The semi-staged readings, free of charge, are being presented in consultation with composer Goodman, music director-orchestrator Jesse Vargas and Kurt Deutsch of Sh-K-Boom Records, which released a studio recording of the musical in 2005.
Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia subsequently presented the premiere of a revised version of the show.
Mary Birnbaum directs the Harvard production, which plays March 5 at the Adams House Pool Theater. The cast for the one-night-only event includes Matthew Bohrer, Jennifer Brown, Rachel Flynn, Talisa Friedman, Jillian Goodman, Blair Harshbarger, Arlo Hill, Walter Klyce, Lauren Jackson, Michael Joyce, Eric Lang, Jonah Priour, Alison Rich, Jen Rugani, Kieran Shanahan, Michael Vinson, Tatiana Wilson and Sara Wright. Show times are 7 and 10 PM.
Bright Lights, Big City — based on Jay McInerney's novel — features a book and score by Paul Scott Goodman. The musical, according to press notes, follows Jamie, "an aspiring fiction writer stuck in fact-checking, as he descends into the drug culture of 1980s Manhattan and realizes that life is more than a party."
The Harvard production — produced by Barry Shafrin — is presented courtesy of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization, "who will incorporate adjustments made throughout the rehearsal process into the final version of the score, and which will afterwards be released for production worldwide."
The Adams House Pool Theater is located at 26 Plympton Street in Cambridge, MA. For free tickets, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (617) 785-0722.