Preston Max Allen is proud to pay tribute to Musical Theatre Factory with a legacy concert of his Ovation Award Winning musical, WE ARE THE TIGERS this Sunday, August 26 at 7pm at Joe’s Pub.
In this original pop/rock musical, a new school year means a new beginning for the Tigers, the worst-ranked high school cheerleading team in the state. But when an innocent team-building sleepover becomes a mysterious murder scene, the Tigers will need more than just team spirit to survive the night – and each other.
Initially developed with Musical Theatre Factory, WE ARE THE TIGERS features book, music, and lyrics by Preston Max Allen (Agent 355, The Rage: Carrie 2, an Unauthorized Musical Parody), direction by Michael Bello (Summer), and music direction by Patrick Sulken (Pretty Woman). The concert will feature performances by Broadway’s Adam Kaplan (A Bronx Tale, Newsies), Storm Lever (Summer), Lauren Nicole Chapman (Frozen), Jenny Rose Baker (Fiddler on the Roof), Chelsea Williams (Mamma Mia!), and Kaitlyn Frank (Newsies). Rounding out the cast will be Ari Afsar (Hamilton), Ashley Lynette Brown, Leana Rae Concepcion (Comfort Women), Paige Daigle, Julie Ann Earls (Puffs), Melissa Rose Hirsch (The Mad Ones), Rachel King, Danny Kornfeld (Rent), Anna Leigh Marr, Gabriela Milo, Rachel Newman, Marissa O’Donnell (Shrek the Musical), Emily Olcott, Celeste Rose (Unexpected Joy), Thea K. Lammers, Caroline Lellouche, Charlotte Mary Wen, and Remy Zaken (Spring Awakening).
Founded in 2014 by Shakina Nayfack, Musical Theatre Factory is a volunteer-driven nonprofit artist service organization dedicated to helping musical theatre makers develop and present new work in a collaborative environment free from the pressures of critical or commercial success.
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Preston Max Allen is an NYC-based writer and composer whose work has been featured at the New Amsterdam Theatre, Signature Theatre, Musical Theatre Factory, New York Musical Festival, Feinstein’s/54 Below, Joe’s Pub, Second City Chicago, and Lululemon (it’s a long story). Preston conceived, wrote, and composed WE ARE THE TIGERS (Hudson Backstage, L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation winner, Best Lyrics/Composition), NEVER BETTER (NYMF Developmental Reading Series), and CARRIE 2: THE RAGE, AN UNAUTHORIZED MUSICAL PARODY (Underscore Theatre, Jeff Nominee, Best New Musical). Additional projects include music/lyrics/book for AGENT 355 (collaborator Jessica Kahkoska), book/lyrics for FRANKLIN PIERCE: DRAGON SLAYER (composer Will Buck), music/lyrics for THE HUNTED: ENCORE (Charging Moose Productions), and music/lyrics for BRADICAL AND THE PINK SOCKS (Diverging Elements). For completely unprofessional updates and cat photos, find him @prestonmaxallen.
Michael Bello is a Cuban-American director with Broadway, off-Broadway, and regional experience. He is currently the resident Assistant Director on SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical currently running on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne. He recently directed the world premiere of We Are The Tigers at the Hudson Backstage which recieved an Ovation Award nomination for Best Production and won for Best Music/Lyrics. Other credits include: Between the Sea & Sky (NYMF Best Musical and Direction winner), Errol & Fidel (NYMF Best of Fest winner, Best Direction nom.) Hello Again (IRNE noms: Best Musical & Director), In The Heights (NYIT nom: Outstanding Director), and others. He has assisted two-time Tony Award winning director Des McAnuff on Summer (La Jolla Playhouse) and Doctor Zhivago (Broadway Theater,) as well as new musicals at the Roundabout Theater Company, Playwrights Horizons, Dallas Theater Center, Huntington Theater Company, Kansas City Repertory Theater, and others. B.F.A. Emerson College. www.MichaelBello.com
Patrick Sulken is a New York-based music director and orchestrator currently serving as the Associate Conductor of Pretty Woman: The Musical on Broadway. His recent credits as a pianist and conductor include Anastasia, Kinky Boots, Something Rotten! (also 1st National Tour) and Gigi on Broadway; Southern Comfort (Public Theatre); Gigantic (Vineyard Theatre); and Peter and the Starcatcher (1st National Tour, Cincinnati Playhouse, Milwaukee Rep, St. Louis Rep). His music direction of the world premiere of Preston Max Allen’s We Are The Tigers at the Hudson Theatre in Los Angeles was nominated for a 2016 Ovation Award. Proud Northwestern University grad. www.patricksulken.com // @patricksulken