In Rehearsal with Joshua Turchin’s THE PERFECT FIT; Opens in Rave Theater Festival at Teatro LaTea on August 11

Avelina Sanchez, Ian Saraceni, Carlos Carreras, Joshua Turchin, Zoe Manarel, Grace DeAmicis, Swayam Bhatia, Courtney Faith Mormino, Carly Gendell. Photo by Lia Chang

Perfectly Theatrical, LLC is presenting the world premiere of The Perfect Fit, a new family musical featuring book, music and lyrics by twelve-year-old musical sensation Joshua Turchin (The Little Mermaid Live-To-Film, Forbidden Broadway Salutes Carol Channing, A Christmas Story National Tour, TrevorLive, The Pill), as a staged developmental production in the Rave Theater Festival, August 11 – 23. The production begins performances on Sunday, August 11th and  is currently soldout, but you can email TPFwaitlist@gmail.com to be put on the waitlist.

Carly Gendell, Avelina Sanchez and Joshua Turchin. Photo by Lia Chang

Directed by Broadway veteran Garth Kravits (Drowsy Chaperone, Gettin’ the Band Back Together), The Perfect Fit will run at the Teatro LaTea Theater, at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, 107 Suffolk Street, 2nd Floor.

Grace DeAmicis, Joshua Turchin, Swayam Bhatia and director Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

In addition to Turchin, the cast of The Perfect Fit includes Natalie Venetia Belcon (Rent, Avenue Q, Matilda, Once On This Island  Broadway National Tour), Julia Haubner (Les Miserables), Swayam Bhatia (“Really Rosie,” “Succession” (HBO), J.R. Bruno (West Side Story, Book of Mormon), Carlos Orlando Carreras (On Your Feet Broadway National Tour), Grace DeAmicis (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Daniel Dunlow (Finian’s Rainbow-Irish Repertory Theatre, The Songs of Lerner and Loewe), Malcolm Durning, Carly Gendell (School of Rock), Areo Keller, Zoe Manarel (Matilda, The Dangerous Book for Boys, An American Girl Story: Friends for Life), Jenny Mollet (The Color Purple), Courtney Faith Mormino, Avelina Sanchez (Corner of Bitter and Sweet) and Ian Saraceni (The King and I, Matilda).

Director Garth Kravits and the company of THE PERFECT FIT. Photo by Lia Chang

The Perfect Fit follows Alexandra, an ambitious teen actor with a powerful voice who grows concerned that she is getting too old to play a child and too young to play an adult. While auditioning for a dynamic musical, Alexandra is sabotaged by a vindictive stage parent who would do anything for her daughter to succeed. Through the love and support of her mom, sister and friends, she learns how to move past the experience. The Perfect Fit spotlights that hard work often includes twists & turn and ups & downs, but rewards in unexpected ways.

Zoe Manarel as Alexandra. Photo by Lia Chang

The Perfect Fit features choreography by Anna Noble (Carousel, The Flamingo Kid, After Midnight), Stage Management by Ritchard Druther (Heathers, A Christmas Story National Tour, Radio City Christmas Spectacular), scenic/costume design by Jeremy Bailey-Smith; sound design by Nina Luther and casting by Arnold J. Mungioli, CSA, Mungioli Theatricals, Inc. The Music Director is Steven Cuevas (Once On This Island, Anastasia, Kinky Boots); Music Supervisor is Eric Fotre Leach (Come From Away); Vocal Supervisor is Julia Mendelsohn.

Zoe Manarel, Avelina Sanchez and Swayam Bhatia. Photo by Lia Chang

Rave Theater Festival’s inaugural year will feature 20 new shows from across the country and internationally. The festival will run August 9-25th at Teatro SEA and Teatro LaTea Theatres at The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center (107 Suffolk Street, New York, NY 10002). Spearheaded by Tony Award-winning Broadway Producer, Ken Davenport, the festival aims to provide theatre-makers with an outlet to get their shows up on a New York stage.

Director Garth Kravits and Natalie Venetia Belcon. Photo by Lia Chang

Performances of The Perfect Fit are on Sunday 8/11 at 4pm; Monday 8/12 at 6pm; Sunday 8/18 at 1:30pm; Monday 8/19 at 4pm; Friday 8/23 at 7pm. The running time is approximately 110 minutes with no intermission. The show is recommended for children 4 and older. Tickets are $25-$35 and can be purchased online. The production is currently sold-out but you can email TPFwaitlist@gmail.com to be put on the waitlist.

