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Book & Lyrics by
KENI FINE
Music By
Tony Small
Additional Music by
KENI FINE & LENA GABRIELLE
Directed & Choreographed by
MICHAEL CHASE GOSSELIN
NOW PLAYING!
THE DAVENPORT THEATRE
354 W 45th St (between 8th & 9th Ave)
New York, NY 10036
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ABOUT THE SHOW

Huffington Post says:

“It’s a real gem…GODSPELL meets Greenpeace – for Kids!”

Endangered! is Off Broadway’s newest “Must-See”** musical! It’s a rockin’ crockin’, funky monkey, multi-cultural, multi-species musical about a social media Whiz Kid reporter and a group of famous endangered animals from around the globe who must survive an unexpected superstorm.

 

Stranded at the Zoo when Superstorm Beyoncé hits New York City, the Kid and the animals must quickly learn to communicate and get along with each other. When they uncover a natural, mutual love and respect, they discover that by working together they can build a bridge – to reach Higher Ground! With live updates from ZNN – the Zoological News Network – as well as S.O.S. selfies from the field, old and new media alike are turned on and tuned in to follow the fate of our endangered heroes.

 

Described by reviewers as “70 minutes of Pure Entertainment,”*** “Wizard of Oz meets Hairspray,”**** and “Lion King without the Hamlet!”* Endangered! is “a delight for the senses”*** with melodies that are renewable and harmonies that are sustainable, making this “groundbreaking” eco-musical uplifting and enjoyable for creatures of all ages!

 

Endangered! was originally commissioned by the Friends of the National Zoo and created in conjunction with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington’s TAP Arts Camp under the direction of Tony Small. It debuted at the National Zoo and The Kennedy Center in 2013.

 

Love the Planet? See Endangered! now!

Who knew saving the world could be this much fun?

 

*  Huffington Post
THE TEAM
THE CAST
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Connor Delves (Crankee, Rockin’ Crocodile)

Born and raised in Perth, Australia, Connor is proud to be bringing an Australian character to the NY stage. ​Some recent credits include: George in Me and the Girls (understudy to Alan Cumming) written & directed by Douglas Carter Beane; Pinocchio (opposite Matthew Broderick); Fairy Cakes (MTC Reading); Fleance in Macbeth directed by Rory McGregor (Columbia Stages); Brady in Partners directed by Ethan HeardConnor is acting and producing the NY Premiere production of Precious Little Talent by Ella Hickson, directed by George Heslin, this September. PreciousLittleTalentNYC.com

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Ani Djirdjirian (Sita, noble cheetah)

Ani is a graduate of Adelphi University’s vocal performance program where she studied classical, jazz, and musical theatre. She has just returned from the 2017 National Tour of the new musical, The Lightning Thief, and recently performed in Red River Lyric Opera’s production of Fugitive Songs.  She made her debut this month in the Sounds of the City Concert Series as a soloist in the Music of Words concert where she sung Gerry Ginsburg’s newest art songs in the heart of Manhattan. More info at AniDjirdjirian.com.

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Theo Errig (Levi Lovewell, Whiz Kid Reporter)

Theo is excited to make his Off-Broadway debut in this amazing new musical. Favorite theater roles include Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie Bucket), Xanadu (Sonny), and Shadowlands (Douglas). Theo studies at Class Act Performing Arts Studio in New Jersey and likes to play the guitar and run cross country. Special thanks to Michael Chase (MC Hammer), Lena, Keni, his family, and the entire cast and crew of Endangered! 

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DARIUS DELK (Snoop, Funky Spotted Skunk)

Darius Delk is thrilled to join the cast of Endangered! His Credits include: Off Broadway: Sleepy Hollow (Headless Horseman), Beauty and the Beast (Price Charming) Little Mermaid, Cinderella (Lead Dancer), Cooperate Production: Celebrity Cruises (Lead Vocalist) MAXX (Maxx) Broken Strings (Joe) Busch Gardens Night Beats, Deck the Halls (Featured Dancer) Regional Theatre: Chorus Line (Richie Walters) Ragtime (Coalhouse Walker, Jr.), La Cage Aux Folles (Mercades).

