Christopher T. Magician is having a bad day. A very funny bad day. What begins as a typical birthday party magic show ends with dead puppets and children scarred for life. After performing in living rooms throughout New York City, real-life children’s entertainer Christopher T. Magician presents this decidedly not-for-kids musical, revealing what happens when Magic Stops Being Polite, and Starts Being Real. (Oh and there’s magic tricks. Super Awesome Magic Tricks!)
Approximate Running Time: 1:20; no intermission
After a short stint at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Christopher finished his magic degree at Yale. Go Hufflepuff! In all seriousness, Christopher T. Magician is one of the top children's entertainers in the New York area, having performed in living rooms and party spaces all over the city for the past 5 years. Christopher dedicates this performance to his six cats, Grumpy, Happy, Doc, Sneezy, Bashful, Dopey, and performs Just Like Magic in memory of his beloved Sleepy. Sleep in Peace, Sleepy.
Hatched in Blanchardville, Wisconsin, Ralph caught the acting bug in the Blanchardville Theatre Barn's production of The King and I, playing the challenging dual roles of Son #4 and Daughter #9. Within a year he became artistic director of said Theatre Barn and directed himself in the pivotal role of Randie Patrick McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cukoo's Nest. Following his triumphant one man adaptation of Catcher in the Rye, he packed his bags and flew East to pursue his dreams. New York credits include Dance of the Vampires, In My Life, Wonderland, Crybaby, and Spiderman, Turn Off The Dark (Swing (literally)). TV: Law and Order. Go Blanchardville Manatees!
After matriculating at Oxford, Nigel spent four years trodding the boards with Dame Judi Dench and Sir Ian McKellan in the RSC's productions of Henry I, Henry II, and Henry III. He was replaced temorarily by Anthony Hopkins in Henry IV, but gloriously rose like a phoenix from the ashes to reclaim his destiny as Henry V. After being knighted he jumped the pond and went on to star in such iconoclastic films as Her Friend, The Butler (Butler), What the Butler Saw (Butler), The Butler of the Van der Waal House (Butler), and Big Momma's House (Butler). Just Like Magic is Nigel's American stage debut! He will next be seen in a future Law and Order: SVU (Butler)
Mr. Bagelman made his Broadway debut as Rafiki in The Lion King, Other favorite roles include Audrey II Spore #3 in Little Shop of Horrors, Detective Johnson on Law and Order, Street Litter in Avenue Q, Wedding Guest in Muppets Take Manhattan, and Mimi in Rent. After years of being typecast as Bagels, Rabbis, Bankers, and Theatre Producers, Samuel Bagelman is extremely thankful to the Producers of Just Like Magic for open-mindedly casting him against type.
Christopher Barnes is a graduate of both NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and the BMI Engel Lehman Musical Workshop. Most recently he wrote the book and lyrics for Most Likely To Die, which had it's world debut at NYMF 2010. He wrote the lyrics to Ryan Mercy's music for Just Like Magic, Gage: Part One, and the upcoming Dirt Roads. He also wrote the book and lyrics for Girls Gone Wild The Musical. He would like to thank his family in Georgia and all of his friends for being so supportive
Cameron Cole is a native to no particular state, having grown up in Michigan, Tennessee, Texas, and now New York. He grew up acting, and then became much more interested in writing. Along with performing and writing in various sketch comedy groups in Texas and New York, he has co-written the book of Just Like Magic, and wrote the book for Gage: Part One. He is currently finishing up writing a modern five-part play cycle entitled Death (And Straight Boys) which consist of the five plays Gaging Noel, Beasts of Suburbia, The Brotherhood of Manly Men, West of Hell, and Deconstructing Ben. He can easily be found on facebook, and hates writing bios.
Ryan Mercy has been writing music for stage for as long as he can remember. Recently his Most Likely To Die (written with his partner Christopher W. Barnes) made it's world debut with a reading at 2010's NYMF. He wrote the music for Just Like Magic, Gage Part One, and the up-coming Dirt Roads.
Steven Cunningham (Producer) is thrilled to be working with Chris and Ryan on their show, and to be producing for the first time at NYMF! He previously produced Estro Encores at the 2010 Estrogenius Festival at Manhattan TheatreSource and associate produced Jitney at Gallery Players. In his spare time he writes plays and short stories, in the style of Tennessee Williams (in that they contain words in English).
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