Stephen King Parody “Shining in Misery” to Make NYC Debut

Bear World Magazine Award nominee for Best Bear Artist, Mark-Eugene Garcia, is part of the creative team behind Shining in Misery: A KING-Size Parody which will be making its NYC debut at 54 Below on May 8th.

Shining in Misery is a unique, musical parody of Stephen King’s most treasured works. Five people are drawn to the “shining” lights of the Overlook Hotel during one “misery” of a blizzard! The group includes Jack: the hotel’s new caretaker, Wendy: his unhappy wife, Danny: their clairvoyant son, Annie: a quick to anger nurse, and Paul: the mysterious unconscious man she drags up to room 217. As the storm grows, so do the mysteries of the hotel and the new guests sing and vocalize while hacking an onslaught of visitors — human, animal, and supernatural. Get your tickets now to see if the group will be able to harmonize through “it”, take a “stand”, or perhaps even fade into “the mist”!

Written during the pandemic, the show is a love letter to the horror master and is an unforgettable celebration of the works of Stephen King with music by Andrew Abrams (But I’m a Cheerleader, the Musical), direction from Donald Garverick (Off- Broadway: The Office!- a Musical Parody and 90210-The Musical), musical direction by Evan Lange (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 regional premiere) and a book cowritten by Colleen DuVall (White Zombie) and Mark-Eugene Garcia who also wrote the show’s lyrics which includes songs such as: “Greener Mile,” “Squint Through The Shining,” “Number One Fan,” (and many more).

Bears and horror fans will of course recognize Garcia from his starring role in Sidekick Productions’ Demon Doctor where he plays Detective Mark Besim and his numerous appearances on Skeleton Crew where he played Simon. Garcia will also be the lead in the forthcoming queer horror movie A Taste of Youth. A Mexican/Honduran playwright and a member of the Dramatists Guild and A.S.C.A.P., Garcia studied libretto and lyric writing with the Academy of New Musical Theatre and the BMI Lehman Engle Musical Theatre Workshop. Previous theatrical productions include Eight Tales of Pedro (The Secret Theatre, Queens Theatre – available for amateur and professional licensing through Theatrical Rights Worldwide) Standby (Towle Theatre, New York International Fringe Festival, New York Musical Theatre Festival), The Holy Cows of Credence South Dakota (Planet Connections Theatre Festival, Puzzle Theatre Festival), Facing East: A New Musical (Jericho Arts Center) and (Un)Missed Connections (Planet Connections Theatre Festival).

Mark-Eugene Garcia

He now brings Shining in Misery along with the rest of the creative team for a one night showing at 54 Below after a highly successful run in Madison, WI last year. If you’re a fan of Stephen King, musicals, or enjoy clever meta pop culture references, this promises to be an evening you won’t want to miss.

Get your tickets HERE.

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