Mouse King is Back!

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Mouse King Returns to Mandelstam Theater in South Miami December 8 – 10

South Florida holiday tradition tells the classic Nutcracker tale from the mice point of view

November 14, 2017 – South Miami, FL – For the fifth year in a row, the children’s holiday musical Mouse King will entertain audiences at the Mandelstam Theater (8530 SW 57th Ave, South Miami, FL 33143). The production – book by Sesame Street veteran Noel MacNeal and music and lyrics by award-winning composer Jim Camacho – captures the imagination and spirit of the holiday season, and showcases professional actors and master puppeteers from New York City, as well as some of the area’s best young talent. Mouse King has enjoyed sell-out performances since its debut in 2013. Reserved seating for the production is available for the first time; tickets begin at $25 and can be purchased online at www.MouseKingTickets.com.

“The show has really resonated with kids and adults alike and we’re thankful for all of the support given to it over the years,” says Camacho. “It’s a labor of love getting it from the page to the stage, but it’s rewarding to share our little heartwarming Christmas tradition with new faces and loyal Mouse-Kingers.” Jim wrote and produced all of the original music in Mouse King (listen here: www.MouseKingMusic.com), and also serves as the director of the production. The puppets used in the show were designed and built by Jim Henson Company alum James WojtalJr. (Sesame Street, Bear in the Big Blue House, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver).

Mouse King follows the story of the tiny protagonist Mouserick, his trials and travels, and eventual ascension to the throne of the “Kingdom of Sweets”. Along the way, he interacts with humans, learns about the world outside beyond his walls, and fights the Nutcracker and an army of Toy Soldiers. Most importantly for all, the lesson that Chrismouse, er Christmas, is truly about giving and caring for one another, not getting presents, is driven home, a message that applies to children of all ages.

The Nutcracker, written by E. T. A. Hoffman in 1816 and adapted by Alexandre Dumas Pere in 1844, premiered as a ballet in 1892 at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. Set to the music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and the choreography of Marius Petipa, the holiday fairy tale was an instant success. It debuted stateside in the early 1940s and had become a staple by the mid-1950s. Mouse King’s collaboration began over a 2012 dinner by friends MacNeal and Camacho, who had already worked on “Who Put the Trick in Trick or Treat?”, a “Boo at the Zoo” Halloween production in the Bronx, NY.

The show will run Friday, December 8th, 7 p.m.Saturday, December 9th, 1 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, December 10th, 1 p.m. For more information, please visit www.JimCamacho.com or call 800.838.3006.

ABOUT JIM CAMACHO

Miami native Jim Camacho is a prolific singer-songwriter / producer who has written for platinum-selling artists, as well as writing and directing theater, musicals, and more recently, children’s musicals. His first successful theatrical work was Fools’ Paradise, which was directed and choreographed by the acclaimed Jonathan CerulloThe show ran as a full production in Miami and played to sold out workshops in New York. His musical theater collaborations include works with Drama Desk award winner Marco Ramirez on “Mickey Herman Saves the $#&@ World”, which had its debut at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center, and Sesame Street and Disney veteran Noel MacNeal on several “Boo at the Zoo” Bronx Zoo productions, and Mouse King, which has become a new South Florida holiday tradition, enjoying annual sell out performances each year since premiering in 2013.

Camacho co-founded and led the standout group The Goods, which was active during the 1990s, worked with legendary producer Tom Dowd, won the prestigious “Album of the Year” Florida Jammy award, and reached #1 on the Billboard Florida Radio & Record charts with their single “I’m Not Average”. Their high-energy live show, outstanding musicianship and relentless touring led them to sign their second recording contract, this time with Polygram Records, and be featured in a VH1 documentary. Camacho has shared the stage with Alicia KeysPearl JamThe Smithereens, Cracker, John Legend and Matthew Sweet, among others.

In 2017, Camacho launched a web series called “Adventures in Songwriting”, which features fellow songwriters in a laid-back interview setting and pairs the host and the guest in a challenge to write a song in 30 minutes. The new creative output is performed at the end of the segment, and all of the tracks from the five episodes taped and webcast so far are being mixed for an EP release due in early ’18. Camacho is also working on a full-length solo project, his first full-length since the critically-lauded Beachfront Defeat, as well as collaborating with brother John on a new as of yet untitled EP.

For more information, visit www.JimCamacho.com.

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Mouse King Returns to Mandelstam Theater December 8 – 10

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Mouse King Returns to Mandelstam Theater for a Fifth Holiday Season December 8 – 10, 2017

Who: Sesame Street veteran Noel MacNeal and award-winning composer Jim Camacho, the cast of the 2017 production.

What: Mouse King, a family-friendly South Florida holiday tradition written by MacNeal and Camacho. The children’s musical theater production revisits the story of The Nutcracker as told from the mice point of view. This year features technical enhancements to lighting, sound and backdrops. Mouse King debuted in 2013 and has enjoyed four consecutive years of sell-out performances.

When:  Friday, December 8th, 7 p.m., Saturday, December 9th, 1 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, December 10th, 1 p.m.

Where: The Mandelstam Theater, 8530 SW 57th Ave, South Miami, FL 33143.

Tickets: start at $25 online and are now available at http://mousekingtickets.com; reserved seating will be offered for the first time. Pre-sale tickets highly recommended, as shows will sell out.

More information:  www.JimCamacho.com or 800.838.3006.

