The Portal, the Off-Broadway show billed as a “rock odyssey”—part concert, part movie and part performance art—has rescheduled its opening night. Originally scheduled to open November 13, the show will now premiere December 3. Previews began October 27. No reason for the change was announced.
The open-ended engagement at the Minetta Lane Theatre stars Glee’s Billy Lewis Jr. as lead vocalist and frontman.
Inspired by the Burning Man arts event, Pink Floyd and EDM, The Portal combines rock music with tribal and electronic beats. The story follows Dante’s quest through majestic deserts and alpine mountains, while exposing the human desire for transformation. The show is conceived and directed by Luke Comer with original music composed by Tierro Lee and Comer, with choreography by Jessica Chen.
The ensemble of performers is made up of dancers Marija Juliette Abney (After Midnight), Jessica Aronoff (company member of J CHEN PROJECT) and Nicole Spencer (Dirty Dancing national tour) and actors Christopher Soren Kelly (Ink), Zarah Mahler (Soul Doctor) and Joey Calveri (Rock of Ages). Live music is performed by guitarist Paul Casanova and percussionist Gilly Gonzalez.
Watch the cast and creative team in rehearsal for the New York premiere below:
The creative team includes sound designer Peter Fitzgerald, lighting designer Traci Klainer Polimeni, set consultants David Goldstein and Peter Feuchtwanger, costume designer Liene Dobraja, and associate director Paul Stancato.
The production team includes Grace Starr (associate producer), Gregg Bellon (production stage manager), Mogul Productions/Jill Bowman (general management), Peter Feuchtwanger (production supervisor), Charles Newman (music consultant), Amanda Bohan Marketing (advertising/marketing/social media), Wojcik/Seay Casting (casting), and Krista Robbins (company manager).
The Minetta Lane Theatre is located at 18 Minetta Lane, New York. Tickets, at $49-$89, are now on sale for all shows through December 31. Visit TicketMaster.com or call (800) 745-3000. For more information visit ThePortalNYC.com.