"Once Upon a Time" Musical Brooklyn to Play Wisconsin

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Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson's Brooklyn will make its professional regional premiere at Wisconsin's The Armory beginning May 8.

The Armory production marks the first time Brooklyn has been professionally produced outside of its Broadway and touring incarnations. The limited engagement, arranged through Brooklyn's original producers, runs through June 1.

The short-lived 2004 musical played only nine months on Broadway, starring Kevin Anderson and Eden Espinosa. A subsequent seven-week mini-tour was launched in 2006 starring "American Idol" finalist Diana DeGarmo and Tony Award winner Melba Moore.

Told in the form of a play within a play, Brooklyn tells the story of a young Parisian singer (Brooklyn) who comes to America following the suicide of her mother, in search of her Vietnam War veteran father. The sentimental 90-minute musical traces Brooklyn's rapid rise to stardom, culminating in an "American Idol" inspired sing-off at Madison Square Garden with local diva Paradice.

"We saw the show on Broadway and knew it would be perfect for the Armory. It is just the fresh, cutting edge type show the Armory has become known for," explained Mick Gilbertson, who produces the Armory run of Brooklyn, in a statement.

Brooklyn will feature Elyssa Samsel in the title role with John Edwards (Street Singer), Brett J. Frazier (Taylor Collins), Chelsea Waller (Paradice) and Julie Marie Eberhart (Faith). Don Seward and Amy Linden are featured in the ensemble. Jim Tropp directs. Brooklyn, which features a book, music and lyrics by Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson, includes the songs "Heart Behind These Hands," "Christmas Makes Me Cry," "Not a Sound," "Brooklyn Grew Up," "Creating Once Upon a Time," "Once Upon a Time," "Superlover," "Brooklyn in the Blood," "Magic Man," "Love Was a Song," "I Never Knew His Name," "The Truth," "Raven," "Sometimes," "Love Me Where I Live," "Love Fell Like Rain" and "Streetsinger."

The Armory is located at 10 S. High Street in Janesville, WI. For tickets and further information phone (866) 995-7400 or visit www.JanesvilleArmory.com.

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