New Ghostlight Musical About Doomed Ziegfeld Follies Star Receives Reading Tonight

News   New Ghostlight Musical About Doomed Ziegfeld Follies Star Receives Reading Tonight
 
The new musical Ghostlight, about the infamous death of Ziegfeld Follies star Olive Thomas, receives a staged reading/workshop Oct. 22 at the TADA! Theatre. Master showman Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. is being played by Broadway vet George Dvorsky (The Scarlet Pimpernel, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes).
George Dvorsky
George Dvorsky

The presentation takes place at 9 PM, with tickets available to the public here.  

Dvorsky is joined by Jennifer Hope Wills (The Phantom of the Opera) as Billie Burke (who was married to Ziegfeld and played Glinda in MGM's "The Wizard of Oz"), Leigh Martha Klinger (Les Miserables) as Olive Thomas, George Primavera (Avenue Q) as Jack Pickford, Kimberly Faye Greenberg (Danny and Sylvia) as Fanny Brice and Abigail Ludrof (The Hvac Plays) as Molly Cook.

The new musical recounts the true story of Ziegfeld Follies silent film star Olive Thomas, whose mysterious death in 1920 in Paris was heavily publicized and whose ghost, many say, haunts the New Amsterdam Theatre to this day.

Ghostlight chronicles her rise to fame in the Follies alongside Fanny Brice, her affair with Ziegfeld, her obsessive friendship with Follies comedienne Molly Cook, her whirlwind Hollywood marriage to movie star Jack Pickford and her downward spiral into drugs, partying and alcohol.

Ghostlight, with book, music and lyrics by Matthew Martin and Tim Realbuto, is being presented as part of the Emerging Artists Theatre’s New Work Series.

TADA! Theatre is located at 15 West 28th Street in NYC. All tickets are $10. For more information visit EmergingArtiststheatre.org.

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