Paice, Luker, Dvorsky and Petkoff Set for Enchanted April Musical Reading

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Jill Paice, Rebecca Luker, George Dvorsky and Robert Petkoff will take part in a reading of the new musical adaptation of Elizabeth Von Arnim's 1922 novel Enchanted April.

Annette Jolles (Little by Little, That Time of Year) will direct the March 15-16 invitation-only presentations in Manhattan.

Enchanted April has book and lyrics by Kleban Award winner Charles Leipart and a score by Richard B. Evans. The two previously collaborated on the musical The Price of Everything, A Musical Vaudeville.

Paice (Gone with the Wind, Curtains, Woman in White) will portray Lady Caroline, with Luker (Mary Poppins, Nine, The Secret Garden) as Rose, Dvorsky (The Scarlet Pimpernel, Gentleman Prefer Blondes) as Frederick and Petkoff (Ragtime, Fiddler on the Roof) as Briggs.

The reading will also feature Amy Goldberger (Xanadu tour) as Lottie, SuEllen Estey (State Fair, Sweeney Todd) as Mrs. Fisher, Ben Dibble (The Producers) as Melresh, Joel Briel (Cats) as Domenico, Rachel Coloff (Lestat) Francesca, Joy Hermalyn (Fiddler on the Roof) as Costanza, Lauren Jalencovich as Angela and Michael Marcotte as Beppo.

Press notes for the musical read: "It's 1922. A cold, rainy London. A classified ad appears in the London Times: 'To let for the month of April – a small castle in Italy, Sunshine & Wisteria in Abundance.' Life and love are about to bloom for four unhappy London women: Rose, married to a self-centered novelist of pulp historical fiction; Lottie, married to a cold, parsimonious business-minded solicitor; Lady Caroline, a jaded debutante, looking for the meaning of it all; and Mrs. Fisher, a widow, living entirely in her Victorian memories. These four ladies find each other – and the castle of their dreams – for one magical month in San Salvatore. They expect only a pleasant holiday away from their London cares, but what they find awakens them to a world of passionate feeling and the joys of living." Brierpatch Productions (Laura Janik Cronin/Scott Newsome) present the readings. Lawrence Yurman serves as musical director.

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