Casting has been announced for The City Club, a reading of a new noir jazz blues musical, produced by Roll You Own, LLC., to be presented on Friday, January 28th, 2011 at Theatre Row’s Beckett Theatre.
Directed by Mitchell Maxwell, the cast will feature Andrew Pandaleon (The History of War), Margaret Hoffman (Dreamgirls- tour), Natalie Peyser , Tess Soltau (Restoration Comedy), Kenny Brawner (The Brawner Brothers Band), and Michael Pemberton (The Farnsworth Invention). Felicia Ricci (Wicked - tour) , Sally Swallow, Stephen Lee Anderson (Wicked), Spencer Moses (Guys & Dolls) , Michael Lanning (Civil War) and Brian Munn (Rock of Ages) complete the ensemble.
Originally produced at Edinburgh International Festival, The City Club is written by Glenn M. Stewart and will be directed by veteran theatre producer Mitchell Maxwell (Damn Yankees, Dinner with Friends, Bells Are Ringing) with musical staging by Lorin Latarro (Swing!). The jazz blues style score is by James Compton, Tim Brown and Tony DeMeur. Mr. Compton (West End: The Queen and I, Elvis: The Musical) will serve as Musical Director.
The City Club centers around Charles Davenport, a passionate and naïve jazz club owner who tries to create the ultimate club in a dark city full of corruption and prejudice. With a blind passion for music, he headlines sizzling talent from “the wrong side of the tracks,” for his wealthy and decadent patrons who are willing to pay anything for what they want---with tragic results.
There will be two presentations on January 28th (1PM and 5PM) for invited theatre industry and Rialto insiders. Theatre Row’s Beckett Theatre is located at 410 West 42nd Street.