Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Justin Guarini and Patti Murin Just Want To Have Fun June 20 in NYC
By Carey Purcell
An industry reading of Girls Just Want To Have Fun, a new high school musical written by Eric Price, is presented June 20 at 11 AM at 54 Below.
The musical is a modern retelling of the Jane Austen classic "Emma" and features a score comprising contemporary pop songs made famous by female singers, songwriters and female-led bands.
Daniel Goldstein directs.
Featured in the cast of Girls Just Want To Have Fun are Emilee Dupre (Chaplin), Justin Guarini (Wicked, Romeo and Juliet), Adam Kantor (Next to Normal), Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Newsies, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Caitlin Kinnunen (The Bridges of Madison County), Janet Krupin (If/Then, Hands on a Hardbody), Lorinda Lisitza (The Ted & Lo Show), Marla Mindelle (Cinderella, Sister Act), Patti Murin (Fly By Night, Lysistrata Jones), Ryann Redmond (If/Then, Bring It On), Brian Sears (The Book of Mormon) and Zakiya Young (Stick Fly, The Little Mermaid).
The musical's score features hit songs made famous by artists such as Sara Bareilles, Whitney Houston, Katy Perry, Alanis Morissette, Avril Lavigne, Blondie, Shania Twain, Salt 'N' Pepa, Natasha Bedingfield and Cyndi Lauper, among others.
"As a high school Theatre Director, it is often difficult to choose a musical that is perfectly suited for students," David Weinstein, director, French Woods Festival, said in a previous statement. "Not only do you need to choose material that fits your student roster, but also content that is suited for high school-age kids. We need new work with popular music, created by theatre professionals, and scored and adapted for teenage voices, bands and orchestras. The Stageworks Collection provides us with a great opportunity to combine popular music and high school-set stories. It also put parents and school administrators at ease."
The music director is Paul Staroba (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), and musical arrangements are by Michael Holland (Godspell).
Girls Just Want To Have Fun is the second project developed by Stageworks Media as part of The Stageworks Collection, which includes musicals that are conceived, developed and delivered with the high school performing artist in mind.
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