An invitation-only reading of A Newer World, an original musical based on the Harvard Scandal of 1920, will be presented December 6 in Manhattan at Pearl Studios.
With direction by two-time Tony winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Pretty Woman) and musical direction by Will Van Dyke, the cast will feature John Riddle (Frozen), Jake Odmark (Pretty Woman), Brad Weinstock (Aladdin), Ricky Schroeder (Kinky Boots), Howard McGillin (Phantom of the Opera), Tony nominee Max von Essen (An American in Paris), Tony nominee Brad Oscar (Something Rotten!), Seth Clayton (The Madrid at MTC), Claybourne Elder (Sunday in the Park with George), Elena Shaddow (The Visit), Chris Dwan (Finding Neverland), Nicholas J. Oliveri (Boarding School), Henry Gottfried (Waitress), and Mike McGowan (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert).
A Newer World has a book by Grammy nominee Jonathan Sheffer and score by Sheffer and producer and songwriter Bruce Roberts.
In 1920, Harvard University formed a secret court to rid the University of a group of gay students whose dorm room parties exposed their secret lives. Nine students were expelled; three of them took their own lives. Nearly 100 years later, a dogged undergraduate journalist, Amit Paley, discovered and exposed the hidden records. With Harvard’s world-famous Hasty Pudding Show as a conduit, A Newer World traverses past and present—from Amit’s modern-day journey to uncover truth back to the Jazz Age when nine students’ lives were forever changed.
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