A developmental reading of Joseph J. Simeone’s new musical Love Affair will be produced by Open Jar Productions as part of its New Works Initiative November 17 at the Signature Theatre.
The reading will feature Tony nominees Will Swenson and Laura Osnes as well as Bryonha Marie Parham. The trio will be joined by Carleigh Bettiol, Amara Brady, Jonathan Brody, Colin Carswell, Kaleigh Cronin, Dan Horn, Matthew Keaton, Eva Liu, Jeremiah Light, Jaden Lux, Charlie Marcus, Robert Montano, Libby C. Nelson, Sydney Rappe, Jackie Sanders, Tim Scott, Alexandria Witzig, and Lara Young.
Jeff Whiting directs with musical direction by Andy Collopy.
Based on the 1939 film of the same name (later remade as An Affair to Remember), Simeone’s musical concerns a chance encounter between engaged ladies’ man Michel Marnet (Swenson) and Terry McKay (Osnes) aboard a transatlantic cruise. As sparks fly, they make plans to meet atop the Empire State Building, but a tragic accident threatens to interrupt destiny.
The stage manager for the industry-only reading is Jason Brouillard. Casting is by Tara Rubin Casting.