Dan Martin and Michael Biello's Breathe, a musical made up of stories about the gay and lesbian experience, will get a private industry reading in Manhattan on June 21.
Bill Castellino (Ionescopade, Dr. Radio, Jolson) directs a cast that includes Harris Doran (The Happy Elf, Love Jerry), Cameron Folmar (The 39 Steps, The Habit of Art), Jillian Louis (Gemini, PopArt), Javier Muñoz (In the Heights, Two Gentlemen of Verona) and Michele Ragusa (Young Frankenstein, Adrift in Macao, Urinetown).
The presentation has musical direction by Christopher McGovern (Ionescopade, Lizzie Borden, Backwards in High Heels).
Martin & Biello's work includes Marry Harry, The Cousins Grimm and Q—The Songs of Martin & Biello.
Breathe is billed as "a cycle of seven musical stories that celebrate gay and lesbian life." The variously comic and poignant stories include "Goddess (the comic effects of a man's discovery of his inner-female); Boxed (a loving grandmother interrupts her angry grandson's performance-art piece); Song for Joy (an adolescent girl dreams of her future wife with the help of two puppets); In My Body (a passionate love story between two men of different faiths); Genealogy (a lesbian couple decide to have a baby with the help of one of their brothers); Next (the last day of a man's life and his transition to the other side); and In the Park (elderly gay friends meet in the park and reflect on the passing of time and the healing power of nature)."
Breathe has been produced in Philadelphia, Omaha, Dallas, Richmond, VA, and in Chicago (where it won the After Dark Award for Outstanding New Work).
Breathe (then titled Fairy Tales) had its world premiere in Provincetown, MA, in 1996. Castellino directed and choreographed; McGovern was music director.