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Claybourne Elder, Kerstin Anderson, Ruthie Ann Miles Set for Emma Reading

The new musical, inspired by Jane Austen’s novel, is written by Meghan Brown and Sarah Taylor Ellis.

Ruthie Ann Miles will appear in a reading of the new musical Emma.
Ruthie Ann Miles will appear in a reading of the new musical Emma.
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Stage favorites Claybourne Elder (Sunday in the Park With George), Kerstin Anderson (The Sound of Music),
and Tony Award winner Ruthie Ann Miles (The King and I) will head the cast of two upcoming, invite-only readings of the new musical Emma. The readings will take place Monday, September 25, and Tuesday, September 26, at the Dodger Atelier.

With a book and lyrics by Meghan Brown and music by Sarah Taylor Ellis, Emma is inspired by the Jane Austen classic. It will be directed by Sammi Cannold, with Kim Grigsby serving as music supervisor.

Anderson heads the cast in the title role alongside Elder as Knightley and Miles as Mrs. Weston. They are joined by William Youmans (Bright Star) as Mr. Woodhouse, Andrew Chappelle (Hamilton) as Elton, Erica Dorfler (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) as Augusta and Frank's Aunt, Alex Finke (Come From Away) as Jane, Rory Donovan (Finding Neverland) as Mr. Weston, Caitlin Kinnunen (The Prom) as Harriet, Tari Kelly (Groundhog Day) as Hetty, Larry Owens as Robert Martin, and Ronald Peet as Frank.

Ben Toth serves as producer. Industry members interested in attending may RSVP to