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Kennedy Caughell, Lana Gordon & More to Star in Industry Reading of SUPERYOU

The cast also features Carrie Compere (The Color Purple,The Lightning Thief) and Justin Sargent (Rock of Ages, Spiderman).



Kennedy Caughell, Lana Gordon & More to Star in Industry Reading of SUPERYOU

Amas Musical Theatre in association with Melissa M Jones/All Awesome LLC, will present an industry reading of SuperYou, a new musical with book, lyrics, music and arrangements from the visionary mind of creator, Lourds Lane at Theatre Row - Theater 2 (410 West 42nd Street) on Thursday, April 21 at 3pm.

SuperYou celebrates the journey of a comic book artist who learns to love herself and find her voice when her own superheroine creations come to life. The instantly singable anthemic music speaks of overcoming grief and adversity, finding inner strength, and connecting to the power of one's voice -- themes which are so resonant to our world right now.

In June 2020, the SuperYou team of seasoned Broadway creatives was the first theatrical show to safely perform during the pandemic, exactly one month after what would have been its NYC premiere by staging socially distant concerts on pick-up trucks at a drive-in upstate. SuperYou received national and local press, released a concept album, started a TikTok page with video content that went viral multiple times, and released a one-hour movie/documentary on Broadway on Demand. Suddenly, there were thousands of new fans requesting sheet music, and a show that never opened now has regular "Fan Cover Fridays" of people around the world covering their music.

BIOS

Lourds Lane is the book/music/lyrics/arrangements writer and originates the role of Rise, the electric violin-playing superheroine of SuperYou. A Filipino-American, classically trained on violin and piano at the age of three, Lourds is the visionary and heart behind the SuperYou social good mission, teaching global youth and adults to connect to their most empowered superhero selves through the educational arts and music-based 501c3 she founded, The SuperYou FUNdation. Lourds is a 2018 Actor's Equity Association Paul Robeson Award Finalist for her dedication to the "betterment of humankind," winner of the 2019 Ideagen Global Leadership Award, a two time Fred Ebb musical theater award finalist (2012 and 2018), Johnny Mercer Writers' Colony at Goodspeed alumni, a celebrated speaker at TEDWomen, TEDYouth, the United Nations, and Forbes Women, inspiring global audiences with empowering music-infused talks, the creator of a female indie rock musician community in NYC, The Medusa Festival, and was the lead singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist of her own critically-acclaimed nationally touring rock band. Insta/Twitter/TikTok: @lourdslane

JoAnn M. Hunter (Director/Choreographer) has credits both on Broadway and the West End. Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat on West End, which will have a UK tour and Australian company. Love Life (City Center Encores), School Of Rock (Bdway, US Nat'l Tour and West End, Australia, Asia, UK tour), Disaster, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, Broadway Bound. National Tour/Regional: UnMasked, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber - Dir/Chor (World Premier - PMP), Ever After (Alliance Theatre), World Premiers of August Rush with John Doyle, Beatsville by Glenn Slater, A Sign Of The Times by Bruce Vilanch, Harmony (Alliance/Ahmanson Theatre) by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman, and world premier of Marvin Hamlisch and Rupert Holmes' The Nutty Professor directed by Jerry Lewis. Annie, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Grease, Oliver, & Curtains all at (PMP), Nat'l tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. She has directed and choreographed Debra Monk in her one woman show with special guest Ron Rifkin, Andrea Martin, Victor Garber, and David Hyde Pierce. Assoc Broadway Choreographer - Spring Awakening, Curtains, The Wedding Singer, All Shook Up. As a performer 12 Broadway shows. In development: Borderline, Paris Through the Window, Once Bitten, Miss Step, Paperboy. Proud to be a Japanese American woman, and not limiting oneself to just that box.

Wendy Bobbitt Cavett (Music Supervision, Arrangements), Broadway and Off-Broadway: Come From Away, Hamilton, Mamma Mia!, The Scarlet Pimpernel, A Year with Frog and Toad, The Most Happy Fella, A Tale of Two Cities. National and International: The Who's Tommy, Mamma Mia!, A Chorus Line. Wendy is on the theatre faculty of Wagner College.

Amas Musical Theatre (Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Producer) is a non-profit, multi-ethnic theatrical organization founded in 1968 by Ms. Rosetta LeNoire. Amas ("you love" in Latin) is devoted to the creation, development and professional production of new American musicals, the celebration of cultural equity and minority perspectives, the emergence of new artistic talent, and the training and encouragement of inner-city young people. Amas celebrates its impact in pioneering multi-ethnic casting in the American Theatre and reiterates its commitment to this reflection of our diverse society. In recent years, Amas has emerged as a leading not-for-profit laboratory for new musicals, the most recent being Romeo & Bernadette: A Musical Tale of Verona and Brooklyn, Broadway and the Bard, starring Len Cariou and Red Eye of Love, which was awarded the Joseph A. Callaway Award for Outstanding Choreography. Its production of The Other Josh Cohen received six 2013 Drama Desk nominations including Outstanding Musical, a 2013 Lucille Lortel nomination for Outstanding Musical, and a 2013 Off-Broadway Alliance nomination for Best New Musical. Other shows that Amas has developed include A Taste of Chocolate, Triassic Parq, The Countess of Storyville, Distant Thunder, Marry Harry, Me and Miss Monroe, Aesop & Company, Signs of Life, Wanda's World, Shout! The Mod Musical, Lone Star Love, From My Hometown, Zanna, Don't!, 4 Guys Named Jose and Stormy Weather: Reimagining Lena Horne. Amas education programs include the Rosetta LeNoire Musical Theatre Academy, Lens on Live Theatre and in-school theatre arts residencies designed in partnership with elementary, middle, and high schools. www.amasmusical.org



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