"No Ransom To Be Paid" - Music by Composer Erik Ransom
For all scheduled performances, the executive producer is Edward Miller.
An evening dedicated to the greatly acclaimed young composer, Erik Ransom, and some of his legendary musical friends. Erik takes you on a journey from his humble roots in smalltown Pennsylvania to the stages of greater New York. Join him as he tells of his odyssey overcoming being virtually ignored in his hometown to being feted and toasted in the best rooms of New York theater spaces. This talented dynamo weaves a scintillating tale chronicling his arrival on the Manhattan scene. It's a playbook many should study if they love the arts.
Erik Ransom is a composer, playwright, librettist and performer with a diverse body of work. "COMING: A Rock Musical of Biblical Proportions was Eriks first foray as a writer and, within a year of starting the first draft, he was fortunate enough to see it fully produced at The Prince Music Theatre in February 2011. In Philadelphia and later at the 2014 New York International Fringe Festival, COMING played to packed houses and glowingly positive reviews, including raves from The Huffington Post, BroadwayWorld, Edge Magazine and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Erik penned the lyrics for the Off-Broadway musical spectacular: THE ANTHEM, which ran at The Culture Project's Lynn Redgrave Theatre. Erik is slated to join the writing team for season two of the 2017 Emmy-nominated Amazon Prime series, TAINTED DREAMS. Erik wrote songs for the feature film "Happy Yummy Chicken" in which he stars alongside Taryn Manning of "Orange is the New Black". On the musical front, his smutty opus, GRINDR The Opera premiered in concert in Spring of 2014 and had a high profile staged reading in April 2015 which was covered by The Daily Beast, The Guardian, Salon.com and Newstalk Radio Ireland among other news outlets. The world-premiere production of MORE THAN ALL THE WORLD inspired by Marlowes EDWARD II was produced by Lil Rascal Theatre Company at Theater for the New City in November, 2016, after successful readings at The Musical Theatre Factory and The York Theatre. His other works include, SAGA The Ragnarok Opera, "The Severed Hand of Neverland" and TRAGIC EVENTS. Erik is also a two-time champion of the York Theatre's Tune-in-Time improvised musical theatre writing competition and served as Head Comedy Writer for the Roast of Michael Musto, hosted by Bruce Vilanch.
For the July 31, August 7, 14, & 21, 2017 performances, the main artist is Erik Ransom:
For July 31, 2017 performance, guest artist, Ilene Kristen;
A native New Yorker, Ilene is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Delia Ryan on Ryans Hope, and her ten-year stint as the gambling, beer-guzzling and always-inappropriate hairdresser Roxy Balsom on One Life to Live, for which she received two Emmy nominations for Best Supporting Actress. Ilene portrayed the dees, dems and does broad Norma Gilpin on Loving and wannabe socialite Madeleine Thompson on Another World. Most recently she reprised the role of Delia Ryan in a character crossover on General Hospital.Ilene made her Broadway debut as a dancer in Henry, Sweet Henry. She originated the role of Patty Simcox in Grease and portrayed the infamous Leona Helmsley in Mayor. Off-Broadway shows include Acts of Providence, All That Glitters, Light Up the Sky, The Dolphin Position, Cowboy, and Trust. She also appeared in The Gig at Goodspeed and Marvins Room at the Helen Hayes in Nyack. She was also Aunt Toniann in My Big Gay Italian Wedding at the St. Lukes Theatre. An Ensemble Studio Theater member since 1984, Ilene has performed in five of their Marathon of One-Act Plays including Saxophone Music, Naomi in the Livingroom, Cosmo's in Love, Degas, C'est Moi, A Dead Man's Apartment and the comedy revue Strange Behavior. Last summer she appeared in the Fringe Festival's The Gorges Motel and the Off-Broadway musical The Vanity.
