The Hip Hop Nutcracker

Tchaikovsky’s Score, Hip Hop Dance, NYC Style

About The Show

A holiday mash-up for the whole family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker re-imagines Tchaikovsky’s classic score through explosive hip hop choreography. A dozen all-star dancers, on-stage DJ and an electric violinist bring the traditional Nutcracker story to life in contemporary New York City. This evening-length show celebrates love, community and the magic of the holiday season.

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“A generous dose of contemporary spirit sure to heat up even the most restless and wintry of souls.”

– The New York Times

“The Hip Hop Nutcracker turns Tchaikovsky on his head, in the coolest possible way.”

-CBS

“A truly one-of-a-kind experience, filled with high-powered choreography and a very modern storyline”

– Elle Magazine

The Cast


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Maria-Clara

Ann-sylvia Clark

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Drosselmeyer

SHEstreet

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Mouse King/Ensemble

Randi “Rascal” Freitas

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Toy/Ensemble

Joel Maisonet

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Toy/Ensemble

Liliana Frias

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Russian/Ensemble

Alex Laya

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Tea/Ensemble

Ayano Ito

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Flute/Ensemble

Evan Moody

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Violinist

Emily Simone

DJ Boo

Performance DJ

DJ Boo

Kurtis Blow

Special Guest MC

KURTIS BLOW

The Creative Team

Meet the amazing creative team behind the scenes of The Hip Hop Nutcracker.


Directed & Choreographed by
JENNIFER WEBER

Adapted by
MIKE FITELSON
Based on “The Nutcracker” by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Set Designer
ANDREW DIAZ

Lighting Designer
BURKE WILMORE

Costume Designer
WHITNEY ADAMS

Video Designer
MOE SHAHROOZ

Original Beats and Remixes
DJ BOO

Produced by
NEW JERSEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
John Schreiber, President & CEO
David Rodriguez, Executive Producer
Julia Kraus, Producer

Eva Price, Executive Producer

General Management
MAXIMUM ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTIONS

Exclusive Tour Direction
InHouse Booking

2017 Tour Dates

11/09
Fox PAC – Riverside, CA
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11/12
Pantages Theater – Tacoma, WA
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11/15
Arlene Schnitzer Music Hall – Portland, OR
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11/17
Dolby Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
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11/18
Civic Theatre – San Diego, CA
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11/19
Comerica Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
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11/21 – 11/22
State Theater – Minneapolis, MN
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11/24
DPAC – Durham, NC
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11/25
Polk Theatre – Nashville, TN
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11/26
Fox Theatre – Atlanta, GA

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11/27
Alabama Theater – Birmingham, AL
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11/28
Saenger Theatre – New Orleans, LA
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11/29
Majestic Theatre – San Antonio, TX
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11/30
Smart Finacial Center – Sugarland, TX
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12/2
Knight Concert Hall – Miami, FL

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12/3
Florida Theater – Jacksonville, FL
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12/5
Palace Theater – Colombus, OH
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12/6
State Theatre – Cleveland, OH
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12/7
Riverside Theatre – Milwaukee, WI

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12/9
Orpheum Theater – Omaha, NE
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12/10
Midland Theatre – Kansas City, MO

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12/12 – 12/13
Strathmore – N. Bethesda, MD
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12/14
United Palace – New York, NY

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12/15
NJPAC – Newark, NJ
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12/16
Kings Theatre – Brooklyn, NY

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12/17
Bushnell – Hartford, CT
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12/20
Auditorium Theatre – Rochester, NY

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12/21- 12/23
Shubert Theatre – Boston, MA
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12/27 – 12/30
Knight Theater – Charlotte, NC

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** Not featuring Guest MC Kurtis Blow

Contact

For marketing or press inquiries, please fill out the form below and a member of our team will contact you.

For booking inquiries, please contact Tracey McFarland at InHouse Booking.


Ann Sylvia Clark

ANN-SYLVIA CLARK (Maria-Clara) was born and raised In Norway. Training: Flow Dance Academy (Copenhagen, Denmark), Broadway Dance Center (NYC). In DK, she performed with Snoop Dogg and Pharrell Williams at the 2006 MTV European Music Awards. As a member of Decadance theatre she has toured the US, UK, and performed on “Good Day New York” Fox5, CBS, and was a contestant on TruTV’s “Fake off.” She has performed at the Jacobs Pillow Festival and worked on music videos for artists like Alicia Keys, Styles P, F.Stokes,LEON, Ben L’Oncle Soul, Fedez. She has also done commercial work for Samsung, Smirnoff, Sixt Car and Digicel.

