—Marilyn Stasio, Variety
“AN EXCELLENT SCORE! TRASK AND YANOWITZ SHOW A TRUE GIFT FOR MELODY. THEIR WORDPLAY NEVER FAILS TO DAZZLE.”
—Robert Hofler, The Wrap
“A HIGH ENERGY, GLITTER-BALL-BEDECKED CELEBRATION.”
— Sara Holdren, New York Magazine
“AN IMPRESSIVE PEDIGREE OF TALENT!”
— Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
“GRITTY & EXHILARATING!”
— Elysa Gardner, New York Stage Review
“THE MUSIC IS GREAT, THE DANCING IS PERFECT, THE LYRICS ARE VERY FUNNY. THE WORK OF THIS ENSEMBLE IS FLAWLESS.”
— Margret Echeverria, New York Theatre Guide
World Premiere Musical
THIS AIN’T NO DISCO
A ROCK OPERA
music & lyrics by
STEPHEN TRASK & PETER YANOWITZ
STEPHEN TRASK & PETER YANOWITZ
choreography by CAMILLE A. BROWN
directed by DARKO TRESNJAK
Linda Gross Theater, 336 West 20th Street
Run Time: Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including a brief intermission
ABOUT THE SHOW:
Part rock opera, part impressionist tone poem set in the nightclubs and art world of 1979 New York City, This Ain’t No Disco interweaves the stories of strivers, dreamers and drifters searching for their place at Studio 54 and Mudd Club, the art scene and downtown lofts. In their uptown/downtown quest for revelry and kinship, this disparate group, in different stages of becoming and falling apart, find themselves and each other in a city on the verge of a massive cultural shift.
This Ain’t No Disco is a world premiere musical from the creator of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Stephen Trask and Peter Yanowitz (The Wallflowers, Morningwood), choreographed by Camille A. Brown (Once On This Island), and directed by Tony Award winner Darko Tresnjak (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Anastasia).
“A highlight of the season!”
“Trask wrote the score to Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and everyone’s been waiting, since 1998, for his next musical. And what’s not to like about a musical set in Studio 54, especially one with a Stephen Trask score?”
— NY Post
Video: Crystal Arnette/Adventure We Can
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Production photos by Ben Arons.
This Ain’t No Disco is a recipient of a 2017 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award as well as a Laurents/Hatcher Theater Development Grant.
Support is also provided, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the National Fund for New Musicals, a program of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre – www.namt.org.
KRYSTINA ALABADO (Meesh). Broadway: American Psycho (Original Broadway Cast), Green Day’s American Idiot. 1st National Tours: Evita (Mistress), American Idiot, Spring Awakening. Off-Broadway: The Mad Ones (Samantha Brown, 59E59 Theatre), David Bowie’s Lazarus (NYTW), Camp Wanatachi (La MaMa). Regional: Burn All Night (American Repertory Theater), Miss You Like Hell (La Jolla Playhouse), Pregnancy Pact (Weston Playhouse), Beautiful Room (Long Wharf Theatre). TV/Film: First Reformed, “Tyrant” (FX). IG and Twitter @krystinaalabado.
CAMERON AMANDUS (Disco Man). NYC & Regional: Spamilton (swing/ Dance Captain); Pittsburgh CLO: Aida, South Pacific. Cameron is excited to join this company and thanks his Wonder Woman of a mother and everyone at The Mine agency for their support. Amandus means giver and receiver of love. Thank you for the love. Go Blue! Ig: @i.amandus
WILL CONNOLLY (The Artist). Broadway: Once (Original Broadway Cast). Off-Broadway: After The Blast (LCT3); Once (NYTW); Spacebar: A Broadway Play by Kyle Sugarman (The Wild Project). Regional: Be More Chill (Two River Theater), Candida (Palm Beach Dramaworks; Carbonell Award). Co-Writer/Composer of the musical Fly By Night (Playwrights Horizons; Drama Desk nominee for Best Musical) and founding member of The NOLA Project. TV credits include “Person of Interest” and “Deadbeat.” Original Music: Caterpillars of the Commonwealth, Freddie Won The Toss. MFA from Yale School of Drama.
