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KATRINA ROSE, DIANA DEGARMO, PHILIP HOFFMAN, and ACE YOUNG star in an invite-only reading of ROCK AND ROLL REFUGEE: Based on the life of Rock and Roll Pioneer Genya Ravan- presented by Royal Family Pr
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 10:55 am EST 03/05/19

ROYAL FAMILY PRODUCTIONS to present
An Invite-Only Reading of the New Musical

ROCK AND ROLL REFUGEE

Based on the life of Rock and Roll Pioneer Genya Ravan

Book by CHRIS HENRY; Music and Lyrics by GENYA RAVAN

Additional Music by JOHN LEE COOPER

Music Direction, Orchestrations, Arrangements and Additional Music

by DANIEL A. WEISS

Directed by JOANN M. HUNTER

Featuring
KATRINA ROSE, DIANA DEGARMO, CHARLOTTE COHN, PHILIP HOFFMAN, JESSE SWIMM, CHARLES WALLACE and ACE YOUNG
With CAROL ANGELI, GINA NAOMI BAEZ, ENGLISH BERNHARDT,
and MARIELA FLOR OLIVO

Thursday, March 14th; Friday, March 15th; Saturday, March 16th

At the Royal Family Performing Art Space

New York: Royal Family Productions (Chris Henry, Artistic Director), a Times Square based non-profit theatre company known for its innovative productions and development of new original work, is proud to present a special invite-only reading of the musical Rock and Roll Refugee. Written by Chris Henry and Genya Ravan, directed by JoAnn Hunter with musical direction by Daniel A. Weiss, the readings will take place March 14-16 at Royal Family Performing Art Space (145 West 46th street). For more information please email jessica@royalfamilyproductions.org.

Based on the life and music of holocaust survivor Genya Ravan (who the New York Daily News states “paved the path for strong female musicians to come like Madonna and Lady Gaga”), Rock and Roll Refugee is the incredible true story of Ravan’s meteoric rise as one of the first female pioneers of rock and roll. Before leading “Goldie and The Gingerbreads” - the first successful all-female rock band in 1962 - Genya Ravan was known as Genyusha Zelkovicz, a young girl who fled Nazi-occupied Poland with her family in search of a hopeful start in America. After passing through Ellis Island and moving to the Lower East Side of New York City, Genyusha - now "Goldie" - faced grief, poverty, abuse and loss of identity. With no one to turn to, she forged her own path, and changed history.

Royal Family Productions presented an abbreviated version of Rock and Roll Refugee in 2016. During that run The New York Times called it “an invigorating coming-of-age bio-musical with powerhouse production numbers.” They went on to say “Rock and Roll Refugee is only part-way to its destination. I’m eager to see where it arrives.”

“Royal Family is happy and proud to revisit Rock and Roll Refugee and present this expanded version of Genya’s astounding story of survival. I continue to be inspired by her ability to create art out of her many hardships while also helping to reshape an industry that was completely controlled by men. Genya brought so much honesty and depth to everything she did, and to be able to work with her and tell her story is truly an honor.” - Rock and Roll Refugee bookwriter Chris Henry

The reading cast features: Katrina Rose (NBC’s The Voice, NYC: RENT, A Night With Janis Joplin), Diana DeGarmo (American Idol, BROADWAY: Godspell, Hairspray), Charlotte Cohn (BROADWAY: Boheme, Coram Boy), Philip Hoffman (BROADWAY: Our Mother’s Brief Affair, Cabaret, On A Clear Day…, A Catered Affair, Fiddler On The Roof), Jesse Swimm (BROADWAY: School of Rock, Mary Poppins), Charles Wallace (BROADWAY: Amazing Grace) and Ace Young (American Idol, BROADWAY: Grease, Hair), with Carol Angeli (BROADWAY: Miss Saigon, TOUR: Mary Poppins), Gina Naomi Baez (NETFLIX: “She’s Gotta Have It Too”, FILM: "Triple Threat", REGIONAL: Hunchback Of Notre Dame), English Bernhardt (TOUR: If/Then), and Mariela Flor Olivo (NY POPS Song and Dance).

For more information please visit www.royalfamilyproductions.org
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