The Tokens are the doo-wop-style vocal group from Brooklyn, New York that is known best for it's chart-soaring #1 single, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." The Tokens members Mitch Margo, Phil Margo and Noah Margo have penned a new musical comedy titled, "Oh, My Goddess." The New York City reading will be presented Friday, October 26th.
The score of Oh, My Goddess features Tokens' classics: I Hear Trumpets Blow and Only In My Dreams in addition to many other original songs. Still performing throughout the country, The Tokens classic recording of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" placed 159th in the top 365 records of ALL TIME.
The cast stars Broadway veterans Kathy Voytko (Pirate Queen, Evita-Tour, The Frogs, Nine, Oklahoma, The Phantom Of The Opera-Tour) as the Goddess Venus and Jim Moye, (Million Dollar Quartet, Ragtime, A Tale of Two Cities, The Full Monty, Urinetown) the mortal man she desires.
Also featured are: Nick Wyman (Sly Fox, A Tale Of Two Cities, Les Miserables, The Phantom Of The Opera, Catch Me If Yo Can)), Kathleen Monteleone (Hands On A Hardbody, Legally Blond-Tour) Sara Jean Ford (How To Succeed…, A Little Night Music, The Phantom Of The Opera), Jon Rua (In The Heights, Hands On A Hardbody), Roger Seyer (Les Miserables, Miss Saigon), Todd Alan Johnson (Aida, Les Miserables-Tour), Liz Byrne (Baby It's You) and Happy McPartlin (Hands On A Hardbody, Memphis-Tour).
Based on the novella "The Tinted Venus," Oh, My Goddess tells the story of one man's struggle with the Goddess Aphrodite (Kathy Voytko) who has been trapped inside a statue since the debacle of the Trojan War. Three thousand years later, she is stolen and winds up across the globe in New York City. Lee (Jim Moye) has everything the modern man could want: a beautiful and smart fiancée, a great Manhattan apartment with a 52" LCD TV, and he owns a very successful business. Unfortunately for Lee, the engagement ring he puts on the stolen statue awakens Venus from her imprisonment. Lee has to quickly learn how to handle a Goddess, outwit two conniving criminals and avoid arrest by one very well connected police detective!
Kirsten Brandt, the Associate Artistic Director of San Jose Repertory, directs. Her productions at the La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe Theatre, San Jose Rep & Sledgehammer Theatre in San Diego have received numerous accolades and awards.