Carolee Carmello and Joseph Melendez Join LaChiusa's LOS OTROS Workshop
Everyman Theatre has announced that Carolee Carmello and Joseph Melendez will be featured in the workshop of Michael John LaChiusa and Ellen Fitzhugh's intimate musical Los Otros. The workshop examines the revised book and score of the musical, which was originally commissioned by the Center Theatre Group and premiered at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.
Everyman Theatre commissioned the new version, which will receive a full staging at the theatre in Baltimore from March 22, 2017 through April 23, 2017.
Casting has not yet been announced for the full production.
"When I look for shows for Everyman's stage, I look for great stories that our audiences can connect and identify with. It was the character-driven storytelling and the brilliant score that really drew to me to Los Otros and I knew it was perfect for the Everyman stage," said Everyman's Founding Artistic Director Vincent Lancisi. "The deeply personal and unique story focuses on two interconnected lives and begs the question - what does it mean to be 'the other'? It's timely and relevant theatre. I can't wait for our audiences to experience it this spring."
Everyman's spring 2017 production of Los Otros will be a reworked version of the musical that originally premiered in 2012. The musical follows the stories of Lillian and Carlos, two Californians, one white and one Latino, who find their lives linked in unexpected ways. Told through three significant moments in their lives, the beautiful and intimate score captures the richness of each decade as they rise to face the preconceptions of what it means to be "the other."
Carolee Carmello, who most recently appeared in the Broadway production of Tuck Everlasting as Mae Tuck, will portray the role of Lillian. Ms. Carmello's other Broadway credits include Finding Neverland, Scandalous the Musical: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson, Sister Act, The Addams Family, Mamma Mia!,Lestat (Tony Award nominee for Featured Actress in a Musical), Urinetown, Kiss Me, Kate and many more.
Joseph Melendez will portray the role of Carlos. Mr. Melendez was the understudy to the role in the original Mark Taper Forum production of Los Otros. Mr. Melendez is known for his film and television work including appearances on Orange is the New Black, The Americans, Elementary, How to Get Away with Murder and Prison Break. He has also on Broadway in the 2000 revival of Jesus Christ Superstar.
Noah Himmelstein will direct both the workshop and the full production of Los Otros. Mr. Himmelstein, a native of Baltimore, is Everyman Theatre's newly appointed Associate Artistic Director. He directed the critically-acclaimed production of An Inspector Calls during Everyman's 2015/16 season. Mr. Himmelstein's recent credits also include directing Andrew Lippa's I Am Anne Hutchinson/I Am Harvey Milk at the Strathmore Center with Kristin Chenoweth; in addition to earlier incarnations of the work at Lincoln Center, as well as in San Francisco and LA. He has also recently directed Jonathan Tolins's play, The Forgotten Woman at Bay Street Theatre, Bleeding Love at the Fredericia Theatre in Denmark and the premiere of Michael Korie's opera Positions 1956 in Washington DC. He is a former Assistant Director to James Lapine and Bartlett Sher and a graduate of Emerson College.
Composer Michael John LaChiusa is a multiple Tony Award nominee. His many scores include The Wild Party, Marie Christine, Hello Again, Giant, First Lady Suite, First Daughter Suite and See What I Wanna See. Lyricist and book writer Ellen Fitzhugh is the lyricist behind several Off-Broadway musicals, including Paper Moon, Herringbone, Grind, Don Juan DeMarco and Paradise Found.
The workshop will take place in Manhattan during the first week in November, ending with a private industry workshop performance on November 4th. The performance is not open to the press or public.
Everyman Theatre is a professional Equity theatre company celebrating the actor, with a resident company of artists from the Baltimore/DC area. Founded in 1990 by Vincent M. Lancisi, the theatre is dedicated to engaging the audience through a shared experience between actor and audience seeking connection and emotional truth in performance. Everyman is committed to presenting high quality plays that are affordable and accessible to everyone. The theatre strives to engage, inspire, and transform artists, audiences and community through theatre of the highest artistic standards and is committed to embodying the promise of its name, Everyman Theatre.
Vincent M. Lancisi is the Founding Artistic Director of Everyman Theatre; Jonathan K. Waller is the Managing Director. For information about Everyman Theatre, visit www.everymantheatre.org or call 410.752.2208.