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TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series
January 16, 2018 @ 7:00 pmfree
Theater Resources Unlimited
TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series
January 15, 29, and February 5, 2018 at 7pm
at The Actors Temple Theatre
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces the TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series, on January 15, 29, and February 5, 2018 at 7pm at The Actors Temple Theater, 339 W. 47th Street, NYC. A “Dollars and Sense” talkback on the future development of the presented works will be held after each performance. Admission is free. Please RSVP at least a day in advance (or much sooner) by calling 212/714-7628, or e-mailing TRUVoicesSeries@gmail.com.
The purpose of the series is to help develop new musicals, help producers develop the skills needed to produce new works, and foster the producer-writer relationship for future development beyond our series. Each reading will be followed by a “Dollars and Sense” panel discussion with prominent New York producers, general managers and artistic directors focusing on potential venues, marketing and budgeting of the works presented. Shows that have been optioned for future development from this industry-focused series include My Life Is a Musical, Volleygirls, The Forgetting Curve, Echoes of Octavia, The Hummingbirds, Pied a Terre and The Great American Trailer Park Musical.
“Our submissions continue to reflect the variety of creative expression and diversity that is the TRU community! Our reading series includes a musical comedy set on the Mexican border, Viva Max! with implications for today’s America; another set in the South with a country-western sound, Carolina Rising; and a just-for-fun Christmas comedy/fantasy, The Ugly Christmas Sweater. It really is an amazingly diverse group of ‘good to go’ musicals that we’re so proud to present and help move forward into production,” said TRU Literary Manager Cate Cammarata.
Viva Max! – January 15, 2018
A new musical-comedy adventure, with music & lyrics by Skip Kennon (Time & Again, The Last Starfighter, Herringbone, Don Juan DeMarco) and a book co-written by Julie Miller (productions include Amigo Duende, Zapata, The MAC Awards Show) & Fred Landau (The Last Starfighter, I Never Miss a Larry Kramer Musical). The show is based on the novel by Jim Lehrer, who is probably best known for The MacNeil/Lehrer Report and Jim Lehrer’s NewsHour on TV, but is also a renowned novelist and playwright. Produced by Yoni Vendriger (Right Before I Go, Sacrifices, Loveless Texas) and Mor Cohen (Shotz!, The New Galileos, Over the Wall). Directed by Evan Pappas, whose numerous credits across the country include Liberty, the upcoming A Letter To Harvey Milk, and Wonderful Town.
Remember the Alamo? Max will make sure you never forget it! In this new musical comedy-adventure, a young, idealistic Mexican General seeks respect for himself and Mexico by marching his soldiers into Texas in an against-all-odds quest to reclaim the Alamo. The show is based on Jim Lehrer’s rollicking satiric novel set 50 years ago, but the story remains current and passionate on 21st-century matters like immigration, gun control, and respect for foreign peoples and their cultures.
The cast includes Broadway’s Caesar Samayoa (Come From Away, Sister Act, The Pee-wee Herman Show) as General Max, Savannah Frazier (Amazing Grace) as Paula, William Parry (Groundhog Day, Camelot, Road Show) as President LBJ, Maureen Silliman (I Remember Mama, Shenandoah, Blue Window) as Hattie, Jane Smulyan (The Most Happy Fella) as Lady Bird Johnson, and Michael Cone (Brigadoon, Rags, Baz Luhrmann’s La Boheme) as Private Ungaro, and Sarah Corey (Prospect’s Illyria, Souvenir Stories) as the fiery Carmela, who sends Max off on his quest.
Ugly Christmas Sweater, The Musical – January 29, 2017
Book, music and lyrics by Mark William Butler (Mr. Whiskers Goes Viral; Instant Happy!; Attack of the One Acts; Pizza Punks from Outer Space; Patrick’s Parade, The Laundry War, The Nickname Fairy, Bad Christmas Sweater); directed by Richard P. Butler (New works: In the Wilderness; Cat Gets Credit Card!; Instant Happy!; A Brooklyn Bargain Basement Christmas; Bad Christmas Sweater; The Laundry War. Revivals: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas; Godspell; The Rocky Horror Show); music director Will Buck; presented by John Lant.
Holly thinks Christmas is ugly until she wears “the sweater” – and goes on a high-flying storybook sleigh ride with a wacky cast of North Pole characters – including an ugly Christmas sweater that comes alive and helps her navigate her journey from naughty to nice in this fresh, grown-up holiday yarn.
Carolina Rising – February 5, 2018
A new country-western musical
Book & Lyrics by Bryan D. Leys (Hell’s Belles, La Ribalta, How To Marry A Divorced Man, Midsummer Nights, The White Witch of Rosehall, Murder On Broadway, 2017 TRU Voices New Plays Series-Moonshadow); Music by Kevin Kuhn (composer: Midsummer Nights, 66, Harley. Broadway guitarist: Aladdin, The Lion King, The Who’s Tommy); Directed by Joe Barros (Bastard Jones, Cagney, Gigi, Artistic Director/New York Theatre Barn); Music Director: Balint Varga, Stage Manager: Michelle Perri; Presented by Sharon Weiss and Eileen B. Weiss of Tweiss Productions (Hell’s Belles, Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking, Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging, Appendage).
Crystal Ann McKay’s wild and independent spirit finds no outlet in her town’s unending dreariness, but life abruptly changes when a labor organizer arrives from Detroit. Inspired by true events, Carolina Risingshows how frustration mixed with courage can turn a troublemaker into a hero.
Admission is free for everyone. But reservations are required. Please reserve at http://truonline.org/tru-voices (click for the show you wish to reserve), or call at least a day in advance for reservations: 212/714-7628, or e-mail TRUVoicesSeries@gmail.com.
TRU is currently accepting submissions for the 2018 TRU Voices Play Reading Series. For details, and to submit an application visit https://truonline.org/2018-play-guidelines/. Deadline for submissions is January 21, 2018.
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the leading network for developing theater professionals, a twenty-five year old 501c3 nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of the arts. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies.
TRU publishes a community email newsletter of services, goods and productions; presents the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading Series and Annual New Musicals Reading Series, two new works series in which TRU underwrites developmental readings to nurture new shows as well as new producers for theater; offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program whose mentors are among the most prominent producers and general managers in New York theater; and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop the business skills they need. TRU serves writers through a Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop, How to Write a Musical That Works and a Director-Writer Communications Lab; programs for actors include the Annual Combined Audition plus Resource Nights and “Speed Dating.”
Programs of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by public funds awarded through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and with support from the Montage Foundation.
For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org or call 212 714-7628.