Tony nominee Constantine Maroulis will be featured in Wearing Black, a musical about a man coping with the death of his twin brother, which will get two staged industry readings, at 3 PM and 7 PM January 23, at The Peter Jay Sharp Theater in New York.
Maroulis, a finalist in the American Idol TV series, earned a Tony nomination for his performance in the musical Rock of Ages.
Also featured in the readings will be Mel Johnson Jr., Grasan Kingsberry, Erin Maya, Nora Schell, and Riley Thomas.
The readings are open only to professionals in the theatre industry. Those who wish to attend should email RSVP@NewYorkRep.org, and indicate which performance is preferred.
Hosted by NewYorkRep and The Telling Company, the musical features book, music, and lyrics by Riley Thomas. Markus Potter will direct.
Here's how the show is described in press materials: “Death ends a life, not a relationship. Set to a lush, contemporary musical theatre score, Wearing Black explores how addiction impacts families, how people grieve, and the different ways they accept and reject love. When his twin brother, a drug addict, suddenly passes away from his reckless life, all Evan wants to do is forget their complicated relationship and move on, but the tangled relationships his brother left behind keep Evan from truly letting go. As he slips into a spiral of his own self-destruction, Evan must make a stark decision: either accept and forgive his dead twin brother, or become him.”
Wearing Black was first performed as a 15-minute snapshot at the 2011 West Village Musical Theatre Festival, then the full first act as part of the 2013 FRIGID Festival, where it was awarded Best Original Score. Wearing Black was further developed in a 2013 New York Musical Theatre Festival event, Riley Thomas: Looking Forward, before a full production was presented at the 2015 NYMF.