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JOSUE FIGUEROA

Josue FigueroaJOSUE “BEAST” FIGUEROA (The Nutcracker)- Born in Puerto Rico & raised in Florida, Josue discovered his passion for breaking and the performing arts at the age of 15. Through his continual pursuit and love for the arts, he’s earned work in the Step-Up film franchise, numerous commercials and several international breaking championship titles with his world renown crews MIND180 and Skill Methodz. Josue is currently studying to create his next path as an actor… Stay tuned.

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ALLAUNÉ BLEGBO

ALLAUNÉ BLEGBO (Mom) is a French dancer, raised between Paris, France and Abidjan, Ivoiry Cost. She is a member of the French Hip-Hop/House crews Wanted Posse and Paradox-sal. She also studied in New York at The Alvin Ailey School. After a year on tour with Madonna, Allauné decided to move to the US. As a freestyler she loves to merge her Hip-Hop and technical background with acrobatics to create a unique and abstract style.

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MICAH "JUST JAMZ" ABBREY

MICAH “JUST JAMZ” ABBREY (Dad) is an artist with a concentration in Urban Improvisational Movement. Abbrey specializes in movement innovation and total body integration methodologies with an emphasis in musical aural skills and meditative approaches to movement, in order to heighten creativity and self-awareness. Currently, he works as a core company member of a site specific modern dance company, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre, works as a dance instructor at the infamous Movement Lifestyle dance studio and spends most time traveling the U.S. teaching and competing using his style “the way of a million bounces.”

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SHEstreet

SHEstreet (Drosselmeyer), inspirational Movements Artist/ Choreographer, has the ability to move the masses. Being raised in a city flourishing with talented singers and musicians was a great advantage in her eyes. Her love for movement and acting began at an early age and over the years, a sense of embedment was placed in her world! After deciding to dedicate more time to hone her craft, SHE spent the following years enhancing her craft and performing throughout the United States with various companies.  A native of Memphis, Tennessee, she relocated to Los Angeles, California where she continues to pursue her vision, full time.

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RANDI FLECKENSTINE

fleckenstine-200x200RANDI “RASCAL” FREITAS (Associate Director-Choreographer/Dance Captain/Mouse King/Ensemble)- is a member of The Beat Freaks Crew, and is a professional hip hop dancer living in Los Angeles. Some of her credits to date include Nike, Anthropologie, Toyota, “The Emmy’s”, Kaytranada and Mya. Randi has toured Japan performing in a live battle theatre show. This is her second US tour dancing in and choreographing for the Hip Hop Nutcracker. Randi also performs with an outreach program called Universoul Hip Hop, bringing hip-hop into schools for assemblies and after-school curriculum. In addition to performing, she is the co-founder of a battle called The Dance Fight and is active in the underground battle world. Randi currently teaches at Movement Lifestyle, a professional dance studio in LA.

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RAMONE "MONE SWIFF" WILKINSON

RAMONE “MONE SWIFF” WILKINSON (Russian/Ensemble) Ramone “Mone Swiff” Wilkinson is a professional dancer from Philly. After years of being a self- taught street dancer, he moved on to enhancing his knowledge of different styles such as hip-hop foundation and funk styles. His hard work and talent led him to work professionally in New York and Los Angeles. He’s worked with A- list artists and worldwide brands such as Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez, Big Sean, Nike, and Apple. Ramone knew that hard work, dedication, and prayer would lead him to the life he dreamed of.

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LILIANA FRIAS

lily-frias-200x200LILIANA FRIAS (Toy/Ensemble) was born and raised in Mexico, currently working as a professional dancer in Los Angeles CA. She has been dancing for 13 years. With a journey starting as a technical dancer, then later mastering hiphop styles and the art of freestyle. She has been featured on projects such as “So You Think You Can Dance” season 12, “Americas Best Dance Crew” season 7, Cirque Du Soleil and Comedy Central. She is also an accomplished choreographer known for teaching and performing in the US, Europe and Latin America.

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JOEL MAISONET

JOEL MAISONET (Toy/Ensemble) From Oceanside, CA, Joel Maisonet has lived and trained all over Southern California. Coming from free styling in styles such as breaking, krump, and hip hop, Joel eventually found his love for musical theater, tap and hip-hop choreography while training in his teens at Temecula Dance Company.

