McArdle, Franz and Hart to Be Part of Monsters Reading

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A by-invitation-only reading of the new musical Monsters will be presented Oct. 17 in Manhattan.
Andrea McArdle
Andrea McArdle

Directed by Steven Yuhasz with musical direction by Michael Larsen, the reading will boast the talents of Andrea McArdle, Joy Franz, Catherine Carpenter Cox, Nicolette Hart, Patti Hathaway and Sam Belanger. Monsters features book and lyrics by playwright Gail Phaneuf and music and lyrics by composer Ernie Lijoi.

The musical, according to press notes, is described as such: "On her 40th birthday, Samantha meets her demons. A successful, single, Wall Street stockbroker living in Manhattan, she has decided to quit her job and strike out on a soul-searching adventure. When Samantha’s mother learns these plans, she tries desperately to talk sense into Samantha: to keep her job, to keep climbing the ladder, to trim up. The encounter stirs up a toxic blend of fears and insecurities – in the form of living, breathing monsters, who descend upon Samantha one by one in a hilarious musical romp. The monsters try to derail her ambitions and drag her into their paranoid world. But in the end, Samantha finds an unlikely ally in this battle of wills, in a twist that helps her put the demons in their place."

Monsters was a finalist in the Emerson College Rod Parker Playwriting Competition and was produced in 2006 at CentaStage in Boston. The most recent reading was held at the York Theatre Company in March.

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