Not for the kiddies, folks!
WHAT'S 'DIS!' ALL ABOUT?
Photo by Matthew Murphy, NYC
OFF-BROADWAY & NYC HIT!
'Disenchanted!' had its first workshop in 2009 at Pearl Studios in NYC. Over 700 women auditioned for 11 roles and the 1-night-only event (in which songs from the show were performed without script) played to a sold-out house, a standing ovation and was immediately extended. The journey to Off-Broadway began!
In 2012, 'Disenchanted!' had its first Off-Broadway reading at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Playwrights Horizons in NYC. The songs from the show were also featured in a showcase at Don't Tell Mama Cabaret Theatre on Restaurant Row that summer.
Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ’em?!
Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that’s anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know – the original storybook heroines have come to life to set the record straight.
'DIS!' - as the show is affectionately known for short - opened in a limited-engagement run Off-Broadway in NYC at the Theatre @ St. Clement's in December of 2014 and then transferred to an open-ended run at the Westside Theatre in 2015.
The show played to rave reviews and positive press from the Huffington Post, New York Times, NBC-TV, CBS-TV, New York Post, BroadwayBlog, New York Observer!
The Off-Broadway production of 'DIS!' played to sold out houses, rave reviews, and several NYC award nominations including 'Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical' (Outer Critics Circle Awards), 'Best New Off-Broadway Musical' (Off Broadway Alliance Awards), and two Lucille Lortel Awards nominations ('Best Lead Actress' and 'Best Featured Actress'). 'DIS!' also received a nod from Playbill, making the list of 'Best of the Year - 2014' as well as an American Theatre Wing Henry Hewes Design Award nomination for 'Best Costumes.' For more info on the cast and team involved in the Off-Broadway production, check out the Scrapbook page!
The Off-Broadway cast and creative team included: Dennis T. Giacino (Book, Music, Lyrics), Fiely Matias (Director), Matt West (Musical Staging), Michael Raabe (Music Director), Vanessa Leuck (Costume Design), Gentry Akens (Set Design), Keith Caggiano (Sound Design), Cindi Rush (Casting Director), Michelle Knight (Snow White), Becky Gulsvig (Cinderella), Jen Bechter (Sleeping Beauty), Alison Burns-Jackson (Belle, The Little Mermaid, Rapunzel), Lulu Picart (Hua Mulan, Pocahontas, Princess Badroulbadour), Soara-Joye Ross (The Princess Who Kissed The Frog), Erin Leigh Peck, Anthea Neri, Karen Burthwright (Understudies), Bobby Brennan (Bass), Greg Monteith (Drums).
SRO HOUSES, RAVES! - USA / INTERNATIONAL
Since its successful and celebrated Off-Broadway runs, 'Disenchanted!' continues to license to professional, community, and high school theatres around North America and throughout the world! USA licensed productions have played to sold out houses and raves in Chicago, St. Louis, Tampa, Hartford, Nashville, Omaha, Pittsburgh, Green Bay, Orlando, San Antonio - in over 41 states and counting!
Internationally, 'DIS!' has seen licensed productions in Canada (Edmonton, Toronto, Regina, Calgary), the U.K. (London, York, Stourbridge - West Midlands, Bath), Italy (Rome, Milan, Bologna, Florence, Torino, Siena), Paris (France), Australia (Melbourne, Tasmania), New Zealand (Nelson, Levin), Argentina (Buenos Aires), the Dominican Republic (Santo Domingo), The Netherlands (Amsterdam), China (Beijing) and continues to play worldwide in numerous languages! To date, almost 2000 empowered princesses have appeared in productions of 'DIS!' and we're adding new productions to the kingdom every day! How does your theatre company join this global sorority? It's as easy as clicking on the licensing link below!
SMASH HIGH SCHOOL SENSATION! - NEXT GENERATION PRINCESSES
The fun-loving song 'All I Wanna Do Is Eat' has been performed by numerous high schoolers at thespian fests around the USA over the past several years! Now, a teen-friendly version of 'Disenchanted!' is taking the world by storm! The first high school production premiered at Alonso High School in Tampa, Florida and played to packed houses, standing ovations, and awards! The production, visited by Dennis T. Giacino (Book, Music, & Lyrics) and Fiely Matias (the Off-Broadway director), also went on to win its District Competition in the Florida State Thespian Festival where the show played to a sold-out crowd at the 1000+-seat David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts with over 400 turned away. The Merivale High School production in Ottawa, Canada was met with rave reviews and 8 Cappies Awards nominations! The popular high school version is now licensing around the globe!
'Disenchanted!' now licenses worldwide via Broadway Licensing in New York City.