|Photo by Jimmy Asnes|
In recent weeks the cast and creative team of the new musical have been in residence on the Goodspeed Musicals campus in East Haddam, CT. Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast) and Katie Klaus (The Bridges of Madison County, Bonnie and Clyde) lead the cast.
Queen Mother, based on the original play by Roberto Gómez Bolaños, features book and music by Florinda Meza, lyrics by Jack Murphy and arrangements and orchestrations by Michael Moricz. Additional material is by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, and additional compositions are by Moricz.
Directed and choreographed by Taylor-Corbett with music direction by Edward G. Robinson, the reading will also feature Matt Bailey, Klea Blackhurst, Jonathan Brody, Vincent Mario Crocilla,Eric Michael Gillett, Ethan Khusidman, Brittney Lee Hamilton and Jeffrey Scott Stevens.
Rounding out the ensemble are Lori Ann Ferreri, Matt Gibson, Brody Karn, Michael Milton, Sarah O'Conner, Amber Owens, Natasha Scearse, Laura E. Taylor, Natalie Wisdon and John Yi.
Queen Mother, according to Goodspeed, "explores the life of Hannah Hill, Charlie Chaplin's mother. Hannah was first and foremost a mother, but also a late 19th century London music hall star filled with talent, passion and emotion... the result of a personality disorder that oscillated between peaks of happiness to the edge of an abyss of sorrow and insanity. This new musical tells her controversial life story by creating an absurd world that goes back and forth from the sparkle, lights and tinsel of the 19th century London music hall to the cold, dark, and constantly melancholic depths of a 19th century London asylum."