American History Musical "Liberty Smith" Gets Readings at NYMF September 22

LIBERTY SMITH, a musical comedy about the American Revolution, will be presented in two readings during the 2005 New York Musical Theatre Festival.

LIBERTY SMITH, a musical comedy about the American Revolution, starring Kevin Earley (Thoroughly Modern Millie) in the title role and directed by Joe Calarco, will receive two readings during the 2005 New York Musical Theatre Festival. The performances, presented by NYMF and Final Draft Productions, will take place on September 22nd at 3:00pm and 5:00pm at The Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street, between Ninth and Tenth Avenues.

George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Betsy Ross, The Boston Tea Party, The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere and the Revolutionary War... These names and events are the foundation on which our country was built. Now LIBERTY SMITH, a new musical by Michael Weiner (composer), Adam Abraham (lyrics), Marc Madnick (co-librettist) and Eric R. Cohen (co-librettist), presents these characters and events leading to the founding of America through an exciting mixture of song, dance, humor, and heart.

This spirited new musical is American history... but with a Forrest Gump-type twist. Kevin Earley stars as Liberty Smith, an everyman hero and the "forgotten" Founding Father, who crosses paths with historical giants and influences great events in funny and unexpected ways.

In addition to Earley, the cast for LIBERTY SMITH includes Derrick Baskin (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Danny Gurwin (Little Women), Chris Hoch (Beauty and the Beast), Stacie Morgain Lewis (Wicked), Steve Rosen (Monty Python's Spamalot), Mary Stout (Beauty and the Beast), Gregory Lee Harrell, Diana Kaarina, Kristin Maloney, Jonathan Monk, Frank Moran, Jake Speck and Danny Vaccaro. Musical Direction is by Gillian Berkowitz, casting by Tara Rubin. Steven Yuhasz and Jayson Raitt produce for NYMF and Final Draft Productions.

For more information about LIBERTY SMITH, or to make reservations, call 212-629-2077.

Dedicated to discovering new work and new artists, The New York Musical Theatre Festival celebrates the diversity, creativity, and future of musical theatre. NYMF is a flagship program of the National Music Theater Network, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, and is America's largest annual musical theatre event. NYMF is produced in association with Cadillac and Virgin Megastores and proudly supported by amNewYork, The Village Voice, WB11, Receptasign, King Displays, Rosco Lighting, Scharff Weisberg Inc, Dodger Stages,,,, HX, Next and Manhattan Living. For more information, visit

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