Lost in the Stars; The Last Starfighter Receives Free Readings at NYMF, Sept. 29-30 | Playbill

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NY Musical Theatre Fest Lost in the Stars; The Last Starfighter Receives Free Readings at NYMF, Sept. 29-30 The Last Starfighter, a new musical based on the cult 1984 sci-fi film, will three free readings at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, Sept. 29 (2 PM) and 30 (11:30 AM and 5 PM) at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Creative Center, 311 West 43rd St. (Manhattan Theatre Club is not affiliated with the reading.) Admission is free to NYMF members.

The cast includes DeeGee Brandemour (Granny), Michael Cone (Hugh, General Kril), Bernardo De Paula (Blake, Zur), Marc dela Cruz (Marty, Lieutenant Parak), James Donegan (The Zandozan, Stage Directions), Brian Earp (Alex Rogan, Beta), Paul Jackel (Harry, Enduran), Bruce Kimmel (Otis, Grig), Joseph Kolinski (Centauri), Georga Osborne (Elaine, Manzar), Abby Duke Pollard (Jenny, Miss July, Sergeant Taura), Catherine Remmert (Darlene, Zur's Assistant), Michael Restaino (Louis), Jonathan Richard Sandler (Jerry, Gnur), Maureen Silliman (Miriam Rogan) and Jessica Skerritt (Maggie).

This sci-fi musical romance starts off in Spring 1983 in a Sierra Nevadas trailer park. Teenager Alex Rogan's hardworking, unrewarded life takes an unexpected turn when he breaks a video game record and is spirited away by the game's inventor, the alien huckster Centauri, to fight for the Star League in another galaxy. Beta, a body double droid, covers Alex's absence with his mother, brother and beloved girlfriend Maggie while Alex battles the evil Zur and the Ko-dan Armada. Comic misunderstandings between Beta and the trailer park residents (and shape-shifting alien assassins in pursuit of "Alex" on Earth) alternate with Alex's heroic achievements as the universe's last hope.

The creative team includes Skip Kennon (music and lyrics), Fred Landau (book), Jonathan Betuel (original screenplay), and David Bennett (director).

Skip Kennon wrote the music for the one-man musical Herringbone (Playwrights Horizons, Hartford Stage, Edinburgh Festival, Philadelphia’s Prince Music Theater, Chicago’s St. Nicholas Theater), and the music and lyrics for Blanco (Goodspeed Opera House at Chester, National Alliance for Musical Theater, National Music Theater Network), Feathertop (WPA Theater, Pennsylvania Stage Co.), and Time and Again (Manhattan Theater Club, San Diego’s Old Globe Theater, Eugene O’Neill Center National Music Theater Conference.

(Playbill.com is a media partner of the New York Musical Theatre Festival 2006.)

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