The 5 PM industry reading anticipates the new Nov. 24-Dec. 24 production by Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery, AL. Karen Azenberg directs, with musical direction by Tom Griffin. A Christmas Memory has a book by Duane Poole, music by Larry Grossman and lyrics by Carol Hall.
The New York presentation will feature Kay Walbye as Sook, James Zitelli as Buddy, Jonathan Rayson as Adult Buddy, Carolyn Mignini as Cousin Jennie, Terry Burrell as Anna Stabler, Sarah Rosenthal as Nelle Harper and Bill Bateman as Cousin Seabon/Haha Jones/Farley Wood.
The ASF production, also directed by Azenberg, will feature the same cast as the New York presentation, except Katie Cobb and Lizzie Woodall will alternate in the role of Nelle Harper, and Rodney Clark plays Cousin Seabon/Haha Jones/Farley Wood. Orchestrations are by Steve Orich.
Jayson Raitt, who is attached as the show's commercial producer along with Brannon Wiles, told Playbill.com, "Duane Poole wrote a wonderful television version of 'A Christmas Memory' in the late 1990s, starring Patty Duke and Piper Laurie. When he approached me about helping to put together an adaptation of his teleplay as a stage musical, I immediately saw the potential in developing a small show — just seven actors — for all those regional theatres looking for a companion or alternative to A Christmas Carol…or even those theatres willing to do a 'Christmas-in-July' show…"
A Christmas Memory, the musical, premiered at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, CA, in December 2010. Penny Fuller starred. TheatreWorks helped develop the show through two workshops, as did the Human Race Theatre in Dayton, OH, which hosted the writers for a retreat and reading.
Industry people may contact producer Jayson Raitt at firstname.lastname@example.org.