Disenchanted opens April 28 at Genesius Theatre in Reading

Genesius Theatre in Reading presents the PG-16 hysterical, very upbeat & extremely sardonic fractured fairytales of the Off-Broadway musical smash hit Disenchanted with book, music, & lyrics by Dennis T. Giacino, and developed with the original Off-Broadway Director Fiely Matias.

Disenchanted, is a fun-loving, subversive, and definitely ‘not-for-the-little-kiddies’ musical revue proving that happily-ever-after can be a ‘royal pain in the ass! This very funny and silly show runs April 28 through May 7 at the 10th and Walnut Playhouse.

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“This musical is a blast,” Genesius Artistic Director, L J Fecho, said recently. “These princesses have so much to say about “pretty much” everything! It’s very zany, clever, and a tad raunchy, for sure, but there’s always so much truth in satire which adds a sweet touch of humanity to this wonderful female revue piece.” Co-director/Music Director, Dara Tatarowicz said, “Although it’s a raucous, feel-good, uproarious musical, Disenchanted, also delivers plenty of honesty and poignancy, culminating in a true celebration of all women. But everyone will enjoy this show!!!”

Photos Courtesy of Don Carrick – Studio 413: A scene from the Genesius Production of DISENCHANTED! Front – L to R – Cecilia Cooper as Cinderella, Ellen Rochlin as Snow White and Becka Malanios as Sleeping Beauty.

Using an all-woman cast, Disenchanted, follows iconic storybook heroines as they become none too happy with the way they’ve been portrayed in today’s pop culture, so they toss away their tiaras and come to life to set the record straight. The musical introduces beloved princesses in brand-new roles, including Snow White as the self-assured leader of the princess pack; Cinderella as an enthusiastic feminist; Sleeping Beauty as the comedic opposite of Snow White; The Little Mermaid as the rowdy and rebellious life of the party; Pocahontas as her authentic and historical self; Belle from “Beauty and the Beast” as a mad housewife; The Princess Who Kissed The Frog as the confident and clever Black princess, who is here to reclaim her throne; and many more familiar fairytale princess faces.

The Genesius production of Disenchanted, is directed by L J Fecho, music directed & co-directed by Dara Tatarowicz, choreographed by Becka Malanios, set design is by Fecho and Bo Irwin, lighting design by Haley Brown of Scary Good Productions, sound design by Albert Garcia, costume design by Cathy Miller, scenic art by Marjory Ewald, Andrea Keck & Evan Reed, hair & wig design by Diane Keck of Thanx Hair Artistry, and stage managed by Sara Huard.

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Genesius’ Disenchanted features a cast of nine of Greater Reading’s top female performers, which includes some new Genesius faces, alongside Genesius veterans. Ellen Rochlin plays Snow White, Cecilia Cooper is Cinderella, Becka Malanios portrays Sleeping Beauty, Sarah Althen plays Belle, Rachel Pereira is Mulan and Pocahontas, Mikaela Krall portrays The Little Mermaid, Chloe Marturano is Rapunzel, and newcomers to Genesius, Chrissyanne Lawson, plays the Princess that kissed the Frog. and Jazalyn Horta Sanchez plays Princess Badroulbadour.

Disenchanted Show times include April 28, 29, 30, MAY 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. Sunday matinees are 30 and May 7 at 3:00 p.m. and all other dates/performances at 7:30 p.m. For tickets and additional information, visit genesiusdifference.org.

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