Bay Street Theater and DreamWorks Theatricals will present a premiere concert reading of the new stage musical, The Prince of Egypt, August 13 in Mashashimuet Park in Sag Harbor, NY. The outdoor concert will star Tony winner Shuler Hensley, Marin Mazzie, John Cariani and Stark Sands, among others, and will be free to the public.
The performance marks the musical's first full presentation, following a concert staging of the first act at Bay Street last summer.
The Prince of Egypt, based on the film in which an Egyptian prince learns of his true identity, features a book by Philip LaZebnik and music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Schwartz won an Academy Award for the song “When You Believe,“ from the film's score.
The concert will be directed by Scott Schwartz, Bay Street's artistic director, who has been attached to the project for some time. It will feature musical direction by Dominick Amendum.
The complete cast of the one-night-only concert includes Casey Cott (Riverdale) as Moses; Sands (American Idiot, Kinky Boots) as Ramses; Hensley (Waiting for Godot, Young Frankenstein, Oklahoma!) as Pharaoh Seti; Mazzie (The King and I; Kiss Me, Kate) as Queen Tuya; Solea Pfeiffer (West Side Story at the Hollywood Bowl) as Tzipporah; J.C. Montgomery (Shuffle Along, The Scottsboro Boys) as Jethro; Ryan Knowles (We Will Rock You) as High Priest Hotep; Cariani (Something Rotten, Fiddler on the Roof ) as Aaron; Julia Motyka (Travesties at Bay Street Theater, Richard III ) as Miriam; Joanna Howard (Peter and the Starcatcher) as Nefertari; Desi Oakley (Les Miserables, Wicked) as Yocheved; and Dakota Quackenbush (Grey Gardens at Bay Street Theater) as Young Miriam.
The cast will also include Alysha Deslorieux, Brian Flores and Destan Owens in the ensemble with choral singing by Long Island's St. Anthony's Choir. Casting is by Stewart/Whitley.
“Over the past two years, Bay Street has presented free outdoor staged readings of Shakespeare in Sag Harbor," commented Scott Schwartz in a statement. “This year we continue the tradition of free outdoor performance with this world premiere concert reading. Bay Street is proud to be a home for the development of major new musical theater works for the stage, and we are so excited to partner with producers Bill Damaschke, Dori Berinstein and the team at DreamWorks Theatricals and to give the East End audience the chance to be the first to experience this full, two act adaptation of the beloved film, The Prince of Egypt."
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