Hero

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Mark Aaron James

The willingness to try can be the greatest power.

Turning the Superhero trope on its ear, two gay roommates in “Gotham” adjacent, Jersey City, become hero & sidekick. The out of shape comic book store owner, and naive El Salvadorian immigrant, learn that some super powers aren’t that super, villains aren’t always villainous & your chosen family of hipsters, drag queens & real estate agents, are the ones who might actually save you. The expenses of NYC, proper spandex use, coming out to Mamma & rescuing your local beer joint, all come together in a funny/touching story with super-catchy songs.

 

Runtime: 1 hour and 55 minutes including a 15-minute intermission.

Mark Aaron James

Mark Aaron James (Writer Music, Lyrics, Book; Hero)

Mark Aaron James is the singer/songwriter/recording artist of 9 critically acclaimed albums that have yielded over 3 million streams, views, and downloads. He has performed around the world, including London's West End, Nashville's Bluebird Café and Grand Ole Opry, and the White House in Washington D.C. He is honored to have his first musical, HERO, represented in the 2019 NYMF festival, and humbled by the artists helping him make this new project a reality.  www.markaaronjames.com



Hector Lionel

Hector Lionel (Herson)

Hector Lionel "The Millennial Crooner" is an actor, singer, and cabaret artist from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Vocally Sinatra, visually downtown club kid, his cabaret project Boleros and All That Jazz unites the Great American Songbook with its Latin American counterpart. His theatre credits include Gross Indecency (Bosie), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Puck), A Tango Dancing Cinderella (Duende), and Les Miserables (Marius). You can find him belting out his coraz & oacute every Monday at http://www.clubCummingNYC.com 



Brian Charles Rooney

Brian Charles Rooney (Bodega Bandit)

Broadway: The Threepenny Opera (Lucy Brown) (Roundabout Theatre Company).
Off-Broadway: Bedbugs!!! (Dionne Salon), Into the Woods (the Witch). 
Other NY: 3 NYMF Outstanding Performance Awards: Bedbugs!!! (2008), Bayonets of Angst (2014), Miss Blanche Tells It All (2017); Berlin to Broadway (York Theatre Company), I Am Harvey Milk w/ Kristin Chenoweth (Lincoln Center), Guys & Dolls w/ Nathan Lane & Megan Mullally (Carnegie Hall). 
Regional: CT Critics Circle Award for Candy Darling in POP! (Yale Repertory)
www.briancharlesrooney.com



Darius-Anthony Robinson

Darius-Anthony Robinson (Justine Case)

Mr. Robinson was last seen performing in the Broadway-bound musical The Preacher's Wife, with music and lyrics by Titus Burgess, and most recently was in the off-Broadway 20th Anniversary production of RENT. 
National Tours: Hairspray; In The Heights
Favorite Regional Productions: XANADU (Watertower Theater); RENT (Casa Mañana); CATS (Garland Summer Musicals); It's Only Life (Theatre Three). Follow me @thedariusanthony



Kat Liz Kramer*

Kat Liz Kramer* (REA)

Thrilled to be making her NYMF debut! Past shows include Smokey Joe's Cafe 20th Anniversary(national tour), Man in The Mirror (world tour), Anything Goes (Reno Sweeney), Single Room Occupancy (Crystal), The Star and The Fire (Danielle), and special guest appearance on Rising Star (BeTerrific!!). Kat is a singer/songwriter and released Wonderland to the world— check out the music video on  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99se9zWbz7A  More information at katlizkramer.com, insta, & Twitter https://twitter.com/katlizkramer?lang=en" @katlizkramer.
*Actors Equity



Front: Darius-Anthony Robinson (Justine Case), Kat Liz Kramer (REA), Genesis Collado (Amaya), Danish Farooqui (Archy), Gladys Mercado (Mamma). Back: Phil Kadet (music director), Hector Lionel (Herson), Mark Aaron James (Hero). Photo: Herson Garcia.