Fraser, Arden, Chase, Herrera, Keenan-Bolger and Feichtner Set for Reading of Samantha Brown Musical

News   Fraser, Arden, Chase, Herrera, Keenan-Bolger and Feichtner Set for Reading of Samantha Brown Musical Two-time Tony Award nominee Alison Fraser, recently seen in the George Street Playhouse's production of Lend Me a Tenor, will star in a reading of a new musical by Brian Lowdermilk.

Alison Fraser (right), with Polly Draper
Alison Fraser (right), with Polly Draper Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Entitled The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown, the reading will be held April 3 at 7 PM at Makor. Produced by Geoffrey Soffer for the Artists Showcase Series, the reading will also boast the talents of Michael Arden, Sara Chase, John Herrera, Celia Keenan-Bolger and Vadim Feichtner. Elizabeth Lucas directs.

Samantha Brown features music and lyrics by Lowdermilk, book and lyrics by Kait Kerrigan with an original concept by Zach Altman. The musical, according to production notes, concerns Sam, "a senior in high school, [who] has what everyone always wanted: a boyfriend who loves her, functional parents and an acceptance letter to the school of her choice. And since she's moving to New York City she doesn't even need the driver's license she's too chicken to get. So she doesn't need to be worried. And she doesn't need to be happy. Right?"

Alison Fraser received Tony nominations for her performances in Romance/Romance and The Secret Garden, and her other Broadway credits include The Mystery of Edwin Drood and the 1996 revival of Tartuffe. She created the role of Trina in William Finn's In Trousers and March of the Falsettos and reprised that role in the anniversary concert for Playwrights Horizons. Her other Off-Broadway credits include roles in Up Against It, The Green Heart, Beehive and Swingtime Canteen. Fraser most recently starred in the George Street 's production of Lips Together, Teeth Apart.

The Artists Showcase Series presents readings of plays and musicals, as well as concerts featuring stars of Broadway, cabaret, TV and film. A portion of the proceeds from the reading will be donated to Young Audiences, Inc.

Makor is located in Manhattan at 35 West 67th Street, between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. Tickets, priced at $15, are available by visiting www.makor.org or by calling (212) 601-1000.

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