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WINNER OF BROADWAY WORLD'S 'BEST THEATRE COMPANY OF PHILADELPHIA' (2012, 2013, 2014)
All Broadway Series Productions, Youth Programs, Educational Programs, and Summer Camps are produced by The Media Music Theatre Company (Artistic Director Jesse Cline)
WHO'S WHO IN 'FIDDLER ON THE ROOF'....MADISON YANNATELLI IS YENTE
The Media Theatre presents a special presentation of the classic musical "Fiddler On The Roof" this summer to celebrate the show's 50th anniversary. It's produced by Media Music Theatre Company and is on stage July 11 through August 10, with performances on Friday nights at 7pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 7pm, and Sundays at 3pm.
A youth cast shares the stage with several professional adult actors to remind audiences of the brilliance of this wonderful Tony winning Broadway musical. "Fiddler On The Roof" is all about Tevye, a Jewish man in Russia in the early 1900's who is doing his best to keep his family together amidst changing times and while his five daughters are growing up right before his eyes. It's a musical steeped in "Tradition!"
Madison Yannatelli, who plays Yente
Madison Yannatelli plays the role of Yente, the Matchmaker in the production directed by Jesse Cline. She takes lessons with Cline during the year as a student of the theatre's New School.
"I really feel honored to have this role," Madison said. "It's super awesome, it's an amazing show and a really talented cast!"
Madison said it took her a few days to figure out how to approach the role of Yente, but after a few pointers from Cline she now feels extremely comfortable in the role. She is just 14 years old but "hopes audiences can understand the real story that the musical is trying to put forth, plus its significance to history." She continued by saying "The theatre's education program has taught me everything I know and without it I would not be the actress I am today."
A student at Marple Newtown High School, she's been seen previously at The Media Theatre in the youth production of "Hair" as well as "The Wizard of Oz", "Rumpelstiltskin", and is currently also in "Cinderella" through August. For the past two years she was a contestant in the theatre's summer singing competition "The Vocalist".
Madison has nothing but praise for The Media Theatre: "I have not been here very long but feel so welcomed! It's nice to have made so many good friends, too."
Of "Fiddler On The Roof", she says "In the time of the show, the early 1900's, the Tsar in Russia was very anti-Semitic so many non-Jewish citizens also had bad feelings toward Jewish people there. This led to violence and people had to leave their hometowns, which was horrible. The show brings that to life while also dealing with Tevye's daughters and the fact that they are getting older. It's got great music, too!"
To see Madison Yannatelli and the rest of the cast in "Fiddler On The Roof" during the show's celebratory 50th anniversary, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org
The hit show "A Christmas Story: The Musical" is at The Media Theatre November 9 to January 8. It's suitable for all ages and makes a great outing for families during the holiday season. Based on the classic film which has gained popularity with each showing on television each holiday season, the musical has a book by Joseph Robinette with music and lyrics written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Songs include "Ralphie To The Rescue", "Sticky Situation", "It All Comes Down To Christmas", and "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out, Kid!" The story takes place in Indiana in the 1940's focusing on Ralphie, the boy who wants a Red Ryder BB Gun. He eventually learns that the holidays are not about what you have but who you have around you to share them with. There is a humorous sub-plot featuring Ralphie's father, referred to as The Old Man, who wins a leg lamp. It was nominated for three Tony Awards for its 2012 production at the Lunt-Fon…
The Media Theatre has the legendary musical
“West Side Story” April 19 through June 11. With a book by Arthur Laurents and
a sweeping score from Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, the musical is
often referred to as one of the all-time greats in the Broadway canon.
“West Side Story” transports Shakespeare’s
Romeo and Juliet to New York City in the 1950’s. The story takes place on the west side of Manhattan at a time when many Puerto Ricans moved to
NYC. Two young lovers, Tony and Maria, find themselves in the middle of street
gangs at war—the Jets and the Sharks. The musical captures the essence of
struggling to survive amidst violence and prejudice which is one the main
reasons it has remained relevant to this day after premiering on Broadway in
1957. “West Side Story” highlights youthful
performers with energetic choreography and songs such as “Tonight”, “Maria”, “Somewhere”,
and “America”. At The Media Theatre, “West Side Story” is
directed and choreographed by Dann Dunn, with …
The Media Theatre has the Philadelphia region's professional premiere of Jason Robert Brown's Tony winning musical "The Bridges of Madison County" this fall. The show, which received Tony Awards in 2014 for Best Score and Best Orchestrations, plays September 14 to October 23. Millions of film goers have seen the movie starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood, although the writers of the musical state it is based on the best-selling novel. The romance focuses on a beautiful Italian woman who married an American soldier to get out of Italy during the war. When her family attends the 1965 State Fair in Iowa, she meets a handsome National Geographic photographer who alters her life dramatically in four days. It's a musical which captures the yearning of the human heart and the expanse of America's heartland as we travel roads we often dare not go, open doors we often refuse to notice, and cross over bridges which leave us breathless. The score includes "Anothe…