Recent film appearances include Tinseltown, Signs of the Cross, Mattie Fresno and the Holoflux Universe, Luscious, Knock, Knock, and Manhattanites. Night time TV sightings include Deception, Unforgettable, HBO's Show Me A Hero, Law and Order, Law and Order: SVU, The Good Policeman, Third Watch, The Sopranos, Family, and The Black Donnellys. Ilene is currently featured in 4 internet series :Pride, Tainted Dreams , The Bay and Reality Sets In.In addition to a full-time performing career, Ilene co-founded The Jean Renoir Cinema, a film theatre showing independent and foreign films. While affiliated there, she produced the award-winning short The Aftermath. In 1997 she was a producer of the feature Angels with Angles, starring Frank Gorshin and Rodney Dangerfield. As a songwriter, Ilene has penned album cuts for teenage phenom Kaitlyn Lusk and jazz guitarist Chuck Loeb, as well as producing for the label Tuxedo Records. A regular on the club circuit, Ilene has recently released her first CD of her own original songs titled I'm Not Done With U Yet! On itunes and Amazon.
For the August 7 & 14, 2017 performances, various guest artists, "Grindr The Opera" in concert:
Set in the year 2009, at the dawn of the age of the hook-up app,GRINDR: The Operathrusts the most notorious gay hook-up app into the exaggerated world of the American opera. With musical styles ranging from baroque to contemporary pop,GRINDR: The Operais a daring, humorous look at the changing landscape of gay relationships.
We meetGRINDR, a mythical siren from remote antiquity who has been awoken from her millennial slumber by technology. Her power, which is derived from human lust, is exhibited as she manipulates her gay devotees in a soaring soprano.
Next we meet the boys: Devon is a romantic, Tom is a cynic, Jack is a twink, and Don is a daddy. These four gay men of different Tribes, meet via the medium of the Grindr app, each seeking a different type of connection.GRINDRguides them to intersect to hilarious and calamitous results, culminating in a grand finale wherein all the dirty laundry tumbles out.
Though the opera lives in the world of parody, it touches on some very serious, hot-button issues that exist in the gay community as it transitions into a time of wider acceptance and easy access to opportunities of both romance and lust to be sated.
For the August 21, 2017 performance, guest artist, David J. Raleigh;
On the surface, David Raleigh exudes a romantic youthfulness with his impeccable piano/vocal prowess. Look a little deeper and its clear that this New York City local, lauded by Time Out Magazine as the Nat King Cole for a new generation, has the old soul songwriting sensibilities of some of the greatest performers of our time.
Originally born in Rochester, New York, David Raleigh grew up in Seattle, Washington on a stable diet of pop/rock and gospel music. Discovered as a teen, Davids first record Totally Psyched sent him on the road touring the country at an early age. Later basing himself in New York City, David released his highly acclaimed second album, Never Alone. His music has been featured numerous times on the big screen. His sophomore album,Beginning Again, (2010) boasted a lead single that joined VH1s general playlist and spent 10 consecutive weeks in Logo (MTV)s top ten.
While many artists would dream of a successful career in any one genre, David Raleigh is a bon vivant that combines the best of both worlds, and his heartfelt music continues to cross musical boundaries and transport the listener to a timeless era of music and passion.
For all scheduled performances, the executive producer is Edward Miller;
Edward has been an active producer and performer in the downtown NYC scene for years. His credits include Revolution Row (Michael Weller), The Retreat (Sande Shurin), Make It So, A Marvel of a Man, A Promise Best Kept (Theater For the New City); Film Producer: How A Waitress Deals, The Big Gay Musical.. Film Performer: A Four Letter Word, Kiss Me, Kill Me.
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Seating at Pangea is communal. Other guests may be seated at the table. There is a $20 per person food or beverage minimum at the tables. DINNER SEATING BEGINS AT 6:00PM.
Please arrive one half hour prior to the show and allow additional time if you are planning to have a dinner.
Late arrivals will be seated at management's discretion.
Downtown's intimate supper-club Pangea is the ultimate in alt, playing home to some of the best in alt cabaret. The New York Times recently called it "a bohemian oasis not unlike the fabled Max's Kansas City from days gone by."
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