George Dvorsky Completes Cast of Staged Reading of GHOSTLIGHT
Broadway veteran George Dvorsky (THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL; PASSION) completes the cast of the highly anticipated staged reading/workshop of GHOSTLIGHT the musical on Thursday, October 22nd at 9:00 PM.
Mr. Dvorsky has starred on Broadway as the title role in THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL and as Henry Spofford in GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES. His numerous other Broadway credits include the Tony Award winning PASSION; MARILYN: AN AMERICAN FABLE; and THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS. Off-Broadway, he starred as El Gallo in THE FANTASTICKS and recently appeared in the York Theatre Company's revival of CLOSER THAN EVER. His also starred as Baron Bomburst/Lord Scrumptious in the National Tour of CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, and as Billy Crocker in ANYTHING GOES opposite Chita Rivera at the Paper Mill Playhouse. Dvorsky's solo albums "In The Still of the Night" and "All Through the Night" are available on the JAY Records label and on iTunes.
Mr. Dvorsky will play the role of Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. in GHOSTLIGHT, joining a cast that includes the previously announced Jennifer Hope Wills (THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA; WONDERFUL TOWN) as Billie Burke, Leigh Martha Klinger (REBECCA; LES MISERABLES) as Olive Thomas, George Primavera (AVENUE Q) as Jack Pickford, Kimberly Faye Greenberg (DANNY AND SYLVIA) as Fanny Brice, and Abigail Ludrof (THE HVAC PLAYS) as Molly Cook. The GHOSTLIGHT ensemble will feature Grace Bennett, Christian Lane Green, Erin S. Leddy, Richard MacLeod, Brad Rakushin, Joshua J. Schwartz, Leanne A. Smith, Allison St. Rock, Lauren Testerman, Julianne Turkel, and Alex Ward.
GHOSTLIGHT, with book, music and lyrics by Matthew Martin and Tim Realbuto, will be presented as part of the Emerging Artists Theatre's New Work Series. The show previously played at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2011 and presented industry readings in 2013 and 2014.
GHOSTLIGHT tells the true story of infamous Ziegfeld Follies girl and silent film star Olive Thomas (Klinger), whose ghost is said to still haunt the New Amsterdam Theatre today. In "Ghostlight", we see Olive's rise to fame in the Follies alongside Fanny Brice (Greenberg), her affair with Ziegfeld (Dvorsky), much to the contempt of his famous wife, actress Billie Burke (Wills), her obsessive friendship with Follies comedienne Molly Cook (Ludrof), her whirlwind Hollywood marriage to movie star Jack Pickford (Primavera), and ultimately her tragic downfall into drugs, partying and alcohol, which led to her mysterious death at age 25 in Paris.
GHOSTLIGHT will play on Thursday, October 22nd at 9:00 PM at the TADA! Theatre, 15 West 28th Street in NYC. It will be directed by Michael Kidney, with musical direction by Julianne B. Merrill. $10 tickets are available to the public by visiting http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2346655
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