Fringe Musical Espresso Trasho to Get Oct. 21-22 Showing in London

News   Fringe Musical Espresso Trasho to Get Oct. 21-22 Showing in London
Espresso Trasho, which billed itself as "the caffeinated musical" at last August's New York International Fringe Festival, will be featured Oct. 21-22 as part of "The Works" a London festival of five new musicals presented by Mercury Musicals Development (MMD) in association with The Arts Theatre and Clear Channel Entertainment.

Performances will be held at The Arts Theatre in London's West End.

Broadway talent was been lured to the Fringe production of the Richard Brinsley Sheridan-inspired show. The pop-jazz musical comedy with book and lyrics by Charles Leipart and music by Eric Schorr had a company that includes D'Monroe (Rent, Jesus Christ Superstar, Saturday Night Fever), Shani Lynn Nielsen (Jekyll and Hyde), Richard Vida (Les Misérables, 42nd Street), Valerie Wright (Annie Get Your Gun, Damn Yankees, Steel Pier), Erick Devine (Ragtime, Seussical), Nadiyah S. Dorsey (Constant Star, regionally), Kristi Tomooka (Miss Saigon) and Todd Lawson (Unnatural Acts, Summer and Smoke, regionally).

Choreography was by Josh Walden, musical direction by John Fischer and direction by Marcia Milgrom Dodge.

Lisa Forrell will direct the London production. Cresida Carre choreographs and musical direction is by Matt Brind.

"It's Richard Sheridan's classic comedy of manners School for Scandal set in Tribeca," said librettist lyricist Leipart, in production notes. "In between jolts of lattes and espressos the downtown jitterati scramble for sex, love and mega-bucks in this cyberized post-modem musical comedy with mismatched lovers and on-line trashers. E-mail flies as two brothers, gallery owner and rocker C.Z. and glib banker Joe, vie for the affections of Mirielle, the hot-young fashion designer, while Susie the scandal-loving owner of downtown's hippest coffee bar — Espresso Trasho — plots to win back her stud muffin, C.Z.... "Flying high on caffeine among these jitterati is Johnnie Rep, the gender bending performance artist. Which brother will win the big money and the hot young Mirielle? Will the scandal-queen's vicious villainies succeed? Espresso Trasho is a cell phone to the heart and a bolt of comedic musical caffeine."

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