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NY: FIVE, THE PARODY MUSICAL launches Off-Bway

February 15 @ 7:00 pm - March 10 @ 7:00 pm EST

With the launch of the Presidential election year, Five Musical LLC is thrilled to announce the world premiere of FIVE: The Parody Musical, featuring book and lyrics by Shimmy Braun & Moshiel Newman Daphna, music and lyrics by Billy Recce (A Musical About Star Wars, Little Black Book), and direction & choreography by Jen Wineman (Dog Man: The Musical, F#%king Up Everything). The limited one-month-only engagement plays February 15 – March 10, Off-Broadway at Theater 555 (555 W 42nd St, NYC). The official opening night is President’s Day, February 19 at 7PM. A portion of proceeds from the production will be donated to voter initiative charities to be announced soon. For tickets and further information, visit www.FiveTheMusical.com.

FIVE: The Parody Musical features Anyae Anasia as Ivana, Gabriella Joy Rodriguez (The Color Purple Tour) as Marla, Jaime Lyn Beatty (Stranger Sings! The Parody Musical, Starkid Founding Member) as Melania, Gabi Garcia as Stormy, and Hannah Bonnett (Legally Blonde National Tour) as Ivanka.

Look out SIX, here comes FIVE: The Parody Musical. Henry VIII and his six wives had nothing on Donald, the 45th, and these five ladies. Poised to make America laugh again, FIVE is an irreverent musical comedy revue starring some of the women in the life of America’s past (and hopefully not future) President. Ivana, Marla, and Melania are joined by crowd favorite Stormy and daddy’s girl Ivanka as they each take the spotlight and sing their hearts out for your vote.
“The lightbulb moment came right after we saw SIX,” say Shimmy Braun and Moshiel Newman Daphna, creators of FIVE. “Who else can easily fight the battle of who had it the worst? … And so was born, FIVE: The Parody Musical, a primary held by the women in the life of our loathsome 45th President. It is a parody that, at last, gives these women their moment in the limelight …and a chance to ‘grab back.’”

FIVE: The Parody Musical features Orchestrations & Arrangements by Terence “T” Odonkor, Musical Direction by Lena Gabrielle, and Casting by Michael Cassara Casting. Scenic Design is by Timothy Mackabee, Costume Design is by Florence D’Lee, Lighting Design is by Marie Yokoyama, and Production Props is Brendan McCann. Visceral Entertainment is the General Manager.

LISTINGS INFORMATION: FIVE: The Parody Musical plays a four-week limited Off-Broadway engagement, February 15 – March 10 at Theater 555 (555 W 42nd St, NYC). The official opening night is President’s Day, February 19 at 7PM. Performances are Monday and Thursday at 7PM, Friday at 8PM, Saturday at 5PM & 9PM, and Sunday 3PM. Tickets, now on sale at www.FiveTheMusical.com, range $49-$69. Premium seating is available for $89. Additional ticketing & processing fees apply. For groups of 8 or more, email [email protected].

 SHIMMY BRAUN (Book & Lyrics) is a Theater and Film producer, who in followinghis dreams, has recently added playwright to his credits with Five, The Parody Musical and Faygele (in production). Theater producing credits include Anthony Rapps’ Without You, The Secret Garden and Hester Street. Other recent projects include Life of Pi, Good Night Oscar and current Broadway revivals of The Wiz, Spamalot and Merrily We Roll Along. Film credits include Executive Producer of the documentary Conversion and the feature film Bleed like Me (in production). Shimmy thanks his parents and children for their unconditional love and support. Special thank you to Mary Lu Roffe and Jason Turchin. Love and kindness to all!MOSHIEL NEWMAN DAPHNA (Book & Lyrics) is making his writing and producing debut with Five, The Parody Musical, but is no stranger to the theatrics. He started writing parody lyrics to pop songs as a Hasidic Jewish boy in Long Island, and while those were very different in concept, they certainly sparked his interest in writing. From Theological Seminary in Israel, to a BFA in Photo and Video from the School of Visual Arts, Moshiel’s journey has always been an unconventional one, which he believes adds all the color to his life and writing.

A strong advocate of being involved in community, Moshiel traveled the world under his Drag Persona Lady SinaGaga, and currently as Mr. SoCal Leather 2023; entertaining, and talking about the importance of intersectionality, identity, and fun, in whatever form he chooses to inhabit!BILLY RECCE (Music & Lyrics) is a Billboard charting, two-time MAC Award, and NEO Award- winning composer/ lyricist, singer/songwriter, and playwright based in NY. His works include the long- running hit A Musical About Star Wars (Off-Broadway, Cast Album on Broadway Records), Singfeld! A Musical About Nothing(Off-Broadway) the Broadway bound Little Black Book (World Premiere Concept Album on Broadway Records) and the upcoming musical comedy Fowl Play (directed by Emmy and Tony Nominee John Tartaglia). Billy also wrote the international headline making Balloon Boy, for which he was the youngest writer ever selected for NYMF at 17. Billy has co-authored songs for Bernadette Peters, Mandy Patinkin, Laura Benanti and Tituss Burgess on “The Birds and the BS” with Jordan Roth. He also served as the head writer and composer of the Award Winning BroadwayWorld sitcom “Rachel Unraveled” and sold out 54 Below several times with his traveling “Snowflake Jamboree” concerts. His debut album, The Perks of Being a Snowflake is on iTunes and Spotify. His work has been performed at The New Amsterdam, Broadway in Bryant Park, Lincoln Center, The Tilles Center, The Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre, Ars Nova, The York Theatre, The Green Room 42 and beyond. Billy is a proud member of ASCAP and graduate of Fordham University.

JEN WINEMAN (Director/Choreographer) is based in Brooklyn. Her work has been seen across the country. Recently Jen directed and choreographed the hit Off-Broadway musical Dog Man: The Musical, which is now opening a national tour and an LA production. Other New York credits include Less Than 50% (59E59), Surfer Girl (Animus), My Heart is in the East (La Mama); Fable (NYMF), The King’s Whore (Walkerspace); F#%king Up Everything (Elektra Theater) Estrella Cruz [The Junkyard Queen] (Ars Nova). Touring: Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Asolo Repertory Theatre). Regional: Game On (Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret); Shakespeare in Love (Virginia Rep); Into the West (Tantrum Theater); Baskerville (Dorset Theatre Festival); The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Asolo Repertory Theatre & Miami New Drama); Sweeney Todd (Playmakers Rep); The 39 Steps, Shipwrecked (Triad Stage); The Hunchback of Seville (Washington Ensemble Theatre); Bubble Boy (American Theater Group); Aloha Say the Pretty Girls (Theatre Vertigo).

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February 15 @ 7:00 pm EST
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March 10 @ 7:00 pm EST
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Five Musical LLC
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Theater 555
555 W 42nd St
New York City, NY United States
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