Casting Announced for New Musical True Love, A 1950's Romance Comic Brought to Life | Playbill

News Casting Announced for New Musical True Love, A 1950's Romance Comic Brought to Life This summer, Connecticut's Sharon Playhouse will stage the new musical comedy True Love, bringing to the stage the popular romance comics of the 1940's and 50's. Formerly titled Love Comics, it features a book by Sarah Schlesinger and David Evans, music by Evans and lyrics by Schlesinger.

Playing Aug. 6-9, artistic director John Simpkins will direct, with choreography by Simpkins and Abbey O’Brien and music direction by Joshua Zecher-Ross.

According to Sharon Playhouse, True Love is billed as "an affectionate tribute" to the retro comics of the 50's, "to a long lost era when eternally perfect love was every girl’s dream." The musical journeys through a love comic whose central characters fall in love, have their hearts broken and everything in between. The show also features several iconic 1950's signifiers including "ads for Sea Monkeys, bust enhancers and elevator shoes," among others.

The cast will feature Lael Van Keuren (Sister Act), Jason SweetTooth Williams (Bloodsong of Love), Jane Bruce (Elf), Reid Coe (West Side Story) and David Fanning. The production will also have scenic design by Lauren Mills, costume design by Michelle Eden Humphrey and lighting design by Jamie Roderick. Kelbi-Caitlin H. Carrig is production stage manager. Geoff Josselson is casting director.

Schlesinger is chair of Graduate Musical Theatre Writing at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. An Ed Kleban and Richard Rodgers Award winner, her earlier musicals include In This House, Ballad of Little Jo, Casanova Returns and A Wind in the Willows Christmas. Evans' credits include a Drama Desk nomination for his score to the Off-Broadway musical Birds of Paradise.

Tickets are $35 and are available by calling (860) 364-7469 or visiting SharonPlayhouse.

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