Rock Odyssey The Portal to Receive New York Premiere | Playbill

News Rock Odyssey The Portal to Receive New York Premiere
The Burning Man-inspired spectacle will play the Minetta Lane Theatre this fall.
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Billy Lewis Jr.

This fall, Minetta Lane Theatre will welcome the New York premiere of The Portal, a show billed as part concert, part movie and part performance. Described as a “rock odyssey,” the production casts Glee’s Billy Lewis Jr. as lead vocalist and frontman.

Inspired by Burning Man, 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.

Performances for the open-ended Off-Broadway engagement begin October 27 at the Minetta Lane; opening night is set for November 13.

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.

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, marketing director), Gregg Bellon (production stage manager), Mogul Productions/Jill Bowman (general management), Peter Feuchtwanger (production supervisor), Charles Newman (music consultant), Amanda Bohan Marketing (advertising), Wojcik/Seay Casting (casting) and Krista Robbins (company manager).

The Minetta Lane Theatre is located at 18 Minetta Lane, New York. Tickets, from $49-$89, are now on sale for all shows through December 31. Visit or call (800) 745-3000. For more information visit

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