Stephen Karam Musical Emma Will Get NYC Developmental Run

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Speech and Debate playwright Stephen Karam will test his new musical Emma with a 12-person cast featuring the young students of Manhattan's Professional Performing Arts School in May.

Karam, whose play Sons of the Prophet is now playing the Huntington Theatre Company prior to an Off-Broadway arrival this fall, authored book and score to the musical based on the Jane Austen classic.

Emma is being developed through the New York-based company Waterwell and is the inaugural production of the organization's New Works Lab. The mission is to align emerging and established playwrights with a professional support team and casts comprising talented students.

Emma will be directed by Tamara Fisch. Performances will take place May 11-14 at the Professional Performing Arts School.

The staging will have orchestrations by Lauren Cregor Devine, music direction by Brett Kristofferson, choreography by Kyle Pleasant, scenic design by James Fenton, costume design by Melissa Trn and lighting design by Simon Cleveland.

Roundabout Theatre Company staged Karam's Speech & Debate Off-Broadway as the inaugural work in its Roundabout Underground series and will present the New York bow of Sons of the Prophet. The current Boston engagement stars Tony Award winner Joanna Gleason, Kelsey Kurz and Dan McCabe. Karam's plays also include columbinus, Girl on Girl and Dark Sisters, an upcoming chamber opera with composer Nico Muhly. Karam is currently completing the screenplay for a film adaptation of Speech & Debate.

PPAS is located at 328 West 48th Street. For tickets, priced $15, visit BrownPaperTickets.

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