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

casting for The Hip Hop Nutcracker to be announced soon….



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Maria-Clara

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The Nutcracker

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Mom

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Dad

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Drosselmeyer

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Mouse King/Ensemble

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Snow King/Ensemble

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Toy/Ensemble

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Toy/Ensemble

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Russian/Ensemble

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Tea/Ensemble

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Flute/Ensemble

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Violinist

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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

11/06
State Theatre – Cleveland, OH
11/12
Broadway Center for PA – Tacoma, WA
11/15
Schnizter @ Portland’5 – Portland, OR
11/17
Dolby Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
11/18
Civic Theatre – San Diego, CA
11/19
Comerica Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
11/21 – 11/22
State Theater – Minneapolis, MN
11/24
DPAC – Durham, NC
11/25
Polk Theatre – Nashville, TN
11/27
Alabama Theater – Birmingham, AL
11/28
Saenger Theatre – New Orleans, LA
11/29
Majestic Theatre – San Antonio, TX
11/30
Smart Finacial Center – Sugarland, TX
12/3
Florida Theater – Jacksonville, FL
12/5
Palace Theater – Colombus, OH
12/9
Omaha Performing Arts – Omaha, NE**
12/12 – 12/13
Strathmore – N. Bethesda, MD
12/15
NJPAC – Newark, NJ
12/17
Bushnell – Hartford, CT
12/21- 12/23
Boch Center – Boston, MA

** 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

clark-200x200ANN-SYLVIA CLARK (Maria-Clara) was born and raised In Norway. She started out as a gymnast at the age of 5 and continued on for 13 years. Ann-Sylvia has traveled all over the country and all over Europe with the gymnastic team, but later showed more interest in dance and was accepted into Flow dance academy (Copenhagen,Denmark). She performed with Snoop Dogg and Pharrell Williams at the 2006 MTV European Music Awards. Since moving to New York, she continued her training at Broadway dance center. In 2009 she became a member of “Decadance theatre” Which is a hip-hop theatrical company. With the company she has toured the US, the UK, and performed on “Good day New York” Fox 5 , CBS, and “Fake off” on Tru TV. Since living in NYC she has performed at various shows, festivals, and music videos for artists like Alicia Keys, Styles P, F.Stokes, Ben L’Oncle Soul, Fedez. She has also done commercial work for Samsung and Smirnoff.

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JOSUE FIGUEROA

Josue FigueroaJOSUE FIGUEROA (The Nutcracker) a.k.a. “Beast” was born in Puerto Rico & raised in Florida, Josue discovered his passion for breaking and the performing arts at the age of 15. His continual pursuit and love for the arts have earned him work in the“Step Up” film franchise, several international breaking championship titles with his world renown crews MIND180 and Skill Methodz and numerous commercials. Josue is currently creating his next path as an actor and can be seen in Marriot’s short series, “Two Bellman”.

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YORELIS APOLINARIO

apolinario-200x200YORELIS APOLINARIO (Mom) is a dancer from Tampa, Florida. She began taking hip hop at 8 years old. At the age of 12 she began to explore other styles such as ballet, jazz and contemporary. She attended Orange Grove Middle School of the Arts and Blake High School of the Performing Arts, where she furthered her training in dance. From 2012 to 2014, she was able to tour with The Pulse On Tour convention under the instruction of the industry’s most sought after choreographers such as Dave Scott, Gil Duldulao, and Brian Freidman. Yorelis also competed on the television show “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 12 where she made it to the Top 14 dancers. Following the show, Yorelis joined the “So You Think You Can Dance Tour” traveling the United States and Canada. Yorelis has worked with artists like Tinashe, Alyson Stoner, FLO RIDA, Jordan Fisher and Christina Aguilera. She was also given a role in Hulu’s “East Los High” as an actress and dancer. You can even spot Yorelis in the National “Data Loca” Sprint Commercial. Nowadays, Yorelis resides in LA and continues to train in order to further her career.

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JD RAINEY

rainey-200x200JD RAINEY (Dad) AKA “Bboy Twixx” is originally from Seattle, Washington where he played sports since childhood including gymnastics, football, wrestling, martial arts, and track & field. He has been dancing for 21 years, gaining experience in the styles of breaking, popping, locking, and hip hop and is still a student of dance, constantly learning new styles, and concepts. Also dances with his crew The “Massive Monkees” and has won numerous b-boy competitions nationally and internationally. He resides in LA.