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ALEX LAYA

laya-200x200ALEX LAYA (Russian/Ensemble) grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and began his dance training in breaking at the age of 17. Education: Western Michigan University. Alex performed with DJ/Producer DIPLO, while being featured in his music video “Set Me Free”, as well as performing with Soul Fresh Fam, directed by Ricky Cole of Mos Wanted Cru, at many venues, including World of Dance. Some of Alex’s other credits include Gala de Danza, Youth American Grand Prix, Establish Your Empire, Dance Stellar Productions, Chicago Dance Crash, and Culture Shock Chicago

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AYANO ITO

AYANO ITO (Tea/Ensemble) Ayano Ito was born and raised in Kanagawa, Japan.  She started to compete and perform with her crew at the age of 16.   Her team won 1st prize at a competition in Kanagawa.  Her first job as a professional dancer was a movie called “Pyu-To fuku Jaguar”  in Japan.  Training: Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio, Edge Performing Arts Center and Millennium Dance Complex.  Since she moved to Los Angeles, she has had opportunities to work with Nike, Lenovo, Hard Rock Cafe, Money Super Market and many more.  She continuously works hard to inspire people!

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EVAN MOODY

Evan MoodyEVAN MOODY (Flute/Ensemble) Just a kid from Raleigh, NC! My first theatre stage debut was My First Bug Jar Musical as a 5th Grader at NC State University to now having credits that include: Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, Mountain Dew, Keke Palmer, Alvin and the Chipmunks 4, and Todrich Hall. So thankful for all the opportunities. I would like to thank my parents for helping me find a passion at such a young age and then helping me focus and grow with it.

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KURTIS BLOW

Kurtis BlowKurtis Blow (Special Guest MC)is one of the founders and creators of recorded rap. A timeless artist and hip hop legend, Kurtis blazed the trail for early hip hop artists and continues to carry the torch for hip hop music in new arenas.Kurtis is credited with many accolades, and was the first rapper to ever be signed to a major label, release a certified gold rap album (The Breaks), tour the United States and Europe, record a national commercial (Sprite), use the drum machine, sample and sample loop, release a rap music video, and become a millionaire.In 1979, at the age of 20, Kurtis Blow became the first rapper to be signed by a major label. He released Christmas Rappin’, which sold over 400,000 copies and became an annual classic. Its gold follow-up, The Breaks, helped ignite an international “rap attack,” solidifying the new art form.He released 10 albums over 11 years and his early projects made him an instant success at home and across Europe. Pioneering records like Party Time introduced the fusion of rap and go-go. Hit songs like“8 Million Stories”, “AJ”, and “Basketball” were simply ahead of their time, and still get spins by DJs today. Fellow rap legend Nas debuted at #1 on the Billboard Charts with a cover of Kurtis’“If I Ruled the World” in 1997.Beyond his own hits, Kurtis contributed to the success of The Fat Boys and Run DMC. In fact, Run began his career billed as “The Son of Kurtis Blow.”Among countless others, Wyclef Jean, Love Bug Starski, Sweet Gee, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Full Force, and Russell Simmons all have been produced by or have worked with Kurtis in the past.Kurtis’ multi-disciplinary skillset has taken him across the country and overseas to score, produce, and act in various films. Most notably, he played a large role in the production of the hit film Krush Groove. The New York Daily News called his cinematic works a “noteworthy, dynamic presence.”Kurtis Blow’s reach transcends that of your typical entertainer. He has completed multiple world tours since the turn of the new millennium, and continues to work on other creative endeavors. His innate ability to reach people is evident in his work as an activist, radio personality, and most recently, an ordained minister and leader of the Hip Hop Church. Artists still pay their respects to Kurtis’ trailblazing in a number of ways. His influence has been mentioned in seemingly every important hip hop film in the past decade, from Get Rich or Die Tryin’ to Notorious and Straight Outta Compton.

