Saturday, November 19, 2016

 Rachel Klein Directs Erik Ransom's 
More Than All the World
A Rock Musical Epic inspired by Christopher Marlowe's Edward II



Huffington Post says "More Than All the World is the musical we need right now"

Gay City News says "(Ransom) has crafted a highly theatrical piece, elevated by Klein's ingenious staging, which connects on an emotional level"

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Rachel Klein Directs 




At the Jenny Wiley Theatre in Pikeville, KY. 

Performances October 13th through October 30th.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016






Tink! A New Musical opens at the New York Musical Festival in NYC!

Check out a great interview about the piece HERE.

Book by Anthony Marino
Music by Lena Gabrielle
Lyrics by Greg Kerestan and Lena Gabrielle
Music Direction by Josh Walker
Fight Direction by Rod Kinter
Co-Choreography by Danielle Marie Fusco
Direction and Co-Choreography by Rachel Klein




Friday, March 4, 2016

More Than All the World at The York Theatre Company


James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director of York Theater Company has announced that as part of its Developmental Reading Series, it will present Erik Ransom's "More Than All the World" directed by Rachel Klein (‘Around the World in 80 Days’, ‘The Anthem’) with music direction and arrangements by Andy Peterson (‘Atomic’). 
Tuesday, March 15th at 2pm
The York Theatre Company
Theatre at Saint Peter's
54th Street just East of Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022

The cast features: 
Kate Loprest (B’way: ‘First Date’, ‘Hairspray’) as Queen Isabella
Sean MacLaughlin (B’way: ‘Phantom’, ‘Lestat’) as Sir Piers Gaveston
Paul Iacono (TV: ‘Hard Times of RJ Berger’, Film: ‘Fame’) as Edward III 
Mel Johnson Jr. (B’way: ‘Lion King’, Film: ‘Total Recall’) as Edward I 
Marrick Smith (B’way: ‘Fun Home’, NY: ‘Pretty Filthy’) as Robin/Hugh le Despenser
PJ Griffith (B’way: ’American Idiot’, NY: [Public Theatre]: ‘Giant’) as Roger Mortimer
Rachel Izen (B’way: ‘Les Miz’, West End: ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie” ) as the Countess of Sandwich
Ted Keegan (B’way: ‘Phantom’, ‘Sweeney Todd’.) as the Earl of Lancaster
Erik Ransom (NY: ‘Grindr the Opera’, ‘My Big Gay Italian Wedding’ ) as Marlowe/Edward II
Luis Villabon (NY: Reefer Madness, Naked Boys Singing) as the Archbishop of Canterbury
Marissa Rosen (NY: ‘Bedbugs’, ‘My Big Gay Italian Wedding/Funeral’) as Lady Cataline
Terrance Johnson (Nat’l Tour: ‘Dreamgirls’ Film: ‘Happy Yummy Chicken’) as Prince Edmund
Kate Hoover (NY: 'The Imbible', 'Cranky Cabaret') rounds out the ensemble. 

Casting by Michael Cassara Casting/Jamie C. Anderson

Publicity by DDPR/Dan Demello.

For more info about our piece, see us on Broadway World!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Save the Date!


Erik Ransom's 
More Than All the World 
will have a world premier staged reading presented by  The York Theatre Company
on Tuesday, March 15th, at 2:00pm
Musical Direction and Arrangements by Andy Peterson
Direction by Rachel Klein

More information coming soon!

Find out how you can contribute HERE

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Coming to Off-Broadway in the 2016/2017 Season.....

GRINDR The Opera, written by Erik J. Ransomputs the most notorious gay hook-up app into the exaggerated world of opera. With musical styles ranging from baroque to contemporary pop, GRINDR The Opera is a daring, humorous look at the changing landscape of gay relationships, and the greatest catalyst for the shift: GRINDR.
We meet GRINDR, a mythical siren from remote antiquity who has been awoken from her millennial slumber by technology. Her power, which is derived from human lust, is exhibited as she manipulates her gay devotees in a soaring soprano.
Next we meet the boys: Devon is a romantic, Tom is a cynic, Jack is a twink and Don is a daddy. These four gay men of different "Tribes" meet via the medium of the Grindr app, each seeking a different type of connection. GRINDR guides them to intersect to hilarious and calamitous results, culminating in a grand finale wherein all the dirty laundry tumbles out.
Though the opera lives in the world of parody, it touches on some very serious, hot-button issues that exist in the gay community as it transitions into a time of wider acceptance and easy access to opportunities of both romance and lust to be sated. GRINDR The Opera is entirely sung-through and intended to be staged with a cast of five actors: The four men and the Siren, GRINDR, who is intended to be a masked man in drag. It is arranged to be performed by a band of three to five musicians.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Glamour Macabre at Urban Stages!



The Rachel Klein Theater Ensemble Presents:
Glamour Macabre
A go-go dancing, rock n'roll, Broadway belting, sequin tossin' evening of entertainment!
Co-Hosted by Eric Schmalenberger and Miriam! (That's right!)

Saturday, December 14th
At Urban Stages, 259 West 30th St
10:00pm

Featuring:
The Whimsical Horror Stylings of The Rachel Klein Theater Ensemble in "Killer Workout!" "Beyond the Valley of the Pussycats" and "The Egyptian Queen"
Modern Dance Macabre Soloist, Danielle Marie Fusco (Martha Graham)
Sexy Contemporary Ballet by The Love Show (the Nutcracker Rated R)
The Vivacious Vocals of:
Erik Ransom as Damian from his rock musical "Coming"
The Love Show's David F. Slone, Esq
Broadway's Leasen Almquist (Annie Get Your Gun)
RKP's own Red Headed Spitfire, Scooter Pie (Shaken and Stirred)
and Broadway's Ashley Kate Adams debuting "Run", an original song by Miss Adams featuring Glendon Emmons
Musical Talents by:
Sean Hagerty on the electric violin
and the Gothic Romantic stylings of Cornelius Loy on the theremin!

Tickets are $15!
http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=WIN25