Liquid Theatre Collective and Randy Donaldson will present two private industry readings of the new musical Marian.
Based on the life and times of the world famous contralto Marian Anderson, the musical features a story by Elkin Antoniou G, Chelsea Marie Davis, and Caleen Sinnette Jennings, a score by Davis and Victoria Theodore, lyrics by Davis and Emily Ruth Hazel, and a book by Jennings and Antoniou G. Directed by Tamara Tunie, the reading will feature arrangements and music direction by Theodore.
“Marian Anderson rose from desperate circumstances to enrich, inspire, and enlighten the world with music. She sang and spoke in multiple languages to remind us that humanity has one, unified voice. In this tumultuous time in history, we need heroes to help us imagine and create a more just, inclusive world. Marian is a role model who healed through music and exemplified love, equity and the eternal, unbreakable connection between all people.”
The company of Marian includes Jasmine Muhammad (Marian Anderson), Danielle Lee Greaves (Anna Anderson), Lee Siegel (Orpheus Fisher), Jonathan Burke (Billy King), Charlotte Odusanva (Young Marian/Ethel), Brennyn Lark (Alyce Anderson/Alberta Hunter), Blake Friedman (Boghetti/Kosti), Eric Leviton (Sol Hurok), Antoine L. Smith (Roland Hayes), Rachel Policar (Glinda/Bad Soprano), LaVon Fisher Wilson (Isabella Anderson), Kaye Tuckerman (Eleanor Roosevelt), André Garner (Walter White), Isaac Ryckeghem (Kaminka/Ickes), Ashley Marie Arnold (Mary Anderson), and Molly Stilliens and Shawn Bowers (Ensemble).
The creative and production team will include Dave Tweedie on drums, sound engineer Brad Zuckerman, casting by Amber Snead and Kendra Lynn Lucas of Binder Casting, and general management by Brierpatch Productions. Victoria Navarro is stage manager.