The event, now in its sixth year, commenced at a meet-and-greet with the cast and creative team April 6, prior to the performance April 7.
The musicals are written, cast, rehearsed and performed over the course of a single day. Each person brings a prop and a costume to the meet-and-greet to inspire the writers, and the actors and directors leave at 11 PM, when the composers and book writers begin writing.
Completed musicals, featuring at least two songs, are due by 7 AM. In the morning, directors, choreographers and actors arrive for rehearsals. A technical rehearsal is held in the late afternoon, and the audience arrives in the evening, when the musicals are performed without scripts in hand.
Set to participate are Eden Espinosa (Wicked), Constantine Maroulis (American Idol, Rock of Ages), Lea Delaria ("Orange Is The New Black"), Ashley Fink ("Glee"), Taran Killam ("Saturday Night Live"), Wesley Taylor ("Smash," Rock of Ages), de'Adre Aziza (Passing Strange), Julian Fleisher (February House), Kathy Najimy ("King of the Hill," "Sister Act"), Ted Sperling (The Other Josh Cohen, Striking 12), Theo Stockman (American Idiot), David Rossmer (The Other Josh Cohen, Peter and the Starcatcher), Jonathan Marc Sherman (Things We Want, Clive), Jenny Giering (Saint-Ex), Lance Horne (The $trip, Amandine), Theresa Rebeck (Seminar), Justin Levine (Bonfire Night), Steve Rosen (The Other Josh Cohen, Spamalot), Eisa Davis (Passing Strange, Bulrusher), Sarah Schenkkan (Wicked), Julie Reiber (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Sami Gayle ("Blue Bloods"), Marlo Hunter (Unlock'd) and Shea Sullivan (Pageant, Jawbreaker).
"Every year, a wonderfully talented group of the best from stage and screen come together to attempt the impossible," Ari Edelson, artistic director of the Exchange and the Orchard Project, said in a statement. "This combustive and joyous process is not only hugely entertaining, but it also raises the funds to support the beginning of dozens of shows that then go up around the country. It would not be a stretch to say that All The Way, which just opened on Broadway, would not be the great piece that it is without the the support of this event, as the play was written over two summers at the Orchard Project." The event benefits the Exchange’s summer retreat, The Orchard Project, which kick-starts innovative new theatrical work from around the world.
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