All Photos: Rosalie O’Connor

MUSIC & LYRICS: Nellie McKay
LIGHTING DESIGN: Scott Zielinski
RUNNING TIME: 32 minutes
PREMIERE DATE: July 8, 2010
PREMIERE VENUE: The Connelly Theater

ORIGINAL CAST: Dean de Luna, Ashley Eichbauer, Erica Furst, Drew Heflin, Yukiko Kashiki, Micki Weiner, Michael Wright

ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCES: July 9, 10 and 11, 2010 / The Connelly Theater; July 23, 24 and 25, 2010 / Waterman’s Community Center

Whoa, Nellie! was made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

Whoa, Nellie! takes inspiration from Nellie McKay’s album “Obligatory Villagers,” and mixes various dance styles in a revue that snakes around like a raucous conga line.”
– The Star-Ledger

A wild and wacky traveling carnival of a dance performed to acclaimed and eclectic singer-songwriter Nellie McKay’s album “Obligatory Villagers.””
– Times-News

”Whoa, Nellie!” has a good time with the wide-ranging pastiche of Nellie McKay’s album “Obligatory Villagers.””
– The New Yorker

The fun first piece of about 30 minutes in length was “Whoa, Nellie!” danced to the songs of Nellie McKay. The colorful set and costumes by Dane Laffrey suggested a carnival atmosphere, but there was no story here, just a wild and humorous interpretation of the music. Strangely the sense of circus turned into comic horror when the piece ended in a depiction of zombies. Irreverence was the order of the production. Each of the seven dancers were given the spotlight to display their individuality and worked beautifully as an ensemble. They were Dean de Luna, Ashley Eichbauer, Erica Furst, Drew Heflin, Yukiko Kashiki, Micki Weiner and Michael Wright.”
– Michael Jay at the Theatre