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Nate Rocke (Einstein, Big Bird Brain)
Off-Broadway/NYC Debut! Recent regional credits include: Cabaret (Emcee), The Robber Bridegroom (Goat), Boeing Boeing (Robert), Forum (Hero), and All Shook Up (Dennis). Nate graduated from The University of Nebraska at Kearny with a Degree in Theatre and a music minor.  A Nebraska native and animal lover from a young age, Nate is thrilled to be a part of Endangered! Love to Mom, Dad, and Jake.
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Fiona McIntyre (Janie Goodall)
Off-Broadway debut! Regional credits include: 2nd National Tour of A Christmas Carol (Belle), Dames at Sea (Ruby), Little Shop of Horrors Audrey), The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy). TV: CBC’s Over The Rainbow (alongside Andrew Lloyd Webber), 2010 Olympic Closing Ceremonies. Montclair State University BFA Musical Theatre graduate. Thank you to the Endangered team, Greg, Michael Chase, Keni, Lena and Charlie. fiona-mcintyre.com.
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Dana Scurlock (Bam-Boo, Superstar Panda)

Dana is an actress, singer, and voiceover artist originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. She studied acting at The Ohio State University and graduated with a degree in Theatre. Most recently seen as Sarah in Zuccotti Park: The Musical as part of the 2016 NY international Fringe Festival directed by Luis Salgado. Other roles include Pope Joan/Nell in Top Girls and Bianca in Paula Vogel’s Desdemona, a play about a handkerchief.

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Nicolette Shin (G-low, Golden Tamarin)

Nicolette is ecstatic to be making her off-Broadway debut in Endangered! The Musical. She recently graduated Marymount Manhattan College studying Musical Theatre. While at MMC, Nicolette performed in Kiss Me, Kate (Hattie, u/s Lilli Vanessi), and through MMC performed in Wonderland (Mad Hatter) and Nightclub Cantata (featured performer) at the York Theatre. Other credits include the Who Cares Cabaret (Solosit) and NYMF SLP: Outliers (ensemble).

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JOSH VIDAL (MALE SWING)

Josh is a graduate of The American Musical & Dramatic Academy (AMDA). Off-Broadway Credits: Utterson (Jekyll & Hyde). Other NY Theatre Credits: Filbert (Most Miserable Christmas Tree), Tigger (100 Aker Wood), Sammy (Wedding Singer), Juror #8 (Twelve Angry Men). Film Credits: Jordy- Professional Bleeding (Short), Justin Bishop- Famished Artist’s (Web-series). Lots of love to Dalles for always being there. www.josh-vidal.com

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Katrina Colletti (Female Swing)

KATRINA COLLETTI (FEMALE SWING) is a graduate from Marymount Manhattan College’s musical theatre program. After spending the past year performing for Viking Ocean Cruise line while simultaneously traveling the world, she is happy to be back home in NYC making her Off-Broadway debut here at the Davenport! Regional credits: OKLAHOMA (Ado Annie), RENT (Maureen), and Footloose (Rusty.) Love to Mom, Dre, Jess and Rick who are always in my heart!

PRODUCERS
FineHeart Productions & Eco Musical LLC
Visceral Entertainment
with Amy Gewirtz
THE CREATIVES
KENI FINE (Book and Lyrics, Additional Music)

is a Lyricist, Librettist, Composer & Playwright based in NYC, member of the Dramatists Guild. Keni’s other musicals include TRUTH, IMAGINARY LOVERS, UNFRIENDLY FIRE, HE THINKS IT’S HIS SHOW, and “SWAMI PAJAMANANDA & the LIGHT-HEARTED PATH”, an ongoing, immersive, multi-mediated performance project. As a Producer, Keni recently co-produced the Light of Peace & Hope Concert to benefit Amaliah.org and Project Safe Zone, helping wounded people of Syria receive medical care inside Isreal. On the Broadway stage, Keni helped bring to life LOMBARDI on Broadway and Ken Davneport’s revival of GODSPELL. Keni is a graduate the Commercial Theater Institute’s 14 Week Commercial Producing Workshop and a member of the Vineyard Theater’s Premier Cru; graduate of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Writing Workshop, and NYU/Tisch’s Experimental Theater Wing. He studied directing and theater composition with Anne Bogart; musical theater with Elizabeth Swados; musical book writing with Marsha Norman; sketch comedy writing with Upright Citizen’s Brigade; and acting with Stella Adler. He has performed stand-up comedy at numerous NYC venues including Caroline’s On Broadway, Gotham Comedy Club, and Stand-Up NY, and was a founding singer-songwriter with the Long Island based folk rock band, Jericho Turnpike. Keni is also a graduate of the NYU School of Law. ENDANGERED! is dedicated with Love and Respect to all the Kids and animals of the world. Tell all your friends and family: Love the Planet? Come See the Show!

