Staged Readings of Angels, with Cuccioli, Grové and Rodriguez, Presented Dec. 16

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Industry readings of the new Broadway-aimed musical Angels, penned by the Australian team of Ken Lai (book, music and lyrics) and Marcus Cheong (book and lyrics), will be presented in Manhattan Dec. 16 at New World Stages
Robert Cuccioli
Robert Cuccioli Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The 3:30 and 7 PM readings of the musical, based on Milton's "Paradise Lost" poem, feature the talents of Robert Cuccioli, Jessica Grové and Nicholas Rodriguez. Marlyne Afflack directs. Angels, press notes state, "tells the extraordinary story of the ancient war between the Angels and Lucifer's fallen minions. This timeless tale of good versus evil, hope versus despair — angels vs. demons — is told through the eyes of Sera, the Angel of Light (Grové). Though she is gifted with the power to control light, she aspires to a more heroic role. Her ambition is manipulated by Lucifer (Cuccioli), which results in tragic consequences to the Angels and the humans they protect. Sera must find the courage and power to defeat her nemesis."

Cuccioli (Jekyll and Hyde), Grové (Sunday in the Park With George) and Rodriguez (Tarzan) had been announced to take part in a Louisiana out-of-town tryout of Angels, which was canceled, as well as a Broadway production that was to follow. Angels still intends to land on Broadway in a production to be directed by Rich Fowler.

Broadway dates and theatre will be announced at a later time.

The creative team for Angels features Skip Mercier (scenic and costume design), Lightswitch New York (lighting design and projection design), Bernard Fox (sound design), Lynne Hockney (choreography), Christopher D. Littlefield (musical director), Julie McBride (associate musical director), TDH Media (video projection content design), ZFX, Inc. (flying effects), Bettie Rogers (hair design) and J&M Special Effects (special effects).

Angels is produced by writer Marcus Cheong, Frank Monteleone and Dale Smith.

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