The Bible Goes Pop Culture; J.OB. The Hip-Hopera Makes NYMF Debut, Sept. 25-Oct. 1

News   The Bible Goes Pop Culture; J.OB. The Hip-Hopera Makes NYMF Debut, Sept. 25-Oct. 1 J.O.B. The Hip-Hopera, a new pop musical based on the biblical story of Job, will debut at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, Sept. 25-Oct. 1 at the 45th Street Theatre, 354 45th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenue.

It was recently announced that recording artist Niles River has joined the cast. Once signed to a division of Atlantic Records by producer David Foster, Niles is currently signed to Nefdrum Records, a new label formed by the family of jazz visionary Miles Davis.

J.O.B. the Hip-Hopera takes the Biblical story of Job as its jumping off point. At the hip-hop label Hoover Records, president J. Hoover is pitted against Job, his right hand man, in a test of loyalty, compassion and friendship. And in the jingle department, MC Cain is pitted against his brotha and fellow rapper MC Abel in their struggle for success. According to press notes, "It's the Old (School) Testament retold as an allegory of contemporary corporate life in the music biz."

The cast also includes Eli Batalion, Hassan Christopher, Marissa Labog Aimee Zannoni, Myesha Taylor and DJ Creativity.

The creative team includes Jerome Sabel (composer, lyricist, writer), Eli Batalion (composer, lyricist, writer), Joe Barrucco (composer), Stefan Novinski (director), Hassan Christopher (co-director, choreographer), Steven Young (lighting designer) and Joe Barrucco (sound designer).

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For more information and to buy tickets, visit the
2006 New York Musical Theatre Festival website