EDDIE COOPER (The D.A.). Credits: Bucks County Playhouse’s The New World (Miles Standish); Encores! Off Center productions of Assassins, God Bless You Mr. Rosewater (Jerome) and Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey II); Two Rivers’ all-male A Funny Thing Happened… (Domina). TV: “Delco Proper,” “Forever,” “Mozart In The Jungle,” recurring on Cinemax’s “Banshee” as Fat Au and HBO’s Emmy-nominated “The Night Of.” Proud graduate of LaGuardia High School & Ithaca College. @MrEddieCooper
TONY D’ALELIO (Disco Man). Off-Broadway debut. National Tours: Kinky Boots (Angel), Matilda the Musical (Michael Wormwood), and Beauty and the Beast (LeFou). Regional: Matilda at The Kennedy Center, South Pacific at The Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Gypsy at Harbor Lights Theatre Co, and La Cage Aux Folles at The Wick. @tonydalelio
LULU FALL (Landa/Landon). Broadway: Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812; Hair. National Tour: Hair. Off-Broadway: Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812; Pretty Filthy; Hadestown. Regional: The Who’s Tommy, Acid Queen (Denver Center), Smokey Joe’s Café (Capital Repertory Theatre), Crowns (Arena Stage), Passing Strange (Studio Theatre). Select Workshops: August Rush (Dir. John Doyle), 15 Minute (NYSAF), Annie Golden Bounty Hunter (Dir, Leah Gardiner). TV: “Black Rest” (HBO). Featured music performances: Jazz Re:freshed, Performer (London); American Songbook Program, Performer.
HANNAH FLORENCE (Disco Woman) Broadway: Paramour: A Cirque du Soleil Musical (Lila); Gigi; Scandalous. New York: West Side Story (Carnegie Hall); Anna Nicole: The Opera (BAM/NYC Opera); Grand Hotel; It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman!; The Golden Apple (New York City Center Encores!). The Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary Tour (Meg). Regional: A Chorus Line (Diana, The MUNY), Anything Goes (Hope, Goodspeed Opera House), The Honeymooners (Paper Mill Playhouse). @yeshannahbanana
CHILINA KENNEDY (Binky) has starred as Carole King in Broadway’s Beautiful The Carole King Musical for the past three years. Credits include: Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar (Broadway, Stratford, La Jolla), Phoebe D’Ysquith in A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder at Hartford Stage/Old Globe San Diego (Hartford and San Diego Outer Critics Circle nominations), three seasons each with the Stratford and Shaw Festivals, the World Premiere of The Lord of the Rings (Toronto, Mirvish), and Sophie in the 1st US National Tour of Mamma Mia!. Chilina has performed in concert with Stephen Schwartz, Jason Robert Brown and Colm Wilkinson. She is also the Artistic Producer of Toronto’s Eclipse Theatre Company and has a debut album titled What You Find In A Bottle. www.chilinakennedy.com
PETER LAPRADE (Chad/Rake) is thrilled to join the cast of This Ain’t No Disco! He was most recently Off-Broadway in The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical and has appeared on TV in PBS’s “Mercy Street.” Peter also debuted his solo concert at 54 Below earlier this year. Other favorite credits include Spring Awakening, Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Hair. B.A. in Theatre, University of Kentucky.