TONY SMALL (Music and Original Lyrics*)

From being selected as one of the White House Millennium Committee’s top Artists to serving as Composer and Librettist for the Smithsonian’s first-ever commissioned Opera for the Sultanate of Oman, Tony Small has won national composer, playwright and lyricist awards in Jazz, Classical, Musical Theatre and Gospel genres, including a Stellar, the Grammy’s of Gospel music. He has created nationally recognized interdisciplinary arts and STEM programs in four major cities including Chicago, Indianapolis, Washington DC and Baltimore. The TAP -Teen Arts Program- he founded in 2007 was selected as one of the top 2016 Presidential Arts & Humanities Youth Programs. Tony currently serves as Founding Director for SPEARS (Strategic Partnerships in Education, Arts, Research & STEM) and the 1st Regional Artistic Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. He is a partner at Artistré Entertainment & Publishing. (*Original lyrics for “Me Nobody Knows” by Tony Small.)

MICHAEL CHASE GOSSELIN (Director/Choreographer)

is a Director & Producer based in NYC. He recently directed Kit Goldstein Grant’s The Nose: A New Family Musical at the famous Master Theater in Brighton Breach, and the world premiere of Tim Sulka & Debra Barsha’s The Most Miserable Christmas Tree. He produced Midnight At The Never Get and Ludo’s Broken Bride at NYMF in 2016, and Pope! An Epic Musical in 2015. In 2013, he directed a reading of Moby Dick: A Whale Of A Tale for Cameron Mackintosh. He was the Producing Artistic Director of Act Three Theatricals in Vermont 2006-2012. As a Director/Choreographer, additional recent credits include Disney’s Tarzan (VT Premiere), The Wedding Singer and South Pacific (NCT), Rock Nativity (Regional Premiere), a Vermont tour of The Complete History Of America (ABRIDGED), You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and A Christmas Carol for the Helen Hayes Youth Theatre, and Legally Blonde for Clark University. He is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. www.michaelchasegosselin.com

LENA GABRIELLE (Music Director)

Lena Gabrielle is a NYC based Music Director, Arranger, Orchestrator, and Composer/Lyricist specializing in new works development. As Music Director: 30 Million (Theatre Row), A Taste of Things To Come (Bucks County Playhouse), New York Animals (Assistant MD, New Ohio Theatre), Next to Normal (Pittsburgh), Jesus Christ Superstar (Pittsburgh). As Composer/Lyricist: Tink! (NYMF 2016), Sleeping Beauty: A New Musical (Pittsburgh). Orchestrations/Arrangements: The Most Miserable Christmas Tree (World Premiere, NYC), A Taste of Things to Come (BCP/ York Theatre Company). Much love to MCG, Keni, and Planet Earth. @lenagabrielle

NJ AGWUNA (Associate Director)

A freelance theater and film director from central Maryland,currently working on her MFA at Columbia University. She is thrilled to be working with such amazingly talented group of artists. Some of NJ’s credits include Love and Information (Director), Good Man(Director), The Duel (Director), Town Hall (Director),Truth or Lie (Director), Funeral Food (Director), Dracula (Director), Then She Fell (ASM), Roadside Attraction (SM)  Amazing Spider-Man 2, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More (Stage Management Sub). She would like to pledge her undying gratitude to Chase & Keni, the cast, and Lena.  www.njagwuna.com

GABBY COGAN (Associate Choreographer)

is a preforming artist and choreographer based in New York City. She is
excited to be making her Off-Broadway debut as an associate choreographer in not one,
but two shows; Money Talks and Endangered! The Musical. Her other recent work includes performances in Rock N’ Roll Debauchery’s Burlesque Dreams (Off-Broadway), Zanza Steinberg’s PERŸPLEXED (Off-Broadway), and Buglisi Dance Theater’s Table of Silence (Lincoln Center). Her Choreography has been seen in The Fall (Dorothy Young Center for Preforming Arts), The Most Miserable Christmas Tree (Narrows Community Theater), and at Broadway Dance Center (2016 Performance Project).

Ellie Handel (stage manager)
Ellie is a freelance stage manager, actor, and teacher based in New York City. She is a rising senior at NYU in Tisch’s New Studio on Broadway pursuing a BFA in Drama. Select stage management credits include Raise Your Voice at the Skirball Center (dir. Rob Morean), Macbeth3 & Shakespeare and the Alchemy of Gender at HERE (dir. Lisa Wolpe), and And It Felt Like a Kiss at HERE (dir. Brandon Powers). Much love to friends, family, and her cat Lucy.
Greg Uliasz, CSA (Casting Director)

Greg casts over over a dozen equity tours a year; JUNIE B. JONES, PETE THE CAT, SEUSSICAL, and many others, for the Nation’s leading producer of family theatre, THEATREWORKS USA. Greg has also worked on several Off-Broadway musicals, including this season’s Drama Desk Nominated Hit; THE LIGHTNING THIEF, THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL. He is a proud graduate of Marymount Manhattan College and member of CSA.

