Kara Lindsay, Beth Malone, More Set For GENIUS: A NEW MUSICAL COMEDY Staged Reading

Kobi Kassal
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May 12, 2023 4:15 PM

Today, Ogunquit Playhouse announced a staged reading for GENIUS: A New Musical Comedy, which will be held on Friday, May 19. Based on the novel by Patrick Dennis with a book by Michael Heitzman and Ilene Reid, music and lyrics by Ilene Reid, the musical will be directed by Heitzman. Incidental lyrics enhanced with Spanish translation are by Jaime Lozano.

GENIUS is a hilarious romp set in the sixties, starring the most selfish, irresponsible charmer ever to moon an Oscar audience: Leander Starr, a Hollywood director in the tradition of Orson Welles, whose artistic aspirations soar as high as his cheeks bounce.

Fleeing creditors, the IRS, and miscellaneous ex-wives, Starr escapes to Mexico City where he runs into legendary author, Patrick Dennis, who proceeds to skewer Starr and his hangers on with wit as dry as a gin martini. 

The cast for the reading features many Broadway favorites including Douglas Sills, Kevin Zak, Kara Lindsay, Beth Malone, Ashley Brown, Eddie Korbich, Francisca Muñoz, Ryah Nixon, Phillip Taratula, Jacob Gutierrez, Rob Colletti, Debra Cardona, Elíseo Román, Austin Colby, and Lara Hayhurst.

GENIUS will feature music direction by Andrea Grody, orchestrations and arrangements by Steven Bishop. Ruth E. Kramer will be the stage manager and Chris Gunn will provide stage direction.

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Kobi Kassal

Hailing from sunny South Florida, Kobi Kassal founded Theatrely (formerly Theatre Talk Boston) while attending Boston University. He is an avid theatre attender and can be found seeing a performance most nights of the week (in normal times!) He is interested in the cross section of theatre, popular culture, hospitality, and politics. He also loves a good bagel!

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