LOST IN THE DISCO an immersive musical featuring Disco Classics coming Off-Broadway this November
LOST IN THE DISCO is a unique experience of immersive theater, where the audience is directly involved within the performance, and where actors/dancers/singers are performing among the public. The greatest Disco Classics will surround this love story, punctuated with comedy, where cast members act and sing among the audience and invite them to join the dance floor. Lost in the Disco will play 4 performances in the unique decor of the Angel Orensanz Foundation (172 Norfolk Street New York 10002) from November 6th to December 3rd 2019. This experience will plunge you back in the golden age of disco time and craziness of the legendary Studio 54 with classics by Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, Michael Jackson, Le Chic, Shalamar, Taste of Honey, Saturday Night Fever, Earth Wind & Fire, and many more to be performed by a versatile 9 members cast.
World renowned French film director Lisa Azuelos has directed French iconic films such as LOL with Sophie Marceau and its U.S version starring Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore. She met with opera singer, director and producer David Serero during the 2019 New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival (Produced by Serero for the American Sephardi Federation) where Azuelos received the Pomegranate Award for Best Director. Azuelos and Serero both shared their love for Disco music and immersive theater, and decided to write a musical called « Lost in the Disco ».
The Cast includes: Sarah Shaiman (Lisa), Christopher Elia (James), Tieisha Thomas (Angelina), Tyler Fromson (Mike), David Serero (Barry), Jody Hinkley (Gael), Caroline Baniewicz (Giselle), Cate Benioff (Cate), Sam Brady (Sam).
Performances are November 6th at 8pm; November 8th at 8pm (Premiere); November 18th at 8pm; December 3rd at 8pm at the Angel Orensanz Foundation located at 172 Norfolk Street, New York NY 10002, in the heart of the historical Lower East Side.
Lisa Azuelos is a French writer, producer, and director known for iconic films, such as LOL with Sophie Marceau, that she directed in the U.S and starring Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore, QUANTUM LOVE with Sophie Marceau and François Cluzet, and the biopic DALIDA with Sveva Alviti and Riccardo Scamarcio. Her long awaited and critically acclaimed new feature MON BÉBÉ with Sandrine Kiberlain and Thaïs Alessandrin, has just been released in March 2019. . Lisa Azuelos is also the prolific author of 6 novels as well as an essay. She is strongly involved in defending women’s rights all around the world, through her foundation “YOLOVE” named after the title of the documentary she produced and directed this year. Appointed by French President Emmanuel Macron and State Secretary Marlène Schiappa, Lisa Azuelos is a member of the G7 Advisory Committee for Gender Equality, alongside fellow activists and female leaders.
About DAVID SERERO (Barry/Writer/Director/Producer)
Actor and baritone, David Serero, has received international recognition and critical acclaim from all over the world. At 38 years old, he has already performed more than 2,000 concerts and performances throughout the world, played in over 100 films and recorded 20 albums. He entered the prestigious Who's Who America for demonstrating outstanding achievements in the entertainment world and for the betterment of contemporary society. In 2019, he received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, the Morocco Day Distinguished Achievement Award, and the Trophy of the Culture of Morocco. David Serero is a member of the Recording Academy and of the Television Academy and a voting member both of the Grammys and Emmys. He has given concerts in Paris at the Opera Garnier, Olympia, Eiffel Tower; in New York at the Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Times Square; in London at the Royal College of Music, Wembley Stadium; and in Moscow at the Tchaikovsky Hall; in Amsterdam at the Concertgebouw, the Budapest Opera conducted by Placido Domingo and more. He made his sold out West End debuts at the Dominion Theatre. He has sung more than 30 lead roles in Opera, Operetta and Musical Theater. In his extensive discography, he has recorded Cast Album Recording of iconic roles such as Shakespeare's Richard III and world Premiere adaptations. He is also the founder and producer of several music and film festivals.
During the 2017/2018 season in New York, David Serero starred as Cyrano De Bergerac (Rostand), Don Giovanni (Mozart), Barabas (Marlowe's Jew of Malta), King Ahasuerus (from musical Queen Esther's Dilemma), King Lear (Jacob Gordin's The Yiddish King Lear), Napoleon's title role from Napoleon by Stanley Kubrick. For the 2018/19 season in New York, David starred as Nabucco's title role, Romeo (Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in a Jewish adaptation), Figaro (Mozart's Marriage of Figaro) which he directed and adapted. He opens his 2019/20 season with « Anne Frank, a musical », starring as Otto Frank, which he directs and produces. More info on: www.davidserero.com
SARAH SHAIMAN (Lisa)
Sarah Shaiman is thrilled to be making her Off-Broadway debut! Last October she made her New York debut as The Diva in Fate Still Rests at The Muse, and soon after landed her first national tour as Liza in ‘Twas a Girl’s Night Before Christmas. Sarah has performed all over the U.S. in shows with RWS Entertainment Group, most notably originating the role of Myss Terri in the IAPPA award nominated production of Mysterio: Magic Rocks the Night! After winning Season 16 of “So You Think You Can Belt” at the West End Lounge, Sarah experienced a career highlight when she traveled to Russia to perform with The Cat’s Pajamas Vocal Band at the Moscow International Spring A Capella Festival. Recently, she appeared as Grizabella in the premiere cast of Madame Tussauds’ Broadway in Times Square and in the NYC staged reading of Shanghai Sonatas, a new musical in association with Yangtze Repertory Theatre.
