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News Innaurato & Gilbert's Einstein's Dreams Musical Gets NYC Presentation A reading of a new music-theatre adaptation of Alan Lightman's novel "Einstein's Dreams" will be presented at 7 PM May 30 at the Elebash Recital Hall in the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan.

The presentation is part of CUNY's "Science and the Arts" series.

This new work is the creation of playwright Albert Innaurato, composer/lyricist Charles Gilbert and director Whit MacLaughlin. The reading is the culmination of a three-week workshop sponsored by the School of Theater Arts at The University of the Arts ( in Philadelphia.

This version of the property is not to be confused with an earlier take by composer Joshua Rosenblum and lyricist-librettist Joanne Lessner. Following developmental presentations in New York, their piece was slated to play Prince Music Theater in Philly until it was pulled. The book's rights holder then opted to explore a new take on the material with libretto by Innaurato (Prince's writer in residence and literary manager) and resident Philly composer Gilbert.

Innaurato and Gilbert are also the creators of Gemini the Musical, a musical adaptation of Innaurato's hit comedy Gemini, which premiered at the Prince Music Theater in 2004 and will be presented this fall as part of the New York Musical Theater Festival.

Director Whit MacLaughlin is the Obie Award-winning artistic director of New Paradise Laboratories. The cast for this reading features students from the Philly's School of Theater Arts at The University of the Arts. Senior Ed Renninger plays young Albert Einstein in the year 1905, the so-called "annus mirabilis" when he authored four papers that revolutionized modern physics. Rachel Radenberg plays his wife Mileva, and Oliver Lidert plays his best friend, Michele Besso.

Seating for the Einstein's Dreams reading is limited, and reservations can be made by phone at (212) 817-8215 or by email, [email protected]

The CUNY Graduate Center is located at 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street.

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