Corbin Bleu (Little Shop of Horrors, Kiss Me, Kate) will star in a private industry reading of the new musical Winghaven Park, by Lisa Peretti.
Directed by Gabriel Barre, Winghaven Park follows Hollywood starlet Vera Webster as she returns to her sleepy childhood hometown of Vashon Island on a war bonds tour. Set in the Pacific Northwest against the backdrop of World War II, her three-day trip turns into a journey of self discovery as she navigates an estranged sister, a long-lost love, buried family secrets, and the pressures of a career on the cusp.
In addition to Bleu, the reading will feature Tony nominee J. Robert Spencer (Next to Normal, Jersey Boys), Alexandra Socha (Spring Awakening, Head Over Heals), Autumn Hurlbert (Something Rotten), Athena Paxos, Fred Berman, Bernard Dotson, Cicily Daniels, Donnie Kehr, Savidu Geevaratne, Michael Cash, Bart Shatto, Fernell Hogan, Tauren Hagans, Taylor Hadsell, and Sharone Sayegh.
Said Peretti: “Vashon is the island of my childhood—an island of trees, birdsong, rocky beaches, and fields and orchards full of fruit each harvest season. There is something mysterious and romantic about an island, and I’m a hopeless romantic. I'm interested in the idea that love is costly, difficult. Grief is the child of loss, and this musical is about how loss challenges, galvanizes, and shapes Vera, and this community”.
Peretti has written the music, the lyrics, and the book for Winghaven Park. Music direction, arrangements, and orchestrations are by Zachary Kellogg, Andrew Neal will stage manage the reading, and casting is by Eisenberg/Beans Casting.
A developmental production of Winghaven Park was originally presented at Vashon Island’s Drama Dock Theatre Company in 2022. The industry reading is executive produced by Louis Louis Hobson, and associate produced by Hillary Dominguez. Tai Thompson serves as associate to Gabriel Barre, and will read stage directions.