Former Renter Takes Part in Reading of New Musical, Lulu

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Ryan Link, who recently played Roger in the Tony-winning musical Rent, will take part in a reading the new musical Lulu May 17.
Ryan Link
Ryan Link

Link will take on the role of Rodrigo in the musical, which will be presented at 7:30 PM at the 45 Bleecker Theater. Suggested by the characters of Frank Wedekind, Lulu features music and lyrics by Adam Gwon and a book by Gwon and Courtney Phelps. Phelps will direct the one-night-only reading, which will also feature the talents of Selby Brown, Barry James, Katie Kozlowski, Maggie Letsche, Michael Miller, Jessica Morris, Alison Plotkin, Gabrielle Stravelli, David Vaughn and Matt Walters. Lulu is set in the roaring twenties, during the era of burlesque and silent film. According to production notes, the musical concerns "Lulu, [who] was 'born in the back of a slum' and dreams of a life 'like in the pictures.' Her childhood partner-in-crime, the manipulative Rodrigo, devises a plan to acquire fame and fortune using Lulu's sheer female magnetism. Trouble ensues when she falls in love with Alva, the son of one of her many suitors."

Ryan Link joined the tour of Aida in Sept. 2002. Previously Link was a singer and musician, most recently fronting the Boston power-pop band Miss Fortune. A graduate of the University of Washington, Link has appeared in the independent films "Nocturne" and "Departure." Rent marked his Broadway debut.

The 45 Bleecker Theatre is located at the corner of Bleecker and Lafayette streets. Admission to the reading is free; e-mail for reservations.

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