Teens Explore Sexual Awakening and Struggles in NY Premiere of Rock Musical One Day, Beginning Tonight

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The new pop-rock musical One Day is given its New York premiere at the innovative downtown performance space 3LD Art & Technology Center. Performances begin Feb. 7.

Based on true journal entries written by teens spanning two decades, One Day, according to press notes, "follows the electrifying journey of eight teenagers as they face ravaging internal struggles and exhilarating triumphs – from drug abuse to sexual awakening – on the passage to discovering their own truths."

The cast includes Brenna Bloom, Chase O'Donnell, Marco Ramos, Honey Ribar, Aaron Scheff, Austin Scott, Benjamin Shuman, Andy Spencer, Aliya Stuart, Nyseli Vega and Charlotte Mary Wen.

Opening night is set for Feb. 19 for a run through March 1.

The anecdotes, poems and short stories are brought to life on stage through a score, book and co-direction by Michael Sottile, choreography and co-direction by Ray Leeper ("So You Think You Can Dance," "Dancing With The Stars") and interactive projection design by Google grant recipient Andrew Lazarow (I Am Harvey Milk, Brooklynite).

One Day is inspired by Sottile's 1999 cult-hit musical Inappropriate, for which he wrote the music and lyrics and co-conceived with the late Lonnie McNeil. Inappropriate debuted Off-Broadway and in Los Angeles in 1999-2000. "One Day was born out of a curiosity to know the teenage experience of today," added writer-director Sottile. "The pivotal issues that our youth now face – with new technologies transforming every aspect of the social strata – vastly differ from those even a decade ago. One Day is the result of several years of identifying and recording the pulse of young America, and giving it just the right rhythm, melody and physicality to bring it to life on stage."

Other members of the creative team include lighting designer Jason Lyons (On The Town, Rock of Ages), sound designer Drew Levy (Honeymoon in Vegas), scenic designer Ellen Rousseau (The Weight of Water) and costume designer Shane Ballard (Madame Infamy). Vocal arrangements are by AnnMarie Milazzo (If/Then, Next to Normal) with music direction by Keith Harrison ("The Voice," "American Idol").

One Day is produced by Carl Levin, Jamie Bendell, Scott & Marnie Prisand, Bruce Bendell, Sheryl Regan, Tom Ross, Whistling Mario Productions, Scott Benson and Big Block Entertainment.

For more information and tickets, visit OneDayTheMusical.com.

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