Gilles Chiasson's Pop-Rock Musical, Chrysalis, Unfurls in NYC Reading June 9

News   Gilles Chiasson's Pop-Rock Musical, Chrysalis, Unfurls in NYC Reading June 9 Manhattan Theatre Club is producing a reading of composer-lyricist-librettist Gilles Chiasson's musical play, Chrysalis, June 9, as part of MTC's "6@6" series of rehearsed readings of new works.

Guy Reyes directs the show, which played the Adirondack Theatre Festival in 2001. The musical is billed this way: "A coming-of-age pop/rock musical that tells the story of Chris, a young artist with a troubled past, returning home for the Christmas holiday."

Muskegon, MI, native Chiasson wrote book, music and lyrics for the through-sung domestic musical. Actor-writer Gilles Chiasson appeared in the original Broadway casts of Rent, The Scarlet Pimpernel, La Boheme and The Civil War.

The thirtysomething actor has been writing songs since he was a teenager, he told Playbill On-Line. He graduated from the University of Michigan and eventually settled in New York City.

A disc of his and other writers' songs, "Slow Down," was released in 2001. Visit www.gilleschiasson.com.

* Among his other roles, Chiasson played Armand St. Just in the original Broadway staging of The Scarlet Pimpernel, and is heard on the original cast album on the Atlantic Records label. He played Marius in the national tour of Les Misérables and appeared Off-Broadway in the musical, Fermat's Last Tango.