Casts and creative teams for 

2017 National Music Theater Conference

The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center announces casting and creative teams for the three new musicals selected for development at the 40th annual National Music Theater Conference June 24- July 14, 2017.  Among the actors premiering new work are: Kelli O’Hara, James Snyder, Mitchell Jarvis, Lisa Brescia, Billy Lewis Jr., Allie Trimm, Andrew Bancroft, Marva Hicks, and John Herrera. Creative teams feature Jason Moore, Ian Eisendrath, and J Kyle Manzay.

Public, staged readings of each musical will be be presented at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, recipient of two Tony Awards and the National Medal of Arts. The three new works, with casting and creative teams are:

Home Street Home

Book by Soma Snakeoil & Fat Mike with David Goldsmith

Music by Fat Mike

Lyrics by Fat Mike, Jeff Marx, & Soma Snakeoil

Directed by: Richard Israel

Music Direction by: David O

Cast includes: Lisa Brescia, Brandon Espinoza, Mitchell Jarvis, Tyler Jent, Billy Lewis Jr., Mary Kate Morrissey, Ryan O’Connor, MJ Rodriguez, Allie Trimm, Akron Watson, Chelsea Zeno

Synopsis: A new musical about survival and self-realization among teenagers living on the street. Based on true stories of the authors’ experiences of homelessness and punk culture, the story revolves around a 16-year-old runaway who plunges headfirst into the subculture of life on the streets.

Readings: Sat., June 24 at 7pm; Sun, June 25 at 3pm; Wed., June 28 at 8pm; & Fri., June 30 at 7pm

iLLA! A Hip Hop Musical

Book, Music, Lyrics by  Ronvé O'Daniel

Music by Jevares C. Myrick

Director/Story Consultant: J Kyle Manzay

Music Direction by: Annastasia Victory

Music Consultant/ Co-Vocal Arranger: Will Stone

Cast includes:Andrew Bancroft, Kyle Carter, Jamal Crowelle, Marva Hicks, Avionce Hoyles,Emily Koch, Stephen Michael Langton, Kingsley Leggs, Bianca Madison, Michael Stiggers, Nyseli Vega, George Vickers, Naomi Walley, Jalise Wilson, Perry Young

Synopsis: As the 2008 U.S. financial crisis threatens to unravel his family, Prince, a classically trained dancer, dreams of becoming a hip hop star. Along the way, he falls hard for his competition’s girlfriend and is forced to confront the shattered dreams of his community. It’s a journey of struggle, swagger, and search for self.
Readings: Sat., July 1 at 7pm; Sun, July 2 at 3pm; Wed., July 5 at 8pm; & Fri., July 7 at 7pm



Book by John Logan

Music & Lyrics by Tom Kitt

Directed by: Jason Moore

Music Direction by: Ian Eisendrath

Cast includes: Erik Altemus, Phoenix Best, Kasie Gasparini, Francisco Gonzalez, Danielle Lee Greaves, John Herrera, Kyle McArthur, Mary Mattison, Dimitri Moise, Kelli O’Hara, James Snyder

Synopsis: A new musical telling the story of Charlotte and her teenage son Simon. They have been struggling with grief, and each other, since the death of Charlotte's husband and Simon's father a year before. Through their unlikely friendship with a mysterious man in their building, Jim, they move toward reconciliation and renewed hope.
Readings: Sat., July 8 at 7pm; Sun, July 9 at 3pm; Wed., July 12 at 8pm; Fri., July 14 at 7pm