Illuminati Lizards From Outerspace Will Descend Upon New York July 8-13 at NYMF
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 10:28 am EDT 06/14/19

When 12 million Americans believe alien lizards rule us and the President is openly talking conspiracy theories and fake news something truly weird is going down.
Illuminati Lizards from Outer Space is a brand-new musical that not only taps into the zeitgeist of the bizarre but goes deep into what it is to be human.
It’s Rocky Horror for the Millennials and oddly confronting for the rest of us.

This is Musical Theatre’s New World Order.



JULY 8 – 13TH


Sci-Fi fans and conspiracy theorists are getting their very own musical comedy this Summer, as ILLUMINATI LIZARDS FROM OUTER SPACE descends upon Manhattan – as part of the New York Musical Festival, July 8 – 13th at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre. The production features Music & Lyrics by Yuri Worontschak and Book & Lyrics by Paul Western-Pittard. Joey Murray directs. Casting is soon to be announced.

When beauty-pageant contestant Tina Lyons is cheated out of her rightful first place in the finale of a Ms. Beautiful World competition, she admits herself into the Savra Wellness Centre for Spiritual and Mental Wellbeing to rebalance her life. Little does she know, she’s accidentally checked-in to a top-secret operation run by Illuminati-lizard Overlords using the hospital as a cover. They’re on a mission to colonize the planet. The problem is – they’re awful at their job and they’re running out of time before the mission is canceled and planet earth is annihilated.

Believing these lizard aliens to be yet another symptom of her own overworked psyche, Tina decides to help her new friends ‘conquer the earth’ by staging their very own Beauty Pageant, using their DNA altering ‘human cream’ as first prize. As it tracks the rise, fall, then rise again of Tina Lyons, ILLUMINATI LIZARDS FROM OUTER SPACE dances us through passionate, catchy, rock & roll all of which describes the striking music of Illuminati Lizards from Outer Space. Not to mention a theme that crawls inside your head like an intergalactic ear-worm and refuses to let go of your mind.

ILLUMINATI LIZARDS FROM OUTER SPACE features scenic design by Carl Tallent, costumes by Jess Gersz, sound design by Rider Q. Stanton, lighting design by Jamie Roderick, projection design by Lisa Renkel, choreography by Brooke Wendle, and musical direction by Luke Williams. The Stage Managers are Ali Simone & Seth Betzler. Casting by Eisenberg/Beans Casting. General Management is by Evan Bernardin Productions, Evan Bernardin and Gwynne Richmond.

Performances of ILLUMINATI LIZARDS FROM OUTER SPACE are on Monday, July 8, 2019 at 7:00 pm; Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 5:00 pm; Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 9:00 pm; Friday, July 12, 2019 at 1:00 pm and on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 9:00 pm.

For more information visit: http://www.nymf.org/festival/2019-events/illuminati-lizards-outer-space/




Paul Western-Pittard (Book, Music, Lyrics)
Paul is a writer with a focus on both weird comedy and the darker spaces of the human psyche. He’s also found that both these things go hand in hand… He’s written and script-edited episodic television, published three novels and has an animated full-length feature film currently in development. Writer/Producer credits include: The Mob Downunder - 26eps, Wakkaville - 26eps, Li’l Larrikins - 6eps. Sole Writer credits include Get Ace - 11eps. Line Producer Credits The Day My Butt Went Psycho - 80eps. Paul’s novels include Jan and the Spooky Periscope Incident where shortly after launch the novella ranked inside the top 100 comedy ebooks worldwide on Amazon.com, the psychological thrillers, Unbeliever, Undreamed, and Lethe Rising.

Yuri Worontschak (Music and Lyrics)
Yuri has three musicals in production. Margaret Fulton was staged in Melbourne and Sydney (2018). Bondi High will be staged in Sydney in October and Illuminati Lizards was read in 2018 at NYMF and will be a full production in 2019 in New York. Yuri has toured the world as a composer with productions of “Outer Sink” and Circus Oz. He has awards for composition (APRA/ AMEB), production (ARIA), engineering (Ampex Gold Reel) and Film Score (AFI). His production of Anthony Warlow’s first two albums went double platinum. Screen Credit’s include: Love the Beast (Eric Bana), Take Away (Rose Byrne), and The Mao Game (Kirsty Alley and Piper Laurie), Big Girls Blouse (Kath and Kim), AFI Awards (Hugh Jackman), The Agony Series(Ronnie Chieng), Sit Down Shut Up and Fast Forward (Magda Szubanski). It Runs in the Family (Michael and Kirk Douglas), Empire Falls (Philip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Newman), Shiner (Michael Caine), the Sydney Olympics and Paralympics, Neighbours, Nijinski (Derek Jacobi), The Fine Art of Love (Jaqueline Bisset) and Comedy Festival Gala (Terry Jones).

Joey Murray (Director)
Murray is a New YorkCity based theatre, concert and music video director whose work has been seen at performing art centers, regional theaters and arenas all over the United States and China. This season marks his fifth production at NYMF, where last summer he directed the world premiere of ’68: A New American Musical. Selected directing credits include: Medicine The Musical at Here Arts Center; Hair (50th Anniversary Production) at Pentangle Arts; Godspell at ArtisTree’s Grange Theatre; Cabaret at Pentangle Arts; The Mystery of Edwin Drood at Fordham University; the regional tour and Queens Theatre production of Polkadots: The Musical; and Holidays at the Hard Rock! featuring renowned artist Linda Eder at Hard Rock Arena. He served as Interim Artistic Director for Jenny Wiley Theatre, eastern Kentucky’s longest operating professional theatre, where he directed numerous reimagined productions, including Disney’s Tarzan, Footloose, Oliver!, and The Robber Bridegroom, among many others. Murray served as Associate Director for the Broadway-bound production of CAN-CAN at Paper Mill Playhouse, and has been resident director for The Broadway Dolls, an award-winning concert experience featuring a cast of the most in-demand women on Broadway. He is a music video and creative director for Element Music, an NYC-based entertainment company featuring some of the music industry’s leading musicians. He is a regular guest lecturer, coach and panelist at numerous New York studios. Murray is a graduate of Catholic University and an associate member of SDC.


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Now in its sixteenth year, the Festival is the premier musical theater event in the world. The preeminent site for launching new musicals and discovering new talent, the Festival provides an affordable platform for artists to mount professional productions that reach their peers, industry leaders, and musical theater fans. More than 100 Festival shows have gone on to productions on and Off-Broadway, in regional theaters in all 50 states, and in more than 24 countries worldwide. Festival alumni have received a wide array of awards including the Tony Award® and the Pulitzer Prize. In 2013, NYMF received a special Drama Desk Award in recognition of its work "creating and nurturing new musical theater, ensuring the future of this essential art form."

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The 2019 New York Musical Festival will take place July 8 through August 4. For more information, please visit: www.nymf.org

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