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Originally published: 11/22/2022

(NEW YORK, NY) — Out of the box theater will produce an Off-Broadway development production of Millennials are killing musicals, written by Drama League Songwriting Contest and NAMT Challenge winner Nico Juber. The production directed by Ciara Renée (Waitress Frozen) will play a limited engagement at Theater 71 at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament (152 West 71st Street) from May 9-28, 2023. Premiere is on May 15th.

Millennials are killing musicals has been in development for four years. The show was an O’Neill NMTC semi-finalist in 2021 and 2022, was recently screened at an industry reading in New York, and the songs have been featured in New York Theater Barn’s New Works Series and sold-out concert presentations at Feinstein’s/Vitellos (primarily NEWmusicals) and 54 Presented below.

Millennials are killing musicals is a totally original, irreverently funny and heartfelt musical about regaining authentic happiness in a world filtered by social media. Meet Brenda: a single millennial mom who, like the seemingly perfect Jake’s mom, wants to “grow up” better at her daughter’s school. Brenda is finally ready for love and creativity in her life when her younger #influencer sister Katrina shows up at her house, eight months pregnant and completely unprepared for motherhood. The three women must cast the Greek chorus of social media filters on their lives in order to achieve their dreams.

Also on the creative team is Ted Arthur (Moulin Rouge, Diana) as Music Supervisor and Arranger and Devyn Rush as Vocal Arranger. Aaron Grant Theatrical advises General Manager, with casting by tbd casting co.

New York Theater Barn is serving as associate producer.

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Casting and additional creative team for the production will be announced in the coming weeks.

Nico Juber (she/she) is an award-winning musical author, playwright, millennial mother and 20-year-old lymphoma survivor. your original comedy, Millennials are killing musicals (O’Neill NMTC Semifinalist ’21 & ’22) was screened at an industry reading in Spring 2022 in NYC (Director: Ciara Renée) and songs were presented in the New York Theater Barn’s New Works Series and sold-out concert presentations at Feinstein’s /Vitellos ( mainly NEW Musicals) and 54 Below. Your short sci-fi musical, holo, won top honors at the 2020 NAMT 15-Minute Musical Challenge, premiered at the Beck Center for the Arts (with the Baldwin Wallace Music Theater and directed by Ciara Renée) in February 2021 and was selected for Broadway’s 2021 OnDemand Short Film Festival. Along with collaborator Selena Seballo, she was one of the winners of the Drama League Light the Lights Challenge for their song “Our Next Act” performed by André De Shields at their benefit concert in October 2021. Other songs were selected for and performed in the art Ignite Art of Wellness Benefit, A Little New Music, The Latest Draft, Green Room 42, with original song commissions for 54 Below programming and the play Storme by Carolyn M. Brown (with collaborator Christie Chiles Twillie). As a playwright, her work has been featured in the Live & in Color 24-hour Play Festival and will be included in an upcoming short game series addressing the right to health care and privacy with an emphasis on abortion called “Theatre”. The chronicle. She is a proud member of ASCAP, Dramatists Guild, Ring of Keys, League of Professional Theater Women and current co-chair of the Maestra Moms affinity group. Nico has a BA from Tufts University.

Ciara Renée is the director and producing partner of Millennials are killing musicals. After over a decade as an actress, known for such headlining Broadway roles as Jenna in Waitress and Elsa in FrozenOff-Broadway roles like Esmeralda in Disney’s original production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Mariana at the MCC Theater the wrong man (Lortel Award nomination), as well as TV roles such as Hawkgirl in Legends of Tomorrow, Ciara has begun the transition to directing. Ciara previously directed a short film of another Nico Juber musical entitled holo for NAMT’s 5×15 Festival, in collaboration with BW and the Beck Center for the Arts. She also co-directed (with Michael Dallatorre) the short documentary Beat the Odds – Children’s Defense Fund of California. She is the writer, EP and co-director of the short film Reddy Records (Post Prod). Most recently, Ciara directed a groundbreaking one-man electronic musical entitled The runaround by Stewart Tabler, as well as a sold-out 54 Below concert and industry reading Millennials… Ciara is passionate about changing the landscape of what stories are told and who gets to tell them by empowering women’s, queer and racially diverse stories. And despite being a millennial, she really misses having a doorbell!

Out of the Box Theater (OOTB) is an off-Broadway nonprofit dedicated to elevating the voices of marginalized communities through the stories they tell. OOTB also produces site-specific theater to provide a more intimate and challenging experience to our audience’s theatrical expectations. Out of the Box Theatrics was founded in 2015 by Elizabeth Flemming. Recent nominations include 2020 Off Broadway Alliance Best Musical Revival and 2022 Drama Desk for Outstanding Revival of a Musical (Infant) and 2021 Drama League Outstanding Digital Theatre, Individual Production and 2022 Antonyo Award, Best Digital Theater Production (the last 5 years).

New York theater barn is a Manhattan-based nonprofit theater company that serves as an inclusive home for original culture-changing musicals during the incubation period. Since 2007, the New York Theater Barn has provided space, funding and a safe opportunity to experiment in front of live audiences, often for the first time. The company serves underrepresented artists and audiences in their commitment to anti-racist, justice and anti-oppression ideologies while pursuing a decolonial approach to theater making and practice. For artists, supporting NYTB means ongoing investment. For audiences, NYTB offers a glimpse into the blueprint of an original musical being developed in real-time by living writers. NYTB believes there is no formula for musical theater other than authenticity.

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