Pryor Rendering, a new musical based on Gary Reed’s novel of the same name, will debut at The Oklahoma City Civic Center Musical Hall this fall with a New York staging in its sights. The new work tells the story of two teenage boys who fall in love in 1960’s rural America.
Directed by Stephen Nachamie (associate director for She Loves Me ), Pryor Rendering has music and lyrics by Frank G. Schiro, and a libretto by Shawn Churchman. Performances will run at The Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall from September 30-October 9 and The Tulsa Performing Arts Center from October 13-16. Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre produces.
Tanner Rose and Mark Jammal star as the two teenagers, who fall deeply in love but struggle to fit in. The two actors have been attached to the development of the project for the past year. “Born on the pool table of his grandfather's bar, Charlie is scorned by his mother, idolizes his absent father and is coddled by his grandpa's stable of floozies,“ read production notes. “Pryor Rendering is the story of faith, family, love and the moment you discover you are not alone.“
The principal cast also features Stacey Logan (Sweet Smell of Success, Crazy For You), Terry Runnels (Zorba), Julie Johnson (Candide), and Rachel Coloff (Urinetown). They are joined by an ensemble made up of Rebecca Ashton, Kai Daly, Ben Hall, Scott Hynes, Jordan Jacobs, Michael Jones, Gray Randolph, Jackie Smola and Garrett Langley.
“We have been working on this show for several years and are thrilled to finally see a full production,“ said producer Sue Conover Marinello in a press statement. “We seek producing partners to bring Pryor Rendering to audiences in regional theaters and ultimately New York.“
Pryor Rendering had musical direction by Mark Miller, sound design by Chance MacNeill, lighting design by Adam Chamberlin and costume design by Andy Wallach.
For world premiere ticket information in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa visit PryorRendering.com.