Exclusive! Urinetown Creators' New Zombie Musical To Bow at O'Neill; Lineup Set

News   Exclusive! Urinetown Creators' New Zombie Musical To Bow at O'Neill; Lineup Set Casting has been announced for the works being developed as part of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Music Theater Conference, which will get underway later this month in Waterford, CT. Among the participating actors are Erik Altemus, John Jellison, Felicia Finley and Lauren Zakrin.

Erik Altemus
Erik Altemus

Public staged readings at the Conference will be held June 28-29 and July 2 and 4.

Musicals that have been developed at the conference in previous seasons include Avenue Q, The Wild Party, In the Heights and Violet.

The works, with casting and directors follow:

Slaughterhouse Five
By Jed Feuer (Music) & Adele Ahronheim (Book & Lyrics)
Directed by Lindsey Hope Pearlman
Music Direction by Albert Ahronheim
Cast includes: Preston Sadleir, Nick Wyman, William Youmans, Nick Paglino, Cole Burden, Michael Thomas Holmes, Patrick Mulryan, Alex Gibson, Darryl Winslow, Ryah Nixon, Felicia Finley and Lauren Zakrin.

"Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time. Ripped from Optometry School and thrown into the Battle of the Bulge, he meets soldiers as alien to him as the inhabitants of the distant planet Tralfamadore, where he finds himself installed in the Earthling wing of their zoo. Bounced back and forth from childhood to old age, from WWII POW camps to marriage and family back home, he struggles to find a way to fight the past, live fully in the present, and find hope for his planet's future. Based on the classic novel by Kurt Vonnegut, which was inspired by his own experiences during World War II as filtered through his quirky humor and theatrical, other‐worldly imagination." We Live in Cairo
Patrick (Book & Lyrics) & Daniel Lazour (Book & Music)
Directed by Michelle Tattenbaum
Music Direction by Robert Frost
Cast includes: Josh Quat, Samia Mounts, Ari Stachel, Ramzi Khalaf, Ahmad Maksoud and Rasha Zamamiri.

"Cairo, 2011 and 2014; the beginning of Egypt's greatest revolution and its complicated aftermath. With technology and art, a group of students meet in a small flat above Tahrir Square and inspire millions of Egyptians to take to the streets. A new musical that follows six revolutionaries who spoke for their people, risked their lives for a better future, and learned to live with the choices they made."

ZM
Greg Kotis (Book & Lyrics) & Mark Hollmann (Music & Lyrics)
Directed by Sean Daniels
Music Direction by Steven Gross
Cast includes: Erik Altemus, Justine Magnusson, Kristin Piacentile, John Jellison, Oliver Hollmann, Darryl Winslow, Celina Dean, John Gregorio, Eric Van Tielen, Alison Briner, Denise Summerford and Douglas Goodhart.

"Can a sandwich turn people into zombies? ZM follows two teenaged, fast-food workers as they struggle to live, and love, during a food-bourn catastrophe."

Tickets and more information are available by calling (860) 443-1238 or visiting theoneill.org.

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