Sunday Series at Abingdon Presents HOW TO MARRY A DIVORCED MAN 4/29

Sunday Series at Abingdon presents HOW TO MARRY A DIVORCED MAN on April 29 at 7:00pm at the Abingdon Theatre Complex, June Havoc Theatre (312 West 36th Street, 1st Floor, between 8th and 9th Avenues).

Call 212.868.2055 or visit to purchase tickets which are $20.

In HOW TO MARRY A DIVORCED MAN, Layla Diamond, a rock-and-roll reporter in her late 30’s, follows the advice of her daffy mother and seeks out a divorced man. She sets her sights on Bo, a charming sports agent with a needy ex and two obnoxious children. Trying to fit into his life, Layla makes one madcap mistake after another, adopting false identities, causing multiple mix-ups and turning her marital quest into a complicated farce. This musical comedy features a lively score blending rock, pop, country and R&B tunes. Net proceeds from the performance will go to support the programs of not-for-profit Abingdon Theatre Company.

The book and lyrics are by Bryan D. Leys, who has written libretto and lyrics for the recent off-Broadway Hell’s Belles. His musicals Hoodwinked and Midsummer Nights are published by Samuel French. Composer is singer/songwriter/keyboardist Clare Cooper, a Berkeley College Graduate, winner of the Songwriter’s Guild President’s Award, the Abe Olman Scholarship, and has been featured on Bravo’s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and AMC’s Into Character.

The cast for HOW TO MARRY A DIVORCED MAN features Christine Marie Heath (Layla), stars in I Do! I Do! at the Bickford Theater (Morristown, NJ) beginning April 12th. Other performances include The Gondoliers (New YorK Gilbert and Sullivan Players at City Center), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Bickford Theatre), Le Nozze di Figaro and Carousel (Shreveport Opera), Threepenny Opera and The Boyfriend (The Princeton Festival); has played the title role of Evita in both English and German for North American and International companies. Richard Binder (Bo), has appeared at NYSEC in Jekyll and Hyde, The People vs. Mona (off-Broadway), 1776 (Fraunces Tavern), Butcher of Plainfield (Actors Studio), and On the Eighth Day (off-Broadway).

Other featured cast members include: Laura Daniel, Jaws, the Musical coming this summer, The Tragic and Horrible Life of the Singing Nun (NYMF Award for the title role), Hell’s Belles. Babs Winn, appearing in Musicals Tonight’s Sitting Pretty, April 2012, is the lead singer for “Miss Babs and the Kickin’ Boogie Band” (Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing). She has appeared on television in recurring sketches on Jon Stewart’s Daily Show and Onion News Network. Jacob Liberman, Greenwood (NYMF), NY Workshops: Wallenberg, The Jerusalem Syndrome. Regional Diary of Anne Frank (Indiana Reperatory/Pioneer Theatre), Kimberly Akimbo (Boston Theatre Works, IRNE nominee – Best Supporting Actor), Lord of the Flies (Wheelock Family Theatre)

Since 1993, not-for-profit Abingdon Theatre Company has developed and produced new plays by American Playwrights exclusively. Under the artistic direction of Jan Buttram, the company provides a safe home in which playwrights collaborate with other theatre artists and receive audience feedback through the utilization of a four-step development process: First Readings, Staged Readings, and Workout Labs, which culminate in Studio Productions and Mainstage Productions. For more information visit

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