Additional Casting Announced for Reading of New Musical Ghostlight, About Death of Ziegfeld Follies Star

News   Additional Casting Announced for Reading of New Musical Ghostlight, About Death of Ziegfeld Follies Star
 
Jennifer Hope Wills, who has been seen on Broadway in The Phantom of the Opera and Wonderful Town, will play Billie Burke (who was famously married to Flo Ziegfeld, but was perhaps most known for he role as Glinda in MGM’s “The Wizard of Oz”) in the staged reading of Ghostlight, which will be presented Oct. 22 at 9 PM at the TADA! Theatre.

Wills joins a cast that includes the previously reported Leigh Martha Klinger as Olive Thomas, Kimberly Faye Greenberg as Fanny Brice and Abigail Ludrof as Molly Cook. Additional casting will be announced.

The upcoming reading will be directed by Michael Kidney, with musical direction by Julianne B. Merrill.

Jennifer Hope Wills
Jennifer Hope Wills

Ghostlight, with book, music and lyrics by Matthew Martin and Tim Realbuto, is being presented as part of the Emerging Artists Theatre’s New Work Series.

The musical, according to press notes, "tells the true story of infamous Ziegfeld Follies girl and silent film star Olive Thomas (Klinger), whose ghost is said to still haunt the New Amsterdam Theatre today. In Ghostlight, we see Olive's rise to fame in the Ziegfeld Follies alongside Fanny Brice (Greenberg), her affair with Ziegfeld, much to the contempt of his famous wife, actress Billie Burke (Wills), her obsessive friendship with Follies comedienne Molly Cook (Ludrof), her whirlwind Hollywood marriage to movie star Jack Pickford, and ultimately her tragic downfall into drugs, partying and alcohol, which led to her mysterious death at age 25 in Paris."

TADA! Theatre is located at 15 West 28th Street in NYC. All tickets are $10. For more information about what other shows are in the New Works series or to purchase tickets, visit www.emergingartiststheatre.org (tickets will go on sale to the general public next week).

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