By Kenneth Jones
23 Oct 2011
The 5 PM industry reading anticipates the new Nov. 24-Dec. 24 production by Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery, AL. Karen Azenberg directs, with musical direction by Tom Griffin. A Christmas Memory has a book by Duane Poole, music by Larry Grossman and lyrics by Carol Hall.
The New York presentation will feature Kay Walbye as Sook, James Zitelli as Buddy, Jonathan Rayson as Adult Buddy, Carolyn Mignini as Cousin Jennie, Terry Burrell as Anna Stabler, Sarah Rosenthal as Nelle Harper and Bill Bateman as Cousin Seabon/Haha Jones/Farley Wood.
The ASF production, also directed by Azenberg, will feature the same cast as the New York presentation, except Katie Cobb and Lizzie Woodall will alternate in the role of Nelle Harper, and Rodney Clark plays Cousin Seabon/Haha Jones/Farley Wood. Orchestrations are by Steve Orich.
According to production notes, A Christmas Memory "is the heartwarming tale of a unique and unforgettable bond, of hearts broken and mended, of a friendship for the ages." It's set in a small Southern town in the 1930s and "follows the comic adventures of two misfit cousins who make the most of what may be their last holiday together. This evocative musical memoir celebrates the simple pleasures of life and the joy of giving — a festive, emotional story that reminds us what Christmas and family and friendship are all about."
A Christmas Memory, the musical, premiered at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, CA, in December 2010. Penny Fuller starred. TheatreWorks helped develop the show through two workshops, as did the Human Race Theatre in Dayton, OH, which hosted the writers for a retreat and reading.
Industry people may contact producer Jayson Raitt at email@example.com.