Hamlet The Rock Musical

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February 14 - 23, 2020

David Carver Music Presents
The Re-Imagined 21st Century Version of

HAMLET THE ROCK MUSICAL
World Tour - Premiering in Los Angeles

Music and Lyrics by Cliff Jones
Additional Music, Lyrics and Orchestrations by Craig Fair
Directed by Bill Castellino
Music Direction and Conducted by Doug Oberhamer
Choreographed by Janet Roston

TICKETS ($49.50 - $99.50): https://hamlettherockmusical.com/

David Carver Music presents HAMLET THE ROCK MUSICAL featuring music and lyrics by Cliff Jones and additional music, lyrics and orchestrations by Craig Fair. Award-winner Bill Castellino (pre-Broadway production of Cagney) directs a cast of 16 and is also joined by musical director and conductor Doug Oberhamer (Broadway’s Swing!) and choreographer Janet Roston (Ovation Award-winner for Celebration Theatre’s The Boy From Oz). Based on Shakespeare's timeless classic, HAMLET THE ROCK MUSICAL will fill the theatre with rock and roll swagger, inventive staging, incredible state-of-the-art technology, and powerful contemporary dance.

Concert Producer David Carver, who has presented many of rock-and-roll’s greats including Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Aerosmith, Bob Seger, Sheryl Crow and many others, recalls previous versions of the production and shared, “I watched people during intermission literally leave their seats and go straight to the box office and buy tickets for the next available performance. The shows were that good and inspired me to find a way to keep bringing the excitement of this musical to stages around the world.” Carver added, “With the cast and creative talent that we have assembled for the re-imagined 21st century version of HAMLET THE ROCK MUSICAL, along with the additions of elaborate sets, lighting and video projection, we hope that our production will wow audiences with our spectacle and continue to be a crowd-pleaser."

The multifaceted cast includes Payson Lewis (Hamlet), Kevin Bailey (Claudius), Carly Thomas Smith (Gertrude), Fatima El-Bashir (Ophelia), Thomas Hobson (Horatio), Ian Littleworth (Laertes), Larry Cedar (Polonius), Michael Deni (Marcellus), Justin Michael Wilcox (Rosencrantz), Alli Miller (Guildenstern), Steve B Green (Ghost/Priest), Deanna Anthony (Ensemble), Marie Gutierrez (Ensemble), Tim McGarrigal (Ensemble), Bruce Merkle (Ensemble), and Julia Springer (Ensemble). The dynamic cast was brought together by award-winning Casting Director Michael Donovan and Casting Associate Richie Ferris.

HAMLET THE ROCK MUSICAL’s creative team also includes Tony Award-winning Sound Designer Leon Rothenberg (The Nance), Sound Designer Jonathan A. Burke (Off-Broadway’s The Best is Yet to Come: The Music of Cy Coleman), Set and Video Designer Nick Iwaskow, NAACP and Ovation Award-winning Costume Designer Mylette Nora (August Wilson’s Two Trains Running) and lighting designers Johnny Garofalo and Nick Iwaskow.The orchestra features Justin Smith (Guitar), Anthony Lucca (Keyboards), Rachael Coosaia(Cello), John Fumo (Trumpet), Ido Meshulam (Trombone), Danielle Ondarza (French Horn), Rick Shaw (Bass Guitar) and Mark Converse (Drums).

HAMLET THE ROCK MUSICAL has a running time of 90 minutes with intermission.

Tickets range from $49.50 - $99.50 and can be purchased online at HamletTheRockMusical.com or by phone at 818-508-4200. For additional information about HAMLET THE ROCK MUSICAL visit HamletTheRockMusical.com.

The El Portal Box Office opens by phone at 9:30 AM and closes at 4:30, Monday thru Friday. On all show days the Lobby Box Office is open at 3:00 pm for the 8:00 p.m. performance.

For more information, please email [email protected] or call 818-508-4200.

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El Portal Theatre
5269 Lankershim Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA 91601

Reviews

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Bill Castellino helms a cast of 16 that for the most part do a good job with a very hefty line-up of songs. But the production does have its fault lines. With this much singing, there are segments where the vocals aren’t all they should be. In fact, at times the singing is downright flat, while the music all but eclipses the narrative and gravitas of the story (this is Shakespeare, after all!). On balance, however, the ensemble does a good job. The best singing of the evening is done by Fatima El Bashir as Ophelia, who sings like an angel, and Carly Thomas Smith, who plays Gertrude. Also worthy of mention in this regard is Payson Lewis as Hamlet.

sweet-sour - Lovell Estell III - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Shari Barrett

On all levels, there is something for everyone in this totally new production of HAMLET THE ROCK MUSICAL. I guarantee you do not have to be a fan of Shakespeare's story or an expert in understanding his Elizabethan English as this fabulously inventive, sung-through musical extravaganza is told using modern lyrics which everyone will understand during this theatrically entertaining rock show.

sweet - Shari Barrett - Broadway World - ...read full review


Don Grigware

This new musical will astound you with its bright, upbeat music and brilliant ensemble. Payson Lewis and Kevin Bailey lead the way in opening the doors to this Shakespearean classic, presented in a whole new light. Young and old audiences alike are loving it.

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Rob Stevens

A lot of money has been spent on the production...The cast of 16 all prove to possess strong voices, several displaying rock ‘n’ roll sass as well as operatic power...Yet there is still a lot that is rotten or at least not well in this version of Denmark’s famous moody prince.

sweet-sour - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


Steven Stanley

If producer (David) Carver’s wishes come true, Hamlet The Rock Musical’s El Portal debut could well be just the first stop in a 2020 World Tour. Whatever the future holds, L.A. audiences are guaranteed one humdinger of a show this week and next.

sweet - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review


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Bill Castellino helms a cast of 16 that for the most part do a good job with a very hefty line-up of songs. But the production does have its fault lines. With this much singing, there are segments where the vocals aren’t all they should be. In fact, at times the singing is downright flat, while the music all but eclipses the narrative and gravitas of the story (this is Shakespeare, after all!). On balance, however, the ensemble does a good job. The best singing of the evening is done by Fatima El Bashir as Ophelia, who sings like an angel, and Carly Thomas Smith, who plays Gertrude. Also worthy of mention in this regard is Payson Lewis as Hamlet.

sweet-sour - Lovell Estell III - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Shari Barrett

On all levels, there is something for everyone in this totally new production of HAMLET THE ROCK MUSICAL. I guarantee you do not have to be a fan of Shakespeare's story or an expert in understanding his Elizabethan English as this fabulously inventive, sung-through musical extravaganza is told using modern lyrics which everyone will understand during this theatrically entertaining rock show.

sweet - Shari Barrett - Broadway World - ...read full review


Don Grigware

This new musical will astound you with its bright, upbeat music and brilliant ensemble. Payson Lewis and Kevin Bailey lead the way in opening the doors to this Shakespearean classic, presented in a whole new light. Young and old audiences alike are loving it.

sweet - Don Grigware - Grigware Reviews - ...read full review


Rob Stevens

A lot of money has been spent on the production...The cast of 16 all prove to possess strong voices, several displaying rock ‘n’ roll sass as well as operatic power...Yet there is still a lot that is rotten or at least not well in this version of Denmark’s famous moody prince.

sweet-sour - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


Steven Stanley

If producer (David) Carver’s wishes come true, Hamlet The Rock Musical’s El Portal debut could well be just the first stop in a 2020 World Tour. Whatever the future holds, L.A. audiences are guaranteed one humdinger of a show this week and next.

sweet - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review