1976 – Broadway History Was Made
2020 – Los Angeles Will Make History Again
In 1976 Broadway history was made, not because of the well-earned multiple night show ending standing ovations, but because 11 songs into the 32 song show, Leata Galloway (Gertrude) received a show stopping standing ovation after delivering a theatre shaking, emotionally driven performance of All My Life. In 2020 Los Angeles will make history again when the 21st Century re-imagined version of Hamlet The Rock Musical premieres at the legendary El Portal Theatre, Friday February 14th at 8pm.
Directed by award winning Bill Castellino (CAGNEY, SOULMATES, GRUMPY OLD MEN, LIZZIE BORDEN, RENT, GYPSY, ROCKY HORROR, CAROUSEL, MUSIC MAN, WEST SIDE, TOMMY, LITTLE SHOP, EVITA) the anthem driven original score by Composer / Lyricist Cliff Jones with additional music, lyrics and orchestrations by Craig Fair, delivers 35+ original songs, incredible state of the art stage craft, a rock and roll swagger and inventive contemporary sung through story-telling based on the play Hamlet.
Add the vision of talented award winning L.A. Choreographer Janet Roston, the set, video and lighting design of Hipster Nick Iwaskow, and the most talented theatre actors in California and Hamlet The Rock Musical promises to over deliver a show that is part theatre – part concert, with songs that soar, singers that are awesome and dancing that dazzles.
Coming from producing concert tours with the likes of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Aerosmith, Bob Seger, Sheryl Crow and more, Producer David Carver’s goal – “People will leave the theatre saying – ‘I went to a play about Hamlet and a rock concert broke out,’ or ‘I went to a rock concert and a play about Hamlet broke out,’ and either way, it was a captivating visual, musical and artistic experience. Ms Galloway opened the door to a unique experience. I intend to watch L.A. walk through it.”
Book, Music & Lyrics by Cliff Jones
Additional Music & Lyrics by Craig Fair
Directed by Bill Castellino
Choreographed by Janet Roston
Music Director and Conductor – Doug Oberhamer
Orchestrations – Craig Fair
Arrangements – Craig Fair and Doug Oberhamer
Set and Video Design – Nick Iwaskow
Lighting Design – John Garofalo & Nick Iwaskow
Produced By David Carver Music