Six of One, the Musical, Gets NYC Reading April 12, With Speros, Bodle

News   Six of One, the Musical, Gets NYC Reading April 12, With Speros, Bodle
 
Anticipating an Off-Broadway showcase production in early 2005, CAP21 is presenting a reading of the new musical, Six of One, 7 PM April 12 in Manhattan.

The presentation, directed by Frank Ventura, represents revisions since the last reading at CAP21 in April 2003.

The show is penned by composer Paul Loesel and lyricist librettist Scot Burkell and has music direction by Loesel. The composer told Playbill On-Line the presentation includes two new songs and new book material.

The April 12 reading cast includes Kim Lindsey, Tia Speros, Jane Bodle, Scott Burkell, Ivan Rutherford, Jared Stein.

CAP21, the Manhattan performing arts conservatory that also promotes and develops new works, has been associated with the project over the last five years and is developing the piece with an eye toward an Off-Broadway production in 2005.

This latest reading is part of CAP21's Barbara Wolff Monday Night Reading Series at the company's space on 18th Street. Six of One has been seen in various readings over the past five years, including the ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop in 2001. The writers won a Larson Developmental Grant in 2000 for the show.

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Burkell, who is also an actor, previously said the idea for the show started as a way to use his talented friends who were not working.

Burkell and Loesel knew they wanted to write a "book show" with genuine, contemporary-sounding songs — not a "sung-through" piece. The show is set in present-day Manhattan. The characters, except for young Joey, are former college classmates. The writers also knew they wanted to create an ensemble work.

"People ask, 'Who is it about'? And we say, 'Whose story do you relate to most?'" Burkell told Playbill On-Line.

"It deals with issues of people who are trying to move into middle age and cannot mature," explained CAP21 literary director Eliza Ventura. "It's a contemporary American problem, this obsession with youth. It's about moving into true relationships with your friends, your lovers, in your married life."

The reading is free and open to the public. CAP21 is at 18 W. 18th Street, Sixth Floor. For reservations or information, call (212) 807-0202 or visit www.cap21.org.

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