WESTON — Be among the first to see a cast of Broadway professionals perform a selection of songs and scenes from “Darling” — winner of Weston Playhouse Theatre Company’s seventh annual New Musical Award — at a free concert at the Weston Playhouse at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 2. The concert begins and will last about an hour, followed by an informal reception with the artists.
The musical, which was featured on the “Bound for Broadway” episode of NBC’s “The Apprentice,” is a loosely based, tightly constructed adaptation of “Peter Pan.” Set in 1929 Boston, “Darling” tells the story of Ursula Morgan, who leaves behind her upper-class family and runs off with a street-smart rentboy to begin a new life amidst an underground world of sex, jazz, and a mysterious powder called Fairy Dust.
Written by Ryan Scott Oliver and Brett Ryback, the piece was nominated for Weston’s national award by Robert Meffe, director of music at Pace New Musicals, who said of Darling: “The rock score is dark, edgy and contagious … The lyrics are intelligent, surprising and original …The book is a wildly different take on the “Peter Pan” story that will have audiences trying to uncover the allusions every night.”
The Weston Playhouse New Musical Award supports new work by writers and composers of notable promise, chosen from a group of national nominations.
Under the musical direction of Chris Fenwick, the cast of rising Broadway talent includes Derek Klena, Emily Walton, Julia Mattison, Justin Keyes and Max Chernin.
Admission is free (donations towards the non-profit Weston Playhouse Theatre Company’s New Works Programs will be gratefully accepted); for information, go online to www.westonplayhouse.org.
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