Andrea Burns, George Dvorsky Cast in Wallenberg at NYMF

NY Musical Theatre Fest   Andrea Burns, George Dvorsky Cast in Wallenberg at NYMF Wallenberg, a new musical about Raoul Wallenberg, who saved the lives of 100,000 Hungarian Jews during World War II, will be performed as a stage reading at the New York Musical Theatre Festival.

Performances will take place Sept. 17 and 20 at New World Stages (340 West 50th St). Admission is free.

Raoul Wallenberg saved the lives of more Jews than any other individual, organization or government during the entire Holocaust. Between face-offs with the notorious Nazi colonel, Adolf Eichmann, and secret dealings with the wife of one of Hungary's most prominent fascist leaders, Wallenberg was able to accomplish more in six months than most people do in a lifetime. When the war ended, Wallenberg was abducted by the Russians, never to be seen again.

Thom Christopher Warren, who has appeared on Broadway in The Lion King and Once Upon a Mattress, will play the title role. Also in the cast of 35 are Andrea Burns, Hal Davis, Ron DeStefano, George Dvorsky, Alice Evans, Colby Foytik, Dennis Holland, A.J. Irvin, Laura Patinkin, James Sasser, Nick Verina, and Jennifer Zimmerman.

The musical book and lyrics by Laurence Holzman & Felicia Needleman, 2006 Kleban Award winners, and music by Benjamin Rosenbluth. The show is directed by Emmy-winning director, Annette Jolles. Annie Pasqua will serve as musical director.

Andrea Burns has been seen on Broadway in Beauty and the Beast and The Full Monty and Off-Broadway in Saturday Night, Sail Away! and Songs for a New World. She starred in the national tours of Parade and The Full Monty, and her regional credits include 1776, Oklahoma!, Evita and West Side Story.

George Dvorsky was seen in the Broadway casts of The Scarlet Pimpernel, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Passion and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and has appeared in the North Shore Music Theatre's production of A Christmas Carol for over a decade.

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