According to the official website of the Philadelphia theatre, the rarely performed musical will be mounted June 14-July 2, 2006. No casting has been announced for the production. Set in 1984, Bright Lights, Big City concerns the life of young New Yorker Jamie, who seems to have it all: good looks, a successful model wife, a job at a prestigious magazine and many friends. During one week, however, his life spins out of control and his search for his true self begins anew. The original 1999 Off-Broadway production at New York Theatre Workshop was directed by Rent's Michael Grief.
A revised version of Bright Lights, Big City was presented in concert at the Guggenheim's Peter Lewis Auditorium, part of the museum's "Works and Process" series. Kurt Deutsch — of Sh-K-Boom Records — directed the Guggenheim evenings with musical direction by Roger Butterley. The recording, recently released by Sh-K-Boom Records, features this version. The recording stars Patrick Wilson as Jamie, the role he created in the musical's original production. The CD also boasts the talents of former Renter Jesse L. Martin, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' Sherie Rene Scott, Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole, La Cage aux Folles' Gavin Creel, The Producers' Richard Kind, Brooklyn's Eden Espinosa, Swing!'s Everett Bradley as well as Anne Marie Milazzo, Sharon Leal and Spelling Bee's Celia Keenan-Bolger.
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