Grace DeAmicis, Swayam Bhatia and director Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang
Grace DeAmicis, Swayam Bhatia and director Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang
Ian Saraceni and Zoe Manarel. Photo by Lia Chang
Zoe Manarel and Swayam Bhatia. Photo by Lia Chang
Zoe Manarel, Swayam Bhatia, Director Garth Kravits, Grace DeAmicis and Joshua Turchin. Photo by Lia Chang
Swayam Bhatia, Grace DeAmici. Photo by Lia Chang
Joshua Turchin and Grace DeAmici. Photo by Lia Chang
Zoe Manarel, Swayam Bhatia, Grace DeAmicis and Joshua Turchin. Photo by Lia Chang
Swayam Bhatia. Photo by Lia Chang
Zoe Manarel, Director Garth Kravits and Joshua Turchin. Photo by Lia Chang
Daniel Dunlow and Areo Keller. Photo by Lia Chang
Malcolm Durning, Jenny Mollet and J.R. Bruno. Photo by Lia Chang
Malcolm Durning, Garth Kravits, Jenny Mollet and Areo Keller. Photo by Lia Chang
Swayam Bhatia, Grace DeAmici. Photo by Lia Chang
Swayam Bhatia, Grace DeAmici. Photo by Lia Chang
Grace DeAmici. Photo by Lia Chang
Swayam Bhatia, Grace DeAmici. Photo by Lia Chang
Swayam Bhatia, Grace DeAmici. Photo by Lia Chang
Carly Gendell. Photo by Lia Chang
J.R. Bruno. Photo by Lia Chang
Zoe Manarel and Natalie Venetia Belcon. Photo by Lia Chang
Julia Haubner and Carly Gendell. Photo by Lia Chang
Ian Saraceni, J.R. Bruno and Carlos Carreras. Photo by Lia Chang
Carly Gendell. Photo by Lia Chang
Zoe Manarel and Carly Gendell. Photo by Lia Chang
Ian Saraceni and Avelina Sanchez. Photo by Lia Chang
Choreographer Anna Noble, Ian Saraceni and Avelina Sanchez. Photo by Lia Chang
Ian Saraceni, Choreographer Anna Noble and Avelina Sanchez. Photo by Lia Chang
Avelina Sanchez, Ian Saraceni and Choreographer Anna Noble. Photo by Lia Chang
Malcolm Durning, Daniel Dunlow and Areo Keller. Photo by Lia Chang
Malcolm Durning, Director Garth Kravits, Zoe Manarel, J.R. Bruno, Anna Noble, Carly Gendell and Daniel Dunlow. Photo by Lia Chang
Choreographer Anna Noble and Director Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang
Ian Saraceni, Carly Gendell and Carlos Carreras. Photo by Lia Chang
Julia Haubner and Carly Gendell. Photo by Lia Chang
Carlos Carreras, J.R. Bruno, Director Garth Kravits and Courtney Mormino. Photo by Lia Chang
Carly Gendell and Julia Haubner. Photo by Lia Chang
Courtney Mormino, Avelina Sanchez and Jenny Mollet. Photo by Lia Chang
Courtney Mormino, Joshua Turchin and Areo Keller. Photo by Lia Chang
Avelina Sanchez and Director Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang
Avelina Sanchez. Photo by Lia Chang
Joshua Turchin, Carlos Carreras, Grace DeAmici, Courtney Mormino, Zoe Manarel, Areo Keller. Photo by Lia Chang
Ian Saraceni, Zoe Manarel, Joshua Turchin, Carlos Carreras and Director Garth Kravits, Anna Noble. Photo by Lia Chang
Joshua Turchin, Carlos Carreras. Photo by Lia Chang
Courtney Mormino, Avelina Sanchez and Ian Saraceni. Photo by Lia Chang
Carlos Carreras, J.R. Bruno, Swayam Bhatia, Grace DeAmici, Avelina Sanchez, Jenny Mollet and Areo Keller. Photo by Lia Chang

The Perfect Fit is produced by Perfectly Theatrical, LLC, whose team has invested in Hadestown, Be More Chill, The Secret Garden, On The Town, Rock Of Ages UK, Tuck Everlasting, On Your Feet UK, and more.

Garth Kravits and Joshua Turchin. Photo by Lia Chang

Joshua Turchin (book, music & lyrics) is a 12-year-old actor, singer, composer, musician, music director, accompanist, and dancer. He plays more than 10 instruments, including piano, drums, guitar and ukulele. Most recently, he performed as Flounder in Disney’s The Little Mermaid Live-To-Film at The Hollywood Bowl, and at Trevor LIVE LA as Trevor from Trevor the Musical (Beverly Hilton). Other professional credits include Forbidden Broadway (Young Gerard), two Broadway National Tours of A Christmas Story the Musical (Randy and u/s Ralphie, Swing), Caroline or Change @ Tantrum Theater (Noah), The Pill @ LaMaMa (Young Philip), School of Rock (Broadway Promo Team) and recently worked on the developmental lab of a new Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Unmasked. He is a regular comedy personality heard throughout the US on iHeartRadio, and his voice has been heard throughout the world on various animated series and commercials including Nick Jr., and several Broadway cast recordings and developmental works, including the upcoming movie-musical, 13 Going On 30. He is the host and creator of The Early Night Show With Joshua Turchin (@theearlynightshow), founder of Broadway Kids Jam, and musical director, accompanist and host of the (YOUNG) Broadway Series at The Green Room 42, and Switched at 54 Below.

Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

Garth Kravits (director) is a Broadway actor, director, filmmaker, singer, songwriter, composer and musician. Kravits was last seen on Broadway in Gettin’ the Band Back Together and the original cast of the Tony Award-winning show The Drowsy Chaperone, and Off-Broadway in Smart Blonde, Old Jews Telling Jokes and The Wild Party. He has guest-starred on the television shows “30 Rock” (NBC), “Divorce” (HBO), “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (AmazonPrime), “Mr. Robot” (USA) and “Happy!” (SyFy). Kravits has written and directed dozens of short films and his award-winning film “Hide and Seek” has played in 10 festivals around the globe.

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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