JOHN-MICHAEL LYLES (Disco Man). Off-Broadway: Sweeney Todd (Barrow Street), The Flick (Barrow Street), Brooklynite (Vineyard), Jasper in Deadland (Prospect). City Center Encores: Big River, 1776. Regional: The Art of Falling (Second City/Hubbard Street), Choir Boy (Guthrie). TV: “NCIS: New Orleans,” “The OA.” Film: Blind. Recordings: Jasper in Deadland. BFA: Pace University Musical Theater. Instagram: @jmlyles1 | www.john-michaellyles.com
KRYSTAL MACKIE (Disco Woman). Brooklyn-bred. Off-Broadway debut. Alumna of LaGuardia Arts HS and UNCSA, BFA. Credits include: After Midnight on Norwegian Cruise Line, George Faison’s The Wiz. Regional Theater: In the Heights. Recently assisted Juel D. Lane’s choreographic work on Ailey II. @krystalmackie
TREVOR MCQUEEN (Staffer/Steve Mass) is a performing artist and writer. Broadway: Annie Get Your Gun. He last appeared at Atlantic Theater Company as Papi in a reading of The Band’s Visit. His original character, Agnus Stephenson: The Acting Teacher With a Dream, regularly plays The Duplex. www.TrevorMcQueen.com IG: @trevormcqueen. Agnus IG: @agnusthegreat
NICOLE MEDORO (Disco Woman) A multi-talented entertainer, Nicole has performed with Madonna, Nicki Minaj, and Hailee Steinfeld, and also appeared on “The Tonight Show,” “SNL,” “Last Week Tonight,” and Nickelodeon. Nicole made her Broadway debut with The Illusionists and danced as a Brooklynette at the Barclays Center. Additionally, she has an upcoming role in Natalie Portman’s Vox Lux. Nicole is also pursuing her ultimate passion as a Pop singer/songwriter. When not on stage, she spends her time in the studio creating her original music.
IAN PAGET (Disco Man). Recent credits: Paul in A Chorus Line at The Muny Theatre (Dir: Dennis Jones). Broadway: Soul Doctor (Original Broadway Cast), Leap of Faith (OBC), Mamma Mia!. The New York Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall (Dir/Chor: Mia Michaels). West End: A-rab in West Side Story (Olivier Nomination). Regional: Escape to Margaritaville (La Jolla Playhouse), How to Succeed… (Tuts), Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (La Jolla), and Dreamgirls (Tuts). Film/TV: “Lip Sync Battle,” Rock of Ages, Step Up Revolution, “Mozart in the Jungle,” “One Life to Live,” “America’s Got Talent,” “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” and “Saturday Night Live.” ipaget.com
THEO STOCKMAN (Steve Rubell) last appeared on Broadway originating the role of Tim Price in American Psycho. Other Broadway credits include the original casts of American Idiot and The Public Theater’s revival of Hair. Off-Broadway he starred in the world premiere of David Rabe’s An Early History of Fire. TV credits include “Law & Order: SVU,” “Shades Of Blue,” “Inside Amy Schumer,” “The Following,” “Private Practice,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Blue Bloods,” “CSI,” “30 Rock,” and HBO’s “Olive Kitteridge.” Recent film includes The Boy Downstairs, Stephen King’s A Good Marriage, and Home. He can be seen in the critically acclaimed web series “High Maintenance,” now on HBO. Upcoming: Anonymous Content’s “Bonding” on Blackpills/Apple TV.
SAMANTHA MARIE WARE (Sammy). Stage credits: Lion King (Nala); Book Of Mormon (Broadway/ 1st National, Nabulungi); Hamilton (Chicago, Peggy Schuyler). TV: “Glee” as Jane Hayward, “Barry,” “Bull,” “Chicago Med,” “N.C.I.S.”
ANTONIO WATSON (Charlie) is excited to be making his Atlantic Theater Company debut. A New Jersey native, Antonio made his professional stage debut in Caroline, Or Change (Tantrum Theater). TV/Film: “Blue Bloods,” All The Little Things We Kill, In The Field, Lily, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Nick Jr., Sesame Street Workshop, and Sprout TV. Regionally: The People Garden, Junie B. Jones, Winnie the Pooh KIDS, Seussical KIDS, Oliver Jr. Antonio loves to create fun drawings, play soccer, and conduct science experiments. Special thanks to Zoom Talent, Abrams Artists, Mom, Dad, Winston, and Ms. Servon. Instagram @antonio.j.watson
Stephen Trask (Music & Lyrics, Book) first achieved wide acclaim as the co-creator/composer/lyricist of the award-winning stage musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which was also developed into a feature film release by Fine Line Features and for which he won an Obie Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical, a 1998 New York Magazine Award, Drama Desk nominations for Outstanding Music, Lyrics and New Musical, a Grammy nomination for Best Cast Album, two GLAMA Awards, and Entertainment Weekly’s Best Soundtrack Award for 2001. The current Broadway production of the show won four 2014 Tony Awards, and the soundtrack has been nominated for a Grammy. Since 2003 Trask has been scoring films at both the independent and studio levels for directors as diverse as Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, Miramax Films), Paul Weitz (In Good Company, American Dreamz, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant, Little Fockers, Universal Pictures), Todd Graff (Camp, IFC Productions/Jersey Films/Killer Films), Tamara Jenkins, (The Savages, Fox Searchlight), Jon Kasdan (In the Land of Women, Warner Brothers), Robert Benton (Feast of Love, MGM/Lakeshore), John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Fine Line), Sean Anders (Sex Drive, Summit Entertainment), Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Dreamworks/Paramount), Alan Poul, (The Back-up Plan, CBS Films), Tom Vaughn (So Undercover, Exclusive Media), Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (Lovelace). In addition to Hedwig Trask’s work for the Broadway stage includes orchestrations for the recent production of Rocky, the musical based on the classic film. He is also at work on a new musical in collaboration with book writer Chris D’Arienzo (Rock of Ages) to bring the Martin Scorsese/New Regency film The King of Comedy to the stage. Known for his time fronting ‘90s NYC punk band Cheater, Trask has also recorded and performed with artists such as Stone Temple Pilots, Bob Mould, Sleater-Kinney and Yoko Ono.
