THE SUCCESS CONTINUES
"It Came From Beyond' is an original musical that was successful in Los Angeles and will now be produced at one of the top Off-Broadway theatres in New York City. Located in the Broadway Theatre District, St. Luke's Theatre at 46th Street and 8th Avenue has a 70-year tradition of presenting highly entertaining and commercially successful musical theatre.
The shows producers, John Lant and Edmund Gaynes, are two of the leading Off-Broadway producers, each having produced over 100 musicals. John Lant currently runs the three theatres at Carnegie Hall as its Production Manager and Edmund Gaynes was recently named the "Legend of Off-Broadway" by the Alliance of Off-Broadway Producers and Theatres.
The show has film clips from 1950s sci-fi movies such as “Invaders From Mars”, “Brain From Planet Arous”, “Hideous Sun Demon”, “Devil Girl From Mars”, “The Flying Saucer” and “Plan 9 From Outer Space”
The story takes place in a high school science classroom in 1959 and switches between two parallel stories. It centers on the nerdy, high school geek whose only chance to save the popular, beautiful girl that he loves, is to find the secret hidden in a new comic book called “It Came From Beyond”. In the parallel story, an astronomer seeks the same secret in order to stop an attack on Planet Earth from aliens from outer space. The cast is composed of five main actors who play dual roles for a total of ten main characters in addition to an ensemble of 3 actors.
One newspaper described the play as “Grease” meets “War of the Worlds”. It deals with comic books, aliens, the 1950s and dancing, all highly commercial elements. It’s theme of 1950s Communist paranoia directly reflects today’s terrorist paranoia. And its music couldn’t be more relevant with songs like American Way, Are You One of Them? They’re Here, and Find a Hero.
“It Came From Beyond” is a comedy with characters that you can root for, a plot that will take you in, and unforgettable songs destined to be standards that will have the audience singing as they leave the theatre. It is suitable for all audiences and has a positive message.