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Steven And Maureen Van Zandt Announce The Broadway Return Of Once Upon A Dream

October 28, 2013

YellowBrix

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED SHOW ONCE UPON A DREAM STARRING THE RASCALS IS BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND WITH SPECIAL LIMITED ENGAGEMENT AT NEW YORK CITY'S MARQUIS THEATRE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED HOLIDAY RUN KICKS OFF DECEMBER 16 SHOW STARS ORIGINAL BAND MEMBERS EDDIE BRIGATI, FELIX CAVALIERE, GENE CORNISH & DINO DANELLI--PERFORMING TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 40 YEARS TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW! Directed by STEVEN VAN ZANDT & MARC BRICKMAN, Written by STEVEN VAN ZANDT, Music and Lyrics by FELIX CAVALIERE & EDDIE BRIGATI, Stage, Video and Lighting Design by MARC BRICKMAN NEW YORK, Oct. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Producers Steven Van Zandt and Maureen Van Zandt, Marc Brickman and BASE Entertainment are thrilled to announce the Broadway return of the critically acclaimed show ONCE UPON A DREAM STARRING THE RASCALS. Back by popular demand, this spectacular live show will light up the Great White Way with a highly anticipated limited engagement from December 16 through January 5 at the Marquis Theatre. Tickets for this special holiday run can be purchased at the Marquis Theatre Box Office, online at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-877-250-2929. Groups of 10 or more should call 1-800-714-8452.

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Following its sold-out run at the Richard Rodgers Theater this past spring in New York City, ONCE UPON A DREAM STARRING THE RASCALS has become a nationwide phenomenon and is currently touring to packed-house crowds across North America. USA Today gave the show 3 (out of four) stars, the New York Post proclaimed "this is a show you can't miss," and the Huffington Post promised "you will be blown away." Following one of the first Broadway dates, Entertainment Weekly described the experience thusly: "They got three standing ovations and a few brave souls danced in the aisles. One woman stood up in her seat, waving her arms to the music, even though one of them was in a sling around her neck. These people had been waiting 40 long years to see the Rascals -- and you could tell."

A hybrid of a rock 'n' roll concert and a Broadway show, ONCE UPON A DREAM STARRING THE RASCALS marks the first time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Rascals, America's classic blue-eyed soul band, have played together since 1970. Original band members Eddie Brigati (vocals), Felix Cavaliere (keyboard & vocals), Gene Cornish (guitar), and Dino Danelli (drums) will present a complete concert performance including songs that captured the spirit of America in the 1960's, such as their smash hits "Good Lovin'," "Lonely Too Long," "It's a Beautiful Morning," "How Can I Be Sure" and "Groovin'." The production will also feature the history of the iconic group told through archival footage, narration, and dramatic film segments viewed on the latest LED screen technology.

ONCE UPON A DREAM STARRING THE RASCALS premiered on Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theatre to critical acclaim last spring selling out 15 performances. The show is directed by Steven Van Zandt and Marc Brickman, with music by Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati. ONCE UPON A DREAM STARRING THE RASCALS has stage, video and lighting design by Brickman and has music production written by legendary guitarist Van Zandt.

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THE RASCALS, formerly known as The Young Rascals, are one of the most influential, and artistically important American bands in Rock and Roll history. In a time dominated by the English rock acts of the British Invasion, The Rascals not only survived but thrived. The post-twist New York, New Jersey, and Long Island club scenes bred the band, an outfit whose sound grew more sophisticated as time went on but stayed rooted in the blue-eyed soul that was its first reason for being. At first a hard-hitting band reminiscent of the early Animals, the Rascals drew from the same well that fed the then-burgeoning garage rock scene. They would go on to lead the way for Blue Eyed Soul to Folk Rock to Protest to Civil Rights, blending white Pop melodies with black soul and R&B muscle. Though they never brandished their politics like some bands, the Rascals truly lived theirs, fighting discrimination by demanding that a black act appear on the bill at each of its concerts.

Their music would span the entire decade from the early Go-Go dance parties right through the psychedelic era - and beyond. The band released numerous top ten singles in the mid- and late-1960s, including "How Can I Be Sure," "Come On Up," "You Better Run," "I've Been Lonely Too Long," "Beautiful Morning," and the #1 hits "Good Lovin'," "Groovin'," and "People Got to Be Free." They went their separate ways in the early 70's, finally reuniting for one night in May of 1997 when Steven Van Zandt inducted them into the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And now the day music historians never thought would happen, The Rascals' original lineup--Felix Cavaliere, Gene Cornish, Eddie Brigati and Dino Danelli--have reunited for their first public performances in 40 years with "Once Upon A Dream," a combination concert/theatrical event produced and directed by Steven Van Zandt and lighting/projection wizard Marc Brickman. Ladies and Gentleman....THE RASCALS ARE BACK!

