Thursday, January 27, 2011

IN THE MIND OF THE OLYMPIANS Receives Reading at the Colony Theatre


Musical theatre writers in London and Los Angeles are combining forces to develop a new musical review about the Olympics, through Mercury Musical Developments in London and the Academy for New Musical Theatre in Los Angeles.

You can get a behind-the-scenes look at the revue, In the Mind of Olympians, before the general public sees it this summer, in a special concert at the Colony Theatre, February 14th at 7:30 pm.

The athletes featured in the 1948 portions of the revue are based on real men and women who competed in London, right after World War II ended; the athletes in 2012 are composites of contemporary athletes.

ANMT previously developed four shows with Mercury Musicals in 2005 that culminated in readings in London, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. “The hope this time,” says Elise Dewsberry, ANMT’s Artistic Director, “is to workshop the whole show this summer and then inspire a series of productions all across the country in 2012.”

British writers for the project include: Craig Adams, Mark Allcorn, Michael Dresser, Richard Free, and Peter Shrubshall. American writers include: Jake Anthony, Richard Castle, Scott Guy, Carl Johnson, Larry Todd Johnson, Matthew Levine, Robin Share, Chana Wise, and Clay Zambo.

The concert is directed by: Lindsey Hendrickson, David Holmes, Todd Nielsen, Luke Yankee, and Peter Welkin. Music Direction is by Ross Källing. Stage Management is by Kevin Meoak.

The cast includes: Noel Britton, Elise Dewsberry, Randy Guiaya, Scott Guy, David Holmes, Mike Irizarry, Evan Laffer, Christiana Moffa, Minta Mullins, Sari Rose Poll, Andrea Press, Sara J. Stuckey, Tedd Szeto, Christina Valo, and Peter Welkin.

The February 14th concert presents seven sections of the revue; the second half of the evening features another musical in development, Windjammers, that tells the dramatic stories of the men and women of the Great Lakes' shipping industry in the 19th century.

Admission is $10 at the door, or you can make reservations at

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