Developmental presentations of the new musical Fat Kid Rules the World will be offered October 29 at 7 PM, October 30 at 11 AM and 3 PM, and October 31 at 11 AM at the Royal Family Performing Arts Space, 145 W. 46th St.
Directed by Marc Eardley and executive-produced by Dancing Play Productions, the cast will feature Trey Ellett (Amélie), Matt Gumley (Elf), Kurt Hellerich (Tink!), Mitchell Jarvis (Gettin' the Band Back Together), Pilar Martinez (Sleeping Beauty), Michael Nigro (The Sound of Music Live!), Emerson Steele (Violet), Cole Ragsdale (Gigantic), Scott Redmond (Freedom Riders), Shea Renne (Allegiance), and Laura Shoop (She Loves Me), with Taylor Blackman (Tarzan), Briana Brooks (Beauty and the Beast), Sophia Introna (In The Heights), and Chris Medlin (Mean Girls).
Fat Kid Rules the World has book and lyrics by Jay Falzone (Cooking With the Calamari Sisters), music and additional lyrics by Matt Gumley (Elf), and additional music by Evan Jay Newman.
It's 2003 in New York City and bullied kid Troy Billings is standing on the yellow line on a subway platform at the end of his rope. Just as he's about to throw himself in front of the F train, semi-homeless and manipulative punk rock guitarist Curt MacCrae stops him. The duo begin an unlikely kinship by forming a punk rock band, though Troy has just a few problems: His father has yet to figure out how to parent his boys after the death of his wife, his younger brother Dayle is an unrelenting bully, and Troy eats his feelings. Battling his own addiction and an abusive family life, Curt is desperate to keep his band together and won't let Troy's minor little setbacks stop him.
The new musical features orchestrations, arrangements, and music supervision by Ethan Popp (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical) and Zachary Dietz (School of Rock), choreography by Camille A. Brown (Once On This Island), costume design by Gregory Gale (Rock of Ages), lighting design by Aaron Porter (Waitress), sound design by Sam Kusnetz (Bikeman), casting by Robin Carus, and musical direction by James Ross Dobinson (The View UpStairs). Molly Shea and Abigail Strange are the stage managers.
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