Reading of New Musical Xmas in Las Vegas, With Klea Blackhurst, Megan McGinnis, Presented May 6

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06 May 2011

Klea Blackhurst
Klea Blackhurst

A staged reading of the new musical Xmas in Las Vegas will be presented May 6 at 3 PM in Manhattan at the Davenport Studio.

Michael Unger directs a cast that features Klea Blackhurst (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn), Susan Cella (Fiddler on the Roof), Mark Chmiel (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), Adam Halpin (Glory Days), Joel H. Jones, Megan McGinnis (Les Miserables) and William Youmans (Finian’s Rainbow).

Xmas in Las Vegas has music by Tony Finno, lyrics by Larry Rosler, with a book by Joe Bravaco, based on the play by Jack Richardson.

The musical, according to press notes, is the "story of Edward T. Wellspot, a gambler who comes to the Olympus Hotel and Casino each Christmas, hoping to beat the house. This year Edward has more problems than usual. He's on the biggest losing streak of his life and his family is more dysfunctional than ever. All seems hopeless until he meets the mysterious Mrs. Periapt, who has the Midas touch. Suddenly, the world is Edward’s oyster — or so it seems."

The score "captures the spirit of the Rat Pack era." Scott Ethier serves as musical director.

The Davenport Studio is located at 250 West 49th Street, Suite 302. For reservation call (570) 253-9318 or email larryr5@verizon.net.