SWING! The Musical
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 07:05 am EST 11/26/19

Write Act Repertory Producing Artistic Director John Lant

and Producer Tamra Pica



The Musical

An Off-Broadway Premiere

Written by Michael Antin

@ St. Luke's Theatre
308 West 46th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues)

Wednesdays @ 8:00 p.m.

NEW YORK – (November 2019) – Off-Broadway Producers John Lant and Tamra Pica, in association with Write Act Repertory Theatre, are pleased to present the Off-Broadway Premiere of SWING! The Musical by playwright Michael Antin. The show will preview at St. Luke's Theatre, November 20, 2019 and opens November 27, 2019, running on Wednesday nights at 8:00pm with tickets on sale through February 2020.

The 110-minute (with intermission) musical, with live musicians, will perform at St. Luke's Theatre located at 308 West 46th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues). Tickets cost between $39.50 and $59.50 (front row seating) and can be purchased online through Telecharge at https://www.telecharge.com/Off-Broadway or by calling (212) 239-6200. For more information, please visit https://stlukestheatre.com. If you would like to request a group of 8+, please contact johnlant@writeactrep.org.

"Swing!" is a lovely piece with a sweetness and a grace. An inventive and lyrical story about acceptance, fearlessness and love...of all kinds. Love it!" – NOHO News

"Swing," a new musical, written by Michael Antin, and produced by Tamra Pica and John Lant is yet another remarkable production, now in its run with Write Act Repertory." - Curtain Up

SWING! tells the story of Adrianna, a factory worker in the 40's who is holding down her husband Butch's factory job while he's at war. Once he returns home, both Adrianna and Butch feel like they don't fit into their old lives. When she meets Janine, Adrianna rediscovers old passions that she put away when she was first married. While her feelings blossom for Janine, Adrianna's love for her husband is also rekindled. Adrianna's difficult choice in a time of forbidden love fuels this passionate musical journey. Featuring songs including "Swing Sisters," "You're a Stranger to Me," "Fritz' Bakery," "Safe & Warm," and the humorous "Be Mine."

The production stars Christina Barnes (Adrianna), Melissa Winter (Janine), Steffen Alexander Whorton (Butch), Molly Gilman (Marlena), Michael Mirlas (Fritz), Daryl Glenn (Wynney), Andrew Robertson (Jake) and featuring Tim Bacskai, Emily Brady, Alex Carmine, Alex Fernandez, Emily Hardesty, Julie McNamara, Tara Nicole Murphy, Tiffany Stoker and Lorna Perez.

Produced / Directed by John Lant with Producer Tamra Pica, Written and Created by Michael Antin, Music Direction by Kent Jeong-Eun Kim, Choreography by Rina Maejima, Lighting Design by Maarten Cornelis, Costume Design by Jennifer Anderson, Casting by Tamra Pica Casting and Dramaturgy by Jim Blanchette.

Additional Information: SWING! was produced in Los Angeles in Spring 2019. RECOMMENDED FOR 13+ / Heat and AC / Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

