Courtney Reed and Lauren Zakrin Set for Staged Reading of New Musical Famous
By Andrew Gans
A staged reading of the new musical Famous will be presented Dec. 12 at 7 PM at Roy Arias' Off-Broadway Theatre.
The two-hander will co-star Courtney Reed (In the Heights, Mamma Mia!) and Lauren Zakrin (MTV's "Search for the Next Elle Woods" finalist, and national tours of Legally Blonde, Wicked and Grease). Christine O'Grady directs with music direction by Seth Weinstein.
Famous was created by Yvonne Adrian (book), Cheryl Stern (lyrics) and Tom Kochan (music), who all received a Drama Desk nomination for their musical The Audience.
The new musical, according to press notes, "tells the story of Lila (Reed) and Teresa (Zakrin), two 1940s runaways together hoping to transcend their unhappy family lives for solace and fortune in Hollywood's limelight. Immersed in a shady world run by a crooked LAPD, despotic movie moguls, and untouchable politicians puppeteering every move leading one of the girls to fame and leaving the other girl with a crimson smile, this original musical merges a contemporary score with the film noir world to create a unique look at friendship, love, ambition and the corruption of innocent dreams."
Famous has been developed at Ensemble Studio Theatre and The Lark Theatre and is currently being produced by Jamibeth Margolis, Christopher Massimine and Cate Cammarata.
Theater Resources Unlimited is presenting the reading as part of its TRU Voices New Musicals Readings Series.
For more information visit www.famousthemusical.com.
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