Howie Michael Smith, Anika Larsen and Justin Matthew Sargent Set for MY LIFE IS A MUSICAL Reading, 2/11
A reading of MY LIFE IS A MUSICAL, a new musical by Adam Overett with direction by Marlo Hunter and music direction by Christopher D. Littlefield, will be presented at the Soho Playhouse at 7:00pm on Monday, February 11, as part of the TRU New Voices Musical Reading Series.
The reading will star Howie Michael Smith (AVENUE Q) as Parker, a shy accountant who has never told anyone that his life is a musical -- that he hears people sing when they speak. His strange "condition" helps him make a cocky but vacuous singer-songwriter (Justin Matthew Sargent, currently starring in ROCK OF AGES) into a national sensation ... but it backfires when the woman Parker is falling in love with (Anika Larsen, AVENUE Q, XANADU, ALL SHOOK UP, RENT) falls for the singer-songwriter instead. Soon Parker has to choose: will he keep his secret, or dare to reveal it to the love of his life?
Jason Michael Snow (BOOK OF MORMON), Natalie Charle Ellis (Forbidden Broadway), Matt Wolfe (SCANDALOUS), and E.J. Zimmerman (AVENUE Q first national tour) round out the cast, playing dozens of other characters in Parker's musical life. Oran Eldor provides orchestrations, with Brian Hamm on bass and Jay Mack on drums.
Overett, who penned book, music and lyrics for the show, was a 2010 Dramatists Guild Fellow and is an award-winning member of the BMI Musical Theater Advanced Workshop, and as an actor has appeared on Broadway and national tour in THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA. Marlo Hunter is the associate choreographer on Roundabout's current production of PICNIC, directed by Sam Gold, and the founder of Eating Their Words. Christopher D. Littlefield conducted the national tours of ADDAMS FAMILY and 9 TO 5.
The reading will be followed by TRU's trademark "Dollars and Sense" Industry Panel. For more information please visit www.truonline.org. The Feb. 4 performance at Soho Playhouse, 15 Van Dam Street, is open to the public. Admission is free.