The reading will feature the talents of Tony nominee Will Swenson (Hair, Les Misérables, Murder Ballad) and Tony winner Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone, Mamma Mia!, Elf the Musical, Baby It's You!) with Dave Thomas Brown, Gerard Canonico, and Tess Soltau.
Based on the novel by Aldous Huxley, Brave New World features a book by Ben Andron, music by Jonnie Rockwell and Grammy and Emmy Award winner John McDaniel, and lyrics by Tony nominee Bill Russell. Thomas Caruso, who helmed the developmental premiere in North Carolina, will direct this reading.
In the futuristic dystopian Brave New World, according to press notes, “love, art, faith—the things that make us human—have been abolished in favor of sex, drugs, and constant distraction. World Controller Thomas Mond (Will Swenson), the ringleader and puppet-master of this world, is responsible for keeping his genetically engineered citizens happy, content, and distracted at all times. But when two of his subjects, Lenina and Bernard (Tess Soltau and Gerard Canonico) journey to a savage reservation, and return with a mysterious savage, John (Dave Thomas Brown), and his even more mysterious mother, Linda (Beth Leavel), the foundations of Controller Mond's World State will be rocked to its core.”
Brad Simmons will be the music director for the reading. McDaniel will provide musical arrangements and supervision.
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