Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Musical Aiming for Broadway; Tony Goldwyn Leads Reading

By Carey Purcell
23 Jun 2014

Tony Goldwyn
Tony Goldwyn
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Tony Goldwyn, Leslie Uggams and Jessica Molaskey participated in a reading of the Southern-based true-crime musical Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Deadline.com reports.

The musical adaptation of John Berendt’s best-selling book was overseen by Rob Ashford (Macbeth, How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying).

Along with Goldwyn (Promises, Promises; "Scandal"), Uggams (Hallelujah, Baby!, King Hedley II) and Molaskey (Parade, Sunday in the Park with George), the cast included Peter Cincotti ("Dementia," "Screwed"), Michael Park (Little Me, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying) and Jake Robinson ("The Carrie Diaries," "The Leftovers").

The creative team is hoping to reunite for a formal two-week workshop in September. It is also reported that producers Craig Haffner and and Anne Hamburger may bring the production to London next year prior to Broadway.



Tony, Academy and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy) is the writer. The score, which will feature standards and other songs from the American Songbook, as well as Southern rock, blues and gospel, will be overseen by composer and sound designer Mark Bennett.

"I thought at first, I have to get an original score," Uhry told Playbill.com. "But it just doesn't seem to suit it. Jim Williams as a character singing seemed like a terrible idea to me. This is not a musical where someone sings their thoughts. There is a character in the book, who I have sort of pushed forward, named Joe Odom, who owns a nightclub and there's a lot of singing going on there."

Read Playbill.com's interview with Alfred Uhry here

"Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" follows the trail of Jim Williams, who is accused of murdering a young escort named Danny Hansford, with whom he had a relationship.

Along with spending 216 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list, Berendt’s book was adapted into a 1997 film, starring John Cusack and Kevin Spacey.