Evan and Bodnar Will Be Part of NYMF's Brain From Planet X

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Rob Evan and Amy Bodnar have joined the cast of the sci-fi musical The Brain From Planet X for the New York Musical Theatre Festival.

Evan, known for his long run as the duplicitous title character in Jekyll & Hyde on Broadway, has also appeared in Les Misérables, Little Shop of Horrors, Dance of the Vampires and in Off-Broadway's Johnny Guitar and The Prince and the Pauper.

Bodnar recently wrapped performances in the Off-Broadway musical Sessions. She has appeared on Broadway in Ragtime and Oklahoma!, as well as in the national tours of Sunset Blvd. and The Scarlet Pimpernel.

Penned by David Wechter and Bruce Kimmel, who will also direct the NYMF production, The Brain From Planet X "tells the story of an alien invasion circa 1958," according to production notes. "A Brain and its two alien cohorts, Zubrick and Yoni, arrive on Earth and plan to take over the San Fernando Valley — starting with the happy nuclear family, the Bunsons. It's the first step on the road to their quest of taking over the entire planet and to destroying the family unit."

Kimmel provided music and lyrics for the work, with a book penned by David Wechter. The two previously collaborated on the screenplay for the hit film "The Faculty." Kimmel is known to the Broadway community for the Grammy Award-nominated revival cast recording of Hello, Dolly! as well as the "Lost in Boston" and "Unsung Musicals" series.

The Brain From Planet X cast also features Benjamin Clark, Merrill Grant, Chad Harlow, Joe Jackson, Naomi Kakuk, Cason Murphy, Denise Payne, Barry Pearl, Alet Taylor, Erin Webley and Steve Wenslawski. The creative team will include musical direction by Larry Goldberg, orchestrations by Larry Moore, choreography by Adam Cates, set design by Heather Wolensky and sound design by Sara Even.

The Brain From Planet X received its world premiere in Los Angeles in December 2006. The cast album is currently available on the Kritzerland label.

The NYMF production of The Brain From Planet X runs Sept. 20-30 at the Acorn Theatre, located at 410 West 42nd Street in Manhattan. Tickets are available by calling (212) 352-3101 or by visiting www.nymf.org.

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