Full Cast Announced For Erin Kalmer's DIVORCE! The MUSICAL

Full Cast Announced For Erin Kalmer's DIVORCE! The MUSICALRick Culbertson, in association with Lynn Marks, presents Divorice! The Musical at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre (6539 Santa Monica Blvd.) The producers announced the full casting of this world premiere featuring music, lyrics and book by 2008 Frederick Loewe Award-winner Erin Kamler (Runway 69 at New Dramatists). Multi award-winning director Rick Sparks (They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?) will direct and musical stage this comedy about one couple’s hellish journey to un-tie the knot. Divorice! The Musical features musical direction and arrangements by Ovation Award-winner David O (Ubu Roi and Jason Robert Brown’s 13).  Preview performances begin February 5, 2009 with the official press opening on February 14, 2009.

Divorice! The Musical stars Rick Segall as Rich Hughes (Anthony Newley’s Chaplin at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion), Lowe Taylor as Penny Bailey-Hughes (The Marvelous Wonderettes at the El Portal), Leslie Stevens as Lisa Groper/Annie Hughes (Broadway’s La Cage Aux Folles), Gabrielle Wagner as Laureen Grub/Therapist/Minister (Odyssey Theatre’s The Threepenny Opera) and Gregory Franklin as Mediator/Don Hughes (Chicago Tour of The Hunchback of Notre Dame starring Dennis DeYoung.

“I'm 'over the moon' thrilled with this amazing cast we've had the fortune to sign.  Each of them brings soaring gifts and craft to Erin's intelligently written characters.  And their huge comedic skills will help light the way on this journey of grief, greed, revenge, and ultimately, love,” said Director Rick Sparks.

Set in present-day Los Angeles, Divorice! The Musical takes us on Penny and Rich’s journey, as their fairy-tale marriage unravels.  Denial, deception, and raw outrage collide with greedy lawyers, dramatically inclined family members, mountains of paperwork and out-to-lunch therapists. From "Till Death Do Us Part" to "I'm Living In My Parents' Basement And My Friends Forgot My Name" to the realization that each spouse is only left with "Half," Divorice! The Musical reminds us that laughing in the face of tragedy can sometimes be the best way to move on.

Joining the Divorice! The Musical creative team are set designer Danny Cistone (Falcon Theatre’s The Groovaloos) costume designer Denitsa Bliznakova (Old Globe’s The Merry Wives of Windsor), lighting designer Jeremy Pivnick (Rubicon Theatre’s Man of La Mancha), sound designer Cricket S. Myers (Pasadena Playhouse’s Orson’s Shadow) and casting director Michael Donovan.  Full bios for the creative team are available at www.DivorceMusical.com.

The world premiere of Divorice! The Musical is presented by Rick Culbertson in association with Lynn Marks.

Divorice! The Musical begins performance February 5, 2009 through March 29, 2009, with the official press opening on February 14, 2009.  The world premiere musical plays at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood.   Performance schedule is Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.  Tickets range from $25.00 - $34.99.  Tickets are available by calling (323) 960-1056 or online at www.DivorceMusical.com.

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