Adam Chanler-Berat
Adam Chanler-Berat
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The Dogs of Pripyat, a new musical with music by Aron Accurso, lyrics by Jill Abramovitz, and book by Leah Napolin and Abramovitz, will receive a staged reading on September 10 and 11. The reading will star Adam Chanler-Berat (Peter and the Starcatcher), Kerry Butler (Xanadu), and Alex Gemignani (Chicago).

The musical takes place in the wake of the Chernobyl disaster and follows the pets that are left behind after the citizens of nearby town of Pripyat are forced to evacuate. A gentle mutt named Boychik must learn to hunt, kill, and, ultimately, decide what kind of dog he will become.

The cast will also include Lisa Howard (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert), Becca Ayers (The Addams Family), Gwen Hollander (Little Women), William Ryall (Anything Goes), Jim Brochu (Zero Hour), Jeffrey Schecter (Nice Work If You Can Get It), and Kay Walbye (Urinetown).

Evan Yionoulis will direct, with musical direction by Brad Haak.