Benjamin Button the Musical Prepares for the Stage
Matthew Hydzik and Janine DiVita will lead a developmental reading for York Theatre Company.
With music by Natalie Tenenbaum and book and lyrics by Brett Boles the work is based on the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It is described as follows: "Aging backwards is a blessing and a curse for Benjamin; although he grows younger and more fit with each passing year, he struggles to nurture personal relationships as he literally grows apart from everyone he loves."
Directed by Stephen Nachamie, the company includes Matthew Hydzik (Side Show) as Past Benjamin and Janine DiVita (The Mystery of Edwin Drood) as Claire, with Cole Burden (The Bridges of Madison County) as James, Sean McDermott (Miss Saigon) as Roger, Zachary Sayle (Newsies) as Contemporary Benjamin, and Julius Thomas III (The Scottsboro Boys) as Roy. Rounding out the cast are Mark DiConzo, Karen Elliott, Badia Farha, James LaRosa, Bernard Scahill, and Mia Scarpa. Sarah Jane Schostack will read stage directions.