New Rock Musical At The Triad Theater Creates Buzz

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NEW YORK - Aug. 1, 2019 - PRLog -- Preparing for Broadway's next five-star musical, actor, writer, and director Philip Paul Kelly (Elf the Musical, Ragtime on Ellis Island, Titanic the Musical) held the first reading (March 5, 2019) for his new rock musical "Rockquiem for a Wrestler" at the Triad Theater, in New York City.  This fast-moving and intense musical is a dramatic parody, inspired by the life of legendary wrestler, Ivan Koloff, and features songs from veteran musicians, Eddie Star (JoyBox), and Paul Castrataro.

The reading drew a large crowd of theater, wrestling, rock professionals, and fans, which has earned the musical a second elevated reading, set for spring 2020 at the Triad Theater.

Tomorrow at noon (EST) (August 2, 2019) a short documentary will be released on Mr. Kelly's official Youtube channel regarding the initial development and first reading of the musical.  The film titled "Rockquiem for a Wrestler" is directed by Shuyao Chen, a graduate student, at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

In conjunction with the release of the documentary, a Go Fund Me campaign will be launching tomorrow at noon (EST) (August 2, 2019) to raise additional funds for the elevated reading.

Philip Paul Kelly - Official Youtube Channel

Rockquiem for a Wrestler - Official Website

About Philip Paul Kelly
Actor, Singer, Writer, and Director, Philip Paul Kelly, has been performing most of his life. He started his career as a backup-singer and went on to perform on cruise ships before landing his first starring role playing "Tony" in "West Side Story" at Bucks County Playhouse. He has appeared in national tour productions of the Broadway shows of "Titanic" and "Camelot" as well as regional productions of "Elf The Musical", "1776", "A Christmas Carol", "The Full Monty", "Jekyll & Hyde", "Peter Pan", "Beauty and the Beast", and "La Cage Aux Folles." Most recently he appeared in; "Legacy The Musical" as Hans Luther & Pope Leo X, which received the Best Reading in Festival award at NYMF. Kelly's other notable appearances include the workshop and concert of "Ragtime on Ellis Island" as Admiral Peary with Brian Stokes Mitchell, Georgia Engel, Brandon Victor Dixon, Michael Park, and Laura Michelle Kelly.  He has made appearances in independent films including Onur Tukel's "Black Magic for White Boys," which premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, Canada in July.

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