|UNLEASH THE HOUND DOG! "ATTACK OF THE ELVIS IMPERSONATORS" A NEW MUSICAL TO RECEIVE JUNE OFF-BROADWAY DEBUT|
|Posted by: Official_Press_Release 04:28 pm EDT 03/13/17|
|NEW YORK PREMIERE
"ATTACK OF THE ELVIS IMPERSONATORS"
A NEW MUSICAL GUARANTEED TO BRING THE SPIRIT OF ELVIS BACK TO LIFE!
BOOK, MUSIC, LYRICS BY LORY LAZARUS
DIRECTED BY DON STEPHENSON
CHOREOGRAPHY BY MELISSA ZAREMBA
PERFORMANCES BEGIN JUNE 1, 2017
AT THE LION THEATRE AT THEATRE ROW
TICKETS NOW ON SALE
New York, NY (March 13, 2017) Producer Lawrence Rosner will present the New York premiere of the new musical that will unleash your inner hound dog, Attack of the Elvis Impersonators, with book, music and lyrics by Lory Lazarus. Directed by Broadway veteran Don Stephenson and with choreography by Melissa Zaremba, performances are set to begin Thursday, June 1, 2017 at The Lion Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenues). Opening Night is set for Thursday, June 15, 2017. Ryan Conway is the Executive Producer. Cast and additional members of the creative team will be announced shortly.
When the soul of Elvis returns to Earth and inhabits the body of the most famous rock star in history, he instructs his disciples that to bring peace to the planet we must all unite as one -- and to do that the entire human race must impersonate Elvis. Satirizing everything from idol worship to people who have experienced actual healing by their faith in Elvis, Attack of the Elvis Impersonators will make you howl (like a canine) as it converts you to Hound Dog, the new religion of peace.
Attack of the Elvis Impersonators will play the following performance schedule: Thursdays at 8:00 p.m., Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m., Sundays at 3:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., and Mondays at 8:00 p.m. (There are no Tuesday or Wednesday performances.)
Tickets for Attack of the Elvis Impersonators are priced at $79 with Premium Seats available at $99. Tickets may be purchased at Teleharge.com /212-239-6200.
Lory Lazarus (Book/ Music/Lyrics) received his BFA from the University of Wisconsin where he was an actor in plays (including a play chosen as one of the ten best college productions in the country, performed in Washington, D.C. as part of the American College Theatre Festival) and where he also had five of his plays produced. After a stint as a songwriter and singer for Spike Jones Jr.'s touring band, Lory moved to New York where he did commercials and voiceovers; performed as Groucho at parties and special events; as a stand-up comic and as a solo acoustic act; in a duo (Buckwheat & Lazoo); a cabaret act (The New Jew Revue) and was the leader of a "mock 'n roll" comedy band (LaZOO). While with LaZOO he was an opening act for Henny Youngman, was a featured performer on Nickelodeon's Livewire and was leader of the house band on LifeTime Network's Hot Properties, for which he also wrote the show's theme song. He wrote the first ever original song created for Barney the Dinosaur - Friends Are Forever (sung by Sandy Duncan) then co-wrote 23 other songs for Barney and Friends on PBS with his good friend, Stephen Bates. (Don't tell Barney, but Lory and Stephen also contributed an original song to the Chicago production of Naked Boys Singing!). He's a former staff writer for Cartoon Network's Courage, the Cowardly Dog; contributed stories to Weird Years (YTV - Canada) and is the head writer/creator of The Bikey Tegron Show and Bodyman, two animated shows in development. As the in-house songwriter for New York's Children's Theatre Company, Lory has turned five stories by Dr. Seuss into mini-musicals, and his song One World, available on a CD with the same title through Live Unity, has been performed three times by the CTC kids at the United Nations, including an event honoring Nelson Mandela. Besides Attack of the Elvis Impersonators, he is the author of ten other plays and musicals and numerous comedy sketches. He's a member of the Dramatists Guild, AFTRA, and is a writer and publisher member of ASCAP.
Don Stephenson (Director) directed A Comedy of Tenors at Paper Mill Playhouse; Titanic at Lincoln Center; Of Mice and Manhattan at the Kennedy Center; The Other Place at the Alley; The Producers, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and Lend Me a Tenor at Paper Mill Playhouse; Guys and Dolls and The Roar of the Greasepaint… at Goodspeed; Lend Me a Tenor at Bay Street (Broadway World nomination, best director); The Cottage at Theatre Aspen; Noises Off at Pittsburgh Public Theater; Titanic at the Muny; Deathtrap and The 39 Steps at Flat Rock Playhouse; Titanic at the Hangar Theatre (Broadway World nomination, best director); Sister Act at Marriott Theatre; and I'll Eat You Last at TheaterWorks (Hartford). He directed Oleanna, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Doctors and Diseases at the Barter Theatre. Other directing credits include A Charles Dickens Christmas (Urban Stages), Buck Simple (Garrick Gaieties), When Pigs Fly (Kaufman Theatre), Golden Voices (Symphony Space), and Old Flames (Theatre-Studio Inc.). Don directed The Desperate Hours and Through All Kinds of Weather at the Clarence Brown Theatre and Sleeping Beauty at American Stage Festival. As an actor, Don has numerous leading credits on Broadway, and he played John Adams in 1776 at Paper Mill.
Melissa Zaremba (Choreographer) most recently Directed and Choreographed "Smokey Joe's Café" in Atlanta. Her choreographic credits include: "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," "Sister Act" and "La Cage Aux Folles" for Marriott Theatre (Chicago), "All Shook Up," and "Addams Family" for Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre (Colorado), "Mary Poppins" for Abilene Christian University, "Funny Thing Happened…." for Northwestern University, among others. Melissa was Assistant Director of "Showboat" with The Dallas Opera last Spring. As a performer she was a Radio City Rockette for 8 years, toured the country as Lorraine Flemming on the 1st National Tour of "42nd Street" and performed as a Principal Dancer with the Lyric Opera of Chicago and National Opera in Washington, DC. She has performed and Dance Captained dozens of shows regionally with Marriott Theatre, Drury Lane and Ravinia (Chicago), the MUNY (St Louis), Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma as well as performed on Dancing With the Stars, and aboard Holland America Cruise Lines. She holds a BPA in Dance from Oklahoma City University, and is currently obtaining an MFA in Choreography from Jacksonville University. Proud member of SDC and AEA. www.melissazaremba.com
Lawrence Rosner (Producer) is a successful entrepreneur, a philanthropist and founder of various businesses in the medical, restaurant and hospitality industry. Recently he opened the fun filled Catskill Mountains Resort in upstate NY near Bethel and Monticello. All he needs now is borscht and a belt. Lawrence has retired from stand up and is now a sit down comedian. Producing "Attack of the Elvis Impersonators " is a labor of love for him.
Ryan Conway (Executive Producer) began working in commercial theatre as a company manager for some of Broadway's biggest shows, including Mamma Mia!, Billy Elliot, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, and Macbeth. He currently oversees the general management department at DTE Management where recent productions include, Spring Awakening, Daddy Long Legs and Clinton The Musical. Ryan is a proud member of the Broadway League, and a Board Member of the Off-Broadway League.
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