Off-Broadway Show with Hoboken Connection
Locals featured in new Musical
O Divine Night definitely fits that bill. So what locals are representing?
Many Mile Square residents know that Blaze Kelly Coyle may live up in Jersey City Heights, but spends quite a bit of her time in Hoboken.
The new musical also features Hudson Street resident George Marques (who’s making his Broadway stage debut), as well as Carpe Diem bartender Nick Giello.
A good reason to make a trip to the city! Read more below…
O Divine Night: A Musical
“Experience A Love Story For All Time” at the World Premiere of O Night Divine. This “feel good”, “get you in the spirit” holiday musical, directed by Mark Mazzarella with book and lyrics by Blaze Kelly Coyle and music and lyrics by Leo Kirschner, will run Off-Broadway in the Theatre at St. Peter’s (home of the York Theatre Company) December 9 – December 12. Five (5) performances only! Opening night is Dec. 9 at 8:00 pm, with a reception to follow. *A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Autism Speaks.
O Night Divine is a full-scale musical based upon the classic biblical story of The Nativity, featuring the songs “Amaze,” “We’ll Get By”, “What Gifts?“, “Mathias’ Inn”, “Chosen”, “Now And Always In My Heart”, “Then You Came In” and “King of Kings”. Celebrate the season with Mary and Joseph, a trio of tap dancing Wise Men, an evil King, and a whole cast of colorful characters. O Night Divine is sure to become a new annual holiday tradition the whole family and people of all faiths will thoroughly enjoy!
CAST: Brittney Bertier (Mary), Spencer Bazzano (Joseph), Melanie Sullivan (Narrator), Matthew Dyer (King Herod), Blaze Kelly Coyle (Elizabeth/Sapphira), Tim Mower (Joachim/Mathias), Andrea Mower (Anne/Mae), James Holden (Balthazar/Man#1), Joshua Feder (Melchiorre/Man #2), Jimmy Moore (Jaspar/Man #3) and Ensemble members: Rori Nogee, Shayla Spradley, Brad Rakushin, Phillip Burke, Angela Winslow, Danya Katok, Theresa Renee, Sarah Michelle Cuc, Nick Walkonis, George Marques and Nick Giello.
TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $30-$49.50 and can be purchased online at www.onightdivinemusical.com or by phone at (201) 360-0430. American Express, Discover, MasterCard and VISA accepted.
LOCATION: The Theatre @ St. Peter’s (home of the York Theatre Company) is located in New York City at 619 Lexington Avenue (corner of 54th Street).
Read more about Coyle and Kirschner after the jump!
Here’s a quick Bio on Writer and Producer Blaze Kelly Coyle:
Blaze Kelly Coyle is president of Silver Phoenix Entertainment. She has an extensive résumé spanning television, film, theater, radio, voiceover, music, commercial, literary and modeling work. The quintessential Renaissance woman with nearly 25 years experience in the industry, Blaze has had the privilege to work for ESPN, Metro Networks/Westwood One, Comcast, The Rachel Ray Show, Valenti Vision Films, 104.9 WRDR, VH-1, The Broadway Theatre League and The Sands Hotel & Casino. She co-wrote, produced and performed an original cabaret called Red, Hot and Sassy which ran on both the east and west coasts. Producing and executive producing credits include: Echelon 8(film), People, Places & The Unexpected (documentary), Blooms (Exhibit) at the Rockefeller State Park Preserve and King of Kings (music video). Blaze co-created and co-wrote an educational video series called The Eco Files, which is set to film in Summer 2011, is currently producing the monthly standup comedy show Center of Attention in NYC, is collaborating on a children’s book and working on her next project Anonymous, Anonymous with musical partner, Leo Kirschner. Visit www.blazekellycoyle.com.
And how it all started as told by Music Writer Leo Kirschner:
“Back in late January 1999, Blaze and I were working at a radio station outside Atlantic City – the now defunct Adult nostalgia music station 104.9 WRDR. She was an on-air talent and handled the promotions, while I wrote and produced the commercials. Our boss called a meeting. And through his long winded, chest-thumping rhetoric about revenue increases and market penetration, three keys points stuck out: # 1 – the station is going to be sold… # 2 – the format will be flipped to Spanish… # 3 – we will all be out of a job.
That stinks, wouldn’t you agree? But we would all get a “generous severance package” if we stayed to the end of the sale (through all the weeks of legal and government red-tape) and kept the station on the air. So for the next 3 months, all we could do is just sit there. Doing nothing. And be paid for it. After just so many games of Solitaire and Minesweeper, Blaze and I started to bring in outside projects to work on. She prepared for her lounge act and outside voiceover projects, while I freelanced arranging charts for local casino acts. We also shared an office (and by “office” I mean a large walk-in closet containing two desks and one computer with dial-up!) We then hit upon the idea of writing some original songs together. By the early spring, and with Easter cantatas on the brain, we came up with the idea to write a possible Christmas cantata with a Broadway musical feel (again, just for the sole purpose of having something to do while we were waiting to be fired!) The first song was No One Will Be Taking My Crown, and that experience was pretty fun. So we began in earnest to continue on, but…
… Pink slip day had arrived.
We would then both go off in separate directions. Blaze became a news and traffic reporter in Philly, but eventually followed her show biz dreams and moved to California. I stayed and continued my career in broadcasting in addition to raising my family. We stayed in contact with each other regularly through the Internet. She would email lyrics and script passages, I would reply with song files of melodies and other ideas. This continued for about another year. But then time passes, and work, family and other responsibilities catch up with you. The emails exchanged less frequently.
And then nothing… for nearly five years.
One day I get an email from Blaze that she sent to all those in her address book to check out her new website (luckily for me I didn’t change my email address!) I logged on and signed her guest book, offering congrats on her career successes. She emails back that night and tells me she’s back in town and wants to meet up. I go over to her place and that’s when she shows me… a huge stack of scribbled, loose papers. For the last five years, she had collected ALL of the emails, lyrics, words, music files and script ideas, and organized them into a two-act book musical. I was completely dumbfounded! What I thought of as a simple little Christmas cantata to sell to little church groups, she envisioned as a full-on, old-fashioned Broadway musical epic! So throughout the rest of the summer of 2005, we traveled to each other’s home writing at the dining room table or at the piano (we each conveniently had old beat up, slightly out of tune uprights.)
And now here we are, with the finished printed draft (in a stylish “Courier New” font on crisp clean white paper) to be delivered to agents and producers. I’m working away at arranging the vocal score by Christmas. Hopefully by the grace of God, and with a little luck, O Night Divine will see the light of day.”