The Apple Tree - Off Broadway
I performed as the Snake (et al) in The Apple Tree Off Broadway, at Theatre Row. Ray Roderick directed and choreographed the charming, wonderful piece.
BroadwayRadio.com10/8/17 (begins around 8:30)
"A very fine production. Matthew LaBanca, who plays the Snake (the devil in Adam and Eve) and essentially the Narrator in the other two stories, is wonderful."
- Peter Filichia
"Matthew LaBanca as the Snake, etc., not only did he sing and act beautifully, but he also played several instruments during the show: flute, trumpet, guitar, bongos - and that really added to the show.
- Michael Portantiere
In The Apple Tree Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (Fiorello!; She Loves Me; Fiddler on the Roof) show us that women have been smarter than men from as far back as Eden when Adam says, “I remember when you invented fire”. In a barbaric kingdom a daughter gets around her father as if it were in today’s White House by intoning – “Oh, Daddy”. In time present a star is created by TV but unlike certain men, our star – a woman – is “tired of being a cardboard figure”. Songs include “Here in Eden”; “What Makes Me Love Him”; “I’ve Got What You Want”; “Oh, To Be a Movie Star” and “Gorgeous”.
Our Eve (et al) is Savannah Frazier, our Adam (et al) is Garen McRoberts, our Snake (et al) is Matthew LaBanca. Not only do the principals play several roles but so do the ensemble - Marc De La Concha; Elizabeth Flanagan; Alia Hodge; Evan Maltby; and Wesley Tunison.
Our Director/Choreographer is Ray Roderick
Our Music Director/Vocal Arranger is Jim Stenborg
Performance Dates: October 3 – October 15
Four matinees at 2:00 Wed/FRI/Sat/Sun Four evenings at 7:30 Tues/Wed/Thurs/Sat
Our theater is The Lion Theatre at Theatre Row Studios (410 West 42nd Street)