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Mouse King Returns to Mandelstam Theater

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Mouse King Returns to Mandelstam Theater for a Fourth Consecutive Holiday Season Run December 9 – 11

Critically-acclaimed children’s musical presents a new take on The Nutcracker

South Miami, FL – November 16, 2016 – Mouse King time is here again. For the fourth year in a row, the family-friendly holiday favorite written by Sesame Street veteran Noel MacNeal and award-winning composer Jim Camachoreturns to The Mandelstam Theater (8530 SW 57th Ave, South Miami, FL 33143), Friday, December 9 at 7 p.m., and Saturday, December 10, and Sunday, December 11, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at MouseKingTickets.com.

“I’m extremely excited about the talent and enthusiasm levels in this year’s cast, and am eager to share our new holiday tradition with everyone,” says Camacho. “We have some opening night entertainment which will make it extra special.” Mouse King debuted in 2013 and has enjoyed three consecutive years of sell-out performances. The children’s musical revisits the story of The Nutcracker, but instead from the perspective of the mice.

Music from the show will be available for purchase on CD at the theater, and the original cast recording is now available as a digital download at www.MouseKingMusic.com. Camacho has also had a hand in penning the book, lyrics and music for several other musicals, including Fools’ Paradise, The Cavie Islanders and the Troll, Who Put The Trick In Trick Or Treat: Tales Of Amazing Tricksters, The Guru of Gir, Digging for Bones, and more. He’s also known as an adult alternative singer-songwriter, and as co-founder, bassist and front man of the renowned Florida-based band The Goods.

In 2016, Camacho released four singles and videos: “Make It to the Morning Light”, “Ugly / Messenger”, a split single collaboration Rob Elba (The Holy Terrors, Shark Valley Sisters), “Big Little World” and “How Do You Like Me Now”; the latter two from his reissue Everywhere – Deluxe Edition. Jim is currently putting the finishing touches on a new album for release in 2017, his first full-length since the critically-lauded Beachfront Defeat.

Mouse King has delighted audiences and media alike, and been featured in several area publications, on television and radio. A special rate is available for groups of 10 or more. The official 2016 promo video can be viewed here.

For more information visit, www.JimCamacho.com or call Brown Paper Tickets direct at 800.838.3006.

ABOUT JIM CAMACHO

Miami native Jim Camacho’s solo career has seen him release five albums, including Stalker Songs, which earned a Gold Remi award in the Music Video category at the 40th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival for the song titled “Houdini.” His material garnered “Best Acoustic Performer” (2005) and “Best Album” (2009 for Beachfront Defeat) honors from the Miami New Times.

The Broward Palm Beach New Times called Everywhere one of the top albums of 2013. He’s toured with John Legend and Linda Perhacs. In 2015, Jim released two singles: “Ophelia” in February and “Please Come Home” in July; he’s working on a new full-length album, which will be released in 2017.

Camacho is prolific at writing musicals and scoring children’s theater productions. His initial foray into the realm began with Fools’ Paradise, which was directed and choreographed by the acclaimed Jonathan Cerullo. The show ran as a full production in Miami and played to sold out workshops in New York. Next, he co-wrote and scored Guru, which premiered in  Miami, scored Mickey Herman Saves the $#&@ World, which premiered at the Adrienne Arsht Center, wrote the book and music for The Cavie Islanders and the Troll and The Guru of Gir, among others.

He has collaborated with Sesame Street and Disney veteran Noel MacNeal on Who Put the Trick in Trick or Treat: Tales of Amazing TrickstersBeasts of the Magical World, and The Carnival of Extraordinary Animals – all of which enjoyed runs during the “Boo at the Zoo” at the Bronx Zoo 2012-2014. In 2015, Camacho premiered Digging for Bones, a musical about a group of time-travelling paleontologists and a friendly T-Rex dinosaur skeleton, and enjoyed a third successful run of a collaboration with MacNeal, Mouse King, which has become a new South Florida holiday tradition, enjoying multiple sell out performances. In 2016, Jim premiered the Princess of Vannehooda.

Camacho co-founded and led the standout group The Goods, which was active during the 1990s, worked with legendary producer Tom Dowd, won the prestigious “Album of the Year” Florida Jammy award, and reached #1 on the Billboard Florida Radio & Record charts with their single “I’m Not Average”. Their high-energy live show, outstanding musicianship and relentless touring led them to sign their second recording contract, this time with Polygram Records, and be featured in a VH1 documentary. The Goods shared the stage with Pearl JamThe SmithereensCracker and Matthew Sweet, among others.

For more information, visit www.JimCamacho.com, like the Jim Camacho Music page on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter and Instagram  @JimCamacho.
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Mouse King Returns December 10-13, 2015

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Mouse King Returns for a Four-Day Run at The Mandelstam Theater in South Miami December 10-13, 2015

October 27, 2015 – South Miami, FL

Who:  Sesame Street veteran Noel MacNeal and renowned South Florida composer Jim Camacho, the cast of the 2015 production.

What: Mouse King, a delightfully entertaining, family-friendly musical conceived by MacNeal and featuring original music written by Camacho, retells the story of the seasonal favorite The Nutcracker from the mice point of view. The children’s musical debuted in 2013 with two sold-out shows, prompting the crew to add two more shows last year. This year’s production, featuring MacNeal’s team of professional puppeteers from New York City, and a collection of unforgettable songs, promises to bring the mouse magic back to the hearts of the young and old, just in time for the holidays.

When:  Thursday, December 10, 10 a.m. (exclusive show for area schools), Friday, December 11, 7 p.m., Saturday, December 12, 3 p.m. and Sunday, December 13, 3 p.m.

Where: The Mandelstam Theater, 8530 SW 57th Ave, South Miami, FL 33143.

Tickets: $20 online at http://mousekingtickets.com.

More information:  www.JimCamacho.com or 800.838.3006.

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Michael Mut
Mut Communications

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