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SHESTREET

she-street-200x200SHEstreet (Drosselmeyer), inspirational Movements Artist/ Choreographer, has the ability to move the masses. She moves with fluidity and grace, but also embodies an undeniable sense of “raw” feeling. Which creates a beautiful experience for the body and spirit of the viewer! Being raised in a city flourishing with talented singers and musicians, which she happened to grow up around, was a great advantage in her eyes. Over the years, dance has allowed her to have a keen way of listening to music, which has established an intricate bond that radiates throughout her artistry. She gained her love for Movement & Acting 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” FLECKENSTINE (Assistant Choreographer/Dance Captain/Mouse King/Ensemble) Randi “Rascal” Fleckenstine, a member of the powerful female crew The Beat Freaks, is a professional hip hop dancer living in Los Angeles, California. She has toured Japan as a cast member of The Battle 2015, performed at music festivals such as Rock N’ Rio and Coachella, and danced with numerous artists. Randi also teaches at Movement Lifestyle, a prominent professional dance studio in Los Angeles.

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RICKY FLORES

flores-200x200RICKY FLORES (Snow King/Ensemble) a.k.a. Ricky Tan is a 31 year old who was born and raised in Methuen, MA. He had a wonderful and supportive family upbringing. At an early age he was adopted by music and through that became an advocate for dance. Where passion meets ambition he found himself drawn, driven, and directed by music. It’s the only time he feels completely honest with himself and where he finds unconditional love. Meeting other people with the same passion has been a true inspiration, and to be able to share stories with their bodies where the energy is unparalleled. He’s always had the pleasure pleasing a crowd in hopes they walk away with a bit of enjoyment and a bit of understanding on who he is.

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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 that started as a technical dancer, she later mastered hip-hop styles and the art of freestyle, putting the Hip Hop scene of her country on the map along with her crew. 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, Comedy Central and won 1st place in Dance Delight Sweden. She is also an accomplished choreographer known for teaching and performing in the US, Europe and Latin America, showing and inspiring with her pass and love for dance.

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ILLJAZ JUSUFI

jusufi-200x200ILLJAZ JUSUFI (Toy/Ensemble) Born in Macedonia, Illjaz was raised in Switzerland and eventually relocated to Los Angeles in 2014. He started breaking with his younger brother Burim and won the Swiss and European Breaking Championships several times. Mr. Jusufi has judged Breakdance/Streetdance Competition and has taught all over the world. In Basel, he performed in the musicals “Hair” (Ronnie) and “Fame” (Tyronne Jackson). Since moving to Los Angeles, he has appeared in commercials such as Amazon Prime, Reeses Puffs, Axe Shower, and more. He performed at the Billboard Music Awards and worked with Nicki Minaj, David Guetta, and Lauriann Gibson. In 2001, Mr. Jusufi founded the crew Ruff’n X with his brother, who also goes by the name of Jay Brothers.

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ALEX LAYA

laya-200x200ALEX LAYA (Russian/Ensemble) grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and began his dance training in b-boying at the age of 17. He later attended Western Michigan University, where he thoroughly trained in modern, jazz, and ballet. Alex has since been living in Los Angeles, California, where he has been fortunate enough to learn from some of the world’s best teachers and choreographers, and has had amazing opportunities. Alex performed with world famous 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 all over the world, including World of Dance. Because of his eclectic training, Alex’s dance style has become a fusion of urban and contemporary styles, strongly influenced by b-boying. 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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MARIA MALMSTROM

Maria MalmstromMARIA MALMSTROM (Tea/Ensemble)Born and raised in Sweden, Maria has been dancing and performing since the age of six from Denmark’s Contemporary Dance School and later to London where she pursued her training at Pineapple Dance Studios. Studying with Benny and Javier Ninja, Maria has since 2012 been a proud member of The Legendary House of Ninja and has entered balls and competitions both internationally and in New York City. Working closely with choreographer Toniah Pedersen has been one of the most positive influences in her career. Maria has worked with choreographers such as Luam, Aakomon Jones, Jermaine Browne, Normann Shay, Soraya Lundy, Hok, Phillip Schebeeb and Binkie Reevey. And clients from H&M x Balmain, Adidas, Bloomingdales, Moncler, The Jimmy Fallon Show, NIKE, Jason Derulo, The GAP and Cirque du Soleil.Every opportunity to perform is a chance to express herself and she is grateful to do what she loves.

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EVAN MOODY

Evan MoodyEVAN MOODY (Flute/Ensemble) is just a kid from Raleigh, NC! His 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. He would like to thank his parents for helping him find a passion at such a young age and helping to focus and grow with it. Thank you Amanda Pope, Kate Oliver-Cummings, Ebonee Arielle, and David Moore for being hard on him and believing in his dreams. He hopes everything he’s become has made y’all proud!’

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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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David Marks

David MarksDAVID MARKS (Violinist) David Han Marks is a native of Chicago, IL. David collaborates with many musicians and is an active performer of solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire. His collaborations have taken him across the globe from Disney Hall in Los Angeles, California to Grosse Hall in Salzburg, Austria, to Moscow, Russia. Performances in New York City have been in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher, Alice Tully, and Bargemusic. David received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in music from the Juilliard School. David currently resides in New York City.

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DJ BOO

DJ BooDJ BOO (DJ) is a NY based Fil-Am DJ/musician who has shared the stage with the likes ofGhostface 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.

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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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