Directed by Hub Theatre artistic director Helen Pafumi, the limited engagement will continue through Dec. 30.
The musical is based on Acito's award-winning novel of the same name, which was published in 2004. According to press notes, "It is the hilarious yet heartwarming tale of a talented but irresponsible teen actor who schemes to steal his tuition money when his wealthy father refuses to pay for acting school. Seventeen-year-old Edward Zanni, a feckless Ferris Bueller type, is Peter-Panning his way through life with his screwball theater friends. When his businessman father remarries and pulls the plug on Edward's dreams, the aspiring thespian turns to a life of disorganized crime. At its heart, How I Paid For College is about how far you are willing to go to make a dream come true. It's a story for anyone who's ever had a dream...and a scheme."
Brightman, whose Broadway credits include Wicked and Glory Days, will play dozens of roles in the production, which is described as a "monologsical."
Other members of the creative team include Kristen Morgan (set design), Jimmy Lawlor (lighting design), Matthew Nielson (sound design), Maria Vetsch (costume design) and Rebecca Griffith (stage manager).