Bad Ass Beauty: The Rock Opera

Book by Stefanie A. Seskin; Music by Anthony Gemignani & LaQuinta Prince, lyrics by LaQuinta Prince and additional music & lyrics by Stefanie A. Seskin

Bad Ass Beauty: The Rock Opera

at The Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row  [map]


It's a hard rock life.

Aralyn Ford is an ugly duckling who never realized she was a swan thanks to years of abuse at the hands of her father.  She’s been careening through life putting everyone else’s needs before her own to the point where even she doesn’t know which face she’s going to be wearing that day.  Now, she’s on a quest to pull herself together and release her inner Alpha Female.  She, her multiple personalities and her hard rockin’ band of misfits tell it like it is in this rough, raw soliloquy of sound.

Running Time: 90 minutes

The Acorn Theatre @ Theatre Row

Stefanie A. Seskin

Stefanie A. Seskin (Book, Music, Lyrics; Music Director; Producer; "Bad Ass")

Stefanie Seskin began her music training at age 9 on flute, then classical guitar then bass guitar.  From her first punk band in San Diego, in NYC she progressed to lead vocalist, bassist, back up vocalist, and/or a member of the horn section (flute, tenor sax)

In 1995, after graduating with an M.A. in Media Studies from The New School, she formed her band blue number nine.  From then until 2009, she self-produced 4 cd's with the band, toured up and down the East Coast, to the Midwest and back, and performed to audiences up to 7,000 strong.  

Stefanie received the ASCAPlus award as a songwriter for 9 years.  She was also an original cast member (Catalina Winger) of "MoM – A Rock Concert Musical", which debuted at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2009 where it won “Outstanding Musical Comedy”.   She has opened for moe., Chicago and the Average White Band.  This is her first script.


LaQuinta Prince

LaQuinta Prince (Book, Music, Lyrics; "Alpha Female")

LaQuinta received a Master’s Degree in performance from Berklee College of Music. She has toured and performed with dozens of bands in the Midwest and in the New York tri-state area. LaQuinta wrote the melodies and lyrics to all songs (with the exception of two). She formed the band Bad Ass Beauty in 2014 and is booking agent and promoter for the band. (BadAssBeauty.net.) She also runs her own talent agency. This story (with some embellishment) is influenced by her life story.


Anthony Gemignani

Anthony Gemignani (Music)

Anthony Gemignani is a multi-instrumentalist and producer who graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Music and is a national touring guitarist.  He has performed in and written music for several bands and is also a skilled producer.  He is the author of “Adventures of Anthony & Benny”, owns and operates Moxy Guitars, a company which builds custom guitars and basses and is the owner of Allstar Music Empire.  He recently released his new album “KimAnthy”, written with his partner Kim Carter. He is currently on tour with Janet Gardener from Vixen playing bass guitar.


Bekka Lindström

Bekka Lindström (Director)

Bekka Lindström is an actor who also makes a living as a graphic artist, even though she’s actually a writer who sings. She also works as a director and set designer.  Bekka most recently appeared as Melissa in “MoM: A ROCK CONCERT MUSICAL”. Prior to that, she played Sister Betsy in AS IT IS IN HEAVEN at the Stonington Opera House in Deer Isle, Maine. She last appeared in the NY Fringe as Lori in THE LIGHTNING FIELD, which then went on to a run in London.  Other New York credits: Medea in A JAR IN THE FOREST (The Samuel French Play Festival); the suffragette Ellen Gates Star in JANE'S HOUSE (The Neighborhood Playhouse); and Sylvia in STACKED (The Bank Street Theater).


Freddie Moises

Freddie Moises (Assistant Stage Manager)

Freddie Oliver Moises (Assistant Stage Manager) is a musician, singer-songwriter, photographer, poet, lyricist, audio engineer and a theater technician. While a music major at Kean University, Freddie Moises paid for his education working as a theater technician. In 2012-13, he spent his time at The Barrow Group Theater as a stage hand for “Mom, A Rock Concert” and a sound technician for “Lemon Meringue”. In 2015 he moved to Jersey City and he attended the Institute of Audio Research(IAR). He now resides in the heights of Jersey City with his beautiful wife Wendy.



