Marcia Milgrom Dodge Will Direct Readings of New Musical Empire; Casting Announced

News   Marcia Milgrom Dodge Will Direct Readings of New Musical Empire; Casting Announced
Readings of the new musical Empire, by Caroline Sherman and Robert Hull, will be presented in Manhattan Jan. 22-23.

Directed and choreographed by Tony and Drama Desk nominee Marcia Milgrom Dodge with music direction by Fred Lassen, the cast will feature Joe Carroll, Hannah Elless, Samantha Hill, Fred Applegate, Nick Wyman and Tony nominee Michael Mulheren. "From the moment they meet, Michael Shaw and Ms. Frankie Goodheart do not get along," according to press notes. "Both have been hired to build the Al Smith Building which becomes the Empire State Building. Michael is an ambitious architect with dreams as high as the sky while Frankie, Al Smith’s girl Friday has given up on her dreams and just hopes to leave her mark on the city. The stock market crashes and Michael struggles to keep the project moving forward while dealing with the hard nosed 'can do' Frankie, inexperienced building financiers Al Smith and John J. Raskob, and an unbelievable deadline of 15 months to build 102 stories. Everything is on schedule when an accident occurs and Frankie is fired. With his dream in jeopardy, Michael must step up and become the leader as he fights to make sure everyone makes it to the finish line together and on time. If he is successful, he just might get to kiss his girl on top of the Empire State Building."

The creative team includes Jess Goldstein (costume designer), Natasha Katz (lighting designer) and Grammy Award winner Don Sebesky (orchestrations).

Empire is produced by Marquee Ventures, Sue Vaccaro, Lynne Walder, Michael & Gabrielle Palitz, Jeff Davis, The Rivet Gang, Dr. Dale Archer, Sidcat Strategies and Howard Olah-Reiken.

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