EXCLUSIVE: Matt Cavenaugh, Noah Racey, Leo Ash Evens Set for Reading of Treasure Island Musical

News   EXCLUSIVE: Matt Cavenaugh, Noah Racey, Leo Ash Evens Set for Reading of Treasure Island Musical
 
Playbill.com has learned that a reading of Treasure Island, A New Musical, a reverent adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel, will be held in Manhattan.

Matt Cavenaugh
Matt Cavenaugh

The new musical features a book by Brett Smock and Carla Vitale, who is also the dramaturg, with a score by Corinne Aquilina.

The cast for the reading, under the direction of librettist Smock, will include Matt Cavenaugh, Noah Racey, Scott Barnhardt, Leo Ash Evens, Greg Roderick, Freddy Arsenault, Doan Mackenzie, Jim Ferris, Mike Masters, Meegan Midkiff, Mark Ludden and Michael Centanni.

Treasure Island, A New Musical is described as "a daring adventure that re-examines the essence of heroism, the journey to maturity and the strength of the human psyche in the face of harrowing conditions."

About the new musical director/librettist Smock told Playbill.com, "We focus on young Jim's coming-of-age journey and his relationship with the complicated and cunning Long John Silver. We narrowed down the book's many characters to 14 critical ones: 12 men, one boy and a mother. This gives us a tight group of compelling individuals and we use them as devices to explore the work's thematic content — the nature of greed and its consequences, the futility of desire and the adherance to one's moral compass. So while it is indeed family fare, it's a musical adventure that uses the larger themes as critical guideposts."

For more information visit www.treasureislandthemusical.com.

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