Owen and Mzee The Musical

AGES
2-7+

Owen and Mzee The Musical

  • Musical Director Benjamin Stayner
  • Director/Choreographer Juson Williams

ABOUT THE SHOW

The amazing true story of the orphaned baby hippo and 130-year-old giant turtle whose remarkable friendship touched millions around the world. The inspiring true story of two great friends, a baby hippo named Owen and a 130-yr-old giant tortoise named Mzee. When Owen was stranded after a tsunami, villagers in Kenya worked tirelessly to rescue him. Then, to everyone's amazement, the orphan hippo and the elderly tortoise adopted each other. Now they are inseparable, swimming, eating, and playing together. Adorable photos e-mailed from friend to friend quickly made them worldwide celebrities. Here is a joyous reminder that in times of trouble, friendship is stronger than the differences that too often pull us apart.

PHOTOS

CAST

Dewight Braxton Jr. (Papa Hippo, Giraffe and Others)

Emmanuel Milfort (Mzee)

Kyle Jack (Owen)

Kathleen Hall (Mama Hippo, Birds, Monkey, Eagle)

CREATIVES

Benjamin Stayner (Musical Director) is a conductor, music director, vocal coach, composer, pianist, and cellist. Most recently, he was the music director/pianist for the world premiere production of What a Wonderful World at Timber Lake Playhouse. Previously, he was the music director of David Shannons Irelands Greatest Showman tour this fall and at Jeans Playhouse this past summer. Other favorite MD/AMD credits include She Loves Me, Pippin, and Songs for a New World (Ithaca College). He has composed both electronic and acoustic music for She Kills Monsters (All in Theatrics) and other various plays and dance pieces. Benjamin earned a MM in Conducting (Opera/Musical Theatre) from Ithaca College and a BM in Music Theory from The Hartt School. benjaminstayner.com

Juson Williams (Director/Choreographer) A Graduate of Boston Conservatory, Juson Williams is a 4 time Audelco Award Winner for his helming of BLACK MAN RISING and FLAMBEAUX. He is also, a Midtown International Theatre Festival Award Winner for RESURGENTS. Some New York Credits include The Color Purple, Scottsboro Boys, The Music Man, The Wiz starring ASHANTI and LACHANZE, Smokey Joes Cafe, MEMPHIS, Jesus Christ Superstar, Stormy Weather starring Leslie Uggams, Fortress Of Solitude, It Aint Nothin But The Blues 10 Seconds of My Fame, Five Guys Named MOE, and Moms Mabley starring Clarice Taylor!Jusons Directing/Choreography has taken him around the globe, with CATS, CINDERELLA, WILD WOMEN OF PLANET WONGO, WAKING KYA, and THE LION KING. In pop culture, He has worked with some of the biggest and brightest stars in the world including: Gladys Knight, The Pentatonix, Jordan Smith, Kathy Sledge, Sam Smith, Nile Rodgers, Norm Lewis, Tischina Arnold, Shania Twain, SIA, Sarah McLaughlin, Donna Vivino, Nicole Henry, The late great DMX, and Mariah Carey. He is the proud Executive and Artistic Director of the famed group, JWs Inspirational Singers of NYC, who appeared on season 16, of Americas Got Talent!

OWEN AND MZEE THE MUSICAL ON TOUR

 
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