Photo Coverage: 'THE AWAKENING OF ANGEL DeLUNA' Reading
American Idol runner-up, Justin Guarini, starred in the industry only Equity staged reading of the new musical THE AWAKENING OF ANGEL DeLUNA - with book & lyrics by Judylynn Schmidt, and music & lyrics by Lee Ellis - produced by Kate Griffler on Monday, March 23rd at Theater 80 (80 St. Mark's Place) at 3:00pm & 7:00pm. Tracy Bersley directed and Barbara Anselmi acted as music director. BroadwayWorld's cameras took in the music filled event.
Set in a Hoboken Circus during the Great Depression, THE AWAKENING OF ANGEL DeLUNA weaves the enchanting tale of Angelina "Angel" DeLuna, a fallen trapeze star whose faith is tested when a mystical stranger comes to dismantle her beloved carousel. As Angel's carousel world comes crashing down around her - the lives of the entire circus troupe are forever changed as together they learn what truly matters in life.
The cast for the Equity staged reading of THE AWAKENING OF ANGEL DeLUNA included: Bethe B. Austin in the title role, Justin Guarini, Vayu O'Donnell, Dan Sharkey and Kirby Ward. Ms. Austin was recently seen opposite Chita Rivera and George Hearn in Kander and Ebb's THE VISIT. Mr. Guarini - the first season American Idol runner up to Kelly Clarkson - starred opposite Ms. Clarkson in the 2003 film "From Justin to Kelly." Mr. O'Donnell recently appeared in The Essentials' production of PERFECT HARMONY. Mr. Sharkey last appeared on Broadway in the 2000 revival of THE MUSIC MAN, and appeared on Broadway in the Harold Prince helmed SHOWBOAT. Mr. Kirby is an Olivier Award Nominee for Best Actor and a Helen Hayes Award Nominee for Best Actor for his portrayal of Bobby Child in CRAZY FOR YOU. Lighting design is by Jen Schriever.
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Photos by RD / Dziekan / Retna Digital