show Stanley Ann. Elizabeth received a BA from Wesleyan University and an MFA from the Stark Producing Program at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
• Joel performs songs from The Demise at The Bitter End (NYC), Hotel Cafe (Los Angeles), and The Mint (Los Angeles).
• Joel begins writing the book of The Demise.
• Joel records preliminary demos. Elizabeth joins the team.
• Workshop concert of The Demise, at The Roxy (Los Angeles). Doug joins the team.
• Full demos recorded. Living room reading of the full script (Los Angeles).
• The creative team revises, revises, and then revises some more. Create package of materials for submissions.
• Reading at 18th Street Arts Complex in Santa Monica, CA.
• Director Shaun Peknic, choreographer Jennifer Jancuska, and Music Director Christopher Lloyd Bratten join the team.
• Showcase “Gates of the Garden” song at Musical Theatre Factory in NYC.
• Showcase three songs at Treehaus MiMa hosted by “Broadway Tonight!” in NYC.
• Showcase 'Come on Down' and 'Freaky Figures' at Broadway Sessions in NYC.
• Participate in New York Musical Theatre Festival’s Beta Series.
2017 New York Music Festival Production Team
Shaun Peknic (Director) Associate Director Once. Select directing credits: Fireflies(Musical Theatre Factory); Manifest Pussy (Joe’s Pub/A.R.T.); I’m A Lot Like You(Spectacular Living Record Collection); Pulp Vérité (Lee Strasberg Directing Fellow); Sherlock Holmes & The West End Horror (Cortland Repertory Theatre, nominated Best Director 2015 SALT Awards); A Snowfall in Berlin (Nylon Fusion); Must Be The Music(ArsNova); A Streetcar Named Desire (NYU). BFA: NYU; Lincoln Center Directors Lab; member of SDC and MTF; teacher at PHTS/NYU.
Jennifer Jancuska (Choreographer) In 2017, Jennifer joined the Broadway company of HAMILTON as Resident Choreographer. Current projects as choreographer include: the new off-Broadway play, FMK by James Presson, directed by Sash Bischoff; DIVA!, by Alex Sage Oyen and S.P. Monahan, directed by Daniel Goldstein; JOHNNY AND THE DEVIL’S BOX by Douglas Waterbury-Tieman’s; the new musical ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, by Matte O’Brien and Matt Vinson; One Hit Wonder by Jermey Desmond, directed by Hunter Foster; and residencies with The Drama League and Barn Arts. A graduate of Cornell University, Jennifer is the founding director of BC Beat, co-founding Artistic Director of Broadway Connection, and creative director of ASTIR. @jencuska www.JenniferJancuska.com
Christopher Lloyd Bratten (Music Director/Arranger) is the co-creator and former music supervisor of the live concert series For The Record. He has served as MD/arranger for numerous stars from Broadway, film and TV, including Rumer Willis, Billy Porter, Tiffany, Megan Hilty, Evan Rachel Wood, Leslie Odom Jr., and many more. Currently he’s working as a freelance music director/arranger/pianist and faculty member at Relativity School in Downtown Los Angeles.
2017 New York Music Festival Cast
Our show exists through the generosity of the following people:
Harry & Miriam Stein, Kim Radovich, Susan Hossfeld, Barbara Schepps Wong & Richard Wong, Joan Kreeger, Suzanne Gilad, Vivian Halverson, Josh & Emily Hanye, Doug Kreeger, Richard Berman, Alan Green, Rick Kreeger, Alan Ahles, James Abrams, Jacqueline Appleby, Bob Brannon, Kristina Brendel, Stephen & Jill Byrd, Jack Calhoun, Bill & Sheila Childs, Harry Cozen, John Dombach, David Dosa, Robert Fink, John Gardner, Arthur Gottschalk, Kristina Groennings, Jacqui Hossfeld, Ray & Tabitha Jorgensen, Michelle Kendall, Jay Kennedy, Davis Jean Kirkpatrick, Megan Kressin, Charles Lovett, BJ Mackle, Barbara & Sherman Robinson, Erica Rotstein, Lauren Salem, Joan Scott, Camille Thoman, Marie Stein, Matia Wagabaza, Dorothy Wertz, Cori Williams, Chris Wyrick, Syndee & Mayira Stein, Elliott & Alice Stein, Chris Bowyer, Tucker and Karen Andersen, Corey Moosa, Bill and Wenke Sterns, Marla Pinksy, Brian Charles Rooney, Stuart Ward, Erica Spyres, John Gardner, Camille Thoman, Aaron Bogad and JustArt Theatricals, Playwrights Horizons Theater School, Alchemical Studios, Colt Coeur, and our donors who wish to remain anonymous.
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