Village Theatre musical ‘Stunt Girl’ readies for Big Apple debut

June 2, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 1:35 p.m. June 2, 2010

“Stunt Girl” — a musical account of groundbreaking journalist Nellie Bly — will become the latest Village Theatre production to make the journey from Issaquah to New York City.

The musical will receive a reading at the Manhattan Theatre Club on Monday. “Stunt Girl” premiered at Village Theatre last March.

Issaquah native Brian Yorkey — the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and lyricist behind another Village Theatre original musical, “Next to Normal” — will direct the “Stunt Girl” reading.

R.J. Tancioco, music director for the Village Theatre production, will fill the same role for the Manhattan Theatre Club reading.

John Patrick Lowrie will play newspaper publisher and prize namesake Joseph Pulitzer, a role he originated in Issaquah. “Next to Normal” cast member Louis Hobson will play reporter Arthur Brisbane. Hobson played the role in the Festival of New Musicals reading presented by Village Theatre in 2005.

“Stunt Girl” follows “Next to Normal” and “Million Dollar Quartet” from Issaquah to New York City. “Next to Normal” earned three Tonys last year. “Million Dollar Quartet” has been nominated for three statuettes, including Best Musical. Winners will be announced June 13.

Disney composer David Friedman conceived “Stunt Girl” and Tony Award nominee Peter Kellogg wrote the book and lyrics. Learn more about the Manhattan Theatre Club reading here.

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