It’s the First Day of Rehearsal for Alice Ripley and Irish Rep’s A Christmas Memory

The cast of the new off-Broadway musical A Christmas Memory met the press on October 21. The Irish Repertory Theatre production at the DR2 Theatre is scheduled to run from November 25-January 4 under the direction of Charlotte Moore.

Inspired by the largely autobiographical short story by Truman Capote, the musical features a score by Larry Grossman and Carol Hall, and a book by Duane Poole. Set in 1930s Alabama, the show looks at the celebration of Christmas in the American South from the perspective of a young boy and his eccentric family.

The New York Premiere of ‘A Christmas Memory’

November 25th- January 4th
at the DR2 Theatre in Union Square

Perfect for the holidays, A Christmas Memory is an elegant, heart-warming, musical celebration of a traditional Southern Christmas.  Set in Alabama in 1933, Memory tells the story of young Buddy, who is being raised by three eccentric cousins, and their last, precious Christmas together at home.  As Buddy and his cousin Sook gather ingredients for their World-Famous Christmas Fruitcake (with one to be delivered to the Roosevelts in the White House!), we are drawn back into a sweet world of innocence… of a warmth and emotion that has all but disappeared.

The National Alliance For Musical Theatre (NAMT) announced initial casting for ‘Beautiful Poison’

The National Alliance For Musical Theatre (NAMT) just announced initial casting for the 26th Annual Festival of New Musicals. Michael Cassara Casting serves as the resident casting office for the 26th Annual Festival of New Musicals, taking place on Thursday, October 23, 2014 and Friday, October 24, 2014 at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street).

Beautiful Poison will feature Terence Archie (Rocky), Natalie Venetia Belcon (Avenue Q), Sarah Davis (The Reckoning of Kit), Michelle Duffy (Heathers), Michael Lanning (Bonnie & Clyde), Brandon O’Neill (Aladdin), and Jesse Nager (Motown). Beautiful Poison will be directed by David Armstrong (Executive Producer and Artistic Director, The 5th Avenue Theatre), with Ian Eisendrath (A Christmas Story, Madison Square Garden) serving as musical director. Beautiful Poison features music by Brendan Milburn, lyrics by Valerie Vigoda, and a book by Duane Poole.

“A Christmas Memory” Comes To Chicago

November 13 – December 14, 2014
Based on Truman Capote’s touching memoir of his childhood, this new musical is set in a small Southern town in the 1930’s. A CHRISTMAS MEMORY chronicles a young boy’s friendship with his eccentric relatives, including his cousin and best friend, Sook. The misfits are inseparable as they launch kites, haunt speakeasies and mail fruitcakes to everyone from Jean Harlow to President Roosevelt. It’s a festive tale whose songs celebrate the simple pleasures of country life, friendship and the joy of giving during the Christmas season.

“It is an entertaining and heartwarming theatrical work that is just perfect for the holidays.” — San Jose Mercury News