ROCKIN’ THE PLANET – ROCKIN’ THE PLANET is the greatest story ever sung. The show is based on the Bible. It’s message, to bring Peace, Love, Acceptance, Healing, Hope, and making the world a better place.
Conceived by STEVE LEBER
Written By: PEPPY CASTRO Music / Lyrics
JUNE RACHELSON-OSPA Lyrics
JESSE CASTRO Music
Produced by: STEVE LEBER, JONATHAN PENNINGTON, PEPPY CASTRO
Directed by: JONATHAN PENNINGTON, PEPPY CASTRO
STEVE E. LEBER: Over the course of a career spanning more than three decades, Steve Leber has earned a reputation as oneof the most innovative forces in the entertainment indus- try. He began his career at the William Morris Agency, establishing the agency’s music division and handling such major artists as the Rolling Stones, Simon and Gar- funkel, Diana Ross, the Jackson Five, the Beach Boys and Dionne Warwick.During his tenure there he became the youngest member of the company’s Board of Directors. While still with WMA, Steve clearly established himself as a non-traditionalist and as someone who “thought outside the box,” long before it was a catch-phrase. One early example of this was his precedent-setting arena tour of An- drew Lloyd Weber’s Jesus Christ Superstar. Naysayers called him crazy for utilizing marketing concepts never before employed in the sale of musicals, but the project was such a success that it became a viable industry model.After a little less than a decade with the Morris Agency, he left to form his own music man- agement company, Contemporary Communications Corporation (CCC), which quickly became one of the world’s leading music companies. CCC managed Aerosmith and Steve Leber was executive producer of the band’s first eight original albums, as well as four re-packaged titles. Aerosmith was not the only mega act on CCC’s roster. Leber also managed AC/DC, Michael Bolton, Cameo, Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Ted Nugent, Parliament Funkadelic and The Scorpi- ons. To date, the total number of records and tapes sold by groups under CCC management exceeds 120 million copies.When Steve turned his attention to family entertainment in the late 80s and 90s, he was again in the vanguard. The critically acclaimed live stage show of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles “Coming Out of Their Shells” was one of the first to use interactive technology. And the groundbreaking sponsorship deal he pursued and won with Pizza Hut, which included a CD and a video, guaranteed the show’s financial success before the tour left Radio City Mu- sic Hall.
PEPPY CASTRO considered to be one of the early pioneers of the Psychedelic Garage band rock era, has done it all. He is a successful seasoned professional with great variety in his music. His fame and 1st hit record began at the age of 17 as one of the founding fathers of the legendary rock group The Blues Magoos. His rock and roll status led him to a starring role in the original Broadway Production of Hair. Peppy followed up with being awarded Drama Logue Magazine’s Outstanding Achievement Award for his music and lyrics for the ground breaking show Zen Boogie which ran to rave reviews in Beverly Hills. His songs have been recorded by the likes of Diana Ross, Kiss, and Cher, among others. He is also Emmy-nominated and an award-winning playwright and multi-instrumentalist who has penned and or performed hundreds of well-known jingles for decades. Favorite jingles include Budweiser, Chevy, Bounty, Nestlé’s Crunch, Kodak, among others — the list is endless. His potent vocals have appeared on numerous platinum records for well-known recording artists. He’s enjoyed years of diverse music by being an original member of the bands The Blues Magoos, Balance, Wiggy Bits, and the newly inducted Long Island Music Hall of Famers Barnaby Bye. Peppy is also an associate producer for the new off Broadway show The Gong Show Live and has just completed his own solo CD titled Just Beginning with long-time friend Joey Kramer from Aerosmith on some cuts. Peppy has been writing and partnered up with his former manager and iconic producer Steve Leber on a rock theatrical spectacle conceived by Leber called Rockin’ The Planet. Artists Peppy has worked with over the years includes Laura Branagin, Michael Bolton, Liza Minnelli, Ronnie Spector, Peter Allen, Paul Stanley, Gene Simons, Ace Frehley, Joan Jett, Buzzy Lindhart, Rex Smith, Richie Havens, John Denver, Aldo Nova, David Johansen, Darlene Love and Jay and The Americans.
JUNE RACHELSON-OSPA OSPARATIONS: (Lyrics) is an award-winning writer of musical theater as well as a producer. Welcome To Tourettaville (Kennedy Center); Rapunzarella White (NY Times Pick);Tourettaville Cartoon starring Dr. John,Michael Imperioli and Courage the Cowardly Dog; Bollywood And Vine, Imaginary Boy, Stupid Wig ,The Hotel Belleclaire Outcast Theatre in Seattle November 2018 ,The True Colors of Weedle (Book and Lyric),. The Never-Ending Line (Song Cycle) Premiered inParis and Players Theatre 2017 .In Development: New York Stories, Valadon(Lyrics) Hyde and Seek The Life of Young Master Henry Jekyll , Rockin’ The Planet- GoodSpeed Author Colony 2017, and The Gringo Who Stole Christmas Producer Broadway’s Godspell and investor in A Christmas Story The Musical (Lunt Fontaine)June ran YMCA After-school Programs, and was the Academy Director at AMAS Musical Theatre.Board member of the League of Professional Theater Women and member of Dramatist Guild, ASCAP, TRUArtistic Director of Identity Theater www.identitytheater.com
JESSE CASTRO Born June 23rd 1988. Jesse Doran Castro has lived and breathed Rock and Roll almost everyday of his life. He is a multi-instrumentalist who has been surrounded by successful music professionals since day one. He was a featured performer on The FOX TV Show “Fearless Music” with his band Castro. His drumming skills are such that the producer of “Fearless Music” asked Jesse to play drums on all the bumper music for the shows entire season when he was on. His Songwriting, singing, producing and engineering skills have been featured with artists as diverse as“ Akir / Viper Records with noted Rapper “Immortal Technique” to Rock and Roll Hall of Famers “Jay and The Americans”. He’s even been seen playing drums on occasion live with his fathers legendary band The Blues Magoos. Currently, Jesse with partner Ben Lionetti from the rock group Emmure have written and recorded a 3 song EP to be released as Lakeshore with noted producer Sahaj Ticotin who’s clients include, Motley Crew, Starset, Nikki Six, Crossfade, ESPN, Fox Sports etc. Jesse is constantly in demand in the studio as people seek him out for his production expertise. This marks Jesse’s first outing in writing for musical theater.
JONATHAN PENNINGTON has served as Producer/Director of more than 50 musical theatre productions, including: The Buddy Holly Story, Hairspray, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Avenue Q, Rocky Horror Show Live: The Experience, RENT, Jesus Christ Superstar, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS, while owning his own production company, JP Studios, in San Antonio, Texas. He received People’s Choice Award for his production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Jonathan received the ATAC award for Best Direction of a Musical for Avenue Q in San Antonio. The Cameo Theatre, under the direction of Jonathan Pennington won Broadway World Regional Award for Theatre of the Year 2014. For 2015/2016, Jonathan received the ATAC award for People’s Choice Award for Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Overall Musical Production for Rock of Ages, Scene Design of a Musical for Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, and Sound Design of a Musical for Rock of Ages. Jonathan opened and renovated his 3rd theatre in August 2016, The Roxie Theatre, creating an exciting and innovative theatrical experience with thrust stage seating. Jonathan would like to thank God for giving him a passion for musical theatre and for providing him with such a creative team of talented artists. Now in his 11th year, Jonathan is dedicated to creating a positive creative environment for actors and artists to grow and express themselves on stage. Jonathan believes that theatre helps not only actors, but also audience members to relate to the world around us and helps us grow in our understanding of culture and community.