Jane Eyre Star Is Queen Mum in Reading of Iron Mask Musical

News   Jane Eyre Star Is Queen Mum in Reading of Iron Mask Musical Marla Schaffel, who received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in Jane Eyre, will take part in the Equity staged reading of the new musical, The Man in the Iron Mask, Feb. 13 in Manhattan.

Ron Bohmer (The Woman in White) and Richard Roland (of Broadway's Follies revival) are among the previously announced actors in this musical adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' classic novel (not to be confused with Behind the Iron Mask, a musical which shuttered in London in August 2005).

The reading will take place Feb. 13 at the Lamb's Theatre, off Times Square.

The Man in the Iron Mask is composed by Jeffrey Campos with book and lyrics by Shad Olsen. Brian Swasey will direct the reading, with musical direction by Philip Kirchman.

Playing the role of the boy king, Louis XIV, is Brian Charles Rooney of the upcoming Broadway production of The Three Penny Opera. Schaffel will play the Queen Mother, Anne. Ron Bohmer will play Aramis (of the infamous Three Musketeers), Richard Roland will play D'Artagnan, and Paul Jackel (The Secret Garden) will play Athos.

"The Man in the Iron Mask follows the story of Philippe, a sheltered boy who has grown up in exile because he is the identical twin to the king of France," according to notes from the creative team. "As a second heir to the kingdom, he is considered a threat by the king and locked into an iron mask to conceal his identity. The Three Musketeers, now retired from duty, reunite to save Philippe and overthrow the tyrannical king. In the short course of the mission, Philippe experiences the world that has been kept from him, and he rises above it as a man worthy of the crown." The cast for this presentation will also include Adam Alexander, Adam Armstrong, Deborah Bowman, Kyle Bradford, Selby Brown, Kimberly Chesser, James DiMarino, Michelle Doucet, Osborn Focht, Bonnie Fraser, Keith Gerchak, Deborah Grausman, John Haggerty, Dana Hart, Rebecca Kupka, Tommy Labanaris, Jason Simon, Lucy Sorensen, Joseph Torello and Alan Wager.

For more information on the upcoming reading, please write to ironmaskreading@aol.com.