Casting Complete for NYMF's LES ENFANTS DE PARIS


Chinese Mother Jewish Daughter Productions has announced that Emmy, Drama Desk, and MAC Award nominated actress / director Donna Drake will helm the world premiere of LES ENFANTS DE PARIS at the 2011 New York Musical Theatre Festival. This new musical, featuring music and lyrics by David Levinson, book by Stacey Weingarten, and additional development by Donna Drake; will begin performances on October 3rd at The TBG Theatre (312 West 36th Street, 3rd Floor, NYC 10018).

Megan Reinking (Million Dollar Quartet, Hair), Jed Resnick (Avenue Q), Dan Kohler (Blue Man
Group) and recent Yale graduate Blake Segal have joined the cast playing nightclub singer Fleur-de-Lys DeGondelaurier, composer Pierre Frollo, priest Claude Frollo and Michel Giroux respectively.

Additional casting will be announced shortly.

The creative team includes musical director Mark Hartman, choreographer Rhonda Miller, set designer Ann Bartek, lighting designer Brian Tovar, costume designer Kurt Alger, sound designer Michael Eisenberg, production stage manager Michael T. Clarkston, stage manager Tom Kosis and casting by Michael Cassara, CSA,. The production is being presented by Chinese Mother Jewish Daughter Productions, with general management by Stuart Shefter. Rachel Routh is associate producer.

The streets of Paris are not safe after young Pierre Frollo's love for a fiery Muslim refugee sparks a series of cataclysmic events. Featuring a chanson-and-Arab-influenced score, this gripping musical re-sets Victor Hugo's Notre Dame de Paris amongst the disenfranchised youth and xenophobia of France 1958, and the Algerian War for Independence.

Donna Drake is known as one of the busiest directors in New York, Los Angeles, and regionally. Among her numerous directing credits are NEWSICAL, BOOBS! THE MUSICAL!, CHRISTMAS WITH THE CRAWFORDS, ROMANCE IN THE DARK, ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT'S ME, ANN-MARGARET,
NOTHING LIKE A DAME (BC/EFA), and the current family hit John Tartaglia'S IMAGINOCEAN. She
was the director of last year's NYMF audience award winning show THINGS AS THEY ARE. She has
choreographed Catherine Zeta Jones for the American Film Institute Awards in 2009 and The AFI 2011 honoring Morgan Freeman and starring Betty White. She also served as choreographer for two seasons of the Disney Channel's Emmy nominated JOHNNY AND THE SPRITES. As a performer she has appeared in the Broadway original casts of A CHORUS LINE, SOPHISTICATED LADIES, WOMAN OF THE YEAR, THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS, THE 1940'S RADIO HOUR and 5, 6, 7, 8...DANCE!. Her work is the recipient of four Drama Desk nominations, a MAC Award nomination, an Emmy nomination, an Off Broadway Alliance Nomination, a Nightlife nomination, and a Theatre World Award.

Performances are scheduled for Oct. 3 at 8 PM, Oct. 4 at 9 PM, Oct. 10 at 5 PM and 9 PM, Oct. 12 at 5 PM and Oct. 15 at 5 PM and 9 PM.

The TBG Theatre is located at 312 West 36th Street, 3rd floor, NYC 10018. For more information please visit or

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LES ENFANTS DE PARIS will be presented as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF).
Now in its eighth year, NYMF is the largest annual musical theatre event in America and is widely
regarded as the essential source for new material and talent discovery. NYMF provides a launching pad for the next generation of musicals and their creators to ensure the continued vitality of one of America's greatest art forms. Hailed as the "Sundance of Musical Theatre," NYMF discovers, nurtures, and promotes promising musical theatre artists and producers at all stages of development, and inspires a diverse audience through vibrant, accessible, powerful new work.

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NYMF Memberships, which combine charitable contributions with valuable, flexible ticket packages and perks like early seating, and tickets to individual events are currently available for purchase at (212) 352- 3101 or Single tickets for Festival events will go on sale September 1.

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