Billy Bustamante Will Direct Staged Reading of The Tale of Murasaki – An Ancient Musical; Casting Announced

A staged reading of The Tale of Murasaki – An Ancient Musical will be presented Dec. 10 at Ripley-Grier Studios.

The 7 PM reading will feature the talents of Lynn Craig, Joshua Dela Cruz, Emily Borromeo, Jay Paranada, Peter Lam, Kristen Choi, Kathleen Choe, Christine Lee, Katie Peters and Kevin Schuering.

Billy Bustamante will direct with musical direction by Kevin Lawson and vocal consultation by Kacey Cardin.

The new musical is based on the world's first modern novel, Murasaki Shikibu's "Genji Monogatari" ("The Tale of Genji"), and features book, music and lyrics by Bobbie Lee Crow III.

The Tale of Murasaki – An Ancient Musical is described as such: "In a province of Japan during the 11th, a curious consort, Murasaki, is ridiculed for her clumsiness and 'un-womanly' behavior. In her search for acceptance and love, she fashions a story about her ideal man: the source of a forbidden attraction, the instigator of a passionate affair, the perfect protagonist; the 'Shining Lord' Genji. Through him, Murasaki samples love in all its forms: desired, unrequited, unspoken, and obsessive. She falls head over heels … until she lands as a character in her own story! Will Murasaki find the love she's been seeking in a world of her own creation?"

Ripley-Grier Studios is located at 520 Eighth Avenue, between 36th and 37th Streets, 16th Floor. Admission is free. Members of the entertainment industry are encouraged to attend. Space is limited and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are advised. To reserve a space, visit