Anneliese van der Pol Joins Cast of Reading of Ghostlight Musical
18 Sep 2013
"That’s So Raven" star Anneliese van der Pol has joined the cast of the upcoming industry reading of the musical Ghostlight, which will be presented Dec. 2 at the New 42nd Street Studios.
Ghostlight, which has book, music and lyrics by Matthew Martin and Tim Realbuto, tells the "true story of Ziegfeld Follies girl and silent film star Olive Thomas, her rise to fame in the Follies alongside Fanny Brice, her affair with a married Ziegfeld, her Hollywood marriage to movie star Jack Pickford, and ultimately her tragic downfall which led to her mysterious death at age 25 in Paris," according to press notes.
Van der Pol (Beauty and the Beast, Vanities) will play the central role of Olive Thomas, joining previously announced Tony nominee Robert Cuccioli as Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr., Trevor McQueen as Jack Pickford, Kimberly Faye Greenberg as Fanny Brice, Rachel Bay Jones as Molly Cook and Jennifer Hope Wills as Doris/Cora/Lois Long and others. Casting for the role of Billie Burke will be announced shortly.
Ghostlight had a sold-out and extended run at Off-Broadway’s Signature Theatre in 2011 as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival. It was directed by creators Martin and Realbuto.
Featuring the Broadway classics “To Life (L’Chaim!),” “If I Were A Rich Man,” “Sunrise Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” and “Tradition,” Fiddler on the Roof will introduce a new generation to this uplifting celebration that raises its cup to joy! To love! To life!