Press Release: Winter Comes With Hilarious 90 Minute Send-Up of Game of Thrones
Philadelphia Theatre Company (PTC) heats up winter with dragon fire,dramatic power-struggles and bloodthirsty violence as Musical Thrones: A Parody of Ice and Fire makes a stop in the City of Brotherly Love on its 30 city national tour February 9-10, 2018. This hilarious send-up of HBO’s wildly popular series, which is heading into its final season, will take center stage at Philadelphia Theatre Company at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre (480 S. Broad Street). Tickets are on sale for $25-$45 at philadelphiatheatrecompany.org
“Game of Thrones is a world-wide cultural phenomenon with fans of every age,” said PTC Producing Artistic Director Paige Price. “What better way is there to introduce theatre to new audiences than through a Thrones parody? One of our goals for this season was to present a wider variety of options to Philadelphia theatre-goers and we are intentionally offering shows for audiences who may never have considered stepping through our doors. We want audiences to know that live theatre is for everyone. Plus, it’s my sense that the world could use a little bit of fun these days!”
Philadelphia Theatre Company is heading to Westeros! While they wait for the eighth season, fans of the most-talked-about show on television will get their fantasy fix live-on-stage with this hilarious new parody. Composed by the comic madmen behind the long-running Silence! The Musical, Jon and Al Kaplan, Musical Thrones: A Parody of Ice and Fire brings the show’s most beloved (and be-hated) characters to life as audiences journey through the first seasons of the Emmy® Award-winning “Game of Thrones” series. Audiences will sing and dance along with Daenerys and her dragons, Joffrey and the jolly members of the Lannister and Stark families in this love letter to fans.
The audience will imagine themselves transported to Thrones’s magical locations where bloodthirsty musical theater comics leave no joke unturned in serving up the show’s notorious violence, power struggles, manipulation and sex – plus, a ballad or two to add to the roast.
“Loyal fans waiting for the new and final Thrones season can laugh together with us as we journey through the last seven,” added Price. “Seven seasons, five actors, one dragon and 90 minutes of outrageous fun make for a show not to be missed.”
Performances of Musical Thrones: A Parody of Ice and Fire will run:
Friday, February 9, 2018, 8:00pm
Saturday, February 10, 2018, 3:00pm
Saturday, February 10, 2018, 8:00pm
In between the Saturday performances, Rittenhouse and Center City bars will also host a special Thrones-themed bar crawl in conjunction with the show. Craft Concepts Group and Cinder will help organize, with details to be announced.
Tickets are on sale now staring at $25, or starting at $19 with a new PTC theatre membership. Membership and ticket info is available by visiting http://
2018-2019 SEASON CONTINUES
Philadelphia Theatre Company continues its commitment to sharing the unique American experience and presents an exciting festival-style theatre season under the leadership of new Producing Artistic Director Price. The ambitious 2017-2018 line-up includes plays, music, comedy, and political commentary and features top local and national voices. With Price at the helm of the company, PTC begins a bold new chapter for the ground-breaking organization.
“We want PTC to be a destination for the discovery of theatre as well as the place you seek out for finely wrought plays and musicals,” said Price. “We have already begun the season planning process for next year.”
The season began with the World Premiere of Bob Garfield’s Ruggedly Jewish, Kathleen Turner’s cabaret debut, Finding My Voice and Aaron Davidman’s Wrestling Jerusalem. The season continues with the Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company in a fully improvised comedy show (December 1 – 2); a sing-along A Dream Is A Wish: Princess Holiday Concert (December 17); and the Off-Broadway hit play, Small Mouth Sounds (March 13 – April 1).
ABOUT JON AND AL KAPLAN, WRITERS AND COMPOSERS
Jon Kaplan and Al Kaplan are brothers who are composers, lyricists and writers. They created Silence! The Musical, a stage version of The Silence of the Lambs that has played in London, New York City and Los Angeles, as well as the YouTube channel Legolambs, which features musicalizations of various Arnold Schwarzenegger movies such as Conan the Barbarian, Predator and Commando. Jon and Al also co-wrote and scored the film Zombeavers (2014). The brothers moved to Los Angeles in 1996 to study concert composition and film music at USC, graduating in 1999 and 2000, respectively. Jon and Al created Silence! The Musical as a labor of love in late 2002. What began as a set of nine songs eventually became a website with a cult following in 2003. Silence! was covered in magazines including Entertainment Weekly and Maxim, and aired on radio shows like XM’s Opie and Anthony and Howard Stern’s 100. In 2005, Jon and Al composed several new songs and expanded Silence! into a live musical.
A screenplay of Silence! The Musical, was then adapted for the stage by Tony-nominee Hunter Bell; and show was mounted by director and Tony-winner Christopher Gattelli at the 2005 NYC Fringe festival, where it won the “Overall Excellence Award” for Outstanding Musical. In 2010, Silence! re-opened in London at the Above the Stag Theatre and had a successful run. The following summer, the show opened Off Broadway at Theatre 80 to rave reviews. The run was extended for three months, after which Silence! transferred to The 9th Space Theater at Performance Space 122, and subsequently to the Elektra Theatre on 8th Ave. and 42nd Street. The show also played a three-and-a half-month run at the Hayworth Theatre in Los Angeles in the fall of 2012, and went on to win a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Score. In addition to Silence!, Jon and Al have composed completely unfunny music for the NBC reality show Starting Over; a John Ford silent film entitled Just Pals, which was included in the Ford at Fox DVD Box Set; and a series of Walt Disney web advertisements. The Kaplans also wrote two seasons worth of Super Nintendo-style underscore for G4’s cartoon series Code Monkeys. In 2009, the brothers wrote comedy (not music) for the MTV Movie Awards, and arranged Andy Samberg’s “Lonely Island Medley,” which was performed by LeAnn Rimes, Chris Isaak and Forest Whitaker. Jon and Al next scored The Hills Have Thighs, the controversial erotic film that aired on HBO, Cinemax, Showtime and TMC, and the Syfy Channel original films Piranhaconda and Dinocroc Vs. Supergator. In 2015, the film Zombeavers, scored and co-written by Jon and Al, was released in limited theaters in the U.S. and on VOD, after an international release in 2014. In their spare time, the Kaplans have continued to pursue their first love of writing unstageable theater works, producing a series of viral video musicals on their Legolambs channel including Conan the Barbarian: The Musical and The Thing: The Musical.
ABOUT PHILADELPHIA THEATRE COMPANY
Philadelphia Theatre Company (PTC) is a leading regional theater company that produces, develops, and presents entertaining and imaginative contemporary theater focused on the American experience. PTC balances its Philadelphia roots with a national point of view that combines a taste for adventure with a dedication to new American plays and musicals.
Founded in 1974, PTC has presented 140 world and Philadelphia premieres. More than 50 percent of PTC’s world premieres have moved on to New York and other major cities, helping to earn Philadelphia a national reputation as a hub for new play development. PTC has received more than 180 nominations and 53 awards from the Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre. In 2007, PTC was instrumental in expanding Philadelphia’s thriving cultural corridor by opening the Suzanne Roberts Theatre on the Avenue of the Arts.