Invitation-only staged readings of the new musical PopStar will be presented October 17–18 at Ripley Grier in Manhattan.
In the musical, “Buzz” Michaelson, a driven, brilliant, but abrasive Hollywood record executive, decides to strike out on his own, risking it all to take his young proteges to the top of the charts.
Conceived and directed by Sharon Rosen with choreography by Josh Assor, the cast will feature Sydney James Harcourt (Hamilton) as Buzz, Roman Banks (Dear Evan Hansen) as Luka, Kalyn West (The Prom) as Katie, Sally Wilfert (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee national tour) as Mimi, Ashley D. Kelley (Eve’s Song Off-Broadway) as Daphne, Eddie Cooper (The Cradle Will Rock Off-Broadway) as The Lodge, Perry Young (In the Heights national tour) as Marco, Amy Keum (Be More Chill, regional) as Daisy, and Levin Valayil as Chaz.
The ensemble includes Liam Allen, Ian Campayno, Erik J. Christensen, Alex Hartman, Carolyn Miller, Genny Lis Padilla, Nico de Jesus, Cajai Fellows Johnson, and Monica Woods.
An invitation-only staged reading of the new musical PopStar will take place at Ripley Grier Studios on October 17 and 18. Sydney James Harcourt (Hamilton), who previously led a workshop of the musical in 2016, will head the cast of the latest reading, which will be directed by Sharon Rosen. Featuring a book by Martin Casella and lyrics by Sophie Dupin and Jay Levine, PopStar follows “Buzz” Michaelson (Harcourt)—a driven, brilliant, but abrasive Hollywood record executive who decides to strike out on his own, risking it all to take his young protégés to the top of the charts. Joining Harcourt in the principal cast will be Roman Banks, Kalyn West, Sally Wilfert, Ashley D. Kelley, Eddie Cooper, Perry Young, Amy Keum and Levin Valayil.
An invitation-only reading of the new musical PopStar will take place on Thursday, October 20 (2pm) and Friday, October 21 (11am) at Pearl Studios (500 Eighth Avenue, Studio #1204). PopStar features a book by Martin Casella, music and lyrics by Jay Levine and Sophie Dupin and is conceived and directed by Sharon Rosen.
The cast of the reading of PopStar is led by Sydney James Harcourt (Hamilton) with Dan DeLuca (Newsies national tour), Linedy Genao (On Your Feet!), Judy McLane (Mamma Mia!), L. Steven Taylor (The Lion King), Alysha Umphress (On the Town), Kalyn West (Gigantic) and Perry Young (In the Heights national tour). The PopStar ensemble includesErik J. Christensen, Erin Clemons, JarEd Dixon, Kathrina Feigh, Kelvin Moon Loh, Carolyn Miller, Susanna Rizzo and Levin Valayil.