PRLog - Nov. 10, 2013 - NEW YORK -- Ghostlight: According to backstage lore, the ghost of a Ziegfeld Follies star haunts the New Amsterdam Theatre. Ghostlight excavates the true story of Olive Thomas, a small-town girl who rises to headline alongside Fanny Brice. Seduced by the decadent world of the theatre, Olive stumbles into a secret affair, an unfulfilling Hollywood marriage, and a downward spiral into drugs and alcohol. An homage to Broadway’s Golden Age, Ghostlight captures the glamorous and tragic lives of those who changed the face of the American musical forever. Ghostlight had a sold-out and extended run at the Signature Theatre as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2011. It was directed by Tim Realbuto and Matthew Martin, who also collaborated on the book, music and lyrics together.
Ghostlight - The Musical
An industry reading of the show will take place on Monday, December 2, 2013 at the famed New 42nd Street Studios, directed again by the creators Martin and Realbuto. Alison Holman (who co-wrote the musical Freedom's Song) will provide musical direction.
The highly-anticipated, starry evening will feature "That's So Raven's" Anneliese van der Pol as Olive Thomas, three-time Tony Award nominee Carolee Carmello as Billie Burke, Tony Award nominee Robert Cuccioli as Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr., current Pippin star Rachel Bay Jones as Molly Cook, Kimberly Faye Greenberg as Fanny Brice, Trevor McQueen as Jack Pickford, and Jennifer Hope Wills as Doris/Cora/Lois Long. The ensemble will feature The Ghostlight ensemble will feature Angelia Golden; Nathan Jentink; Elliot Lane; Abigail Ludrof; Jessie MacBeth; Brad Rakushin; Ryan Rhue; Taryn Tonelli; Tim Wessel; and Emily Witte.
People who will be interviewed on the GingerNewYork TV Show:
Tim Realbuto (Book, Music, and Lyrics/Director)
Matthew Martin (Book, Music and Lyrics/Director)
Carolee Carmello (Billie Burke) - Carmello is a Drama Desk Award winner and three-time Tony Award nominated actress whose numerous Broadway credits include last season’s Scandalous by Kathy Lee Gifford (Tony and Drama Desk noms. – Best Leading Actress in a Musical); as well as starring roles in Parade (Tony nom., Drama Desk Award); Sister Act; The Addams Family (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle noms.); Lestat (Tony and Drama Desk noms.); Mamma Mia!; Urinetown; Kiss Me, Kate; The Scarlet Pimpernel; 1776; Falsettos; and City of Angels. Her many Off-Broadway and National Tour credits include Elegies; A Class Act; john and jen; Les Miserables; and Chess. Her numerous film and television credits include playing Marie Bishop on NBC’s “Smash”; starring as Maple LaMarsh on the Emmy Award winning television series “Remember WENN”; “Frasier”; “Law and Order”; “Law and Order: SVU”; “Ed”; and starring opposite Giancarlo Esposito and Larry Fine in Zhenya Kiperman’s film I Will Avenge You, Iago! Her numerous recordings include the original concept album of Frank Wildhorn’s Jekyll and Hyde, as well as a slew of cast recordings, none being more popular than the cult favorite Parade by Jason Robert Brown.
Jennifer Hope Wills (Doris) - Wills is most known for starring on Broadway as Eileen Sherwood opposite Brooke Shields in the critically acclaimed revival of Wonderful Town (She also recorded the new cast recording with Shields). Ms. Wills holds the distinction of being The Phantom of the Opera’s third longest running Christine Daaé in Broadway history. She played for role for over four years and well over 900 performances. Her other Broadway credits include Beauty and the Beast and The Woman in White. Wills also appeard as Della in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn for City Center Encores! and The Merry Widow at The Metropolitan Opera. Her numerous regional credits include Magnolia in Show Boat at the Sacramento Music Circusm, Marion Paroo in The Music Man,Sharon McLonergan in Finian's Rainbow (both at the Walnut Street Theatre), Sandy in Grease, Lady Anne in Camelot (both at the Papermill Playhouse), and Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady at the Gateway Playhouse, to name a few. Her and fellow Ghostlight star Robert Cuccioli have appeared together before, as Maria and Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music at Pittsburgh CLO. Her voice can be heard as Liesel in the famous Salzburg Marionette Theatre’s version of The Sound of Music starring Christiane Noll. She holds an MM degree from Indiana University.
Kimberly Faye Greenberg (Fanny Brice) - Greenberg is the first and only actress in NYC to have performed leading roles in two legit Off-Broadway musicals at the same time: receiving critical acclaim for playing Fanny Brice in the solo show One Night With Fanny Brice (nomination for Best Solo Performance, 2011 Patrick Lee ITBA Award & Cast Album available on Original Cast Records), and as Sylvia Fine in Danny and Sylvia, a role she played for nearly three years. She starred in Actor's Fund benefits of Miracle on 34th Street and Mr. President, as well as the original NYMF production of Ghostlight. Her television credits include "Buffy The Vampire Slayer", "Charmed", and "ER." She is the host of "Personal Best" and "Broadway Backstage." She is currently starring in the Beautiful Soup Theatre's production of the new musical Lift.
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