The invitation-only reading of the work will be directed by Calvin Remsberg — who joins the creative team following a previous Los Angeles reading in 2001.
Great Expectations musicalizes the Charles Dickens classic about an orphaned boy. Richard Winzeler provides music, Steve Lane the lyrics and the book is by Steve Lozier and Brian VanDerWilt based on a concept by Margaret Hoorneman.
Prince will be joined in the cast by Eric Kunze, Janene Lovullo, Stephen Breithaupt, Melissa Lyons and a more. The 2001 staged reading starred Hugh Panaro, Anastasia Barzee and Cloris Leachman as Miss Havisham. The work has undergone a significant rewrite, according to enlisted director Remsberg, "The piece has been streamlined and tightened."
Prince earned a Tony Award for her turn as Adelaide in the 1992 Broadway revival of Guys and Dolls. She has also appeared on Broadway in Noises Off, Bells Are Ringing, James Joyce's The Dead, Little Me, The King and I, What's Wrong with This Picture?, Nick & Nora and Jerome Robbins' Broadway as well as Off Broadway in A Man of No Importance, Falsettoland and Little Shop of Horrors. Earlier this year, she starred opposite Lucy Lawless in a concert version of the Jule Styne-Leo Robin musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre.
The creators are currently seeking a producer to develop the musical further. Interested parties may contact the production team at GreatExReading@aol.com.