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Tracy McDowell, Ryan J MacConnell and Jenna Leigh Green in the NYMF 2015 production

Tracy McDowell, Ryan J MacConnell and Jenna Leigh Green in the NYMF 2015 production

TONYA & NANCY: THE ROCK OPERA played a SOLD OUT run at the New York Musical Festival, drawing national and international media, including on people.com.  Ken Davenport’s Producer’s Perspective blog listed the show as one of five ‘that stand out’ at NYMF and PLAYBILL sited it as one of the ‘Top Ten Shows to See’. Broadway World spotlighted it as a PhotoFlash feature; Best of Off Broadway listed it as a Best of Fest.

The show has earned enthusiastic reviews (“Everything I wanted it to be”; “Gloriously camp and relentlessly energetic with a scandalously good cast…You will shout with glee and love for this good-natured endlessly entertaining show”). BACKSTAGE described it as “a dark comedy with surprising depth.”

NYMF Opening night party: cast and crew

NYMF Opening night party: cast and crew

Announced in Theater Mania— Media madness has followed with stories about the show in the New York Daily News, The Nation, the UK Telegraph, Playbill, Broadway World, Hamilton Spectator, MediaIte, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, The Seattle Times, The Times in South Africa, The New York Times, the AFP in France and Asia and more.  Details and links can be found on our new website which tells the ongoing story of our show. Two Girls Go for the Gold!  Book, Lyrics and concept by Elizabeth Searle; Music by Michael Teoli.

MediaIte wrote: “The saga of Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding is being turned into the rock opera it deserves…That is insane and wonderful and it’s about damn time it willed its way into existence!…What is Tonya Harding if she’s not a diva? And what is a diva without her opera?…. This is beautiful and perfect, and you’re just upset that you didn’t think of it first.” Jamie Frevele, MEDIAITE

Check out our NYMF 2015 review and media quotes here.

PREVIOUS MEDIA & REVIEW QUOTES: tnkingBrilliant” Steve Almond, WGBH Boston “Absurdly FUNNY… surprisingly POIGNANT moments amidst the comedy and a ROUSING SOUNDTRACK.” Boston Phoenix.(photo: Barry Weiss)


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 THANKS TO HOLLYWOOD FOR TWO EXCITING SOLD-OUT PERFORMANCES OF TONYA & NANCY AT THE KING KING CLUB!  Watch the T&N website for news of upcoming 2014 runs: http://www.tonyaandnancytherockopers.com
Los Angeles Rock Opera Company
in association with HarborSide Films present:
The music of 
Tonya and Nancy: The Rock Opera
A Concert Performance to benefit Celebration Theatre

Libretto: Elizabeth Searle
Music: Michael Teoli
Directed and Choreographed by: Janet Roston
Additional Music: Abigail Al Doory Cross
Producer: Ryan Bergmann  Associate Producer: Rebecca Eisenberg  Executive Producer: Paul T. Boghosian
Press Representative: Ken Werther Publicity
Christine Achico, Michael Ballestero, Jordan Kai Burnett, Sarah Chaney, Michael Shaw Fisher, Maegan McConnell, Jesse Merlin, Suzanne Petrela, Michael Shepperd, Jeff SumnerLaura L. Thomas and Trance Thompson
The show was originally produced by Triangle Productions.
“Brilliant…Amazing music” (WGBH Boston)….  “Something marvelous” (Portland Mercury)….  “Black Swan on ice” (Boston Herald) 
***All Proceeds benefit Celebration Theatre***
(photo from King King performance: Barry Weiss)

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BREAKING: more good coverage Feb. 9th from The Boston Herald

Big thanks to all who made the newest version of Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera truly rock.

Abigail Al-Doory Cross, Elizabeth Searle & skates, photographed by George Weinstein

We were thrilled to play to big and enthusiastic crowds at the ART”s Oberon Theater this week, with dynamic direction by Janet Roston, fabulous music by Michael Teoli and a truly awesome cast, headed by Kristen Lee Sergeant & Darcie Champagne, rocking the lead roles.

We were happy to receive coverage from The Boston Herald, The Boston Phoenix, FOX25 TV and more– plus wonderful words of praise from cool author Steve Almond on WGBH Boston, the Emily Rooney Show.  Thanks to Steve!

I am proud to have written the libretto for the rock opera and to have come up with the concept of doing Tonya & Nancy as ‘opera’.  This new show is based on a one-act chamber piece, Tonya & Nancy: the Opera, with libretto by me and music by super-talented Abigail Al-Doory Cross.  Photos and updates from the Rock Opera will follow but for now, enjoy this YouTube teaser created by my gifted videographer brother Bill Searle of Cholla Productions.  Watch our Facebook Events page for updates.

Cheers to all involved and skate happy!


(photos: Abigail and Elizabeth by George Weinstein; video photos by Robert Pushkar)

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I am excited to announce on the blog the NEW PRODUCTION of TONYA & NANCY: THE ROCK OPERA with libretto by me and music by Michael Teoli, premiering JAN 31 in a new short ‘club version’ at the American Repertory Theater’s wild and wonderful Oberon Theater in Harvard Square.  Our new show is produced by Paul Boghosian and Harborside Films.  For ticket info, please check out www.cluboberon.com

And also visit our Facbook Event page.  More soon on this exciting new show with an awesome cast and star director Janet Roston.  The show is based on my Tonya & Nancy: The Opera with music by Abigail Al-Doory Cross.  Our new rock opera has drawn coverage in the Boston Herald and Blast Magazine and Broadway World with more to come.  THANKS to all & Rock On!

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“I’m sorry I couldn’t stop writing about you,” I said to Tonya Harding when I met her at the premiere of Michael Teoli‘s and my rock opera based on her and Nancy Kerrigan’s skating scandal.

Tonya– who cheered on the show then partied with the cast, playing video poker in the bar– told me matter-of-factly: “You got some things wrong but that’s OK.”

Though I’ve never met Nancy Kerrigan, I felt as if I knew her when I heard the terrible news this week of the death of her father and arrest of her brother. Another bizarre and violent twist in a life that has had more than its share. Her family asks for privacy regarding this death.  I have nothing to add beyond the sad facts already known. But aside from expressing sympathy, I did want to say a few words about ‘my’ Nancy.

As I can testify to firsthand– having written librettos for both a chamber opera and rock opera about Nancy’s skating scandal, both shows headed for new productions this year– the fascination with Nancy Kerrigan’s story lives on. While I focus more on Tonya in the plays, it was Nancy’s plight that first captured me in 1994.

Nancy came from Stoneham, a town near ours in Massachusetts, and I believe I once glimpsed Nancy on the Minuteman Bike Trail in Arlington, MA: an auburn-haired vision on rollarblades. I remember kneeling by the radio speakers in our home listening breathlessly from Lillehammer as Nancy Kerrigan, under unimaginable pressure, skated her nearly flawless nearly gold-medal performance.

Nancy’s grace and grit captured everyone’s attention and infuriated some. Many folks have told me over the last few years how they couldn’t sympathize with the reserved and disciplined Nancy. Many believed mistakenly that Nancy came from money, when really her blue-collar family double-mortgaged their home to pay for Nancy’s skate lessons.

There seems to be an outpouring of sympathy this week. Maybe that same strength Nancy found during her knee-attack ordeal will carry her through this tragedy. And no matter what, some of us will not be able to stop watching.
(photos: people.com, commons.wikimedia.or, womens’history.org)

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