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MONKEY KING, ages 10-16. A brand new musical based on the famous Chinese fairy tale! A theatrical retelling of an ancient Chinese folktale, The Monkey King is originally part of the Ming Dynasty epic novel, "Journey to the West."  Be a part of the West Coast Premiere of Common Man Musicals’ modern twist on this classic tale! Performances: 4/19-4/21 At The Playhouse in San Anselmo 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo


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Jonathan Fadner's classical music and arrangements have been performed at colleges, choral groups, choruses and theater's in California, Wisconsin, and New York. His songs have been featured by 54 Below, NYMF, Barrington Stage, MSTDA, Don't Tell Mamma's, Sardi's, The Duplex, and more. His one-act musical How Love Feels (Book and Lyrics Marella Martin-Koch) has been produced by National Asian Artists Project, Common Man Musicals, and at Mr. Finn's Cabaret at Barrington Stage Company. His full-length musical The Unspeakable Act with (Book by Steven Hess) lyrics(Steven Hess and Jonathan Fadner) and music by Jonathan Fadner won best of Fringe in the San Francisco Fringe Festival. His Musical Northanger Abbey with (book and lyrics by John Blaylock) received a workshop production in August 2017 at Main Street Theater and Dance Alliance (Roosevelt Island) was directed by Steven Eng, and will be receiving it's world premiere at the Palace Theatre in Washington DC in 2018. Jonathan's commission from Main Street Theater and Dance alliance “The Monkey King” which he wrote with his wife Kimbirdlee Fadner, has been performed at the Queens Theatre in the Park(directed by Steven Eng), and on Roosevelt Island. Jonathan is a 2018 recipient of a Queen's Council on the Arts New Works Grant.  Jonathan also works all over New York as a teacher who specializes in creating new musical theater pieces with youth.

Kimbirdlee Fadner (Actor, Director, Artist, Co-Writer & Administrator) Recent theatre credits include The Monkey King (title role) CMM & Into the Woods (Florinda) NAAP dir. Steven Eng, 1776 (John Adams) MST&DA, Discover Series NAAP, The Tempest, (Ariel) Marin ShakesWorking ACT-SF & Berkeley Playhouse.  MST&DA Assistant Executive Director & Children’s Theatre Director; Common Man/Kids Musicals Executive Director.  Common Man Musicals produces new musicals in NYC and provides theatre in NYC schools!  She also directed, choreo'ed and designed The Monkey King: Jr in 2018 in NYC.  The Fadners received a 2018 Queens Council on the Arts grant for "The Monkey King" which premiered at MST&DA and Queens Theatre.  Kimbirdlee also tours seasonally with a Big Band in the Midwest and paints.  @kimbirdlee