CHRISTOPHER ELIA (James)
Christopher was most recently seen as Dr. Caius in The Hudson Warehouse's outdoor production of The Merry Wives of Windsor by W. Shakespeare. Prior notable roles he has played include Wes in Lanford Wilson's Fifth of July and Charlie Brown in Dog Sees God. Christopher is originally from Larnaca, Cyprus and is fluent in English and Greek. He is a graduate of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City.
TIEISHA THOMAS (Angelina)
Tieisha Thomas is New York City Native hailing from Queens, New York. She discovered her love of music at a young age through the influences of her vibrant Caribbean culture. Tieisha attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High school of the Arts for Voice and soon after received her Bachelors Degree in Theater Arts from SUNY Buffalo State. She was most recently seen in the Off- Broadway production of the Public Works Musical Adaptation of Disneys “HERCULES” as Melepomene, one of the beloved greek chorus Muses. She continues to nurture her passion for the arts on and off the stage. She offers one on one classes for young adults and budding artists looking to further their discovery of themselves through theater.
TYLER FROMSON (Mike)
Tyler Fromson is a Kansas City native turned New Yorker. He recently just got off the North American tour of Friends the Musical Parody, playing Ross. He has performed on cruise ships with Royal Caribbean, including a production of Saturday Night Fever. He has portrayed roles such as Seymour (Little Shop of Horrors), Bobby Strong (Urinetown) and Demetrius (A Midsummer Night's Dream). In Kansas City, he was also the lead singer of a popular 80s cover band. He graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu, where he studied theatre and voice.
DAVID SERERO (Barry)
Actor and baritone, David Serero, has received international recognition and critical acclaim from all over the world. At 38 years old, he has already performed more than 2,000 concerts and performances throughout the world, played in over 100 films and recorded 20 albums. He has directed and produced dozens of plays, musicals and operas and is the founder and producer of several music and film festivals. During the 2017/2018 season in New York, David Serero starred as Cyrano De Bergerac, Don Giovanni, Barabas, King Ahasuerus (from musical Queen Esther's Dilemma), Yiddish King Lear, Napoleon's title role by Stanley Kubrick. For the 2018/19 season in New York, David starred as Nabucco's title role, Romeo, Figaro. For the 2019/20 season, he opened with « Anne Frank, a musical », starring as Otto Frank, Barry (Lost in the Disco), Carmen, Eugene Onegin and tours in Europe.
JODY HINKLEY (Gael)
Jody Hinkley, originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, received his masters from Manhattan School of Music. Most recently he was seen in Teen Party Massacre off-Broadway and traveling the world as lead vocalist on AIDA Cruises. He was also seen in the world premieres of Your Name on My Lips, Moving Right Along: the World of Jeff Blumenkrantz, and The Golden Smile for which he received a nomination for Planet Connections Festivity’s Best Supporting Actor. His other credits include Altar Boyz (Mark), Into the Woods (Jack), A Little Night Music (Henrik), and Grease (Doody).
CAROLINE BANIEWICZ (Giselle)
Originally from Plano, Texas, Caroline is a new New-Yorker. Although she hates the cold winters, she loves the city. Growing up in Texas, Caroline loved to bang on the piano and scream sing at the top her lungs. Caroline went to school at Oklahoma City University for Musical Theatre. After graduation, Caroline moved to New York in pursuit to find the best pizza in the city... and also pursue performing. Past roles include Heather Chandler in Heathers and Tammy in Hairspray. Caroline is excited to be in Lost in Disco, and not just for the outfits! She loves to party and getting to party onstage is the greatest honor! Caroline is so thankful to Lisa Azuelos and David Serero.
CATE BENIOFF (Cate)
Cate Benioff is excited to be making her New York debut in Lost in the Disco. Hailing from sunny Golden, Colorado, Cate studied in rainy London where she graduated with a BA in Theatre from Guildford School of Acting and a Musical Theatre diploma from Laine Theatre Arts. Her London credits include: Becky in the new musical Unicorn (The Other Palace), Samantha in Side Dishes (The Union Theatre), and lead vocalist in Memorial (The Barbican). Regional stateside credits include: Tricia, u/s Cassie, Sheila & Val A Chorus Line (Algonquin Arts Theatre). She would like to thank her incredibly supportive family and friends for always believing in her.
SAM BRADY (Sam)
Sam is extremely thrilled to be playing herself in Lost in the Disco! She recently graduated from Circle in the Square Theatre School and is very excited to be in her first show post-graduation. Her most recent roles include Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Diana in I Love You Because. She was also seen as Cyd in Social Studies (Winner for “Best Musical” at NY Theatre Festival), in which she was awarded “Best Vocalist.” When she is not performing, she enjoys reading and taking her dog on adventures hiking and to the beach. Sam would like to thank her family, friends and teachers at Circle for their endless love and support. She would also like to thank David Serero and Lisa Azuelos for this amazing opportunity!