Daniel Goldstein Will Direct 2014 Readings of Drew Gasparini and Alex Brightman's Make Me Bad
30 Dec 2013
Godspell director Daniel Goldstein will helm industry readings of Make Me Bad, a new musical featuring a score by Drew Gasparini ("Smash") and a book by actor-writer Alex Brightman (Big Fish), in 2014.
Producer Daniel Benge of the Benge Group will present the series of readings of Make Me Bad — which will also feature musical direction by Charlie Rosen (One Man, Two Guvnors) — Feb. 3, 2014.
Casting will be announced at a later date.
The musical thriller, according to press notes, "follows the story of Daisy Harris, a mid-twenties resident of Billings, Montana; whose life, like the town itself, is at a standstill. A string of unexplained murders rocks the town, coinciding with the arrival of ‘freelance entrepreneur,’ Max. As the town continues to be plagued by gruesome killings, the relationship formed between the two not only reveals the atrocities of Daisy's past, but prefaces the darkness that is to come."
For a demo from the musical and more about composer Gasparini, read Playbill.com's Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriters You Should Know. Gasparini's music will be featured on the second season of NBC's "Smash," and his other musicals include Above My Pay Grade, Circles, Inappropriate Stories Told At a Bar and Crazy, Just Like Me.
Brightman, who has also been seen on Broadway in Wicked and Glory Days, makes his New York City writing debut with Make Me Bad. He is currently writing the book to Circles, his second musical with Gasparini.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.