John Lant (Producer / Director)
John is a 40-year veteran in the entertainment industry and has been involved in over 600 television, film, music tours, and theatrical productions since 1979. He lives in New York, in his 14th Season at Carnegie Hall as Production Manager, and out of producing offices in L.A., he professionally apprenticed and worked at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, and in New York with the Lincoln Center, Juilliard, Circle Rep, Circle in the Square, WPA, Hudson Guild, LOOM and Ensemble Studio Theatre. National tours include Phantom of the Opera (two), Evita, Singin' in the Rain, One Mo' Time, Gypsy, The Three Musketeers, Connecticut Ballet (three), and Aeros (two). He has worked with such musical touring artists as Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, and The Beach Boys, as well. An award-winning producer, director, writer, lighting / set designer, he's directed and mounted productions at Cal Arts, Ricardo Montalban, Odyssey, LATC, Powerhouse, Glendale Center, Hollywood Playhouse, Long Beach Playhouse, The Elephant Space, Theatre Asylum, Santa Monica Playhouse, Ivy Substation, Paz Naz, the Jewel Box Theatres, The Brickhouse, and with Write Act Repertory garnering DramaLogue, Diamond, ADA, NAACP Awards, LA Weekly and Backstage Picks of the Week, Garland and Valley Theatre (LA) nominations, including Broadway's out of town World Premiere LA Times Recommended production Pilgrim (WCLO Contract-Associate Producer). As Executive Producer of New Frequency - Theatre of the Mind, he produced 150 all-new original Radio Dramas for XM Radio's Sonic Theatre - Ranked as the #1 Radio Theatre show on XM Radio. With Jonathan Sanger at Chanticleer Films, he worked on, two shorts that won an Emmy and an Oscar, mentored under Howard Storm and directed Children's TV Pilots Symphology, Carrot Talk, and mature-themed Anonymous Confessions; Other notables include Interlochen Staff Alumni (Resident Lighting Designer – 2 years), Bakersfield Musical Theatre Camp (Executive/Director – 7 years). He is a 3-time DramaLogue winner; Out On a Whim; Best Direction, Actress, and Musical Direction (Producer), DramaLogue winner; Hunchback of Notre Dame (Lighting Designer), Modigliani Choreography (Director), NAACP Winner; Reap the Whirlwind and Blues on Central Avenue (Producer), West Coast Premieres of Kafka's The Trial (Producer of Ovation nominated Set Design), Wallace Shaw's The Fever, and Theresa Rebeck's Loose Knit (Producer), Picks of the Week Rimers of Eldritch and Faith After Dark (Producer), including Orange County's Register's and OC Weekly's Pick's/Recommended Productions of Arm's and the Man (Director), Master Class (Director) and Dancing at Lughnasa (Director), Hattie (Lighting Design) at Long Beach Playhouse, the World Premiere starring John Aniston The Penis Monologues (Producer - 6 month sold-out run). He was double nominated for B.F.F. as Best Director and Best Play (Producer) in the 2019 Winterfest in NYC at the Hudson Guild. Film and TV work include Army of Darkness, The Hard Way, Year of the Dragon, King of New York, Mania Cop 3, Hudson Hawk, Ghostbusters 2, The Freshman, Friday The 13th (10), The Washing Machine Man, Sundance's Moment of Gracie (Producer), Upside Down, Rightside Up (Feature Film Producer), Power Rangers (Monster Coordinator), Renegade, Fallen Angels, Mike Hammer, Land of the Lost and several M.O.W's for Hearst Entertainment, MPCA, Stu Segall Productions, AFI, The Television Academy, and in the Roger Corman Circuit in the early 90's. In addition to currently developing the Tv & Film productions of Rock Chefs, Unnatural Real Estate, and the horror film Near Death for Twisted Media NYC, he's Producing Artistic Director of Write Act Repertory/Director of Development for Twisted Media NYC he's been the Lead Producer of Off-Broadway productions of FABULOUS! The Queen of Musicals! (11 months), 2BY Tennessee Williams 27 Wagons Full of Cotton and Kingdom of Earth (AEA Contract 6 months), Pillars of NY (10 months), Lili Marlene (1 year+) and Wicked Frozen (10 months); Current / Recent Producer Off-Broadway: Frankenstein (1.5 years+), It Came From Beyond (1 year+) Scarlet Savior, The Great Cat Massacre, #Adulting, Geeks! Wicked City Blues, Teen Party Massacre, Swing! and for a pre-production Broadway development Pearl - The Musical (with creative team members of Dreamgirls! Original Broadway Cast and Creative Team). John received the California Service Award from the State Legislature for his Community Outreach and Service to the Arts in 2000, '01, '08 and '09.

Michael Antin (Writer / Composer)
Retiring after 45 years of practice as a tax lawyer, Michael has devoted himself to music and the theatre. His teaching experience, as a Visiting Professor of law, at Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California Berkeley, and in numerous countries of central Europe, brings a special perspective to his playwriting. Michael played five instruments and student conducted the All-Southern California High School Orchestra before even getting to high school. Upon entering UCLA he joined the choir conducted by Rodger Wagner and moved on to the Chorale. He was the only non-music major admitted to the music honorary fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Michael left music behind when he entered law school. When he retired in March 2008 from the practice of tax law, he resumed piano lessons and joined a choir. His piano teacher motivated him to write lyrics and to compose, resulting in what would become his first musical, Answer the Call. Additional experiences in getting to know people led to the further development and productions of his other original musicals Butterfly, Sophia, Renewal, Pillars of New York, Lili Marlene and now Swing! He is in the process of writing his next project.

Tamra Pica (Producer)
Tamra's theater and television work spans nearly 30 years and over 300 productions of plays, musicals, dance and ice shows. Currently she has four shows running Off-Broadway including: Frankenstein, Wicked City Blues and Teen Party Massacre and Swing. Off Broadway (select credits): Frankenstein, It Came From Beyond, Wicked City Blues, Lili Marlene, Pillars of NY, and Fabulous. Los Angeles: Swing, Prez: The Lester Young Story, Wicked Wicked Mae West, Sing Bibi Sing, Marlene, Lili Marlene, and Renewal and for the last 17 years on Holiday on Ice for Toyota Performance Center/AEG. Tamra's worked in television for companies such as Disney, Sony, Cartoon Network, NBC Studios, TBS, CBS, MTV, ABC and FOX in production, development and casting for the last 20 years. Select Credits include: Venice: The Series, America's Prince, Prince William, Pretender, As the World Turns and Guiding Light.

Write Act Repertory
Under the artistic leadership of John Lant since 2003, WRITE ACT REPERTORY has produced over 60 Mainstage and 100 original one-act plays in Los Angeles and New York City. Write Act Repertory is dedicated to the development of original plays, lesser known works by established writers, adaptations of classical-themed materials and musicals. Write Act Repertory also produces rarely seen works and unfinished musicals by composers who passed before their work was completed. www.writeactrep.org

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