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UnsungMusicalsCo. Will Present Reading Of THE BERGEN LETTERS

UnsungMusicalsCo. Will Present Reading Of THE BERGEN LETTERS

UMC will present an exploratory reading of select scenes and songs from the new musical The Bergen Letters on Monday, April 2nd at 6pm at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. The cast will include Traci Bair, Nick Corley (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, You Can't Take It with You), Rachel de Benedet (Catch Me If You Can, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), Becky Gulsvig (Beautiful, School of Rock, Legally Blonde), Aaron Ramey (The Visit, Bridges of Madison County), Danny Rutigliano (Holiday Inn, Born Yesterday) and Morgan Weed (American Psycho, First Wives Club).
The Bergen Letters is an original musical telling the story of a closeted female college professor in the 1950s, who, though married with a child, finds herself falling for a young female grad student.

The piece is currently being written and developed through the UMC Writers Lab, an annual four-week intensive fostering the creation of a new original musical play. The Bergen Letters is a work-in-progress. The April 2nd reading will include select scenes and songs from the developing piece. The Bergen Letters features a book by TC Lind, music by Derek Gregor (Unlock'd) and lyrics by Phoebe Kreutz (The New World).
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UnsungMusicalsCo. (UMC) is a not-for-profit Production Company focused on researching and developing prescient projects that explore the vibrancy of the American musical theatre canon, and how past works influence the artists and repertoire of today and tomorrow. Founded in 2009, UMC relaunched in 2018 after a three-year hiatus for research and development with a renewed focus on presenting works which speak directly to the influence of the past on both the present and future. Dedicated also to the preservation of rare musical material for future generations, the company will be receiving its own archival collection in the Billy Rose Theatre Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.

Ben West (UMC Founder) is a director, producer, performer, and musical theatre historian. His current projects include three new documentary musicals: Show Time! The First 100 Years of the American Musical, 45 Minutes from Coontown, and 68 Ways to Go. West's directing credits include Unsung Carolyn Leigh for Lincoln Center's American Songbook; Gatsby: The Songs in Concert, a world premiere featuring an original score written circa 1969 by Carolyn Leigh and Lee Pockriss; and downtown productions of Make Mine Manhattan by Arnold B. Horwitt and Richard Lewine, and The Fig Leaves Are Falling by Allan Sherman and Albert Hague. On Broadway, he served as assistant director and dramaturg for Old Acquaintance; assistant producer for both August: Osage County and The Homecoming; and production assistant for Talk Radio. He has also worked in various capacities on productions at Hartford Stage, Paper Mill Playhouse, Vineyard Theatre, and Ravinia Festival. He is a 2017 recipient of Lincoln Center's Martin E. Segal Award.

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