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Photo Flash: Tom Deckman of NYMF's ARNIE THE DOUGHNUT at Books of Wonder Reading

Tom Deckman, star of the delicious new family musical ARNIE THE DOUGHNUT, by the Chicago writing team George Howe and Frances Limoncelli, based on the award-winning children's book by Laurie Keller, visited New York's oldest children's bookstore, BOOKS OF WONDER for a special reading of the beloved book and a meet-and-greet with the children. See photos of Deckman with Keller and more below!

ARNIE THE DOUGHNUT arrives this month as one of ten official selections of the New York Musical Theatre Festival's 2012 Next Link Project.

Arnie, a lovable chocolate-frosted doughnut with rainbow sprinkles, is the happiest pastry in the bakery when he's taken home by his new owner. But when mild-mannered Mr. Bing tries to eat the unsuspecting Arnie, both are in for the surprise of their lives! This unexpectedly original new musical offers something for both adults and kids to enjoy, as Arnie sets out on a hilarious quest to redefine human/doughnut relations.

Tom Deckman (Spamalot, Good Vibrations, South Pacific, It Should Have Been You) heads the cast as the loveable but confused Arnie, Thomas Poarch (One Life To Live; As The World Turns; All My Children, Victor/Victoria, Terms of Dismemberment) as Mr. Bing, Jane Blass (National Tours of 9 to 5: The Musical and Hairspray) is Ms. Plute and a saucy French Cruller, Stephanie Fittro (Legally Blonde, National Tours of Hairspray and Carousel) is the Jelly Doughnut and Sheila, and Jennifer Wren (2011 NY Int. Fringe Festival's The Bobbed-Haired Bandit, National Tours of A Christmas Carol, The Lion, The Witch & the Wardrobe), as the Powdered Doughnut and Ronnie.

Keller's book was first published in 2003 by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, and was selected "Best Children's Book" by Publisher's Weekly. It has since received numerous honors and high praise from the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and other noted publications around the country.

Parents and children can easily relate to this story with its loveable cast of characters that run the gamut from a slightly snobby French Cruller, to the feminine yet insecure Powdered Doughnut. The play is a perfect length for children as young as 3-years of age, who no doubt will fall in love with the loveable, colorfully festooned ARNIE and his friends.

ARNIE is a fun-filled good read that the duo Howe and Limoncelli have turned into a memorable, high-energy good time being directed by Adam Arian.

Performances of ARNIE THE DOUGHNUT during the run of the festival begin on Friday July 13 at 7:00pm at PTC Performance Space, 555 W. 42nd Street, New York, NY (between 10th and 11th Ave). Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online here.

Production Team: Produced by Sunshiny Good Productions, LLC (Producer), Frances Limoncelli (Book Writer), George Howe (Composer/Lyricist), Adam Arian (Director), Daniel Feyer (Music Director), Rosanne Limoncelli (Associate Producer), Lisa Dozier (General Manager), Eve Rybnick(Associate General Manager), Ken Larson (Scenic Designer), Greg Mitchell (Lighting Designer), Elizabeth Wislar (Costume Designer), Victoria DeIorio (Sound Designer), Samantha Watson (Production Stage Manager), Lauren Wong (Assistant Stage Manager)

Now in its ninth year, the New York Musical TheatreFestival (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 theircreators 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. For more information, visit

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