BROADWAY’S ROB McCLURE AND MAGGIE LAKIS LEAD CAST OF RESOUNDING’S “TREASURE ISLAND” AT THEATRICAL DRIVE-IN RADIAL PARK
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
LEAD CAST OF
AT THE THEATRICAL DRIVE-IN EXPERIENCE
AT HALLETTS POINT PLAY
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New York, NY (March 17, 2021) – Resounding, the live immersive live-audio entertainment company, announced casting for the upcoming live outdoor performance and broadcast of the pirate classic Treasure Island as part of the month-long residency at the theatrical drive-in experience Radial Park at Halletts Point Play.
Leading the cast will be Broadway’s Maggie Lakis (Something Rotten) as Jim Hawkins and Tony Award nominee Rob McClure (Mrs. Doubtfire, Beetlejuice) as Long John Silver and Narrator. They will be joined by Victoria Huston-Elem (Finding Neverland 1st Nat., Addams Family 1st Nat.), Christian Elan Ortiz (West Side Story), Kurt Uy (“Tommy,” Vietgone), and Stuart Williams (“The Plot Against America,” “Turn: Washington’s Spies”).
Treasure Island, the fourth in a series of five immersive-audio plays performed for both in-person audiences and via simulcast, will take place Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 8:00 PM ET and runs approximately 70 minutes.
Tickets, starting at just $10, are now on sale at resounding.live/radialpark.
In-person audiences will be given special “silent disco”-style headphones to get the full immersive sound experience while enjoying atmospheric and stage projections on the venue’s 50×60 foot screen. Remote audiences are encouraged to enjoy a “night out, in” with exclusive access to pirate-themed dinner menu suggestions, decor inspiration, and a custom rum cocktail recipe, all created and curated by award-winning NYC bartender Jena Ellenwood.
Resounding Creative Director Steve Wargo directs his adaptation, inspired by a 1938 broadcast helmed by Orson Welles, about the sailing ship Hispaniola, where young Jim Hawkins and the crew seek the lost treasure of Captain Flint with only a scrawled, stolen map to guide them. All must beware, for there’s mutiny aboard as well, with the cunning and roguish Long John Silver ready to kill all who stand between him and the buried booty awaiting them on the isle.
About the production, Wargo said, “This is going to be so much fun to perform under the stars and for both an in-person audience and listeners all around the world at the same time. We are so excited to welcome this amazing cast back to the stage and cannot wait to create, together, the world of Treasure Island in the ears and imaginations of all who attend. Telling stories in front of a live audience is a thrill we all have missed so much. We can’t wait to get back to work.”
In addition to Resounding’s popular Treasure Island, other immersive audio plays in the five-week residency (April 23 – May 23), include the unauthorized parody in iambic pentameter of a classic film script, Clu-eth (April 23 – 24), a new ghost thriller, Beyond the Veil (April 30 – May 1), and an adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest (May 7 – 8). The fifth production, a musical will be announced.
Additional free tickets will be available to NYCHA Astoria Houses residents via digital lottery.
Fresh off a successful launch and fall run of remotely produced and performed live audio plays, Resounding will be producing some of the first live entertainment events in New York City in 2021 at the stunning outdoor venue in Astoria featuring unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline.
Guests at Radial Park can enjoy the interactive, theatrical show from the safety of their own vehicles or via reserved picnic tables spaced appropriately for social distancing for those who prefer biking, walking, or taking the ferry to Halletts Point Play.
Following the requirements of government and health officials, Radial Park will continue to implement strict health and safety protocols including temperature checks upon arrival via an infrared, touchless thermometer; color-coded wristbands for social distancing; and more.
Radial Park’s cinemersive experience, dubbed “Broadway at the Drive-In,” officially opened October 1, 2020 with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera on the big screen along with live specially interwoven musical numbers from Broadway’s Derrick Davis and Ali Ewoldt alongside a live 11-piece orchestra and continued with Purple Rain featuring Aaron Marcellus, Nick Rashad Burroughs and Lenesha “Sister” Randolph and Selena, starring two-time Tony Award nominee Eva Noblezada singing hits from the films in front of live bands. This Spring Broadway at the Drive-In returns with the iconic, blockbuster, fan-favorite film, The Blues Brothers beginning Thursday, May 27, 2021.
