Invitation-only readings of Emma were presented September 25 and 26 at the Dodger Atelier.
Based on the classic novel by Jane Austen, the musical features book and lyrics by Meghan Brown and music by Sarah Taylor Ellis.
Directed by Sammi Cannold, with Kim Grigsby as music supervisor, the cast was headed by Claybourne Elder (Sunday in the Park With George), Kerstin Anderson (The Sound of Music), and Tony Award winner Ruthie Ann Miles (The King and I) as Knightley, Emma, and Mrs. Weston, respectively.
Flip through photos of the reading below:
See Ruthie Ann Miles, Claybourne Elder, and More in the Reading of New Musical Emma
They were joined by William Youmans (Bright Star) as Mr. Woodhouse, Andrew Chappelle (Hamilton) as Elton, Erica Dorfler (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) as Augusta/Frank's Aunt, Alex Finke (Come From Away) as Jane, Rory Donovan (Finding Neverland) as Mr. Weston, Caitlin Kinnunen (The Prom) as Harriet, Tari Kelli (Groundhog Day) as Hetty, Larry Owens as Robert Martin, and Ronald Peet as Frank.
Casting was by Kate Lumpkin. Ben Toth produced.
The musical concerns clever Emma Woodhouse, who amuses herself by matchmaking for her friends—until she meets her own match.