Jawbreaker has been seen in several concert presentations in both New York and Los Angeles in the past several years. Screenwriter and director Stein also penned the book to the musical that has music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson Award winners Jeffrey Thomson and Jordan Mann.
Gabriel Barre (The Wild Party, jon & jen, Cinderella) will direct the reading that will have musical direction by James Sampliner.
In addition to DeGarmo (Hair, Hairspray), the reading will include Joanna Glushak (Les Miserables, Urinetown), Van Hughes (American Idiot, 9 to 5, Hairspray), Tracy McDowell (Rent), Ryah Nixon, Marty Thomas (Wicked, Xanadu) and Libby Winters (American Idiot).
Additional casting is expected.
According to the authors, Jawbreaker "tells the Faustian tale of Satan-in-heels Courtney Shayne and her mean girl minions who play a nasty birthday prank on their picture-perfect bestie, asphyxiating her with a jawbreaker ball and accidentally killing her. When mousy Fern Mayo catches the flawless three tucking their dead friend back into bed, Courtney promises to make Fern popular in exchange for keeping their secret, implicating the innocent underling in their ill-fated cover up. With its mythic story, candy color fashions and bitch goddess role of Courtney Shayne, Jawbreaker was a natural to translate to the stage. At its core, Jawbreaker is about the lengths we go to belong, even if that means selling your soul for a taste of life with the beautiful ones."