New Musical Black, White and Gray Gets Chicago Reading Sept. 25

News   New Musical Black, White and Gray Gets Chicago Reading Sept. 25
 
Theatre Building Chicago celebrates its 30th anniversary season Sept. 25 with a concert reading of Black, White and Gray, a new musical in progress, with book by Luther Goins, lyrics by Myrna Petlicki, and music by Craig Wilson.

The performances is at 7 PM.

According to production notes, "Black, White and Gray shows how past and present realities combine to illustrate the fact that racial struggles are not black or white, just human. This new musical brings the honesty of Norman Lear to the glorious 1940s Hollywood musical, with a contemporary R&B score."

Authors Petlicki and Wilson are members of Theatre Building Chicago's Musical Theatre Writers Workshop.

The concert reading is directed by Ilesa Duncan with music direction by Jeffrey A. Bouthiette and stage management by Natalja Aicardi.

The cast includes Jayson Brooks, David L. Jiles Jr., Randolph Johnson, Amanda Marcheschi, Marc Pera, Herbert Porter, Luke Siddall, Chuck Sisson, Wynter Spears, Craig Strasen, Jean Vanier, Vallea E. Woodbury. Black, White and Grayis the first of six new musicals in progress in Theatre Building Chicago's Monday Night Musicals concert reading series.

Admission is $10 and includes a post-show reception with the authors and artists. Later in the season Black, White and Gray will be presented in a more realized studio presentation in March-April 2007.

Theatre Building Chicago "has devoted 30 years to cultivating new American musical theatre by supporting writers, lyricists and composers, while staging over 123 new musicals in Chicago."

The Musical Theatre Writers Workshop meets regularly to collaborate under the guidance of artistic director, John Sparks. Members develop individual projects with select new works presented in the Monday Night Musicals series, as well as studio presentations, One Acts Projects, Mini-Musicals and Stages, an annual festival of new musicals in progress.

According to a statement, "Theatre Building Chicago welcomes media attention focusing on the developmental process of new musicals; however, all Monday Night Musicals performances are works in progress and not appropriate for critical review."

To purchase tickets, contact TBC's box office at (773) 327-5252 or visit www.theatrebuildingchicago.org.

Theatre Building Chicago is located in the heart of Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, 1225 W Belmont Ave.

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