Hit Fringe Musical Gets New York Reading with Hunter Foster, Jenn Collela, Annie Golden and More

News   Hit Fringe Musical Gets New York Reading with Hunter Foster, Jenn Collela, Annie Golden and More Current Producers star Hunter Foster will take part in the upcoming readings of Slut, which was the first musical of the 2003 New York International Fringe Festival to sell-out all of its performances.
Hunter Foster
Hunter Foster

Gordon Greenberg, who will helm the Paper Mill Playhouse's upcoming production of The Baker's Wife, will direct the Oct. 4 and 5 industry presentation of Stephen Sislen and Ben Winters' Slut. Greenberg told Playbill On-Line, "I've been reworking it with the writers for the past five months, including a couple of weeks in residence up at Goodspeed, and we now have a really exciting show. It has a totally unique and silly sensibility; sort of a cross between 'South Park' and Grease."

In addition to Foster — who will star in the title role — the cast of the reading is set to include Jenn Collela, Chad Kimball, Annie Golden, Kevin Pariseau, Amy Spanger, David Josefsberg and Mary Faber.

Slut follows the story of three friends: Adam, the Casanova; Dan, his conservative friend; and an aspiring rock star named Delia. Set in New York City — with detours to Long Island and Kazakhstan — Slut, according to Greenberg, is "a show about sex and drinking and all manner of silliness — plus maybe just a little bit of growing up."

Hunter Foster, now starring as Leo Bloom in The Producers, received a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance By a Leading Actor in a Musical for his work in Little Shop of Horrors. His previous Broadway credits include Bobby Strong in Urinetown; Footloose; Grease!; and Les Misérables, and he also took part in the concert presentation of Alan Menken and Tim Rice's King David. Foster was seen in the national tours of Martin Guerre and Cats as well as the Paper Mill production of Children of Eden. Also a writer, he penned the book for the musical Summer of '42, which was mounted at the Variety Arts Theatre.

The original Fringe Slut cast included Stephen Bienskie — of Cats and The Last Session fame — as well as Nicole Ruth Snelson, Victor Hawks, Michael Thomas Holmes, Catherine Carpenter, Natalie Joy Johnson, Josh Tyson, Jeff Hiller and Mary Faber.

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