The Wagner College Theatre program continues its 45th season with a production of the girl-loves-ghoul rock ’n’ roll musical, “Zombie Prom,” running Tuesday, Nov. 19 through Sunday, Nov. 24 in the Stage One studio theater.
Directed by Wagner theater professor Mickey Tennenbaum, with choreography by Lee Tennenbaum Schnall and music direction by Matthew Hosmer, “Zombie Prom” features music by Dana P. Rowe and book and lyrics by John Dempsey, based on a story by John Dempsey and Hugh Murphy.
Set in the Atomic ’50s, “Zombie Prom” is the tale of a sweet, Gidget-like teenage girl named Toffee, played by Adena Ershow, and her “rebel without a cause” boyfriend, Jonny, played by Brad Cashman. The two meet at Enrico Fermi High School and fall in love, but the principal, Miss Delilah Strict (Bronwyn Whittle) intervenes, persuading the indecisive young Toffee to break up with Jonny. Tortured by the betrayal, Jonny drives his motorcycle to the nearby nuclear power plant and flings himself from the top of a cooling tower. Guilt-ridden and alone, Toffee mourns the loss of her love until, one day, Jonny returns, risen from the dead as a teenage nuclear zombie — and the fun begins!
In addition to cast members already named, Wagner College Theatre’s production features performance majors Arielle Gordon (Candy), Ailsa Hoke (Coco), Gregory Ippolito (Jake), Becky Kalman (Ginger), Dan Kriss (Joey), T.J. Lamando (Josh) and Joe O’Malley (Eddie Flagrante).
The production design team includes Alison Savino (sets), Brendan McCann (costumes) and Sara Bandurian (lights). Brendan Stackhouse is assistant director, and Lisa Angell is production stage manager.
“Zombie Prom” plays Tuesday, Nov. 19 through Sunday, Nov. 24 in the Stage One studio theater. Showtimes are Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday.
All tickets to “Zombie Prom” are $10.
The Wagner College Theatre box office can be contacted at (718) 390-3259 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 12 to 4 p.m. Wagner College students, faculty and staff attend free with current ID.