Jay Levine and Sophie Dupin are collaborating on music and lyrics. A music producer and songwriter, Levine has written singles for pop stars Miranda Cosgove (“iCarly”) and Elizabeth Gillies (“Victorious”). Dupin has written songs in TV commercials for Price, Crayola and Pandora Jewelry. She records and writes pop songs under the name BRIX.
The libretto is by Martin Casella (The Report, The Irish Curse).
The reading will feature Richard H. Blake (Buzz), Matthew Rodin (Luka), Courtney Ann Cheatham (Katie), Lindsay Morgan (Daphne), Perry Young (Marco Munoz), L. Steven Taylor (The Lodge), Corinne Melancon (Mimi Palmer), Francesca Arostegui (Daisy Sanchez) and Vishaal Reddy (Chaz Janki). The ensemble includes Adam Hyndman, Sean Doherty, Tyler Hardwick, Samia Mounts and Kendra Vernon.
According to press notes, PopStar "follows a struggling record producer who wants to find America's next big thing in pop music. After discovering a brilliant young teenager in the wilds of Idaho, he realizes creating a new musical sensation won't be as easy as he thought. But with the help of some of his very famous friends, he not only makes the boy into a pop star, he finds a family of his own along the way. With its dynamic original pop score, this brand new musical is a funny, emotional and thrilling ride for audiences of all ages."
Sharon Rosen will act as producer and director for the reading. Alchemy Production Group is serving as general manager.