Eden Espinosa (former Elphaba – San Francisco, Los Angeles, Broadway; former t/r Elphaba – 1st Ntl. Tour; former s/b Elphaba – 1st Ntl. Tour, Broadway), Julie Reiber (former s/b Elphaba – Broadway, Los Angeles) and Sarah Schenkkan (former ensemble, u/s Glinda – 1st Ntl. Tour) will be part of the 6th annual 24 HOUR MUSICALS event, which will be held at The Gramercy Theater April 7 at 7:30 PM.
The event commences at a meet-and-greet with the cast and creative team April 6, prior to the performance April 7. The musicals will be written, cast, rehearsed and performed over the course of a single day. Each person will bring a prop and costume to the meet-and-greet to inspire the writers, and the actors and directors leave at 11 PM, when the composers and book writers begin writing.
Completed musicals, featuring at least two songs, are due by 7 AM on April 7. Directors, choreographers and actors will then arrive for rehearsals. A technical rehearsal is held in the late afternoon, and the audience arrives in the evening, when the musicals are performed without scripts in hand.
The 24 HOUR MUSICALS benefits The Exchange, a New York City-based producer and developer of theater whose mission is to create the classics of the future and to provide audiences and the industry as a whole the tools necessary to push the theatrical form forward. The event will also benefit the Exchange’s summer retreat, The Orchard Project, which kick-starts innovative new theatrical work from around the world.
WICKED alumni that have performed in previous editions of 24 HOUR MUSICALS include Mandy Gonzalez (former Elphaba – Broadway), Idina Menzel (original Elphaba – West End, Broadway, Pre-Broadway), Julie Reiber (former s/b Elphaba – Broadway, Los Angeles) and Dee Roscioli (former Elphaba – 1st Ntl. Tour, Broadway, Chicago; former s/b Elphaba – San Francisco, Chicago).
Visit exchangenyc.org/201424HM for more information.