STEVEN VAN ZANDT (Producer / Writer / Director / Music Producer) is a Musician, Songwriter, Performer, Arranger, Record Producer, Actor, Writer, Human Rights Activist, and International Radio DJ. He is a founding member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band and an original principal cast member of The Sopranos. Steven's current projects include Starring, Co-Writing, Co-Producing, and Co-Scoring "Lilyhammer," which was chosen as the first original programming for Netflix, America's first digital network. He is Music Supervisor, Music Producer, Music Arranger, and Executive Producer of David Chase's (creator of Sopranos) first film Not Fade Away. He continues to host his internationally syndicated Rock and Roll radio show Little Steven's Underground Garage (now broadcast in over 180 countries with over 1 million listeners in North America alone), and is touring the world with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Steven has also founded The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation (www.rockandrollforever.org) dedicated to the development, preservation, dissemination, and continuing support of Rock and Roll, past, present, and future - which is currently developing an online curriculum on the history of Rock and Roll and its role in American culture to both provide music education and defeat America's High School dropout epidemic with a pilot program set to launch in schools in 2013.

MAUREEN VAN ZANDT (Producer) is co-founder of the With Out Papers Theatre Company, where she has produced and acted in numerous plays. She appeared as Gabriella Dante in the HBO series The Sopranos for six seasons. She is also the creator and choreographer of the dance group Garage Girls A Go Go, who perform in video, TV and onstage. Maureen recently served as dance supervisor for the upcoming David Chase film, Not Fade Away. She is currently working on a production of a new play, 40 CPS. Maureen is on the New York Board of Little Kids Rock, an organization that provides music education and instruments to underprivileged children, where she recently co-produced a fundraising gala featuring Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, Darlene Love, Dion, Southside Johnny, Midtown Men and Kris Allen. She recently did a reading at the UN as a cast member of "Wounded To Death," an international theatrical production which addresses the subject of femicide. A lifelong Broadway baby and Rascals fan, she would like to thank Stevie for escorting her on yet another magical mystery tour. Who loves ya, baby!

MARC BRICKMAN (Producer / Director / Production Designer) "The Rascals songs were my bedtime stories." Director, producer, designer and artist, Marc Brickman is an Emmy nominee whose work has been seen by millions worldwide. His legendary visuals for Pink Floyd have become iconic, generating one of the bestselling music DVDs in history. Paul McCartney, Barcelona and Nagano Olympic ceremonies, Cirque Du Soleil (Viva Elvis), Blue Man Group, David Gilmour, Nine Inch Nails, John Mayer, Keith Urban, Barbra Streisand, Black Eyed Peas, Roger Waters, Whitney Houston and Bruce Springsteen are among his many show designs. Film projects include Steven Spielberg's Minority Report and A.I., Sam Raimi's Spider-Man, The Running Man, and Cat in the Hat. Television credits include "Let's Make A Deal," "Live To Dance" and Chris Botti's PBS Specials. Arts commissions include a large-scale multimedia and digital installation at the Salzburg Festpiel. Architectural projects include the 2012 re-lighting of the Empire State Building with Philips. A pioneer in the world of live entertainment design and an award-winning concert film director, Marc made his Broadway debut in 2007 with Young Frankenstein.

BASE ENTERTAINMENT (Executive Producer) develops, produces and manages intellectual properties for live entertainment venues in North America, South America and Asia. On Broadway: Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me. BASE's current production activity in Las Vegas includes the following: Rock of Ages at The Venetian, Jersey Boys at Paris, Absinthe at Caesars Palace, Defending the Caveman and Million Dollar Quartet at Harrah's. Previous production activity in Las Vegas includes: Peepshow, Phantom. Wayne Brady - Making It Up at The Venetian and Stomp Out Loud. In addition, BASE operates the Showroom at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. At Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, BASE programs both the Grand Theater (The Lion King and Wicked) and the Sands Theater (Jersey Boys, recently launched an Asian/South African tour in partnership with Dodger Properties and Showtime). In Brazil, BASE produced with Geo Eventos Priscilla Queen of the Desert in Sao Paulo. BASE exhibitions include Spy: The Secret World of Espionage and Sea Monsters Revealed. In February 2014 in Toronto, BASE will present the world premiere of the tango rock musical Arrabal. BASE Entertainment's founders include industry veterans Brian Becker and Scott Zeiger. For more information please visit BASEentertainment.com.

SOURCE Once Upon A Dream Starring The Rascals

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