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ANDREW DIAZ

ANDREW DIAZ (Set & Props Designer) is a set and props designer making prop magic out of his Brooklyn living room. His recent set designs include: Sox News (Martian Entertainment), Smoke(The Flea), My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer (The Flea), An American Family Takes A Lover(The Cell), and Revenge and Guilt (After Midnight). He has worked with theater companies New York Theatre Workshop, Carnegie Hall, Classic Stage Company, Primary Stages, The Public, Theater For A New Audience, Cherry Lane Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, among others. Andrew holds a BFA from the University of Arizona School Of Theater Arts. andrewdiazdesign.squarespace.com

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BURKE WILMORE

BURKE WILMORE (Lighting Designer) is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 and an honors graduate of Wesleyan University. He was the resident designer for Battleworks (2001-2010) and lit Robert Battle’s Juba, In/Side, Takademe, The Hunt and Strange Humors for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. He designed Stephen Petronio’s evening-length ballet Tragic Love, for Ballet de Lorraine at the Montpelier Festival. Since 2005, he has been the resident designer for Keigwin+ Company, lighting Boys, Girls, Canvas, Trio, Triptych, Elements, Birdwatching, Love Songs, Mattress Suite, Exit, and nine iterations of Bolero. His work is in the repertories of Sweden’s NorrDans and Holland’s Introdans. He has also lit the work of Camille A. Brown (Mr. Tol. E. Rance, City of Rain, Good & Grown), Brian Brooks (Again Again), and Keely Garfield (Twin Pines). He frequently collaborates with Broadway star André de Shields, for whom he lit the Louis Armstrong musical Ambassador Satch, the play Killa Dilla, and designed scenery and lighting for De Shields’ production of Ain’t Misbehavin’. Mr. Wilmore leads the production team and serves as Associate Producer for FOCUS Dance and Gotham Dance Festival presentations at The Joyce Theater, Skirball Center, and the Ailey Citigroup Theater.

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WHITNEY ADAMS

WHITNEY ANNE ADAMS (Costume Designer) is a costume designer and stylist based in New York City. Designs Include: Travesties (Bay Street Theatre), House of Murgatroyd: Ruddygore Revisited (Gilbert & Sullivan Festival, UK), Les Misérables (Zach Theatre), Tonight At 8:30 (Guild Hall), BC Beat: Spring & Fall 2014, Phish New Years Eve Concert at Madison Square Garden 2012, 2013, & 2014, LoveSick (Project Y). ACD: costume design assistant to Catherine Martin on Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby, as well as work on Chanel No. 5: The One That I Want, & their stage production of Strictly Ballroom: The Musical. Degree from UC San Diego. www.whitneyadams.com

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MOE SHAHROOZ

MOE SHAHROOZ (Video Designer) is a video artist based in New York City. He specializes in animation, editing, and interactive video design. He has worked on a wide variety of projects ranging from television shows, award shows, music videos, and theatrical productions His work has been seen in venues such as Lincoln Center and Grand Central Station. He holds a Master’s Degree from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He is also known for performing and producing music under the moniker I. Sheik. He is proud to be working with the Hip-Hop Nutcracker.

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JENNIFER WEBER

JENNIFER WEBER(Director & Choreographer)“Outstanding Emerging Choreographer” New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) nominee, Jennifer Weber is the artistic director of the award winning, theatrical hip-hop dance company, Decadancetheatre. Her work has been seen in venues across the US, UK, Russia and France including Jacob’s Pillow, The Apollo Theater, The Kennedy Center, London’s Southbank Center, The Everyman in Liverpool, New York City Center, Bumbershoot in Seattle, The Stanislavsky Music Theatre in Moscow and The Music Center in Los Angeles. She has choreographed for American Express, Uber, Ulta, L’Oreal Matrix, Reebok, Bloomberg, Philosophy, Marc Jacobs, CK2 and UK TV show, Blue Peter. Weber was the creative director for the 2016 tour of Lifetime’s Bring it! Live and choreographed the 16/17 tour of PBS’s Odd Squad Live. Weber and The Deca Crew were featured on Season 2 of TruTV’s theatrical competition series Fake Off. www.jenniferwebernyc.com www.decadancetheatre.com

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MIKE FITELSON

MIKE FITELSON (Writer/Co-Creator) is the executive director of the United Palace of Cultural Arts (UPCA), which originally produced “The Hip Hop Nutcracker” in 2014, and co-created the show with Jennifer Weber, adapting the story and supplying the images for the scenery. Fitelson has worked to build the arts community in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan for over a decade. He co-founded the community’s annual arts festival, the Uptown Arts Stroll in 2003; served in every capacity of the Manhattan Times, the bilingual community newspaper of Washington Heights and Inwood, from 2002-2011; and serves on the steering committee of the new Washington Heights-Broadway Business Improvement District.

