Liz Larsen, Carol Linnea Johnson, Alex Brightman to Premiere Musical Hello Out There

By Kenneth Jones
07 Jul 2011

Liz Larsen
Liz Larsen

Tony Award nominee Liz Larsen will play a government investigator in the world premiere of Hello Out There, the musical about three teens who commit securities crimes, at Adirondack Theatre Festival, July 21-30. Casting was announced July 7.

Larsen (1992's The Most Happy Fella, plus Broadway's Hairspray, Starmites, Damn Yankees) plays S.E.C. Investigator Wendy Eikenberry, and is joined by Alex Brightman (Glory Days, Wicked), F. Michael Haynie and Emma Galvin (as the story's three teens) and Carol Linnea Johnson (Mamma Mia! on Broadway and in Las Vegas), Frank Vlastnik (A Year With Frog and Toad) and Brian Munn (Wicked).

Hello Out There is by Eric Price (book and lyrics) and Frank Terry (music), with direction by Benjamin Endsley Klein. The writers are alumni of the Tisch NYU graduate musical theatre writing program.

Here's how ATF in Glens Falls, NY, bills Hello Out There: "If greedy Wall Street bankers can act like children, why can't children act like Wall Street bankers? Hello Out There is a musical comedy about three teenagers who spend their summer vacation committing securities fraud over the Internet. Inspired by the true story of the first minor ever prosecuted by the S.E.C., the show introduces a trio of unlikely friends who become both rich and empowered by creating an ingenious and unprecedented online stock market scheme. But when an immigrant taxi driver loses his life savings because of it, he alerts the authorities and what was initially a high-flying summer for the teenagers turns upside down as the S.E.C. chases the teens across the Internet, through the New Jersey suburbs, and all the way to Wall Street."



Hello Out There has choreography by Wendy Seyb (Toxic Avenger and The Pee-Wee Herman Show) and music direction by Andrew Gerle (a busy composer in his own right).

The production team is Caleb Levengood (sets), Joel Silver (lighting), David Kaley (costumes), Holly Breuer (properties) and Alix Claps (production stage manager).

ATF's home is the Charles R. Wood Theater, 207 Glen Street, in downtown Glens Falls, NY. For tickets and information, call (518) 874-0800 or visit ATFestival.org.