Alison Fraser, Michael Arden and Others Star in Reading of New Brian Lowdermilk Show April 3
THE ARTISTS SHOWCASE SERIES (www.showcaseseries.org) presents a reading of THE UNAUTHORIZED AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF SAMANTHA BROWN, a new musical with music and lyrics by BRIAN LOWDERMILK, concept by ZACH ALTMAN and book and lyrics by Kait Kerrigan at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, at Makor, 35 West 67th Street, between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. Tickets are $15 and can be ordered online under "Theatre" at www.makor.org or by calling (212) 601-1000. The Artists Showcase Series portion of proceeds from the event will be donated to YOUNG AUDIENCES, INC. (www.youngaudiences.org).
Produced by Geoffrey Soffer, the reading will be directed by Elizabeth Lucas and star two-time Tony-nominee Alison Fraser (The Secret Garden, Romance/Romance), Michael Arden (Bare, Big River), Sara Chase (the Boston production of Bat Boy), JOHN HERRERA (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Man of La Mancha) and Celia Keenan-Bolger (William Finn's The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee). Musical direction is by Vadim Feichtner (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, William Finn's Elegies, William Finn's Infinate Joy)
In THE UNAUTHORIZED AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF SAMANTHA BROWN, Sam, a senior in high school, has what everyone always wanted: a boyfriend who loves her, functional parents and an acceptance letter to the school of her choice. And since she's moving to New York City she doesn't even need the driver's license she's too chicken to get. So she doesn't need to be worried. And she doesn't need to be happy. Right?
Brian Lowdermilk, recent recipient of the Richard Rodgers Award and 2005 Jonathan Larson Musical Theatre Fellow, has written Transient Days, The Wheel, RED and The Woman Upstairs, which was recently presented as part of the first New York Musical Theatre Festival and starred Alison Fraser and Kate Shindle. He is a member of the BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and an alumnus of the New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio. For more information, please visit www.brianlowdermilk.com
THE ARTISTS SHOWCASE SERIES was created by producer Geoffrey Soffer to present readings of plays and musicals, as well as concerts featuring stars of Broadway, cabaret, TV and film. Proceeds from all events are donated to a charity chosen by the artists involved. Artists Showcase Series events included a reading of Bingo With The Indians a new play by Adam Rapp starring Anthony Rapp & Carrie Preston, a reading of Suicide Weather, a new play by Tony Award winner Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q), starring Tony and Emmy Award winner Debra Monk; a reading of Easter Rising, a new musical by Michael Arden; an evening with Grammy Award-winning songwriter Julie Gold (From A Distance); a screening of Broadway: The Golden Age followed by a panel discussion with filmmaker Rick McKay, Anita Gillette, Don Pippin and Michael Mastro; and two standing-room-only "Broadway Kitchen Sink" concerts, featuring Victoria Clark, Anthony Rapp, Shoshana Bean, Matthew Morrison, Julia Murney, Emily Loesser, and many others. For more information, please visit www.showcaseseries.org.