POCKETS

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Hollywood, CA - Robot Teammate is delighted to be returning to the Hollywood Fringe with another original musical comedy, POCKETS, premiering at The Broadwater Main Stage this June. The collective's most recent production, TURBULENCE!, won Best Musical, Best World Premiere, Critics' Choice, and A Little New Music's Award for Outstanding Songwriting at the Hollywood Fringe in 2017 which led to an Off-Broadway run at SoHo Playhouse in New York City.

Set in the fictional British-ish kingdom of Crumpeton, POCKETS spins the tale of Bellamina Crumbledunk, a noble preteen, who becomes a pickpocket to win the attention of her overextended mother, the Duchess. Bellamina's misadventures take her into the underbelly of society, where she accidentally becomes the leader of a criminal uprising, but will she have the heart to sabotage her mother's well-laid plans for Crumpet Day? #CheckYourPockets for tickets to this fast-paced, funny, and touching period piece to find out!

The main cast features Robot Teammate, which includes Chris Bramante, Molly Dworsky, Branson NeJame, Kat Primeau, and Dave Reynolds. Book and lyrics by Robot Teammate, with Dave Reynolds serving as head writer, direction by Lauren Pritchard, and choreography by Kat Primeau. The live band features Musical Director Branson NeJame, Christopher Sousa, Harrison Lee, and Sam Kirsch. The POCKETS poster was created by illustrator and artist Beverly Arce.

The performance will take place at The Broadwater Main Stage (1076 Lillian Way, LA, CA 90038). The show is family-friendly (ages 13+) and runs 55 minutes. Tickets are $15 General Admission, $12 for Fringe Participants, and available at: https://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/5994

Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 9:00 P.M.

Sunday, June 16, 2019 at 1:00 P.M.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 10:00 P.M.

Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 1:00 P.M.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 5:00 P.M.

Friday, June 28, 2019 at 8:00 P.M.

Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 3:00 P.M.

Founded in 2012, Robot Teammate has established itself as one of Los Angeles' top musical comedy acts, wowing crowds by creating hundreds of improvised musicals based off of audience suggestions at UCB, Westside Comedy, LA ComicCon, and in festivals across the country. Additionally, Legendary Digital Network brought the Robots worldwide from 2016-2017 with Geek & Sundry's weekly Twitch.TV show, Gather Your Party.

Inspired by their favorite improvisations, the collaborating machines have scripted three previous award-winning original musical comedies, TIMEHEART, THUG TUNNEL, and TURBULENCE!, forming "The T Trilogy." Premiering the trilogy to sold-out audiences at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, the troupe received A Little New Music's Award for Outstanding Songwriting in 2016 & 2017, and Best Musical, Best World Premiere, and Better Lemon's Critics Choice Awards in 2017. They released the original cast recording of THUG TUNNEL on all digital platforms and received an Off-Broadway run of TURBULENCE! at the SoHo Playhouse in New York City in 2017.

Praise for Robot Teammate includes:

A better than Broadway experience...Robot Teammate creates musicals for the millennial generation.” – Gia on the Move

"If you don't have tickets for their current run yet, get them now or prepare to be disappointed when they sell out. Consider it a fun tax; it's money well-spent." - Broadway World

"Robot Teammate is always worth watching. Their storytelling is top-class, their musicality is hugely impressive, and, above all, they are properly funny." - Ewan Phillips, Producer, Whose Line is it Anyway?

"Top Ten of LA Theatre." - Stage Raw

"Highly recommended show." - FringeReview UK

"#1 Musical to see at Hollywood Fringe." - LA Music Blog

"If there is any new musical to see at Fringe, this is the one - it's chock full of high-energy music and storytelling that's out of this world." - Tin Pan LA

AWARDS:

WINNER – BEST MUSICAL, Hollywood Fringe 2017

WINNER – BEST WORLD PREMIERE, Hollywood Fringe 2017

WINNER – OUTSTANDING SONGWRITING AWARD, A Little New Music for TURBULENCE! (2017) & THUG TUNNEL (2016)

WINNER – CRITICS' CHOICE AWARD, Better Lemons 2017

"Best of Fest" - San Diego Improv Festival 2016

86 Week Champions - Improv Cage Match at iO West 2012-2014

Links:

www.robotteammate.com

Twitter.com/robotteammate

Facebook.com/robotteammate

Instagram.com/accidentalparty

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Reviews

"Thank God for Robot Teammate. After creating the amazing musicals Turbulence and Thug Tunnel, they have truly knocked it out of the park with a walk off, two-out grand slam in the bottom of the ninth. They still rely on their “core” crew, but this time around have added an entire company of worthy performers to the mix. Hats off to Kat Primeau (Duchess), Chris Bramante (Veegan), Molly Dworsky (Bellamina “Pockets”) and Dave Reynolds (Rob Cryer/ Barkley St. Piggins/Jim Val Jim) for their incredible work on this show. We also congratulate and thank the rest of the cast for their great support and breathtaking performances. Last but not least, three cheers to Branson NeJame and the rest of his amazing band for their incredible live accompaniment. If you love great musicals, this one is a definite contender for this year’s Best Musical."

sweet - Bob Leggett - LA Music Critic - ...read full review


"Robot Teammate does it again. A delightful show of whimsy and silliness, but with a beautiful, heartfelt core. Every performer shows the strength of this great ensemble, especially Dave Reynolds, a veritable ensemble to himself, and Kat Primeau as the strong but conflicted Duchess. However, no one shines brighter than Molly Dworsky. Her wonderful pluck and enthusiasm are worth the price of admission by herself. The score is memorable. (I’m still humming the opening number). Paul Hungerford’s easy directorial hand takes this show up a notch. By far their most ambitious production, and also their best."

