Julia Mattison, Ben Crawford, Charl Brown, Bryce Ryness and More Read Drew Gasparini and Alex Brightman's Make Me Bad Feb. 3

By Michael Gioia
and Andrew Gans
03 Feb 2014

Bryce Ryness
Bryce Ryness

Industry readings of Make Me Bad, a new musical thriller featuring a score by Drew Gasparini ("Smash") and a book by actor-writer Alex Brightman (Big Fish), are held Feb. 3 in New York. 

Directed by Daniel Goldstein (Godspell), the cast features Julia Mattison (Godspell) as enigmatic serial killer Daisy Harris, who finds love in her vocational counterpart Max, played by Ben Crawford (Big Fish).

The reading also includes Charl Brown (Motown) as hospice Nurse Derrick Wilson, alongside Bryce Ryness (First Date) as Detective Joel Ehrlich, Joel Hatch (Annie) as Detective Dan Nordvig, Graham Rowat (Guys and Dolls) as Daisy's Father, Joanna Glushak (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder) as Irene Harris and Rozi Baker (Bonnie & Clyde) as Young Daisy with Brett Ryback (Murder for Two), Brandon Ellis (Once), Cortney Wolfson (Kinky Boots), Natalie Joy Johnson (Kinky Boots), F. Michael Haynie (Wicked), Kasie Gasparini and Melanie Brook.

Make Me Bad, according to press notes, "follows the harrowing story of Daisy Harris in Billings Montana as she develops an exhilarating addiction to Max and murder. From small town waitress to serial recidivist, Daisy is proof that when pushed far enough, even the most unassuming people can be inherently, bad. In a time of 'Dexter' and 'Breaking Bad,' the age of the antihero is in full swing." 



For a demo from the musical and more about composer Gasparini, read Playbill.com's Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriters You Should Know. Gasparini's music was featured on the second season of NBC's "Smash," and his other musicals include Above My Pay Grade, Inappropriate Stories Told At a Bar and Crazy, Just Like Me.

Brightman, who has also been seen on Broadway in Wicked and Glory Days, makes his New York City writing debut with Make Me Bad.