Bruce Hornsby's SCKBSTD Gets NYC Reading With Jill Paice, Kevin Mambo, Bill Parry; John Rando Narrates

News   Bruce Hornsby's SCKBSTD Gets NYC Reading With Jill Paice, Kevin Mambo, Bill Parry; John Rando Narrates
Singer-songwriter Bruce Hornsby will appear with cast members from his new musical SCKBSTD to perform songs from the show for a private industry audience in Manhattan July 12.

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John Rando Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Alumni of the Virginia Stage Company production — Kevin Mambo, Jill Paice, Bill Parry, Brynn Williams, Charles Franklin, Rosa Curry and Garrett Long — will sing numbers from the show at Jazz Standard, the room under the barbeque restaurant Blue Smoke at 116 E. 27th Street.

Tony Award-winning director John Rando, who staged the 2011 VSC production, will narrate and explain the story, about a stranger who rolls into a small town in Virginia, shaking up the lives families. The title refers to a vanity license plate that suggests "sick bastard." The next regional step for the new show will be announced soon.

SCKBSTD had its world premiere in a popular run produced by Virginia Stage Company Jan. 18-Feb. 6 in Norfolk, VA.

The show broke sales records at VSC's Wells Theatre, where leaders said on Feb. 21 that a new crowd was lured to VSC thanks to the marquee name of Hornsby, the Grammy Award-winning folk-pop songwriter who penned the show's music and lyrics. The musical has additional lyrics by Chip deMatteo and book by Clay McLeod Chapman. All three are native Virginians.

Set in Virginia, SCKBSTD – A New Musical tells of a stranger who comes to a small town, arousing paranoia and prompting changes in a handful of community members. A joint production with commercial producers Mike Rafael and David Riemer of Spiral Staircase, the three-week not-for-profit VSC run grossed $236,363 at the Wells Theatre in Norfolk, making it the highest-grossing season production in VSC history. The show's sales exceeded VSC's world premiere of the Broadway-bound The Secret Garden.

SCKBSTD was directed by Rando (Urinetown) and choreographed by Tony winner Scott Wise. Music supervisor is Kim Grigsby.

The Norfolk staging featured former Jekyll and Hyde star Robert Cuccioli, who played mysterious stranger Norman Rhodes, plus Kevin Mambo (Fela!), Jill Paice (Woman in White, Curtains, 39 Steps), William Parry (of the original Sunday in the Park With George), Marcus Lovett (King David, Aspects of Love), Jayne Paterson (Les Miz, A Little Night Music), Brynn Williams (13, Bye Bye Birdie), Riley Costello (Everyday Rapture, 13, Bye Bye Birdie), Garrett Long (South Pacific, Off-Broadway's The Spitfire Grill), Rosa Curry (The Rocky Horror Show, Steel Pier), Karl Warden, Eugene Barry-Hill (The Lion King) and Ken Cavett.

Industry people interested in attending the presentation can inquire via email to

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