Peter Yanowitz (Music & Lyrics, Book) is a songwriter and performer living in New York City. He made his Broadway debut as ‘Schlatko,’ the drummer in the Tony award-winning Broadway musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Yanowitz was the original drummer of The Wallflowers, and for Natalie Merchant on her first three solo records Tigerlily, Ophelia and Live in Concert. Other artists he has recorded and performed with include Yoko Ono, Allen Ginsberg and Wilco. Yanowitz was also the bass player and main songwriter for the band Morningwood on Capitol records.
Darko Tresnjak (Director) received the 2014 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his direction of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, starring Jefferson Mays. He received an Obie Award in 2015 for his direction of The Killer at TFANA, starring Michael Shannon. Favorite productions include The Ghosts of Versailles with Patti LuPone and Patricia Racette (Los Angeles Opera); The Women with Kate Baldwin (The Old Globe); Rear Window with Kevin Bacon (Hartford Stage); The Merchant of Venice with F. Murray Abraham (TFANA, The Royal Shakespeare Company); All’s Well That Ends Well with Kate Forbes (TFANA); The Skin of Our Teeth with Marian Seldes and Kristine Nielsen (Williamstown Theatre Festival); What the Butler Saw with Paxton Whitehead (Huntington Theatre Company); and Titus Andronicus with John Vickery (Stratford Shakespeare Festival). His production of Anastasia, currently on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre, is opening in Spain and Germany and going on a national tour this fall. In September, his production of Samson et Dalila, starring Elina Garanca and Roberto Alagna, will open the Metropolitan Opera’s 2018-2019 season. Darko is the Artistic Director of Hartford Stage.
CAMILLE A. BROWN (Choreographer). Broadway: Once on this Island (Drama Desk Award Nominee, Outer Critics Circle Award Nominee, Chita Rivera Award Nominee), A Streetcar Named Desire. Off-Broadway: Bella: An American Tall Tale (Playwrights Horizons, AUDELCO Award, Lucille Lortel Award Nominee), The Fortress of Solitude(The Public Theater, Lucille Lortel Nominee), Cabin in the Sky, tick, tick…BOOM!(NYCC Encores!). Regional: The Wiz (The MUNY), ink at The Kennedy Center, Stagger Lee(Dallas Theater Center), The Winter’s Tale(McCarter Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company), Blood Quilt(Arena Stage); Television: NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert; Company: Camille A. Brown & Dancers. Awards: 2017 Art of Change Fellow-Ford Foundation, 2016 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award recipient, 2015 USA Fellow, 2015 Doris Duke Artist Award, 2015 TED Fellow, 2014 Bessie Award for Outstanding Production, 4 time Princess Grace Award winner. Upcoming:Choir Boy (Manhattan Theatre Club, Dir. Trip Cullman); Toni Stone(Roundabout Theatre Company, Dir. Pam McKinnon), Oo-Bla-Dee(Two River Theatre, Dir. Ruben Santiago-Hudson); Pal Joey (Broadway revival, Dir. Tony Goldwyn). www.camilleabrown.org