Wonkybot Studios, the kids and family imprint arm of Metro Media Factory, is pleased to announce that Monkees lead singer Micky Dolenz and Matilda The Musical’s Mimi Ryder have joined the cast of award-winning writer Stewart St John’s Tara Tremendous The Musical Concert, based on St John’s #1 iTunes Kids & Family podcast The Secret Diaries of Tara Tremendous. The one-night, family friendly show will debut at Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York on March 28th at 7PM.
Tara Tremendous is Metro Media Factory’s flagship property, distributed by its kids and family imprint Wonkybot Studios. The concert songs tell the (junior-aged) origin story of Tara Callahan, who in this incarnation of the Stewart St John-created hero Universe is depicted as a spirited, scrappy 11-year-old underdog with a strong moral compass who accidentally acquires the powers of every superhero on Earth! Now this spunky, imaginative, inquisitive, sweet and adventurous little girl can summon any power she wants, but first she’ll need to learn how to use them!
Dolenz, who will return to perform his critically acclaimed concert show A Little Bit Broadway, A Little Bit Rock ‘n’ Roll at Feinstein’s/54 Below in March 2017, will star in the role of MZ. COSMETIX, the sinister super villainess from Yoglandia who speaks in a thick European accent and by day runs a global cosmetics empire, but at night is in the lab creating lethal cosmetic weapons to sell on the underground market.
Ryder will star as the lead character, TARA CALLAHAN, who goes from ordinary to extraordinary overnight when she inherits the powers of every superhero in the world.
Following the performance the cast will record an album of songs produced and released by Wonkybot Studios through Metro Media Factory Records.
“This is a dream come true,” said St John, who is adapting the podcast series into the live musical. “It’s been a long-held desire to see one of my projects move from page to stage, and to have Tara be the first one is an absolute thrill.
“I am so excited to be playing Tara Tremendous–I love playing characters that are able to stand up for what they believe in,” said Mimi Ryder. “And I love that she has every super power in the world! She is a fun, strong and super cool character!!”
Casting is underway for additional key parts, including grand dame Grandmother Evelyn, and school headmaster Mr. Barrington.
Tara Tremendous The Musical Concert features show-stopping tunes like Here I Am, Believe, So Close!, Don’t Mess With Mama, All I’ve Ever Wanted, Mama Runs The Show, Hero’s R Us, Welcome To Power U, Proper Young Lady! and more, creating a performance that is funny, over-the-top and totally TREMENDOUS!
Tara Tremendous The Musical centers around an 11-year-old girl from Big City who dreams of a life far away from her controlling, snobby grandmother where she can help others just the way her parents taught her. Tara gets her chance when she goes from ordinary to extraordinary overnight after accidentally receiving the powers of every superhero in the world, but will Grandmother Evelyn – president of the Anti-Superhero Society – allow her to embrace her destiny, or squash her heroic future?
Meanwhile, Big City’s super villain scientist (and egomaniac) Dr. Epic is plotting, alongside his mistreated creature assistant 1102, to steal Tara’s powers for himself, but first he’ll have to fend off a scheme by his own diabolical Mama and the beguiling super villainess by night – Mz. Cosmetix (Dolenz in the role) – to take over his Epic Empire!
Humanitas Prize and Young Artist Award-winner St John, together with Todd Fisher and Michael Plahuta, are the co-founders of Wonkybot Studios, an indie production/publishing and music company focusing on kids and family content created by St John. Fisher is the lead executive producer of the podcast series, while St John-whose extensive writing credits include over 50 episodes of Saban’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, ABC’s Sabrina: The Animated Series, Marvel’s The Hulk, Sony’s Heavy Gear, Hanna-Barbera’s Tom & Jerry Kids, and the Showtime Original feature Seventeen Again-writes all the scripts, voice directs the actors, stars as the wicked Dr. Epic and, with musical partner Michael Plahuta, composes all the songs and co-scores the series. Together they have composed over 20 original songs for the podcast series, and over 6 hours of orchestrated music. Many of those songs will be heard in the live performance, while additional songs are currently being written and will be added in.