The Nightingale is being developed as part of New York Stage and Film and Vassar College's 2011 Powerhouse Theater season, which began June 24.
Moisés Kaufman ( 33 Variations) directs the July 8-10 presentations of the musical, which has been re-explored by Sater since earlier drafts and workshops.
The cast includes Esper ( American Idiot) as the Young Emperor, Harris ( Thoroughly Modern Millie, Cry-Baby) as Dowager Empress and Cerveris ( Sweeney Todd, Tommy) as the Emperor.
Also appearing are Uzo Aduba ( Coram Boy) as Fisherwoman, Celina Carvajal ( Cats, 42nd Street, Dracula), Blake Daniel ( Spring Awakening) as Lieutenant Eunuch, Andrew Durand ( The Burnt Part Boys, Spring Awakening) as Emissary, Kimiko Glenn as Princess Ssu-ming, Kylie Liya Goldstein ( Les Misérables) as Nightingale, Arielle Jacobs ( In the Heights) as Feiyan, Michael Mastro ( West Side Story, Mamma Mia!, Side Man) as Chief Eunuch and Matt McGrath ( Cabaret, A Streetcar Named Desire) as Minister of State. Lon Hoyt is musical director.
Sater and Sheik's work is described as a "compelling contemporary musical rendering of Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale of a young emperor who finds his heart in the song of a small grey bird – and in the soul of a common servant girl - far beyond the walls of the Forbidden City."
Phone (845) 437-5599 or visit Powerhouse.Vassar.edu.