Cast & Creative Team Announced for “THE TIME MACHINE”

New York, NY (6/27/17) – The cast and creative team for the premiere of the new musical, The Time Machine, with book by David Mauk and Brenda Mandabach, music and lyrics by David Mauk, has been announced. The Time Machine, an Official Selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival, will be directed by Justin Baldridgewith choreography by Jim Cooney and music direction by Kristen Lee RosenfeldThe Time Machine will open on Tuesday July 11, 2017 at 8:00 PM and will play a total of 6 performances at The Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row (410 W 42nd Street).

In this wicked retelling of the classic novel by H.G. Wells, a troubled inventor discovers a modern dystopia where machines are nonexistent and love is forbidden. Extraordinary events force him to venture underground where he must face the demons that control his future.

The Time Machine will star: Michael Hunsaker (Chance and Chemistry) as ThomasBligh Voth (Million Dollar Quartet) as Wenissa, Marc Moritz (Yentl) as Uncle Filby, Barbara McCulloh (Peter Pan) as Mrs. Watchett,Michael Thatcher (Julius Caesar) as Nathaniel Sayer, Doug Chitel (Ragtime) as Dean, Lori Tishfield as Elizabeth, Martavius Parrish (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) as Reverend, Randal Keith (Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera) as Professor Dash, and ensembles members Shiloh GoodinAisling Halpin, Darrel T. JoeLamont Walker II, and Tony II Lorrich.

The creative team includes Lauren Mills (Scenic Design), Vanessa Leuck (Costume Design), Jamie Roderick(Lighting Designer), Patrick LaChance (Sound Design), Don Cieslik (Projections Designer), and Adele Rylands(Fight Director). Alice Pollitt is the Production Stage Manager.

The Time Machine is being produced with support from John NormanJeff Hair, and Joan Samaroo & Ted Zorbas

The Time Machine will play the following performances: Tuesday, July 11 at 8:00pm; Thursday, July 13 at 5:00pm and 9:00pm; Friday, July 14 at 9:00pm; Saturday, July 15 at 1:00pm; and Sunday, July 16 at 5:00pm.

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David Mauk (Book, Music, Lyrics) composed the exhibit music for the international blockbuster National Geographic “King Tut,” “Cleopatra,” and “Real Pirates” museum tours. David has released two critically acclaimed instrumental CD's – 12 MONTHS and GROUND SWELL. GROUND SWELL was number one in the world on the NZR radio charts and has been featured regularly on XM/Sirius, Music Choice, and Muzak channels. David has been a Las Vegas singing piano entertainer for thirteen years.

Brenda Mandabach (Book) is an Actor/Vocalist in Las Vegas. She started her professional career with the Cleveland Opera, and then worked in several other theaters in Northeast Ohio and Los Angeles. Brenda has most recently been seen in productions at UNLV and has been performing in cabarets and showcases across Las Vegas. She was the featured vocalist in the background exhibit music for the National Geographic “King Tut,” “Cleopatra,” and “Real Pirates” museum tours.

Justin Baldridge (Director) made his NYC directorial debut with the Off-Broadway musical A Dog Story. The Time Machine is his first NYMF production. Directing credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie, Cabaret, Grease, How To Succeed…, Anything Goes, Bull, A Christmas Carol, Macbeth, The Diviners, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, andTwelve Angry Jurors. He relocated to Manhattan from California a year ago where he worked in Educational Theatre for 10 years. Training: CSU Fullerton and Roosevelt University, Chicago. 

Jim Cooney (Choreographer). Select Credits: Sweet Charity (Michael Rupert, director), Broadway Bares (Jerry Mitchell, director), ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (featuring Kristin Chenoweth), Tableaux (Holland America Line), and Nothing But Trash (Theater for the New City). Previous NYMF: Wikimusical (featuring Brenda Braxton).

Kristen Lee Rosenfeld (Musical Director) is an NYC-based Music Director/Composer. Her music direction credits include the First National Tour of Spring Awakening and Band Of Angels with collaborator, Colman Domingo. As a Composer, Kristen collaborates with her mother, Luanne. Their show, Divided, was recently presented in concert to a sold-out house at Feinstein’s/54 Below. Their other full-length musical, Cardboard Castles, is currently in development as a feature film by Rubic House.

 Lauren Mills (Scenic Design) is a New York City based scenic designer working in theatre and television. Selected credits include: A Dog Story (Davenport Loft – Off Broadway), Dot (Detroit Public Theatre), My Fair Lady, True Love (Sharon Playhouse). Television: “The TODAY Show” and “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” Member – United Scenic Artists USA 829. MFA – Carnegie Mellon University.

Vanessa Leuck (Costume Design) Upcoming: Off Broadway: Money Talks, Regional: Sex With Strangers, Capital Repertory. Recent: Disenchanted! National Tour (previously Off Broadway), Broadway Backwards: LOVE. Previous NYMF: Midnight at the Never GetPope! An Epic MusicalTonya & Nancy: A Rock OperaMr.

 Jamie Roderick (Lighting Designer) Off-Broadway: The Woodsman, Afterglow, A Dog Story, That Bachelorette Show, Seeing You.  Regional: The Bikinis!, R&J, Macbeth, Hamlet, Billy Eliot and more. Recent: The Bad Years, More Than All The World. Resident Lighting Designer: Broken Box Mime Theatre. 

Patrick LaChance (Sound Design) is also designing I Am, I Will, I Do (NYMF). Credits include: Lonely, I'm Not(West of 10th), The Winter's Tale (Amerinda), Macbeth and [gay] Cymbeline (Theatre Prometheus), Okay and The Coming World (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Fantasticks (Cider Mill Playhouse).

Don Cieslik (Projections Designer) A recent New York transplant, Don was born and raised in El Paso, Texas where he served as the Sound and Video designer for the UTEP Dinner Theatre. Recent credits include The Band's Visit (Off-Broadway), Rap Guide to Consciousness (Off-Broadway Assoc.)

 Adele Rylands (Fight Director) A New York City native, Adele is a full-time fight director, theatre technician, and business owner.  BFA in Directing and Original Work from New York University as proud alum of Playwrights Horizons Theater School.  Enjoy the show.

Alice Pollitt (Production Stage Manager) Broadway: A Bronx TaleAmerican PsychoNoises OffAladdin. Tours: Finding NeverlandMatilda.  Regional: Disney Theatrical Group; Berkeley Repertory Theatre: Monsoon WeddingAmélie; The Public Theater: Before Your Very EyesThe Screens; Marin Shakespeare Company.  Events: The 69th Annual Tony Awards.

Trevor Chauvin