Avenue Q's D'Abruzzo and Gelber Are Part of Shemin's Green Room April 23

News   Avenue Q's D'Abruzzo and Gelber Are Part of Shemin's Green Room April 23 A by-invitation-only developmental reading of Craig Shemin's The Green Room is being held April 23 at the 45th Street Theater.
Stephanie D'Abruzzo
Stephanie D'Abruzzo

Original Avenue Q stars Stephanie D'Abruzzo and Jordan Gelber will be joined by Jimmy Bennett, Tim Cain, John Gaines, Tom Galantich, Tom Mizer and Amanda Weeden for the 8 PM reading. Lisa Gilbar directs; Melanie T. Morgan is the stage manager.

The Green Room, according to press notes, is "a fictionalized comic portrayal of the evolution of the television medium through the years as seen through a small group of performers and producers gathered in the green room of a studio."

In a recent statement playwright Shemin said, "It's really about how what is now a big corporate industry began as a very small mom & pop business and how the people who started it all watched as the world around them changed. . . It’s not really about television – it's all about a small group of very lucky people who happened to be in the right place at the right time."

Craig Shemin is a veteran television writer whose credits include episodes of "Courage the Cowardly Dog," "Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss" and the current Disney Channel cartoon "Lou and Lou: Safety Patrol." He studied playwriting at Northwestern University and wrote the screenplay and lyrics for a recent RipFest movie musical, and material for several stage revues, including Empty Handed. Shemin is married to Tony-nominated actress D'Abruzzo.

Interested industry professionals may request tickets by sending e-mailing greenroomplay@yahoo.com.