The show by composer David Friedman and two-time Tony Award nominee Peter Kellogg is based on the French prose-verse romance "Aucassin and Nicolette." The 10-person comic musical tells of the love between a Christian count and a Muslim princess in 1224.
The work was seen in productions at Prince Music Theatre in Philadelphia, Village Theatre near Seattle and at Westport Country Playhouse in Connecticut. This new presentation is part of The TRU Reading Series. Director Greenberg is known for productions of Working, Pirates! and Band Geeks.
Chasing Nicolette won a Philadelphia Barrymore Award for its score. It also received a Seattle Times Footlight Award.
The new reading is music-directed by Steve Marzullo. Doug Denoff is producing the reading.
Multi-platinum composer Friedman (Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson) and two-time Tony Award nominee Kellogg (book and lyrics for 1992's Anna Karenina) are also the authors of Desperate Measures, a Western musical loosely based on Measure for Measure, which premiered at Spirit of Broadway Theatre in Norwich and won 11 Spirit Awards.
The Feb. 4 performance at Soho Playhouse, 15 Van Dam Street, is open to the public. Admission is free.
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.