Hip Hop Cinderella: A New Musical streaming through January

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Amas Musical Theatre (Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Producer) in association with HipHopMusicals.com (Linda Chichester and David Coffman, Co-Founders) are pleased to announce that, due to popular demand, they are extending “Hip Hop Cinderella – A New Musical,”a family-friendly intergalactic romp with a cool, hip hop vibe, laughs, adventure and unforgettable songs. This virtual theatrical experience enjoyed its online launch on December 10 and was only to be available on demand through December 27. The stream will now be available on demand for an additional five (5) weeks through January 31, 2021. Tickets are priced at $20 (general admission), $15 (students/seniors) and $25 (viewing family) and may be purchased at www.amasmusical.org. All proceeds will benefit Amas Musical Theatre’s education programs.

In this reimagining of the classic fairy tale, teenage Cinderella and her rapping robot companion Runka live on planet Zolla. They toil under the thumb of Cinderella’s stepmom, Lady Zurka, and her two social media obsessed stepsisters, Zig and Zag. The galaxy has lost its groove, and the Prince is throwing a Hip Hop Ball and Rap Competition to turn the beat around. Traveling via a quantum time warp, Cinderella transforms into “Ella C” and fights to win the competition. Upon returning to planet Zolla, Ella C is forced into a royal rap battle against Lady Zurka with a surprising result.

“We are thrilled with the positive response” says Linda Chichester, Co-Founder of HipHopMusicals.com. “Virtual Theater, Rap, Hip Hop, TikTok, Pop, combined with Musical Theatre are exciting new voices for female empowerment and diversity.” While Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Producer of Amas Musical Theatre says “The response from our audience has been most gratifying and we are grateful for the opportunity to share our work with a greater audience through this new medium.”

Directed by Christopher Scott, Amas Artistic Associate, with musical direction by Evan Alparone, the cast features alumni students of the Rosetta LeNoire Musical Theatre Academy. They are: Alexis Aguiar, Cassandra Barckett, Jamiel Tako L. Burkhart, Brian Criado, Emily Lang and Lexy Piton. The stage manager is Benjamin A. Vigil and Nikki Wen is assistant stage manager. Video Editor is Matt Gurren.

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Scott Elmegreen (Book) Scott’s family shows include The Magic School Bus, Live! The Climate Challenge (Bay Area Children’s Theatre, National Tour); Ivy + Bean, The Musical (BACT; South Coast Rep; Atlantic Theater Company; National Tour; pub. Theatrical Rights Worldwide); Ladybug Girl And Bumblebee Boy, The Musical (BACT; national tour); and Awesome Allie, First Kid Astronaut (Vital Theatre, planetariums, pub. TRW). He wrote the music for Colin Quinn Long Story Short (Broadway/Helen Hayes Theater; HBO; national tour), and his play Straight (NYTimes Critics’ Pick Off-Broadway; pub. Dramatic Publishing Company) has been produced across the country and around the world. He teaches musical theatre libretto- and songwriting at the University of Chicago, and writes sci-fi novels under a pseudonym (HarperCollins Publishers). Education: Princeton University.

Rona Siddiqui (Music and Lyrics) is a composer/lyricist based in NYC. Awards: 2020 Jonathan Larson Grant, 2019 Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award, ASCAP Foundation Mary Rodgers/Lorenz Hart Award, ASCAP Foundation/Max Dreyfus Scholarship. Named one of Broadway Women’s Fund’s Women to Watch. Shows: Salaam Medina: Tales of a Halfghan, One Good Day, The Tin, Treasure in NYC. Concerts: Rona Siddiqui: Halfghan on a Mission at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Rona’s Turn at Feinstein’s/54 Below. Featured Artist: Wicked’s 16th anniversary commemoration Flying Free, 24 Hour Musicals, Prospect Theater Company, The Civilians, the NYC Gay Men’s Chorus, 52nd St Project.

David Coffman (Story Adaptation) conceived and produced the Latino Off Broadway musical 4 Guys Named José. Conceived and produced the musical Blackbirds of Broadway which started at the National Alliance of Musical Theater Festival and played regional theaters across the U.S., the Montreal Jazz Festival and two European tours. David is also the Managing Director of Sundance Productions Inc, which is the New York office of BB Promotion GmbH, which is one of the leading firms providing high quality musicals and live entertainment in Europe including international tours of West Side Story and The Harlem Gospel Singers. Also New York representative for Scandinavia’s largest theatrical stage rights agency, Nordiska ApS, David has negotiated international licenses the foreign language live stage rights for many Broadway musicals including: T_he Addams Family, Flashdance, Hairspray, Spring Awakening, The Full Monty, Avenue Q (Helsinki), Wicked (Helsinki), The Last Ship, Next to Normal. Additionally, negotiated licenses for Cats and Rock of Ages_ in Mexico. David speaks at Commercial Theater Institute and at the seminars on the international licensing of Broadway musicals. HipHopMusicals.com

Linda Chichester (Story Adaptation) is a BFA graduate of Hofstra University and CTI Commercial Theater Institute Seminars. A member of Women In Music, Linda has shepherded the development process various musicals through readings, workshops, productions, and raised financing. Additionally, Linda scouts shows Broadway and Off Broadway shows for overseas buyers. HipHopMusicals.com

Christopher Scott (Director) Director/acting teacher and Artistic Associate, Amas Musical Theatre. Artistic Director, Masterworks Theater Company. Off-Broadway: The Glass Menagerie (Audelco Nom.), EDWIN: The Story Of Edwin Booth, A Class Act, Nancy Friday’s My Secret Garden, Golf:The Musical (Drama Desk Nom.), For Lovers Only, Tails, The Big Bang, and Greed: A Musical For Our Times. Baruch PAC/Great Works: Endgame, Miss Julie, Antigone, Hedda Gabler, Medea and Zoo Story. Other NYC: The Morons (Best Director Nom. – First Irish Festival); Years Of Sky (59e59); Best Night Ever and Sitting Shiva (fringeNYC); I Am, I Will I Do and Lorenzo (NYMF); In Pursuit Of Peace and Picked Up (BBTF). Member of The Actors Studio’s Playwright/Directors Workshop, also Many shows for Theatreworks/USA. Faculty: Baruch/CUNY, CAP21-NYU/Tisch, The Michael Howard Studio. Graduate Boston Conservatory. Website: xscottnyc.com

Amas Musical Theatre (Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Producer) is a non-profit, multi-ethnic theatrical organization founded in 1968 by Ms. Rosetta LeNoire. Amas (“you love” in Latin) is devoted to the creation, development and professional production of new American musicals, the celebration of cultural equity and minority perspectives, the emergence of new artistic talent, and the training and encouragement of inner-city young people. Amas celebrates its impact in pioneering multi-ethnic casting in the American Theatre and reiterates its commitment to this reflection of our diverse society.

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