Hewitt and Knowlton Play The Game in New Musical Reading

News   Hewitt and Knowlton Play The Game in New Musical Reading Tom Hewitt and Sarah Knowlton will star in a May 21 Barrington Stage Company reading of the new musical, The Game, based on the much-adapted 18th-century French novel, "Les Liaisons Dangereuses."

Tom Hewitt and Sarah Knowlton will star in a May 21 Barrington Stage Company reading of the new musical, The Game, based on the much-adapted 18th-century French novel, "Les Liaisons Dangereuses."

Amy Powers and David Topchik collaborate on The Game's book and lyrics, while composer Megan Cavallari wrote the tunes. Julianne Boyd directs.

Hewitt played Frank 'N' Furter in the Broadway revival of The Rocky Horror Show, winning a Tony nomination for his work. He will soon star in The Boys From Syracuse at the Roundabout Theatre Company. Knowlton recently bowed out of the Off-Broadway premiere of Rebecca Gilman's Blue Surge. Her past credits include Avow and On the Town.

The two actors will play the Marquise de Merteuil and her former lover, Vicomte de Valmont, who coolly toy with hearts and fates in Louis XVI's Paris, until both find out that their own hearts have tragically come into play. British playwright Christopher Hampton adapted the novel for the stage in the 1980s. The work proved a surprise hit on both sides of the Atlantic and inspired a film, "Dangerous Liaisons." The book also bred the films "Valmont" and "Cruel Intentions," as well as the play Quartett, by Heiner Müller.

The reading cast also includes Joy Franz, Marguerite MacIntyre and Rachel Ulanet. Powers is currently collaborating on Masada with book by Glenn Barenbeim and music by Shuki Levi (with attached producers Barry Brown and Anita Mann). Her first published songs, "As If We Never Said Goodbye" and "With One Look," achieved international renown in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard. She collaborated on the musical, Lizzie Borden, with Christopher McGovern. She also wrote the title track to the Academy Award-winning movie, "When We Were Kings." Topchik is the general manager for TheatreworksUSA and has written numerous plays. Cavallari's film and television credits include "Happily Ever After" and Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas."

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—By Robert Simonson