Thursday, January 25, 2018

Razorhurst, a new musical at Luna Stage

Razorhurst, a new musical commissioned by Luna Stage, will open February 1 as the second show in Luna’s 25th anniversary season. Directed by Artistic Director Cheryl Katz with book and lyrics by Kate Mulley and music by Andy Peterson, Razorhurst tells the tale of Kate Leigh and Tilly Devine, two violent rival crime bosses in 1920s Australia who turned the streets of Sydney red during brutal wars between their criminal empires. This new musical traces their historical reign as queens of their domains and asks if they were truly evil ladies—or just enterprising women ahead of their time.

A signature feature of Luna Stage is the creation of new works for the American Theater. Luna works closely with a variety of writers on plays in all stages of development. But to encourage new work in certain genres, Luna will commission artists to create an original piece. For Luna’s 25th season, the theater commissioned Kate Mulley and Andy Peterson, two up-and-coming musical theater artists, to write the new musical Razorhurst.  Luna audiences will recognize Andy Peterson as the musical director for Luna’s critically acclaimed production of Thrill Me. Kate Mulley, who wrote the book and lyrics, has had her work performed at Dixon Place, the Flea, Theatre503, and the Soho Rep.  

Razorhurst is produced in Association with the Bob Cole Family Fund.

Production Information

A World Premiere of a New Musical Commissioned by Luna Stage
Book & Lyrics by Kate Mulley
Music by Andy Peterson
Directed by Cheryl Katz

February 1 - March 4, 2018

Artist Bio’s

Kate Mulley (Book and Lyrics) is a playwright, librettist/lyricist, producer, dramaturg and founding member of Vox Theater. Her plays have been developed and performed on three continents, at theatres including Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center, Dixon Place, the Flea, Theatre503 and the Soho Theatre. Kate has been a Playwriting Fellow at Shanghai Theatre Academy, a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers Conference, a finalist for the Juilliard Playwriting Fellowship, a semi-finalist for the O'Neill, Princess Grace, ATHE Playwriting Award and Bay Area Playwrights Festival and an Artist in Residence at the Catwalk Institute and the Nantucket Island School of Design and Art. She graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Theater and History, received an MA in Writing for Performance at Goldsmiths College, London, and an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University. In addition to Razorhurst, Kate and Andy Peterson are currently developing Outlaw, a new musical about Australian outlaw Ned Kelly with director Benita de Wit.

Andy Peterson (Music) is a New York based composer, musical director, arranger and orchestrator who has worked around the world. Born and raised in Australia, Andy began his training in music at the late age of 15, taking quickly to the piano and composition. He holds a Bachelor of Music (Composition) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He is currently the Musical Director for the Off-Broadway show Red Roses, Green Gold, featuring the music of Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter. As a composer, he recently contributed music and orchestrated songs for the film Happy Yummy Chicken starring Taryn Manning (Orange is the New Black). He composed the score for the original musical, Stalker, to which Theatre in the Now described as "fun and catchy filled with zingers" after playing successful runs in the New York City and Chicago. He also regularly creates film scores for award winning artist, Todd Fuller, which have played all across Australia and around the world. As an arranger/orchestrator, Andy has worked extensively around the world helping to create new theatre and has been praised by the NEW YORKER for his "lovely vocal arrangements". His credits include: Atomic (Off-Broadway, Sydney & Detroit), More Than All The World (Theatre For The New City), Sinbad: The Musical (Malaysia), Wendy's Shadow (NYMF), Orpheus and the Underworld (Sydney).

Cheryl Katz has been with Luna Stage since 2003. She served as Director of Play Development for eight years before becoming Associate Artistic Director in 2011. She was appointed Artistic Director in 2013. During her time at Luna, she has contributed to the development of over fifty new works for the stage and has directed the world premieres of Tranquil by Andrew Rosendorf, The High Water Mark and King of the Mountains by Ben Clawson, Carnaval by Nikkole Salter, Mercy and The Firefly by Amy Hartman, The Fastest Woman Alive by Karen Sunde, the NJ professional premiere of Thrill Me by Stephen Dolginoff, and all three Luna productions of The Man In Room 306 by Craig Alan Edwards (1995 and 2008 in New Jersey, 2010 in New York). Prior to her position at Luna, Cheryl developed and directed new plays in the New York area and worked as a producer, administrator and special projects manager for LaMama E.T.C., Under One Roof, Electronic Arts Intermix, Arts International and The School of Hard Knocks. She has worked in script development for The Young Playwrights Festival, The O'Neill Theatre Conference and The Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey and is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

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