Santa Monica, CA, October 02, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- The Sarcoma Alliance announced today that “Made Me Nuclear”, Charlie Lustman’s pop music operetta that celebrates life after surviving cancer, has been extended through November 15, 2008 at Santa Monica Playhouse. Lustman “shares this simple yet profound message in a cycle of folky, bluesy songs, which he performs with equal amounts of vulnerability and impishness. Simply irresistible,” says the L.A. Times, “Critics’ Choice.”
Written and Performed by Singer/Songwriter Charlie Lustman. Lustman grew up in LA and is a graduate of Berklee College of Music; he spent ten years touring the world performing and released two studio albums in Denmark: The Golden Road, vol.1 and SHAYA. He also wrote and performed live the theme song to the ABC TV program “The Mike and Maty show.” He is perhaps best known to Los Angeles audiences for his role in rescuing and reopening The Silent Movie Theatre on Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles, the last remaining silent cinema in the world, which he turned into a one-of-a-kind successful working revival theatre lauded by film buffs globally. In 2006, after being diagnosed with a rare cancer in his upper jaw he sold the theatre and returned to his first passion –music. Writing and composing throughout his treatment and recovery he produced his third studio album, Made Me Nuclear, arguably the first pop music album about surviving cancer. Released in July 2008 “a-dollar-a-disc” will be donated to The Sarcoma Alliance, the only national organization dedicated to helping those afflicted with this rare disease. Made Me Nuclear, the Operetta is the theatrical adaptation of the album.
Directed by Chris DeCarlo. DeCarlo has been directing, writing and acting in Los Angeles for over 40 years and is acknowledged for his critically acclaimed crafting of world and American premiere productions by such renowned playwrights as Michel Garneau, Stephen King, Brenda Krantz, Robert B. Parker, Sheila Rae, Annie Reiner, Sammy Shore, Robert Waldman, David Williamson, and Lois Wyse, including five of Playwright Jerry Mayer’s plays. He has directed more than 200 plays on three continents, from the Henry Street Settlement Theatre in New York to the Dream Factory in Warwickshire and the gargantuan Hitomi Memorial Hall in Tokyo. As a performer, DeCarlo has created more than 300 roles, with over 10,000 on-stage performances. Over a quarter of a million people have been touched by his award-winning characterization of Yiddish humorist Sholom Aleichem.
Sound design is by John Ugarte and lighting design is by The Attic Room, a full-service design team specializing in lighting for the intimate stage. Charlie Lustman’s costumes are by Ri. Made Me Nuclear is presented by The Sarcoma Alliance (www.TheSarcomaAlliance.com). Founded by sarcoma survivors, its mission is to guide, educate and support people with sarcomas and their family, friends and caregivers.
Made Me Nuclear plays on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. through November 15th, 2008. Tickets are $20.00. Purchase tickets online at www.MadeMeNuclear.com or call 1-866-468-3399. For group sales call 1-310-394-9779 ext. 651
Santa Monica Playhouse is located at 1211 4th Street (between Arizona & Wilshire) in Santa Monica. Convenient inexpensive parking is located directly across the street in parking structure #1. By public transportation take the Santa Monica Blue Bus or the LA Metro Rapid #720 and exit at 4th and Wilshire.