The new musical, which was originally titled Gallery, features music and lyrics by the late Edward Kleban with a book by Linda Kline. Michael Bush directs. The musical was developed in the mid-1980's as an art-focused revue of new songs by Kleban at Manhattan Theatre Club. After an initial workshop the project was shelved. Kleban died without returning to it; Kline has reorganized the songs and drafted a book that sets them in a museum under financial threat.
The readings of the musical — developed under the supervision of director Bush — will feature Cindy Cheung, Dee Hoty, Harris Doran, Andre Garner, Marcus Neville, Asa Nisenson, Destin Owens, Lois Robbins and Jonathan Root. The music director is Paul Wolfson.
The presentations are part of the ongoing Amas Six O'Clock Musical Theatre Lab, a development series for writers, lyricists and composers to mount staged readings of their new musicals free to the public.
Ripley-Grier Studios is located at 520 Eighth Avenue (10th Floor). For reservations to the free readings, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 563-2565. For more information visit www.amasmusical.org.