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NEW JERSEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

NEW JERSEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (NJPAC) (Producer), located in downtown Newark, New Jersey, is among the largest performing arts centers in the United States and is the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey – where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day. NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the state’s and the world’s best artists while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city. Through its extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts. NJPAC has attracted more than 9 million visitors (including over 1.5 million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents. Visit njpac.org or call 1-888-GO-NJPAC for more information.

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EVA PRICE

EVA PRICE (Executive Producer) is Executive Producer/EVP for Maximum Entertainment. Recent Broadway and Off-Broadway Productions include: On Your Feet! (The story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan), The Temptations & The Four Tops on Broadway, Found – a new musical, The Lion, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Lewis Black: Running on Empty, Annie, Peter and the Starcatcher (5 Tony Awards), Kathy Griffin Wants A Tony, Colin Quinn Long Story Short directed by Jerry Seinfeld (Drama Desk Nomination), The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critic’s Circle Nominations), The Addams Family (Broadway, Tour, and Australia), Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. International and Touring credits include: Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin, Ivy and Bean the Musical (National Tour) The Magic School Bus, Live! The Climate Challenge (National Tour), Ella – a bio musical about the life and music of Ella Fitzgerald (National Tour), ‘S Wonderful: The New Gershwin Musical (National Tour), Tomie dePaola’s Strega Nona The Musical (National Tour), Irving Berlin’s I Love A Piano (National Tour and Japan), The Great American Trailer Park Musical (National Tour), Private Jokes, Public Places (London).

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MAXIMUM ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTIONS

MAXIMUM ENTERTAINMENT (General Management) is a producing, developing and management company. Maximum Entertainment was founded in 2006 by Avram Freedberg, MaryBeth Dale and Eva Price. Associate General Manager Jim Brady joined Maximum in 2014. General Management credits on Broadway, Off-Broadway and on tour include The Lion, 50 Shades! The Musical, Ivy + Bean The Musical, Blank! The Musical, Colin Quinn: Long Story Short, Forever Dusty, Voca People, The Judy Show, Circumcise Me, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, The Magic School Bus Live!, Ella, ’S Wonderful, Strega Nona and I Love a Piano. www.MaximumCompany.com

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EMILY SIMONE

EMILY SIMONE (Violinist) Emily Simone is a classically-trained pop violinist and electronic music producer based in Brooklyn. A fixture in the NYC club scene, Emily has toured Germany with the Franco Dragone (of Cirque du Soleil) show Incredible India, and is regularly featured with cirque- nouveau group Quixotic. Emily has performed concerts in Pakistan to promote cultural exchange, enjoys remixing contemporary music to feature the violin (#thevmix), and released her first EP last year (KYLIAN – We Are Ready).

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DJ BOO

DJ BOO (DJ) is a NY based Fil-Am DJ/musician who has shared the stage with the likes of Ghostface Killah, DJ Kool Herc, KRS-1, Snoop Dogg, and Common. He has backed wordsmiths like Eternia, The Juggaknots, and Omar Offendum. In 2014 he served as a cultural ambassador for the United States, performing, and conducting Hip Hop workshops with The Nomadic Wax Collective in Nepal, Mozambique, and Swaziland as part of the American Music Abroad Tour. He has had the honor of performing at Jacob’s Pillow backing Brooklyn based Hip Hop dance company, Decadancetheatre. As a music producer he, along with choreographer Jennifer Weber, helped bring to life Mike Fitelson’s holiday phenomenon, The Hip Hop Nutcracker, a modern reimagining of the classic ballet by Tchaikovsky; which has toured the United States and Russia.

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DJ BOO

DJ BooBoo is a NY based Fil-Am DJ/musician who has shared the stage with the likes of Ghostface Killah, DJ Kool Herc, KRS-1, Snoop Dogg, and Common. He has backed wordsmiths like Eternia, The Juggaknots, and Omar Offendum. In 2014 he served as a cultural ambassador for the United States, performing and conducting Hip Hop workshops with The Nomadic Wax Collective in Nepal, Mozambique, and Swaziland as part of the American Music Abroad Tour. As the DJ for Brooklyn based dance company, Decadancetheatre, he has had the honor of performing at Jacob’s Pillow. As a music producer he, along with choreographer Jennifer Weber, helped bring to life Mike Fitelson’s holiday phenomenon, The Hip Hop Nutcracker, a modern reimagining of the classic ballet by Tchaikovsky; which has toured the United States and Russia.

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