Helen on 86th Street Musical Will Make World Premiere at American Theatre of Actors; Casting Announced

News   Helen on 86th Street Musical Will Make World Premiere at American Theatre of Actors; Casting Announced Helen on 86th Street, a new family musical adapted from Wendi Kaufman’s 1997 New Yorker short, will make its world premiere at the American Theatre of Actors/Chernuchin Theatre  April 28 at 7:30 PM.

The musical, with book and lyrics by Nicole Kempskie and music by Robby Stamper, will continue performances through May 8. Kempskie and Stamper will also act as director and musical director, respectively.

The plot, according to press notes, is "based on a story that for the past decade has been taught in 10,000 high school classrooms across the country. The musical follows Vita Calista, a vibrant and unique 12-year-old girl, as she learns to cope with an absent father, a single mother, a disappointing role in the school production of The Trojan Horse, and the daily pressures of a tween growing up in New York City."

The cast includes Meredith Inglesby (Beauty and the Beast, On the Record, The Little Mermaid), Kathryn Markey (3 From Brooklyn), Taylor Leigh Bera (Little House on the Prairie national tour), Kevin Pariseau (Legally Blonde), Izzy Hanson Johnston (Billy Elliot), Sean Gilbert (Les Miserables), Shereen Pimentel (The Lion King), Kaylie Rubinaccio (Les Miserables), Leah Greenhaus (Shrek), Missy Dreier, Aurielle Kaminski, Emma Young, Danielle Leigh Rosenthal, Maggie Bera, Greg Ippolito, Martine Bowman, Amanda Yuan, Mia Fitzgibbon and Clarice Mazanec.

The creative team includes choreographer Valerie Salgado, set and lighting designer Ji-Youn Chang, costume designer Cat Fisher, sound designer Jason Hurley, associate producers Joseph Bera and Melissa Hardy, and associate director Alicia Dhyana House.

The American Theatre of Actors/Chernuchin Theatre is located at 314 West 54th Street. For tickets, visit www.smarttix.com. For more information and performance schedule, visit www.helenon86th.com.

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