Casting Announced for Workshop of New Dan Elish-Douglas J. Cohen Musical Nine Wives

News   Casting Announced for Workshop of New Dan Elish-Douglas J. Cohen Musical Nine Wives
 
A workshop of the new Dan Elish-Douglas J. Cohen musical Nine Wives will be presented by the Philadelphia University of the Arts.

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Nine Wives, based on Elish's 2005 novel of the same name, features a book and lyrics by Elish and music and lyrics by Cohen, author of No Way to Treat a Lady and The Gig. Elish co-wrote the book to the Jason Robert Brown musical 13 with Robert Horn.

Chip Klose (Avenue X, Extraordinary Ordinary) will direct the workshop, which begins July 18 and culminates in two invited performances July 28. The cast includes Jamison Foreman as Henry, Craig O'Brien as Glenn (and other male roles) and Abigail Grenda as All Nine Wives.

The musical, according to the librettist, tells the "comic tale of Henry Mann, a 30-something single New Yorker as he searches for his soulmate. As the show opens, Henry has just returned from crashing his ex-fiancee's wedding, where he has drunkenly proposed to the maid of honor, the mother of the bride, and the (female) rabbi. The plot thickens from there."

Elish has also completed a children's novel, "The School for the Insanely Gifted," which was released last month by Harper Collins and is available by visiting Amazon.com.

"The book tells the tale of Daphna Whispers, a musical genius, Harkin Thunkenreiser, a mad inventor, and Cynthia Trustwell, the brilliant 11 year old actress of seven Broadway musicals, most recently The Dancing Doberman," according to its author. "All three attend The Blatt School for the Insanely Gifted located in New York City, founded by internet genius Ignatious Peabody Blatt."

The book is being promoted with its own showtune. Penned by Elish and performed by Peter Benson and Lance Rubin, a video of the song is now available by clicking here.

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