From Drab to Fab: Musical Live! Nude! Girl! Gets NYC Reading

News   From Drab to Fab: Musical Live! Nude! Girl! Gets NYC Reading
Producer Michael Roderick of Small Pond Entertainment is taking the new musical Live! Nude! Girl! on its next step, in an Equity-approved reading Jan. 14 in Manhattan.

With book and lyrics by Donna Kaz (an alumna of the BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop) and music by Wayne Barker (who wrote material and accompanied Dame Edna on Broadway), the musical tells of an Eisenhower-era housewife named Kit who flees to Las Vegas. The show had a presentation in the York Theatre Company's Developmental Reading Series in June 2006.

Carol Estey directs the latest draft. Musical direction is by Fred Barton. The cast will include Laura Lee Anderson, Heather Ayers, Bradley Dean, Kevin Duda, Kevin R. Free, Michael Thomas Holmes, Alissa Hunnicutt, Sarah Hyland, Ken Land, Erin Markey, Orville Mendoza, Jennifer Prescott (as Kit), Mary Stout and Jessica Wu. Carol A. Sullivan is the stage manager.

According to the creators, "What if a 1950s Midwestern housewife got so sick of making meatloaf every Tuesday night that she snapped — and ran away to Las Vegas? What if her mother could drink like Dean and her daughter entertain like Sammy? And what if this housewife went from the silent and submissive bottom to the tough, impulsive and calculated top of the heap? Live! Nude! Girl! is an original musical that tells the story of a once in a lifetime chance for one woman to break out of her rut into something original and cool."

The public performance is at 7 PM Jan. 14 at the Bleecker Street Theatre, 45 Bleecker Street, Lafayette & Mott Streets.

Composer Barker previously worked with Dame Edna Everage as her onstage pianist and also co-wrote songs with Barry Humphries for Dame Edna: Back With a Vengeance! Kaz's short musical No Trouble at All (with composer Gerald Stockstill) was seen in the New York Musical Theatre Festival. She wrote and directed Joan, a hip update of the Joan of Arc story, at the Northeastern Theatre (TNT) in Scranton, PA, where the show won a Jason Miller Award. The production later played the Edinburgh Fringe in Scotland.

Elizabeth Hammett is associate producer of Live! Nude! Girl!

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