Adam Chanler-Berat, Kerry Butler and Alexander Gemignani Will Lead NYC Readings of The Dogs of Pripyat Musical

News   Adam Chanler-Berat, Kerry Butler and Alexander Gemignani Will Lead NYC Readings of The Dogs of Pripyat Musical Adam Chanler-Berat, Kerry Butler and Alexander Gemignani are among the cast of the industry-only staged readings of The Dogs of Pripyat, which will be offered Sept. 10-11 in Manhattan.

Alexander Gemignani
Alexander Gemignani

Joining Chanler-Berat (Peter and the Starcatcher, Next to Normal), Butler (Xanadu, Catch Me If You Can) and Gemignani (Chicago, Assassins) are Lisa Howard (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert), Becca Ayers (The Addams Family), Gwen Hollander (Little Women), William Ryall (Anything Goes), Jim Brochu (Zero Hour), Jeffrey Schecter (Nice Work If You Can Get It) and Kay Walbye (Urinetown).

Evan Yionoulis will direct with musical direction by Brad Haak (Mary Poppins).

The Dogs of Pripyat features music by Aron Accurso (Sister Act), lyrics by Jill Abramovitz (Cinderella) and a book by Leah Napolin and Abramovitz.

According to press notes, "In the wake of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, citizens of the nearby town of Pripyat are forced to evacuate, leaving behind their homes, their lives, and their beloved pets. The Dogs of Pripyat is the story of the dogs left behind. When a gentle mutt named Boychik is left pining for his masters' return, a corrupt Rottweiler takes control and Boychik must learn to hunt, kill, and, ultimately, decide what kind of dog he will become. Inspired by true events, The Dogs of Pripyat is a story of hope and survival when they seem least possible."

The Dogs of Pripyat received the 2013 Jerry Bock Award, chosen by Sheldon Harnick, and the Weston Playhouse New Musical Award, which included a concert at the Weston Playhouse and a demo produced by Kurt Deutch and Sh-K-Boom Records. The piece has been presented and developed at the BMI Workshop, NAMT Festival, the Dramatists Guild Fellowship Program led by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, Bound for Broadway at Merkin Hall, The University of Miami and Goodspeed's Festival of New Artists.
 For more information, industry members can contact producers Emily DaSilva and Lina Renzina by email at pripyatmusical@gmail.com.

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