Beyond the Music Reading, with Donna Bullock and Emily Padgett, Presented Aug. 8

News   Beyond the Music Reading, with Donna Bullock and Emily Padgett, Presented Aug. 8
A reading of the new musical Beyond the Music, starring Donna Bullock and Emily Padgett, receives a private reading in Manhattan Aug. 8. Tony Award-winning Hair producer Andy Sandberg is among the writers of the musical about a young songwriter on the rise.

Emily Padgett
Emily Padgett

Sandberg, who authored the book, also directs the reading. Emmy Award-winning songwriter Cliff Downs, who has composed for Wynona Judd and earned an Emmy for original music for "General Hospital" and "One Life to Live," co-authored music and lyrics with actress/writer Katie Kahanovitz.

The cast includes Bullock (Ragtime, A Class Act), Andy Kelso (Mamma Mia!), Padgett (Rock of Ages, Grease), Barry Pearl (Baby It's You), Saycon Sengbloh (Hair, Fela), Nick Spangler (the Book of Mormon), Eric Anderson (South Pacific), Shelby Bartelstein, Jarid Faubel (Perfect Harmony), David McDonald (Mamma Mia!), Kathleen Rooney, Laura L. Thomas, Barrett Wilbert Weed and Alex Wyse (Lysistrata Jones). Fred Lassen is musical director.

Beyond the Music, according to the creators, "follows the journey of Casey, a fast-rising singer/songwriter, as she struggles to make her way in the music business. Sacrificing her personal life for her career, Casey is finally making the right connections and paving her way to the top. She is on the verge of her big break – or so she thinks. When she is betrayed by those she trusts most in the music industry, Casey finds herself on a downward spiral. Now, in order to get back on track, she must reconnect with those she left behind – recognizing the value of her relationships."

In addition to the Tony Award-winning revival of Hair, which he also co-produced in London, Sandberg produced the New York premiere of A Perfect Future and the world premieres of Tony nominee Bill Russell and Peter Melnick's The Last Smoker in America and the Hal Prince musical Paradise Found in London. Sandberg has also directed readings of Summer Schlock and the NYMF production of Bernice Bobs Her Mullet.

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