"Romy and Michele" screenwriter Robin Schiff authored the book for the musical, which had a private reading in New York late last week with Tony Award nominee Christopher Ashley (Memphis, Xanadu) at the helm. Lynne Shankel (Company, Altar Boyz) was the musical director.
Schneider, Mark and Kemp have been developing the musical for the past two years. Romy and Michele's High School Reunion received a preliminary reading at the La Jolla Playhouse in January 2011. The plot centers on two single L.A. party girls in their late 20's who scramble to find boyfriends and cook up fabulous careers in time for their 10-year high school reunion – but not before they have a falling out over inventing Post-it notes.
The recent New York reading featured Olivier Award winner Lesli Margherita (Zorro) as Romy and Tony nominee Kerry Butler (Xanadu, Catch Me If You Can) as Michele. Also among the cast were Mara Davi as Christy and Adam Kantor as Sandy.
Gwendolyn Sanford and Brandon Jay, who provide the original music featured on Showtime's "Weeds," have written the score for Romy and Michele. "We picked them because we thought they were special, and we were looking for an 80's-90's rock sound," producer Kemp told Playbill.com.
"It's a nurturing process," Kemp said. "We don't want to do a re-creation of the movie. We wanted to do a reimagining of the movie. There are some things that are familiar and some things that were not in the film. It's a matter of balancing the moments you musicalize and the moments that you just let play. We don't want to blow the show up just to get it into a large theatre."