Jameelah Leaundra

Jameelah Leaundra ("Beauty")

Jameelah received her B.M. in Opera Performance. Favorite Credits include: Aida(AIDA), Ragtime(Sarah), Cinderella(Cinderella), West Side Story(Maria), Heathers(Heather Duke), Twelfth Night(Olivia). She is a recipient of the Lotte Lenya Competition Talent Award and a Hal Leonard Competition Winner. She would like to thank her family & friends for the constant love & support! Enjoy the show! 
jameelahleaundra.com | @jameelah.l


Peter Douskalis

Peter Douskalis ("Kake", Guitar)

Peter Douskalis is a musician, arranger, and educator. He is a substitute guitarist at the Broadway shows Dear Evan Hansen and School of Rock and Off-Broadway at Desperate Measures. He has arranged music education materials for Hal Leonard Publications and has given two TEDx Talks about multicultural music education. He plays with the rock band Trapped In Static, Greek music with Pericles Kanaris and Synolon where he is also Assistant Director, Armenian music with Hooshere and Cypriot music with Sounds of Cyprus. His solo jazz guitar CD "The Dance of the Sea" received national and international acclaim in Just Jazz Guitar Magazine, Los Angeles Jazz Scene, Jazz Journal (UK), and Cadence Magazine. He can be seen performing regularly around New York City.



Jeff Ganz

Jeff Ganz ("Wiksic", Bass Guitar)

Eclectic bassist Jeff Ganz has appeared on Grammy-nominated recordings and in concert with many different types of musical artists such as Johnny Winter, Rita Moreno, Gerry Mulligan,  Vanilla Fudge, Laurie Anderson, Roy Buchanan, Village People, Blood, Sweat & Tears, John Lee Hooker, Frankie Avalon, Lou Reed, Chuck Berry, and The Mamas and Papas. Jeff played in the pit orchestras of many hit Broadway shows and has done countless jingles for TV and radio, as well as appearing on ABC’s “Good Morning America” with Stephen Schwartz and NBC’s “Smash”. Jeff also composes original music for various media. His compositions are heard weekly in Investigation Discovery’s flagship show “On The Case With Paula Zahn”. Jeff is currently on tour as a member of The Hit Men (www.thehitmenlive.com). Jeff also enjoys serving as musical director, producer, recording engineer and teacher.

www.jeffganz.com



Jon Berger

Jon Berger ("Pulse"; Drums)

Jon Berger can be heard currently on Broadway's "Hello Dolly", and "Jersey Boys’,  Neil Berg’s 100 years of Broadway and 50 years of Rock and with Jason Yudoff and the new hotness.  Other credits include "Fiddler on the Roof", "In the Heights", "Next to Normal", "The Addams Family", "Les Miserables", "Cats", "Gypsy", and "Saturday Night Fever".  He recently toured nationally with Rock icon Petula Clark.  Also performed with Aretha Franklin, Michelle Shocked, Hiram Bullock, The Ocean City Pops, The Washington Ballet, Bad Ass Beauty, Lach and Proper Id, Eagle Eye Sherry, The NY Tenors, and The Sambanditos.He received his B.F.A. in percussion from S.U.N.Y. College at Purchase.  He is a  Paiste Cymbals, DW Drums, Remo heads and Vater drumstick artist.



Pam West

Pam West (PR, Keyboards and “Calliope Singer”)

Pam West is an award-winning singer-songwriter, virtuoso vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, producer, and teaching artist hailing from the Midwest. She has performed as a classical musician, conductor, solo artist, session player, backup singer, rock band frontwoman, and as a children’s performer in a professional career that spans three decades. As a member of the progressive art rock tribute band The Justice League, she has participated in recreations of Jethro Tull’s Thick as a Brick, Genesis’ The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, and the Beatles’ Sgt. Peppers and Magical Mystery Tour albums. Her music can be found online under Angel Pam West on CD Baby, You Tube, Reverb Nation, Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon. She is the founder/director of The Community Music and Arts Network, facilitating community music programs for all ages and ability levels. www.communitymusicnetwork.com.


Laura MacLean

Laura MacLean ("Calliope Singer")

 
Native Bostonian, classically trained singer-turned-songwriter. Performed and toured in Europe, Japan, Scandinavia, the U.K. and New Zealand. Laura now works in print advertising and voiceover. Currently lives in Manhattan, with her cats Chat Noir and Fluffernutter Clownpants.