Theater Resources Unlimited begin their 2001 musical reading series Feb. 19 with The Great American Trailer Park Musical. The one-night only performance, starring Les Miserables' Meagan Lawrence, will play at 7 PM at the 14th Street Y.
The Great American Trailer Park Musical, a rock and gospel comedy set among the denizens of a North Florida trailer park, features music and lyrics by David Nehls and a book by Betsy Kelso. Kelso comes from the world of sketch comedy, where she has performed with Spilt Milk and Shirley Chickenpants. Nehls is MAC-nominated for Comedy and Special Material of 2001 for the song "Afternoon Tea."
Sherry Hart, Robin Baxter, Martha Hawley, Jennifer Dickison, Eileen Kaden Dean, Dan Sharkey and Kimlee Hicks also star.
The weekly readings follow with James Campodonico and Brian D. Leys' Between the Lines, starring Mark Jacoby (Feb. 27), Mark Weiser's Ivanhoe, the Musical, starring Rob Evan and Brad Little (March 5) and Matthew Sheridan's The Ambition Bird, starring Victoria Clark (March 6). Ivanhoe is already sold out.
All TRU readings are free and each features a "Dollars and Sense" panel with New York producers and general managers afterwards. The 14th Street Y is located at 344 East 14th Street. For reservations, call (212) 714-7628. Theater Resources Unlimited is a support group for musical theatre writers and playwrights. Among the services offered to members are staged readings and seminars on producing and creating work in New York City.
— By Christine Ehren