"Athena Under Attack" is an edgy new rock opera that takes place on 9/11 as Christina, Sam and Athena meet on a rooftop in Queens and witness, in chaos and shock, the events of the day. Wildly opposing psycho-political reactions are juxtaposed as Athena relives childhood trauma and Sam rapes his girlfriend Christina in a fit of post-traumatic patriotic fervor. Athena and Christina are left feeling violently raw and emotionally broken. This innovative new musical explores opposing emotional reactions and demonstrates the necessity for peace.
Athena Reich is an award winning singer/songwriter, actress, TV Host/Personality, Lady Gaga Impersonator and Arts Educator. She has performed and taught in schools, performance halls, colleges, and on radio & TV across North America & Europe. Athena is originally from Toronto, but is currently based out of New York City.
Athena was chosen to appear in Lady Gaga's "Edge of Glory" Google Chrome commercial which aired during the season finales of Glee, SNL, Billboard Awards and more. She has been sweeping the nation as "renowned Lady Gaga impersonator Athena Reich" (Washington Times), and now Lady Gaga herself has taken notice.
Athena’s first video, LOVE IS LOVE, charted #1 on MTV’s LOGO. Her 5TH CD, LITTLE GIRL DREAMS, received 5 Outmusic Award nominations and LOVE IS LOVE won Best Outstanding Pop Song of the Year 2009. Her newest video, THE LOGICAL SONG (cover of the the Roger Hodgson tune) premiered on Curve Magainze and was nominated for Video of the Year 2011 on MTV LOGO also charted for weeks in the top 10.
LITTLE GIRL DREAMS was produced by the Emmy/Grammy Winning Cynthia Daniels and LOVE IS LOVE was co-written with the multi-platinum songwriter Lorraine Ferro. Athena’s music is alternative pop, and can be compared to Annie Lennox, Sarah McLaughlin, and Regina Spektor.
Athena has fans and friends across North America and Europe. She has performed at venues such as the Jacob Javitz Center, The Knitting Factory (NY/LA), The Railway Club (Vancouver), The Living Room (NYC), Swan Bar (Paris) & Regal Room (London). She has received countless press in newspapers, TV stations, national magazines and commercial radio such as Fox Business News, Food TV, Curve Magazine, She Magazine, Village Voice, Toronto Star, AM New York, About.com and more. She sells 30+ CDs at her shows. She has shared the stage with Sarah McLachlan, Jim Carrey, Peaches, Janeanne Garafalo, Nellie McKay, Stephen Schwartz and more.
Athena wrote the theme song for two TV pilots, LIVING IN CAPTIVIY which premiered at the ITV Fest in LA and NY Television Festival, (Athena also performed at the opening Red Carpet party at ITV Fest); and 16TH & 8TH, a soap opera camera currently being shopped to networks.
As a host and arts correspondent, Athena has worked for PBS, Air America Radio, The Food Network, 103.9 FM in Toronto, and Here! TV. Her ‘How To’ videos on Songwriting and Acting on ExpertVillage.com and YouTube.com have garnered millions of hits.
As an actress, Athena has appeared in numerous commercials, Film, TV and Off-Broadway productions including Love Sucks at the New York Musical Theater Festival (which was adored by the NY press), Fran in The Day They Shot John Lennon and principle roles on the History Channel, CNN, etc. She won Best Comedy at Canada's YTV Achievement Awards (Judge Eugene Levy). Athena was commissioned to compose music for the play Lemon Meringue, and held the role as "Gail, the therapist". Most recently, Athena appeared as Juror #4 and Mr. Les Doyle in "Where Do I Come From" at Kentucky Repertory Theater and Roy Arias in NYC. As a writer, Athena was commissioned by the Wildlife Conservation Society to write a poem for the opening of the Alien Stingers Exhibit at the NY Aquarium.
As an inspirational speaker, Athena has lectured, and facilitated workshops on LGBT rights, childhood abuse, Music Marketing, and the Secrets of the Entrepreneurial Spirit.
Athena’s sense of humor, insight, ability to connect with all ages, and overflowing talent continues to touch lives internationally.
"Underexposed Intriguing Indie Upstart Athena Reich "
Village Voice 2007
“Athena’s songs take you places only the spirit goes.
She’s wonderful. What a joy”.
Jerry Springer, Air America Radio
“If she doesn’t have you laughing hysterically at the banter, you’ll be sobbing into your sour-apple martini with her brutally honest lyrics and a voice to die for”
THEATRICAL PRODUCTION HISTORY
-All Theatrical Productions directed by Terri Muuss-
* The Producer's Club II; NY, NY; June 26-30, 2002; Produced by Point of You Productions.
* The Producer's Club at the Royal Theatre; NY, NY; September 14th, 2002; Produced by Sticks and Stones Productions (Artistic Directors Athena Reich & Terri Muuss)
* Theatre for the New City; NY, NY; September 20th, 2002; Produced as part of the LadyFest East Festival.
* The 14th Street Y Theatre; NY, NY; October 18th, 2002; Produced by Veronica Golos, Artistic Director of Literary Programs
* The Toronto Theatre Fringe Festival; Toronto, Canada; July 2003
* Book, Music, Lyrics, Arrangement, and Musical Direction by Athena Reich
* Vocal Performances by Athena Reich, Shara Traub and Brian Gligor