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Oprahfication

Book and Lyrics by Rachel Dunham; Music by Shanon D. Whitelock

Oprahfication

at Ford Foundation Studio Theatre  [map]

  • Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 8:00 pm
  • Friday, July 18, 2014 at 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 9:00 pm
  • Monday, July 21, 2014 at 5:30 pm
  • Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 9:00 pm

Talk Show Queen becomes Musical Goddess.

In 2011, Oprah closed the book on 25 years of dominating global television to focus on building her new empire, the Oprah Winfrey Network. It's not been going so well. Now, OPRAHFICATION brings her back with a one-off retrospective episode to celebrate those years and present to you the ultimate interview!

The laughs are constant. Oprah's journey through gospel, mo-town, doo-wop, rock ballads, love ballads, and lullabies is a celebration of all things ‘O’ from her earliest beginnings to her wildest dreams. You'll love it and join in. Dare you!

Running Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes with no intermission

Rachel Dunham

Rachel Dunham (Book/Lyrics)

With an extraordinary singing voice and stage presence Rachel has had a significant music career but her love of story telling kept her coming back to the theatre. Having worked extensively in Australia and New Zealand she has opened for Ray Charles, played Mama Morton (Chicago) and most recently Justice (Rock Of Ages) earning her a 4 star review in Melbourne's The Age. Turned writer/performer OPRAHFICATION is Rachel's current baby!



Shanon D. Whitelock

Shanon D. Whitelock (Music)

Shanon has written original work for theatre, film, recordings and the concert stage since the age of seven. Whitelock's first full length show, One - A New Musical, was staged in 2007. In 2009 Whitelock workshopped original work with Tony Award winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. An accomplished Pianist, Musical Director and Conductor, Whitelock tours worldwide as well as working extensively with Australian theatre and cabaret.



Dirk Hoult (Director)

Dirk has produced numerous burlesque, circus and variety events including the Brass Bear Cabaret for the Melbourne Cabaret Festival and The Butcher Shop Revue for the Melbourne Fringe. Highlights of his film and theatre credits as a performer include; The critically acclaimed Road Movie (Midsumma / Adelaide Fringe Festival), Behind the Cane (The Queensland Music Festival), The Ugly One (23rd Productions), The Five-Ways (Brisbane Festival), and the multi-award winning and Helpman nominated production of The Kursk, by Sasha Janowicz (Matrix Theatre / Metro Arts) which toured nationally throughout 2009.



Alex Berlage (Lighting Design)

Designs include The Old Maid and the Thief and The Impressario (Sydney Conservatorium of Music), Hilt for Mirror Mirror/Old 505 Theatre, and A Moment on the Lips for Mad March Hare Theatre/SITCO. A Bachelor of Dramatic Art (Production) from the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Australia, Alex received the 2013 Peter Baynes Memorial New York Scholarship completing internships on The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic, The Bridges of Madison County, and Little Me.



Sharon Fallon (General Manager)

General Management Sharon Fallon Productions - producer, general manager and theatrical consultant. Previous NYMF credits: Like You LIke It, Nerds, Three Sides. Previously: General Manager: Helen Hayes Theatre and Lyric Theatre, Cesa Entertainment. Broadway Producing: Beautiful The Carole King Musical, Lysistrata Jones.



Adam J. Lowe (Producer)

Adam's career spans a substantial body of work creating and managing theatre, international tours, cultural, ceremonial and sporting events and festivals. After a successful career behind the scenes, recent highlights: Executive Produced each Rob Guest Endowment Gala Concert to date (2009-2013) and celebrated greats of music theatre as Executive Producer of The Festival of Broadway featuring Stephen Schwartz in candid interview with performances by legends such as Australia's Silvie Paladino, and Broadway star Liz Calloway.