Soo, Carmello, Cuccioli & More Headline GHOSTLIGHT Reading January 13
Kevin Lambert (Broadway's Godspell) presents an industry reading of the musical Ghostlight, written and directed by Matthew Martin and Tim Realbuto on Monday, January 13th , 2014 at 5:00 PM. Ghostlight had two highly-attended, successful backer's auditions at The New 42nd Street Studios on December 2nd. This is the first time a show has added a third reading so quickly due to popular demand. The January 13th reading will take place at Theater Three, 311 West 43rd Street, 3rd Floor. Industry folk interested in attending should e-mail Ghostlightthemusical@gmail.com ASAP.
As previously announced Drama League Award nominee Phillipa Soo (Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812; "Smash") headlines a cast that includes three-time Tony Award nominee Carolee Carmello (Scandalous; Parade), Tony Award nominee Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll and Hyde; Spiderman: Turn off the Dark), Jennifer Hope Wills (Wonderful Town; The Phantom of the Opera), IBTA Award nominee Kimberly Faye Greenberg (One Night With Fanny Brice; Danny and Sylvia), Trevor McQueen (Annie Get Your Gun; S'Wonderful) and Abigail Ludrof (Ghostlight at New 42).
The ensemble will feature Caleb Collins, Joshua Scott Friedmann, Angelia Golden, Nathan Jentink, Elliot Lane, Jessie MacBeth, Brad Rakushin, Ryan Rhue, Taryn Tonelli, Stephanie Weatherly, and Emily Witte.
Ghostlight tells the true story of small town girl turned Follies and silent film star Olive Thomas (Soo), her meteoric rise to fame on the stage alongside Fanny Brice (Greenberg), her secret affair with Florenz Zeigfeld, Jr. (Cuccioli), who was famously married to iconic Wizard of Oz actress Billie Burke (Carmello), her falsely idealized relationship with Follies comedienne Molly Cook (Ludrof), her whirlwind Hollywood marriage to movie star Jack Pickford (McQueen), and her ultimate tragic downfall into drugs and alcohol, which led to her mysterious death at age 25 in Paris at the height of her fame. The evening features musical direction by Alison Holman (Freedom's Song). For those who attended the December reading, a new song has been added for the main character of Olive Thomas, the show has been trimmed and a new opening and finale have been written. The January 13th reading will feature these changes for the very first time.
Ghostlight originally premiere at the Signature Theatre as part of The New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2011.