sweet - Jim Blanchette


"Pockets was original with a taste of familiarity-there were definite hat-tips to some well-known musicals (Les Miz for one). The music, singing, dancing, and acting were all done seamlessly and the cast worked with each other so well. It was a great laugh consistently throughout."

sweet - Amanda Lainberger


Stephen Fife
"The hour-long musical that ensues is a combination of Oliver! and Les Miserables, borrowing from and satirizing both. The songs by Branson NeJame are knowledgeable and witty and always fun to listen to. The core ensemble of Robot Teammate is all wonderful — Dworsky, Reynolds, Primeau and especially Chris Bramante as Veegan, a master thief on the order of Fagan in Oliver Twist. His singing and dancing have never been better, and he makes every moment that he is a part of count. Dworsky is also consistently funny and provides the emotional heart of the show. - RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Stephen Fife - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Rob Stevens
"The old saying, “Too many cooks spoil the stew” is an apt description of the new musical Pockets at the Hollywood Fringe Festival...Branson NeJame’s score is the show’s best asset and he leads a four-piece onstage band where Harrison Lee’s cello adds intensity and depth to the melodies. Unfortunately the lyrics don’t approach the quality of the music..."

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


"Everyone on stage gives it their all. A four piece band, Duke Spookum and The Jimmy Jammers, provide tight musical accompaniment, and Pockets is one that should not be missed. Perfect for kids of all ages. Don’t miss it."

sweet - Peter Foldy - Hollywood Revealed - ...read full review


"Director Paul Hungerford and the Teammates have put together a funny show with an engaging script to make what might be one of the most [spit spit] solid productions at Fringe this year. Check it out."

sweet - Zachary Bernstein - Fringe Review UK - ...read full review


Matt Ritchey
"The phrase “screaming with laughter” always comes to mind when describing Robot Teammate shows, and for good reason: you usually are... Get to Crumpeton as fast as you can – before all the crumpets are gone. Very Highly Recommended"

sweet - Matt Ritchey - Gia On the Move - ...read full review


"Thank God for Robot Teammate. After creating the amazing musicals Turbulence and Thug Tunnel, they have truly knocked it out of the park with a walk off, two-out grand slam in the bottom of the ninth. They still rely on their “core” crew, but this time around have added an entire company of worthy performers to the mix. Hats off to Kat Primeau (Duchess), Chris Bramante (Veegan), Molly Dworsky (Bellamina “Pockets”) and Dave Reynolds (Rob Cryer/ Barkley St. Piggins/Jim Val Jim) for their incredible work on this show. We also congratulate and thank the rest of the cast for their great support and breathtaking performances. Last but not least, three cheers to Branson NeJame and the rest of his amazing band for their incredible live accompaniment. If you love great musicals, this one is a definite contender for this year’s Best Musical."

sweet - Bob Leggett - LA Music Critic - ...read full review


Stephen Fife
"The hour-long musical that ensues is a combination of Oliver! and Les Miserables, borrowing from and satirizing both. The songs by Branson NeJame are knowledgeable and witty and always fun to listen to. The core ensemble of Robot Teammate is all wonderful — Dworsky, Reynolds, Primeau and especially Chris Bramante as Veegan, a master thief on the order of Fagan in Oliver Twist. His singing and dancing have never been better, and he makes every moment that he is a part of count. Dworsky is also consistently funny and provides the emotional heart of the show. - RECOMMENDED"

sweet - Stephen Fife - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Rob Stevens
"The old saying, “Too many cooks spoil the stew” is an apt description of the new musical Pockets at the Hollywood Fringe Festival...Branson NeJame’s score is the show’s best asset and he leads a four-piece onstage band where Harrison Lee’s cello adds intensity and depth to the melodies. Unfortunately the lyrics don’t approach the quality of the music..."

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


"Everyone on stage gives it their all. A four piece band, Duke Spookum and The Jimmy Jammers, provide tight musical accompaniment, and Pockets is one that should not be missed. Perfect for kids of all ages. Don’t miss it."

sweet - Peter Foldy - Hollywood Revealed - ...read full review


"Director Paul Hungerford and the Teammates have put together a funny show with an engaging script to make what might be one of the most [spit spit] solid productions at Fringe this year. Check it out."

sweet - Zachary Bernstein - Fringe Review UK - ...read full review


Matt Ritchey
"The phrase “screaming with laughter” always comes to mind when describing Robot Teammate shows, and for good reason: you usually are... Get to Crumpeton as fast as you can – before all the crumpets are gone. Very Highly Recommended"

sweet - Matt Ritchey - Gia On the Move - ...read full review


"Robot Teammate does it again. A delightful show of whimsy and silliness, but with a beautiful, heartfelt core. Every performer shows the strength of this great ensemble, especially Dave Reynolds, a veritable ensemble to himself, and Kat Primeau as the strong but conflicted Duchess. However, no one shines brighter than Molly Dworsky. Her wonderful pluck and enthusiasm are worth the price of admission by herself. The score is memorable. (I’m still humming the opening number). Paul Hungerford’s easy directorial hand takes this show up a notch. By far their most ambitious production, and also their best."

sweet - Jim Blanchette


"Pockets was original with a taste of familiarity-there were definite hat-tips to some well-known musicals (Les Miz for one). The music, singing, dancing, and acting were all done seamlessly and the cast worked with each other so well. It was a great laugh consistently throughout."

sweet - Amanda Lainberger