Industry Readings of Most Miserable Christmas Tree Musical, with Mark Lotito, Trevor Braun, Jared Parker, Presented April 7

By Andrew Gans
07 Apr 2014

Mark Lotito
Mark Lotito

Industry readings of The Most Miserable Christmas Tree, which is billed as "a new fun-filled family holiday musical," are presented April 7 at 2 PM and 6 PM at Joria Studio in Manhattan.

Directed by Amy Jones, the cast includes Mark Lotito as the hapless Douglas Fir, Trevor Braun, Jared Parker, Emily Rosenfeld, Lewis Grosso, Marcy McGuigan, Alex Gonzalez, Tara Llewellyn, Alexis Molnar, Michael Lee Brown and Pamela Rose Rodriguez.

The Most Miserable Christmas Tree features book and lyrics by Tim Sulka and Debra Barsha and music by Barsha.

"As a decorated Christmas tree, Douglas Fir enjoys the adoration that comes with the job – until December 26th, when he is thrown out and left in a pile of trash!" according to press notes. "Determined to expose the cold, hard truth about Christmas, Douglas heads back to his forest home of Blizzard Bay to warn his fellow trees. The other Christmas trees laugh at his plight and Douglas only succeeds in becoming more miserable than ever - until an important discovery allows him to understand the real meaning of the holiday season and find his true purpose."



Librettist/lyricist Sulka said in a recent statement, “The musical explores the idea of what happens when someone, in this case, a tree, is discarded and has lost his purpose. After discovering what happens to Christmas trees when Christmas is over, Douglas Fir has quite a few obstacles to overcome. Finding a new purpose becomes quite a challenge.”

“The world of Christmas trees seemed an ideal and magical place to explore these themes,” Barsha added. “Douglas is just a simple working class tree who wants it to be Christmas every day. Our goal is to bring Douglas Fir and the wonderful world of Christmas trees to life and hopefully create a new Christmas tradition.”

Barsha serves as musical director with Paul Leschen on piano and Barbara Merjan on percussion.

For reservations contact Katie Gamelli at Abrams Artists Agency, (646) 461-9379 or Katie.gamelli@abramsartny.com.