True Story of Holocaust Survivor Inspires Rock and Roll Refugee Musical

News   True Story of Holocaust Survivor Inspires Rock and Roll Refugee Musical Based on the real life of rock-and-roll pioneer and Holocaust survivor Genya Ravan, the new musical Rock and Roll Refugee continues to play through Feb. 14 Off-Broadway. The show follows her journey from escaping Poland to the Lower East Side, where she headed the all-female rock band Goldie and The Gingerbreads.

The world premiere, which began performances Jan. 28 and officially opened Feb. 2, stars Broadway actresses Charlotte Cohn, Katrina Rose Dideriksen and Dee Roscioli. It is produced by Royal Family Productions, with performances taking place at the company's Performing Arts Space in Times Square.

"Before Goldie and The Gingerbreads, the first successful all-female rock band in 1962, Genya Ravan was Genyusha Zelkovicz, a young girl fleeing Nazi-occupied Poland with her family in search of a hopeful start in America," state production notes. "After passing through Ellis Island and moving to the Lower East Side of New York City, Genyusha, now 'Goldie,' faced grief, poverty, abuse and loss of identity. With no one to turn to, she forged her own path, and changed history."

The new work is written and directed by Chris Henry and features music and lyrics by Ravan, music direction, orchestrations and additional music by Daniel A. Weiss, and choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter and Liz Ramos.

The cast also includes Rachel Geisler, Stephanie Israelson, DeAngelo Kearns, Michael Liscio, Lindsay Moore, Kimberlee Murray, Kristin Nemecek, Christopher Thorn, Jessica Wu and Gwynedd Vetter-Drusch.

Tickets are $18 and can be purchased by visiting royalfamilyproductions.org or by calling OvationTix at (866) 811-4111. The Royal Family Performing Arts Space is located at 145 West 46th St., Manhattan.

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