Catherine Clark (Lighting Designer)

Catherine Clark is thrilled to be joining the team for Endangered! Love to Keith, Mom and Dad. Off Broadway: Money Talks, The Woodsman (Lighting Design) Notes From the Field, Himself & Nora (Associate Lighting Design) Linda, Hamilton (Assistant Lighting Design) Other: BC/EFA Easter Bonnet Competition 2017 cclarklightingdesign.com

Ann Beyersdorfer (Scenic Designer)

Ann Beyersdorfer is a scenic storyteller for theater, film and opera. Her designs have been featured throughout NYC and regionally at Theater Row, The Davenport, 59E59, NYMF, Guild Hall East Hampton, Sharon Playhouse, The Hudson Theater LA, and a national tour. Select Associate Design (des. David Gallo): Jitney (Broadway-Tony Nomination), PHISH NYE Concert (Madison Square Garden), Peter Pan (Beijing), Cinderella (Moscow). annbeyersdorfer.com

PATRICK LaCHANCE (Sound Designer)

Credits include The Time Machine and I Am, I Will, I Do (NYMF), Lonely, I’m Not (West of 10th), The Winter’s Tale (Amerinda), Macbeth and [gay] Cymbeline (Theatre Prometheus), The Model American, Okay, and The Coming World (Williamstown Theatre Festival), and The Fantasticks, You Can’t Take It With You, and The 39 Steps (Cider Mill Playhouse).

IDO LEVRAN (Projection Designer)

Broadway: The Columnist. Off-Broadway: All the President’s Men (The Public), Troilus & Cressida (Shakespeare in the Park), Second Chance (Asst. Proj. Designer, The Public), Completeness (Asst. Proj. Designer, Playwrights Horizons), Shen Wei Dance Arts (Projections Director). Reginal: 45 Plays for 45 Presidents (MRT). Other credits include: Columbinus, Three Sisters, Ruined, Rags, Good Soul of Szechuan, Sweet Charity, Bright Lights Big City, Girl Gone & Thoroughly Modern Millie as well as multiple productions around the world. 

EVAN BERNARDIN (General Manager)

Credits include: The Dodgers, We Are The Tigers (Ovation nomination), The Navigator (Drama Desk Nomination), and More Than All The World. He has worked with the New York Musical Festival (NYMF), Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS (BCEFA), and The Make A Wish Foundation; collaborative projects include performances at Lincoln Center, The United Nations, The Harvard Club, Culture Project, The Ohio Theatre, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. evanbernardinproductions.com

PERI SHAW (Associate Producer)

is a multi-faceted artist, businesswoman and producer. She is the former owner of Zelda, a design house specializing in vintage inspired women’s wear and accessories. Zelda’s clients included Julia Roberts, Holly Hunter, Whoopi Goldberg, Susan Sarandon, among many others. In addition, Zelda apparel appeared in such TV shows as Seinfeld and Friends, and in major motion pictures including First Wives’ Club and Evita. Peri is an experienced PR and Events coordinator and producer, specializing in networking and charitable events. A former Professor and Advisor at the Fashion Institute of Technology, radio host for the In Touch Network and voice over artist, Peri is especially interested in lending her voice to inspirational spiritual projects, documentaries, poetry and storytelling.

HEIDI HUTNER (Associate Producer)
Heidi Hutner is an environmental studies professor and writer. She is the Director of the Sustainability Studies Program at Stony Brook University. She hosts a sustainability webisode, Coffee with Hx2, where she interviews leading environmental and sustainability experts from many fields, including leading experts in saving endangered species. A long time, devoted environmental activist, Dr. Hutner hails from a family of environmental and civil rights activists. She believes that “there is nothing more important than protecting Mother Earth.” In 2105, she was named Environmentalist of the Year by the Sierra Club of Long Island. Her educational website, HeidiHutner.com, is filled with information about the most pressing environmental issues of the day. She believes in using all media and the arts to help educate and inspire people to be caring stewards of the planet, and so she is thrilled to share her expertise and her passion in working with ENDANGERED!
THE ENDANGERED CLIMATE TALKBACK SERIES was coordinated by and is co-hosted by Dr. Hutner.

