Wagner College Theatre Presents the World Premiere of Goddess Wheel

Come round the Goddess Wheel and experience history tonight. After a year long workshop and creative process to mount a full stage production, the time has finally arrived. Readings, script rewrites and months of work all cumulate into one epic theatrical experience one is not to miss. Tonight, Wagner College Theatre will present the World Premiere of Galt MacDermot’s and Matty Selman’s new musical, Goddess Wheel!

Goddess Wheel is a brand new musical featuring music by Galt MacDermot (Hair) with a book and lyrics by Matty Selman. According to a press release, Goddess Wheel is “Inspired by “Lysistrata,” Aristophanes’ 5th century B.C. Greek comedy, “Goddess Wheel” tells the story of the Peloponnesian War between Sparta and Athens. The women, fed up with the war, decide to withhold sex until the men sign a peace treaty bringing the war to an end.” Oddly enough, Goddess Wheel finds itself at a time right while other Lysistrata spin-offs, such as the Broadway musical Lysistrata Jones, are taking the stage in various locations.

Creative team members for Goddess Wheel includes Wagner College Theatre’s Head of Dance Rusty Curcio as Director. The show features musical direction by James Higgins and Kari Margolis on board as an Acting Coach/Physical Dramaturg. The show features a scenic and lighting design by both Phill Hickox and Vicki Neal. Costume Design is by Alan Michael Smith and Sound Design is by Richard A. Kroth. The show also features a series of projections and multimedia by Tony Brown. The show is stage managed by Lauren Thoma.

The cast for the show is one of the largest to ever work on a Wagner College Theatre production totaling to 45 people in all. The cast list of who is playing what part is below:

Since Wagner College Theatre has been granted the opportunity to work on such a new musical, the process has been going on for quite some time now especially within the past few months. However, wanting to share that all with the general public, both an Official Facebook Page and Behind the Scenes Goddess Wheel Blog have been set up. Both of these sites show behind the scenes detail from the time period Wagner College Theatre has been working on this production.

Wagner College Theatre’s World Premiere production of Goddess Wheel will run at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center at the Music Hall. Performances for the production begin tonight, April 18th and run until Saturday April 21st with a second week of performances April 25th until April 29th. Performances are at 8 PM with an additional 2 PM matinee on both April 21st and April 28th. There is only a 2 PM performance on April 29th. For tickets, please call the Wagner College box office at (718)-390-3259. For more information, check out the Wagner College Theatre website. You can also check out Luner on Theatre’s Wagner College Theatre Page for more information! Be sure to check out the rest of Luner on Theatre as well for all your Broadway theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!

The Cast of Goddess Wheel in Rehearsal

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