Spring Musical March 17-19, 2005
The Radio is On
It is 1963. The radio is on and The Ronettes are singing Be My Baby. Everybody knew the words but did anyone know who wrote this and many other popular songs of the 60s? Leader of the Pack, an engaging, energetic musical production will be presented by Roslyn High Schools Royal Crown Players on Thursday March 17th through Saturday, March 19th will put you firmly in the picture and by the end of the night you will have the writer's name emblazoned in your mind forever.The story is based on the life of 60's song-writing heroine Ellie Greenwich who penned some of the most memorable pop songs of the decade including Doo Wah Diddy, Chapel of Love and River Deep Mountain High together with husband and musical partner Jeff Barry. Second only to The Beatles by winning six BMI Awards in one year and with all this success Ellie Greenwich remains to this day relatively unknown. Leader of the Pack tells her story through her ageless music, witty dialogue and stunning dance routines. Beehives, bouffants and a bevy of smash hits are woven in and out of a plot that takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride, from the delirium first felt at landing a job in the music industry and falling in love, to the depths of despair when her marriage falls apart. Reminding us that manufactured bands are not a recent phenomenon, the pair, who worked at Broadway's hit factory the Brill Building, churned out records at breakneck speed, often completing the cycle of writing to recording in the time it takes to boil an egg. It is for this reason that the show's musical numbers reads like a 'best of the 60s' compilation album.
Lisa Goldberg culminates her RCP career as Ellie with Lee
Taglin as Jeff Barry. Ian Goldberg plays
notoriously quirky and arrogant producer Gus Sharkey.
The multi-talented cast recreate many 60s stars including
Darlene Love (Emily Hauser), Annie Golden (Sara Tazari),
Christina Combs performs the role of Ellies mother Rosie,
Nikki Nussbaum as Shelley and Shana Ditkowich as Mickey.
Amanda Schechtman performs as the lounge singer. The heart
and soul of the show is featured by the Royalettes,
the backup singing group that appears in mostly every song.
The group is comprised of Elyssa Ackerman, Alison Farber,
Alexis Shaw, Michel Aron-Bayof, Jacklyn Combs and Amanda
Schechtman. Pegah Moosazadeh, Danny Buslik, Abbe
Goldberg, Melissa Lefcort, Samantha Cheirif, Alex Kassimir,
Laura Greengold, Spencer Levy (Ba-Doom Guy), David Taub,
Sammi Azoulay, Kayla Weinstein, Adam Rubin, Adam Wagner,
Arjun Khanna, and
Andrew Werner round out the rest of the cast. The onstage
band features bassist Jason Goodman, guitarists, Andrew
Greenwald, Alex Cohen, and Spencer Schwartz; Beth Mand,
drums; Anna Naito, Keyboards, Alex Goldklang and Tom
Roccotagliata, saxophone; Steve Miller, trumpet and
conductor Brad Frey on piano and organ.
Every member of the multi-talented cast takes turns in the spotlight, effortlessly interchanging from scene to scene. Leader of the Pack will delight every family member but most certainly, fans of the 60s would be mad to miss this musical feast. Musical direction is by Brad Frey. Choreography and staging is by Jennifer Buonomo and costumes are by Joseph Hoffman. Set design and construction is by Ron Weaver, lighting design is by Andrew Gumper and Paulina Schwartz is assisting backstage. The stage manager is Emily Niesenbaum with Emily Zahn as her assistant. Set decoration is headed by Marie Inui. The business manager is Michael Hofer with Monique Yashaya as assistant. Eric Feinstein is the set construction crew chief along with Matt Ronas and Eric Appleman. Andrew Imperato heads the lighting and tech crew. The sound design is by Doug Rowand with sound chief, Eric Lippe assisted by Keri Murtagh.
Leader of the Pack will be performed on Thursday, March 17th at 3:30 PM; Friday, March 18th at 7:30 PM; and Saturday, March 19th at 7:30 PM. All performances take place in the Roslyn High School Auditorium. To reserve tickets, call the RCP Box Office (Jocelyn Kitaeff and Amanda Ackerman, box office managers) at 625-6362 or you can visit our web site at http://rcp.roslynschools.org for further show information. All reserved ticket prices are $10.
The Royal Crown Players of Roslyn High School have been in existence since the beginning days of the school. The organization has always prided itself on the professionalism of its productions. It has showcased the finest talent in the Roslyn community and fostered an appreciation for the theatre. Past productions have ranged from Shakespeare to original musical presentations.
An inclusive family, RCP has members not only on stage, but backstage as well, with the creative energies of set construction, choreography, lighting, sound, properties, scenic design, costuming, and make-up. Our business staff publishes two playbills a year and specializes in graphic arts. Our box office staff creates and manages a computerized ticket system, while our computer staff maintains all of our computers.
RCP is a real life activity, from the nurturing of a script and score to the presentation of an opening night performance. The culmination of different students and talents with unselfish attitudes and the same creative aim, for your enjoyment, appreciation, and love for the theatre, we are the Royal Crown Players.
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