Tony winner Alice Ripley (Next to Normal, Side Show) will star in a reading of the new musical The Learned Ladies November 17 at 3 PM at Manhattan Theatre Club Studios.
Directed by Margarett Perry, the cast will also include Aisha de Haas (Caroline, or Change; Rent), Caesar Samayoa (Come From Away), Will Mann (Memphis), Sydney Morton (American Psycho), Brian Ogilvie (Something Rotten), Christina Nieves (Exit Strategy), and Jordan Tyson (Sweetee).
Rounding out the cast are Lindsey Carothers, Nora Cole, Sarah Knapp, Erin Salm, Dana Winkle, and Virginia Woodruff.
Based on the comedy by Molière, The Learned Ladies features music by Ray Leslee (Standup Shakespeare, Avenue X) and a libretto by playwright and actor Brian Dykstra. Kimberly Grigsby will serve as musical director for the reading.
Dykstra's libretto transports Molière's comedy to a large metropolis just a few years into the future. The text, in its original verse, is completely sung-through. According to Perry, “The musical feels extremely timely because it’s about equal rights and education for all and it celebrates love in all its various forms. It makes my heart soar.”
Ripley has been a special guest performer on Playbill’s Broadway on the High Seas cruises. Tickets are now on sale for Playbill’s Broadway on the High Seas July 2018 cruise to Iceland, accompanied by Judy Kuhn, Christine Ebersole, Rob McClure, Jarrod Spector, Carmen Cusack, and Sierra Boggess. Visit PlaybillTravel.com for booking and information.
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