Jack M. Dalgleish

In association with Stephanie A. Joel

presents

ZANNA, DON’T! A Musical Fairy Tale

Book, Music and Lyrics by TIM ACITO

Additional Book and Lyrics by ALEXANDER DINELARIS

 

www.zannadont.com

 

Opening Night: March 20, 2003 (open-ended off-Broadway run at the John Houseman Theatre, NYC)

 

Directed and Choreographed by DEVANAND JANKI

Musical Supervision by EDWARD G. ROBINSON

Production Designers WADE LABOISSONNIERE, TOBIN OST

Lighting Design JEFF NELLIS

Sound Design ROBERT KILLENBERGER

Stage Manager JENIFER SHENKER

Press Representative ORIGLIO PUBLIC RELATIONS

 

CAST

Zanna – JAI RODRIGUEZ

Roberta – ANIKALARSEN

Buck – DARIUS NICHOLS

Candy – AMANDA RYAN PAIGE

Mike - ENRICO RODRIGUEZ

Tank – ROBB SAPP

Kate – SHELLEY THOMAS

Steve – JARED ZEUS

 

MUSICIANS

Musical Director/Piano – DAVID GEIST

Percussion – JON BERGER

Guitar – CHRIS BEISENFELDT

Bass – JON EATMON

 

After an acclaimed run off-off-Broadway at the Rodney Kirk Theatre on the new Theatre Row, ZANNA, DON’T! has moved up the street and off-Broadway to the Houseman Theatre for an open-ended engagement. This is a spectacular example of a musical comedy with such a positive message and clean-cut script that the entire family can attend together. It is the definition of a feel-good production!

The story of a personable teen named Zanna, who has a need to give budding love a helping hand, plus the keen eye and magic wand to speed the process, ZANNA, DON’T! is set in a world where homosexuality is the norm, and heterosexuals are considered an oddity. The town is called Heartsville, USA. All of the characters are homosexual, or so we think, until one bold student writes a musical about forbidden heterosexual attraction in the army, and the true, closeted desires of two of the cast members come to the surface. A world much like our own, save for this twist on statistical norms, the witty script is full of humor, love, and ironic commentary about social stereotypes.

With a string of great songs, great vocals (most notably by Anika Larsen), and sleek comic performances by the avid cast (including the versatile Amanda Ryan Paige), this show is an altogether delight. In these uncertain times, a show like ZANNA, DON’T! is just the sort of professional, escapist entertainment that we all owe it to ourselves to indulge in.

- Kessa De Santis -

Don’t just take my word for it!

Here’s a sampling of what our Laurie Lawson had to say about the initial production:

A cast that makes each character more lovable than the last, snappy songs full of sophisticated humor and heart-wrenching emotion, creative choreography that promotes clapping and stomping, fast-paced direction that respects the intelligence of the audience, and a story line so simple and worldly that it inspires you… …there just may not be enough adjectives to bestow kudos on Tim Acito's ZANNA, DON'T! …Zanna… gives love a hand and teaches us all a lesson in the process. And never has learning been such fun! ZANNA, DON'T! is a hilarious hoot! Each song is a gem, every character a delight. Go and get yourself a little love; this production's got plenty to spare.

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