Sutherland, Jackson, McGuire, Anderson, Monley Set for Treasure Island, A New Musical Presentation

News   Sutherland, Jackson, McGuire, Anderson, Monley Set for Treasure Island, A New Musical Presentation
A by-invitation-only backers' audition of Treasure Island, A New Musical, a reverent adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel, will be held next month in Manhattan.

Ted Sutherland
Ted Sutherland Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Directed by Brett Smock, the cast will feature Ted Sutherland as Jim Hawkins, Jamie Jackson as Long John Silver, Zachary James as Israel Hands, Mike Masters as Dr. Livesey, Kevin McGuire as Squire Trelawney, John Antony as Captain Smollett, Nick Dalton as George Merry, Eric Anderson as Billy Bones/Redruth, Adam Monley as Abraham Gray, Don Burroughs as Thomas Morgan/Pew, Erik Liberman as Ben Gunn/O'Brien, Bruce Warren as Black Dog/Job, Matthew Farcher as Dick and Trisha Rapier as Mother Hawkins.

The new musical features a book by director Smock and Carla Vitale, who is also the dramaturg, with a score by Corinne Aquilina.

Treasure Island, A New Musical is described as "a daring adventure that re-examines the essence of heroism, the journey to maturity and the strength of the human psyche in the face of harrowing conditions."

About the new musical director/librettist Smock told previously, "We focus on young Jim's coming-of-age journey and his relationship with the complicated and cunning Long John Silver. We narrowed down the book's many characters to 14 critical ones: 12 men, one boy and a mother. This gives us a tight group of compelling individuals and we use them as devices to explore the work's thematic content — the nature of greed and its consequences, the futility of desire and the adherance to one's moral compass. So while it is indeed family fare, it's a musical adventure that uses the larger themes as critical guideposts."

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