RADITATICAL - A Journey in Rhythm

RADITATICAL is a total hit! 

Featuring Bronkar Lee, the world’s only Rhythmic Juggling Beatboxer. 

Bronkar Lee simply blew me away! With his clear direction of the mixed sounds of cultures and demographics that are clearly affecting the way we communicate with our bodies. The simplicity of sound make us aware or disconnected of who we are and what we want to hear. 

A new family-friendly original live stage spectacular filled with music, laughter, dance and raw energy. A unique hybrid performance sensation with a six-member ensemble who beatbox, juggle, tap dance, and play on all sorts of percussion instruments in a one-of-a-kind performance starring the world's only rhythmic juggling beatboxer, Bronkar Lee. Exploring the human potential and finding the music within all of us, a story of one man's journey across the country, learning about musical expression and realizing possibilities beyond his wildest dreams. The audience becomes a part of the quest, discovering their own rhythm in heartbeats, breath, movements of their hands and feet - how it's all connected to the pulse of life. This highly energetic, unique and interactive live theatrical experience is a living, breathing, inspiring, interactive, family-friendly rhythmic adventure.

RADITATICAL is a show that could potentially be a musical in Broadway, cause it owns the forgotten ideas about sounds that move with us through life. While watching the show, I realized that each one of us are the most important instrument in this orchestra of life. We need each individual sound to create the perfect tune that keeps us on our feet when exploring who we are.

A unique interactive theatrical stage spectacular hybrid performance sensation which explores the human potential and finds the music which lies within us all. 

This original hybrid performance sensation uplifts and inspires through percussion, music, dance, laughter, and raw energy with a six-member ensemble blending high caliber musicianship, cutting edge visual effects and physical stunts.

Premiered December 12, for six performances only.


HOLLYWOOD (Nov. 5, 2014) - An original live stage spectacular filled with music, laughter, dance and raw energy opens in Hollywood at The Montalbán Theatre on December 12 for six performances only. Appropriate for all ages, RADITATICAL: A Journey in Rhythm is a unique hybrid performance sensation which explores the human potential and finds the music within all of us, a story of one man's journey across the country, learning about musical expression and realizing possibilities beyond his wildest dreams. Audiences become a part of the quest, discovering their own rhythm in heartbeats, breath, movements of their hands and feet - how it's all connected to the pulse of life.

This highly energetic, unique live theatrical experience is a living, breathing, inspiring, interactive, family-friendly rhythmic adventure. RADITATICAL: A Journey in Rhythm tells its story more through action and music than dialogue. The hero's journey into rhythm engages the audience as the ensemble make music for -- and WITH -- the audience. Each cast member blend their high caliber musicianship with physical stunts and movement, and is supported by never-before-seen creations and stunning visual effects.

“A true collaborative experience, RADITATICAL: A Journey in Rhythm, is the culmination of performance concepts that I’ve been developing for nearly 10 years from my days with spectacle-based entertainment like Stomp!Blue Man Group and Cirque du Soleil,“ explained RADITATICAL director Ameenah Kaplan. “When Bronkar Lee approached me about working on RADITATICAL with him, it seemed like a natural evolution. We want the audience to experience the journey with us - that rhythm is within all of us.”


Heading the cast is Bronkar Lee (Tonight Show with Jay LenoAmerica’s Got Talent). Directed by Ameenah Kaplan (STOMP!,Blue Man GroupThe Office) and choreographed by Simon Chalban (America’s Got Talent). Utilizing a six-member ensemble who beatbox, juggle, tap dance, and play on all sorts of percussion instruments in a one-of-a-kind performance. The cast also features Aaron Williams (Tap Dancer and Multi-instrumentalist),Melinda Sullivan (Dancer and percussionist and seen on So You Think You Can Dance), Paul Newman (Multi-instrumentalist and Boss Loop World Champion), Scotty Lund (Drummer and member of the L.A. Laker Band,) and Andrew Pulkrabek (Beatboxer and Bassist for The Senate).

Providing a supportive, state-of-the-art venue for the development of original shows like RADITATICAL: A Journey in Rhythm is what The Montalbán Theatre is all about. “Our theatre has always been a strong member of the community, helping grow talent and fostering innovative productions. For us, RADITACTICALis a perfect match, and we’re very proud to be a part of it,” explained Gilbert Smith, executive producer of The Montalbán.

Bronkar Lee, Lead/Creator/Artistic Director isthe World's Only Rhythmic Juggling Beatboxer. International performer and world record holder as seen on Tonight Show with Jay LenoAmerica’s Got Talent,Madison Square GardenUnivision’s Don Francisco PresentsDisney and Celebrity Cruise Lines.

Ameenah Kaplan, Director/Co-writer is an original cast member of STOMP!, and currently the drum coach for Blue Man Group on the west coast. A choreographer, director, actor, musician, and composer, Ameenah directs for film and stage and has been awarded Best Choreographer by NAACP & LA Weekly (The Women of Brewster Place, Altar Boyz), Best Fight Choreography and Best Original Score by LA Weekly (Everyman for Himself), and Best Director by the NY International Short Film Festival (The American Failure). Also, many film and television acting credits including the TV show The Office.

 

WHO:

Created & Directed by Bronkar Lee and Ameenah Kaplan

Written by Bronkar LeeAmeenah Kaplan, and Sam Rogers

Choreography by Simon Chaban

Starring Bronkar Lee, Scotty Lund, Paul Newman, Andrew Pulkrabek, Melinda Sullivan, Aaron Williams

Multimedia Visual Designer Marc Rosenthal

Stage Manager Richard Druther

Costume Designer Michael Mullen

Produced by Cyndi Lee, Sam Rogers, Tina Sanchez, Kelsey Scott

Presented by Gil Smith and The Montalbán

 

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