SARAH MEISTER (Production Intern)

Sarah works in theater and higher education equity. Her directing work includes Dry Land by Ruby Rae Spiegel, After Miss Julie by Patrick Marber, and The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood.

MILANI PORTER (Production Intern)
DAVENPORT THEATRE

Housed in a remodeled firehouse conveniently located in the heart of Manhattan’s theatre district, the Davenport Theatre offers two unique performance spaces. The Davenport Theatre is named after Delbert Essex Davenport, a producer, publicist, author and lyricist in the early 20th century. Known for his publicity and marketing stunts (including dropping flyers out of planes), “Del,” as he was called, was a theatrical entrepreneur and the great-grandfather of theatre owner Ken Davenport.

Press

SUMMER MUST-SEE: ENDANGERED! THE MUSICAL

We’re in the midst of summer, camp is over and there are still several more weeks until school begins. If you’re like me and looking for affordable activities for the kids, there’s a new off-broadway musical that’ll keep both toddlers and school-aged kids entertained and won’t break the bank: Endangered! The Musical. As an added bonus, it even comes with an important lesson that kids will remember long after they leave the theater. Summer Must-See: Endangered! The Musical

Endangered! the Musical: A Wild Theater Show

What happens when a superstorm hits and strands a kid reporter and endangered animals at a zoo? Welcome to ENDANGERED!, a multi-cultural, international, and multi-species musical about a social media savvy kid and a group of endangered wild animals. This ground-breaking musical for children teaches teamwork and respect, as the kid and animals work together to find a way to save themselves.

Events for Children in NYC This Week

‘ENDANGERED! THE MUSICAL’ at the Davenport Theater (through Aug. 31). This production’s characters consist of members of species that are threatened by extinction — a giant panda, a whooping crane, a golden lion tamarin, a cheetah — and one that often seems to have trouble believing that it might be at risk at all: humans. Written by Keni Fine and Tony Small, the show unfolds at a zoo, where there’s an even more immediate danger: A superstorm is bearing down, and the animals must cooperate with one another and a young reporter, the Kid, to save themselves. The Friends of the National Zoo originally commissioned the project, which uses song and dance to deliver an environmental message. 212-239-6200, telecharge.com

Keni Fine’s “Endangered”—kid’s theater for a musically sustainable planet

Taking children to see a musical that isn’t a Disney tent pole and yet still entertains with the heart and ambition to shape minds is a rare find. Lyricist and librettist Keni Fine, and composer Tony Small, have mounted a real gem at the Davenport Theatre, “Endangered: The Musical”—a production that is both compulsively entertaining and ecologically friendly, set in New York City with all the emerald splendor of a zoological Oz.
The producers of
ENDANGERED! The Musical
are proud to announce and host
THE ENDANGERED CLIMATE TALKBACK SERIES
SUNDAY Afternoons
September 10 through October 1, 2017
Immediately following performances of ENDANGERED! The Musical
Davenport Theatre - 354 West 45th Street

ENDANGERED! the Musical runs at 3PM on Sunday afternoons.

 

THE ENDANGERED CLIMATE TALKBACK SERIES will take place at 4:30PM and will be free and open to the public.

 

With multiple historic hurricanes and wildfires bearing down on the US, the climate is talking back… and so are we here at ENDANGERED The Musical.
We are thrilled to welcome dedicated experts and activists who will share their perspectives on many aspects of climate change and related issues and concerns, including endangered species preservation and sustainable solutions. They will speak to the value of educating and enlisting the younger generation to help bring about real solutions to global warming, which ENDANGERED The Musical embodies.
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SEPTEMBER 10
Shay O’Reilly – Sierra Club  
Patrick Robbins – 350.org
Gregory I. Simpson – Union Theological Seminary

 

SEPTEMBER 17
Patricia Wright – World’s Leading Lemur Primatologist
Shameika Hanson – MothersOutFront.org

 

SEPTEMBER 24
George Povall – All Our Energy
Kim Fraczek – SaneEnergyProject.org
Laura Schindell – Food & Water Watch

 

OCTOBER 1 –  To be confirmed 
 
THE ENDANGERED CLIMATE TALKBACK SERIES will address a range of the most current issues and thinking on climate change, its causes and best strategies to address it — including sustainability, green energy, endangered species protection and habitat preservation, and how best to think about and respond to climate change.

 

ENDANGERED! the Musical runs at 3PM on Sunday afternoons.

 

THE ENDANGERED CLIMATE TALKBACK SERIES will take place at 4:30PM and will be free and open to the public.
AMBASSADORS OF LIFE
Dr. Tony Stern
Daniel Schneider
Eve Harrison
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