High School Rent Battle Will Come to Life in Small Town Story, Featuring If/Then, Wicked Actors

News   High School Rent Battle Will Come to Life in Small Town Story, Featuring If/Then, Wicked Actors New York Theatre Barn (The Barn) will present readings of its original commission Small Town Story Nov. 13-14 at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Playwrights Horizons.

Alexa Green
Alexa Green

Directed by Joe Barros (artistic director of The Barn) with musical direction by James Cunningham, the cast includes Joe Cassidy (If/Then, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), Hannah DeFlumeri (Legally Blonde), Beth DeVries, Noah Galvin (Love and Information, The Great American Mousical), James Donegan (Forbidden Broadway), Alexa Green (Wicked), Brandon Kalm (American Idiot), Anthony Lee Medina (The Capeman), Carolyn Mignini (Fiddler on the Roof, Tintypes), Erin Leigh Peck (The Toxic Avenger), Chandler Reeves, Emily Rogers, Erik Sisco and Shorey Walker (Seussical).

Readings will be offered Nov. 13 at 2 PM and Nov. 14 at 1 PM.

Small Town Story, according to press notes, "is a new musical about two families in a North Texas town who struggle with a community battle ignited by a high school production of the musical Rent. As the escalation drives wedges between father and son - and mother and daughter - Speargrove, Texas will discover that the show can't open until their minds do. Inspired by real events, Small Town Story explores the indelible power of theatre and the inherent dangers of silence."

Small Town Story features a book and lyrics by Sammy Buck (Like You Like It, StinkyKids The Musical) and music and lyrics by Brandon James Gwinn (Ars Nova's Uncharted; Matchmaker, Matchmaker: I'm Willing to Settle; Underwear: A Space Musical).

The new musical was conceived by Joe Barros, Laura Brandel, Sammy Buck, Karen Marshall, Reed Prescott and Sam Willmott. It was previously developed under the title Speargrove Presents.

Hunter Johnson is the assistant director and stage manager.

For more information, visit NYTheatreBarn.org.

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