Radial Park at Halletts Point Play is led by producers Jeremy Shepard and Marco Shalma with a creative team that includes two-time Tony Award and three-time Emmy Award winner Dale Badway (Executive Producer and Creative Director) Shira Milikowsky (Creative Director and Producer) and Vanjah Boikai (Associate Producer).
The Resounding team includes Steve Wargo (Creative Director), Blair Russell (Director of Operations), Jen Ash (Production & Broadcast Director), and Holly Buczek, CSA (Casting Director).
Blair Russell is a recipient of AKA NYC‘s Black Producer 500 Hours Initiative, a program designed to support emerging black creators and producers. The AKA team will be donating creative, strategic, and marketing hours to work on Resounding.
ROB MCCLURE comes directly from playing the title role in the Broadway production of Mrs. Doubtfire which is on hiatus but will return when curtains rise again in NYC. He received Tony, Drama League, Astaire, and Outer Critics Circle nominations and won Theatre World and Clive Barnes awards for his performance in the title role of Chaplin: The Musical. Rob’s other Broadway credits include Adam Maitland in Beetlejuice, Nick Bottom in Something Rotten!, Tim in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of Noises Off, Jack Singer in Honeymoon In Vegas, I’m Not Rappaport, and the roles of Princeton and Rod in Avenue Q. He later received a Helen Hayes nomination for his performance in the Avenue Q national tour. He delighted 92nd Street Y audiences in Kathleen Marshall’s salute to MGM musicals Going Hollywood and similarly charmed crowds at New York City Center Encores! in Where’s Charley? and Irma La Douce. Regionally, he appeared in the world premiere of Ken Ludwig’s Comedy Of Tenors and The Game’s Afoot both at the Cleveland Playhouse and Robert and Willie Reale’s Johnny Baseball at the American Repertory Theatre. A fan favorite at St Louis’s Muny, Rob has been seen there in Little Shop of Horrors, Mary Poppins, Shrek, The Addams Family, Hello, Dolly!, Beauty & The Beast, Into the Woods & Jerome Robbins’ Broadway.
Particularly active in the Philadelphia theater scene, Rob has collaborated with the Arden Theatre Co. (A Funny Thing…,Flea and the Professor), The Walnut Street (Mozart in Amadeus, Carmen Ghiain The Producers), and many more, winning him two Barrymore Awards for Best Actor. Other regional work includes; Paper Mill Playhouse, The Old Globe, Delaware Theatre Co., Flat Rock Playhouse, McCarter Theatre, and La Jolla Playhouse. Rob recently made his film debut in the Award-winning short film Recursion, directed by Sam Buntrock for which Rob won Best Actor at both The Queen’s World and Williamsburg Independent Film Festivals. Recent TV credits include CBS’ “Person of Interest,” “Elementary” and “The Good Fight.”
STEVE WARGO (Creative Director) has been working in New York theater as a director, producer, and writer since the fall of 2000. His work spans from traditional musical theater to the avant-garde fringe to environmental/ immersive works. Favorite credits include (as director): the immersive concert experience Kabarett Weimar; seven NYC productions of his musical adaptation (with Dianne Adams McDowell) of Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol; David Ives Don Juan in Chicago (first NYC revival); The Duchess, aka Wallis Simpson and Orchidelirium (both U.S. premieres); I Will Follow, and Air Guitar: The Musical (both for the NYC Fringe); All’s Well That Ends Well (Manhattan Rep.) As a writer: Triassic Parq: The Musical (with Marshall Pailet and Bryce Norbitz) (NYC Fringe Best Musical ‘10; Off-Broadway ‘12: Lortel Nom.; L.A. ‘13: 11 Ovation Award Noms, Winner: Best Musical; San Francisco ‘14: 8 SGBATCC Noms; Published and licensed by Broadway Licensing.); Scooby-Doosical with Keith Varney; Nighttime Traffic with Alex Wyse. As producer: Keith Varney’s I Got Fired: A Revenge Musical (with Liz Ulmer, NYMF ‘10; Theater for the American Musical Award; South Korea’s Daegu International Musical Festival ‘11); Arthur Kopit’s revised BecauseHeCan (first NYC revival). In theater-adjacent work, he has lectured (on A Christmas Carol) at Brooklyn College, and his essay, Journey On, on how the AIDS crisis impacted the development of the American Musical, was published in the trade journal Musical Theater Today. Steve grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, and earned his BFA in Musical Theater from Syracuse University.
