Emma Hunton Will Join Max Von Essen for Readings of New Musical Gay Bride of Frankenstein
By Andrew Gans
Eric S. Goldman will present two industry readings of Billy Butler's Gay Bride of Frankenstein Feb. 4 at 6 PM and Feb. 5 at 11 AM at the 45th Street Theatre.
The readings, which are in preparation for a future Off-Broadway run, are produced in association with aka Studio Productions, Louis Hobson and Seattle’s Balagan Theatre.
Directed by Rachel Klein, the cast will be headed by the previously reported Max von Essen with Jason Gotay, Ashley Kate Adams, Billy Tighe, Wade Elkins and Maggie Politi.
Newly announced for the reading is Emma Hunton, who has been seen on Broadway in Spring Awakening and Off-Broadway in Rent.
Composer Billy Butler and his band The Monster Makers will accompany the artists.
Written by Dane E. Leeman (book) and Billy Butler (book, music and lyrics), Gay Bride of Frankenstein, according to press notes, is a "rock n’roll fairy tale that follows the exploits of four college friends on one fateful Halloween night at a very unconventional Monsters Ball. This ensemble driven horror-tinged musical is a universal tale about coming of age, coming out of the closet and coming back from the dead."
Originally produced as a workshop at The Players' Ring in Portsmouth, NH, the musical's journey includes a developmental production as part of the 2009 New York Musical Theatre Festival and the inaugural iStar Theatre Lab.
Aaron Grant serves as executive producer with Kelvin Productions as general manager.
45th Street Theatre is located at 354 West 45th Street. Industry folk interested in attending the readings should email GayBride@KelvinProductions.com.
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