Jared Zirilli and DJ Bucciarelli Cast in Multi-Composer Musical Hot Mess in Manhattan
By Michael Gioia
Jared Zirilli, who has been seen in Broadway's Lysistrata Jones and Off-Broadway's Fat Camp, and DJ Bucciarelli, who appeared in the national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, have been cast in the multi-composer musical Hot Mess in Manhattan, which will begin performances Aug. 30 in NYC.
Zirilli and Bucciarelli will join conceiver/co-librettist Cait Doyle (San Francisco premiere of The Last 5 Years) in the upcoming production, which is featured as part the second annual Araca Project.
As previously announced, the score of Hot Mess in Manhattan includes contributions from up-and-coming composers Adam Gwon (Ordinary Days), Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk (The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown), Ryan Scott Oliver (Mrs. Sharp), Julianne Wick Davis (Southern Comfort), Gaby Alter (Band Geeks), Nick Blaemire (Glory Days), Sam Carner and Derek Gregor (Unlock'd), Ryan Cunningham and Joshua Salzman (I Love You Because), Drew Gasparini (Crazy, Just Like Me), Michael Mahler (How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back?) and Keith Varney (I Got Fired!). Oliver, Gwon and Alter each received MAC Award nominations for Best Song for their contributions to previous incarnations of Hot Mess In Manhattan.
The musical is billed as a "high-heeled, low-brow musical comedy following one 20-something woman trying to conquer the big city the only way she knows how: the Way of Carrie Bradshaw. Armed with a score featuring a dozen of musical theater's hottest new composers and one worn-out pair of Blahniks, she confronts her greatest fear: if 'Sex and the City' lied, then what's to become of a Hot Mess in Manhattan?"
David Ruttura (Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, Follies) will direct the musical, which plays through Sept. 8 at the American Theatre of Actors. Hot Mess in Manhattan features a libretto by Cait and Meggie Doyle.
Other members of the creative team include choreographer Joe Barros and musical director James Cunningham.
Hot Mess in Manhattan is the fourth of six productions in the second annual Araca Project, an initiative of The Araca Group. Read more about the 2012 Araca Project lineup here.
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