"Anne of Green Gables" Musical Rainbow Valley Will Get May 19 Workshop With Autumn Hurlbert

News   "Anne of Green Gables" Musical Rainbow Valley Will Get May 19 Workshop With Autumn Hurlbert Autumn Hurlbert will lead a reading of Rainbow Valley, a musical adaptation of the seventh book in L. M. Montgomery's "Anne of Green Gables" series, which will be presented May 19 in Manhattan.

From Bottom: Scott Richard Foster, Dana Barathy (right), Jesse Easley (left), David Weitzer and Mishaela Faucher in Autumn Moon: A Rock Musical Thriller.
From Bottom: Scott Richard Foster, Dana Barathy (right), Jesse Easley (left), David Weitzer and Mishaela Faucher in Autumn Moon: A Rock Musical Thriller. Photo by Kevin B. Johnson

Dimitri Landrain penned music to Rainbow Valley, which has book and lyrics by Felice Kuan. Both Landrain and Kuan are graduates of the NYU Musical Theatre Graduate Program.

David Alpert (White Noise, The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide..., Guys and Dolls) will stage the 6:30 PM reading of the first act, which will have musical direction by Andrew Smithson. Rainbow Valley is presented as part of Emerging Artists Theatre's 7th Annual New Works Series.

In addition to Hurlbert (Legally Blonde, Little Women), the cast will include Merrill Grant (My Shirley Years), Brian Bailey (Cats), Justin Goodemoot, Sara Benjamin, Nick Caruso, Katie Whetsell (Dear Edwina), Lisa Mindelle, Jessica Dillan (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Cats), Martin Landry (Dear Edwina), Cassandra Sandberg, Tiffany Dissette, Paul Luoma, Dan Lawler (With Glee) and Janice Mays Landry (Dear Edwina).

Here's how the writers describe the work: "Rainbow Valley follows the four motherless children of absent-minded minister John Meredith: laid-back Jerry, spitfire Faith, curious Carl, and shy Una. Growing up in the stern and proper town of Glen St. Mary, Canada, they are surrounded by neighbors who disapprove of their bedraggled appearance and scandalous antics. Wanting to protect their father from criticism and gossip, they form a Good Conduct Club to teach themselves how to behave, but the results turn out differently than they plan."

The reading will be held at the TADA! Theatre, located at 15 W. 28th Street. Tickets, priced $10, are available at the door.

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