BLAIR RUSSELL (Director of Operations) is a Tony nominated producer, developer, supporter, and lover of theatre whose experience ranges from fringe festivals to Broadway shows. He specializes in the development of new plays and musicals. As a producer, Blair is most proud of bringing Slave Play by Jeremy O. Harris to Broadway. Some of his other favorite credits include the critically acclaimed immersive Off-Broadway production of Sweeney Todd at the Greenwich House Theater, and the West End productions of Gyspy with Imelda Staunton and Show Boat at the Gillian Lynne Theatre. For Jujamcyn Theaters, Blair oversaw the daily activities of the office of the President before joining the Theatre Operations department in managing the running of five Broadway theaters. At Goodspeed Musicals (a two-time Tony award-winning regional theater) he assisted the producers in managing the seasons at both the mainstage Opera House and the Terris Theater, line produced the annual Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals, and assisted with the Johnny Mercer Writers Colony. Some of his favorite shows at Goodspeed include The Circus in Winter, Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, and LMNOP. Blair previously worked as a stage manager for companies such as Cirque du Soleil, Santa Fe Opera, Goodspeed Musicals, Opera Santa Barbara, and Virginia Repertory Theatre. He currently serves on the board of The New Harmony Project and is Co-President of the board of New York Theatre Barn. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in Technical Theatre/Stage Management.
JEN ASH (Production & Broadcast Director) Stage Management credits include: Broadway: Wicked, Dear Evan Hansen, Come From Away; Tours: Come From Away, IF/THEN, Wicked, Peter and The Starcatcher; Off-Broadway: Fuerza Bruta WAYRA, Peter and the Starcatcher, Satchmo at the Waldorf, Brigadoon; Regional: Passing Through (Goodspeed), Austen’s Pride (Pre-ACT), Honeymoon in Vegas, South Pacific, Grease (Paper Mill Playhouse) TV: Various shows and concerts for VH1 and MTV networks, and events for Arts Brookfield NYC.
HOLLY BUCZEK, CSA (Casting Director) is a full time Casting Director at W/S Casting and with her own company, HDB Casting. National & International tours: Jesus Christ Superstar – 50th Anniversary Tour, Rent, Rock Of Ages, Something Rotten, Motown, Kinky Boots, Jekyll & Hyde, Dreamgirls, Annie, Wizard Of Oz, The Illusionists, Daniel Tiger, PJ Masks, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Baby Shark Live and more. Other Projects: 50 Shades: The Original Parody – off Broadway and Touring Companies, Church & State and Othello: The Remix off Broadway, The John W. Engeman Theatre, Theatre Aspen, Theatre Raleigh, Tuacahn Performing Arts Center, Riverside Theatre, Arvada Center, The Independents for Fringe 2012 (winner Best-of-the Fest), iLLA, A Hip-Hop Musical, Deployed -The Musical, The Brain That Wouldn’t Die – In 3D, The Groove Factory and Pirates of Finance for NYMF, and for Bard SummerScape festival, The Ballad of Rom and Julz and Bitter Sweet. HDB Casting was the resident Casting Office for Musicals Tonight! and Matt Murphy Productions. HDB Casting is currently the resident casting office for Vital Theatre Company. TV: “The Hunt” With John Walsh on CNN. Films: Naz & Maalik, Diva and Symposium. Web: Commercials for Intel and Lipton, plus others.
RADIAL PARK AT HALLETTS POINT PLAY is the world’s first truly Cinemersive experience – an interactive, theatrical playground designed as “Broadway At The Drive-in™” in the vacuum of COVID-19 and beyond. Enjoy our proprietary, expressive, top-notch hybrid big screen-live shows, performed, produced, directed, and choreographed by some of Broadway’s greatest talent, and overlooking the incredible Manhattan Skyline. Join the thousands of theatre fans in a celebration of a true show of NYC ingenuity, resilience, and excellence while supporting the art community and public safety. Radial Park contains 100 socially-distance vehicle spots which are replaced by picnic tables and retro boomboxes when weather permits.
HALLETTS POINT PLAY is a new 50,000 square-foot open-air cultural, recreational and events venue located at 27-50 1st Street on the Astoria, Queens The space showcases the emerging arts and cultural district in Astoria and provides dramatic views of the Manhattan Skyline and the East River. Steps from the Astoria Ferry Stop with direct connections from the Upper East Side, Midtown, Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Roosevelt Island and is just a short walk from the subway and steps away from Citi Bike. The destination opened summer of 2019 and hosts artistic and family-friendly events.
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