Mark Noonan and Nick Oddy penned book, music and lyrics for the world-premiere musical that will be directed and choreographed by Kelly Devine, with musical direction by Sonny Paladino. The Happy Embalmer runs Oct. 6-10 at the Acorn Theatre. Reichard (Jersey Boys, Radiant Baby), Burgess (Guys and Dolls, Little Mermaid) and Sikora (Curtains, Wicked) will lead a cast that also features Steven Hauck (Irena's Vow), Joe Coots (The Full Monty), Cedric Leiba Jr. (Rent), Drew Gehling (Jersey Boys), Kevin Michael Murphy (Max and the Truffle Pig), Tony Daussat (Awesome 80's Prom), Noah Aberlin (The Wizard of Oz), Candi Boyd, John Jeffrey Martin (Good Vibrations), Natalie Newman (Flyer), Tiffany Sudol (Mamma Mia!), Lara Janine (Rock of Ages) and Christopher Spaulding (Curtains).
The Happy Embalmer, according to NYMF, "is a boy meets girl love story…except the girl happens to be dead. Edward Nando (Reichard) is a lonely embalmer with an extraordinary talent. But when his long lost love Emily (Sikora) crosses his table something awakens in Edward - and before you can say reincarnation, dead bodies start returning to life. Now everyone wants a piece of Ed: a mad Texan funeral home mogul, a groovy Russian scientist, and a Dalai Lama (Burgess) hell-bent on world domination. Can Edward figure out how to win the girl, save the family funeral home, and ultimately become The Happy Embalmer? Death never looked so damn Great!"
The NYMF run has a design team including Jo Winiarski (scenic design), Paul Carey (costume design), Jason Lyons (lighting design), Walter Trarbach (sound design), Austin Switser (multimedia design) and Christopher Ford (prop design).
For tickets phone (212) 352-3101 or visit NYMF. The Acorn Theatre is located at 410 West 42nd Street.