Performances will take place Sept. 29 (2 PM) and 30 (11:30 AM and 5 PM) at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Creative Center, 311 West 43rd St. (Manhattan Theatre Club is not affiliated with the reading.) Admission is free to NYMF members.
The cast includes DeeGee Brandemour, Brad Coolidge, Bernardo De Paula, Brian Earp, Paul Jackel, Bruce Kimmel, Joseph Kolinski, Georga Osborne, Catherine Remmert, Jonathan Richard Sandler, Maureen Silliman, and Jessica Skerritt.
This sci-fi musical romance starts off in Spring 1983 in a Sierra Nevadas trailer park. Teenager Alex Rogan's hardworking, unrewarded life takes an unexpected turn when he breaks a video game record and is spirited away by the game's inventor, the alien huckster Centauri, to fight for the Star League in another galaxy. Beta, a body double droid, covers Alex's absence with his mother, brother and beloved girlfriend Maggie while Alex battles the evil Zur and the Ko-dan Armada. Comic misunderstandings between Beta and the trailer park residents (and shape-shifting alien assassins in pursuit of "Alex" on Earth) alternate with Alex's heroic achievements as the universe's last hope.
The creative team includes Skip Kennon (music and lyrics), Fred Landau (book), Jonathan Betuel (original screenplay), and David Bennett (director).
Skip Kennon wrote the music for the one-man musical Herringbone (Playwrights Horizons, Hartford Stage, Edinburgh Festival, Philadelphia’s Prince Music Theater, Chicago’s St. Nicholas Theater), and the music and lyrics for Blanco (Goodspeed Opera House at Chester, National Alliance for Musical Theater, National Music Theater Network), Feathertop (WPA Theater, Pennsylvania Stage Co.), and Time and Again (Manhattan Theater Club, San Diego’s Old Globe Theater, Eugene O’Neill Center National Music Theater Conference
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