Readings of New Musical Nightmare Alley to Feature Cole Burden, Rose Hemingway, Karen Mason, Michael McCarty, Ken Prymus
12 Jul 2013
The New York Musical Theatre Festival & Tritone Productions will present readings of Nightmare Alley, a new musical with book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Brielle, July 23 at 5 PM and July 24 at 5 PM and 9 PM at the Signature Theater.
Nightmare Alley, according to press notes, is the story of a "Depression-era con man Stan Carlisle (Cole Burden) who becomes the main attraction of a carnival side show after the mysterious death of a mind reader (Ken Prymus). Fueled by an inflated belief in his powers, he falls in love with the show’s sexiest starlet (Rose Hemingway), 'the electrocution girl,' and together they leave to seek fortune and fame after a Tarot card reading with Karen Mason as the mistress of ceremonies."
The musical is based on the 1946 William Lindsey Gresham novel that spawned the film noir classic starring Tyrone Power and Joan Blondell.
Nightmare Alley was previously presented at The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles directed by the late Gil Cates, and was further developed last winter at The Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed with Bush at the helm.
Tickets are $20 and may be purchased online at www.nymf.org. The Pershing Square Signature Center is located at 480 West 42nd Street.
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.