WELCOME TO SHOOFLY Reading Stars Allison Case, Lavon Fisher-Wilson, Natalie Charle Ellis & More
Industry readings of the new musical romp, WELCOME TO SHOOFLY, will be presented in the South Studio at Playwrights Horizons on Tuesday, November 15th at 1:00pm and 4:00pm. Special Video Invitation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYdLPRsMeqQ
Book & Lyrics are by Jonathan Lee & Justin Anthony Long with Music by Joanna Burns, Amanda Duncan, Lee & Long. WELCOME TO SHOOFLY was invited to show at NYMF in 2015. An earlier draft of the show was selected as a 2011 NYMF Next Link Finalist and 2011 NJ Playwrights Contest Finalist.
"Figuring out who you are, where you belong and what you're supposed to do with your life is hard...especially after being kicked in the head by a horse and losing all your memories. WELCOME TO SHOOFLY where the Button M. Britches Annual Shoofly Bakeoff is bigger than Christmas! Virginia Bidder has won the crown and ribbons every year since she's been eligible to compete. Baking delicious sweets is her life. Or was! Enter Penelope, a mysterious amnesiac. Penelope may have no memories of her past, but she's got the baking skills of Betty Motherf***ing Crocker and could dethrone Virginia in this year's Bakeoff. In this original madcap musical comedy, a Bakeoff-gone-bad causes absurd hysteria in a small southern town."
Industry professionals who would like to attend the 1:00pm or 4:00pm presentation at the Playwrights Horizons South Studio (416 W. 42nd St., 5th Fl.) should inquire with audience coordinator Corey Chichizola at firstname.lastname@example.org. Seating is limited and the readings are closed to the general public. More information at www.leelongandburns.com/invite
The reading cast is led by Allison Case (Matilda, Hair), LaVon Fisher-Wilson (Newsies, Chicago), Natalie Charlie Ellis (School of Rock, Les Miserables), Sam Underwood (The Following, Dexter), Lenny Wolpe (Wicked, The Drowsy Chaperone), Jill Abramovitz (Fiddler on the Roof, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella), Christine Pedi (Sirius XM On Broadway, Chicago), Marc delaCruz (If/Then), Jacey Powers (Our Town, Band Geeks), Diana Limón (City of Dreams), and Tara Tagliaferro (Sister Act).
Rounding out the ensemble are Jelani Remy (The Lion King), Victoria Castle (Daredevil), SAndy Taylor (Mary Poppins MPAC), Kristian Espiritu (Here Lies Love), Amber Coartney (City of Dreams), Clifton Lewis (Pluto), Gaby Hornig (Found AMPT), Garrit Guadan (Christmas with the Crawfords) and Michael Liscio, Jr. (Avenue Q).
Lee & Long direct the reading. Musical direction is by Patrick Sulken. Vocal arrangements are by Joanna Burns & Patrick Sulken. Liz Ray is the stage manager. Corey Chichizola is the audience coordinator. Alexa Francese is the production assistant.
Lee, Long, Burns and Duncan first collaborated on the musical web-series CITY OF DREAMS that was featured in the New York Times, USA Today and Playbill.com's "Broadway on the Web" feature.