NEW YORK, NY (BlackNews.com) — Casting has been announced for the upcoming Equity presentation of the first theatrical staging of a new musical _INVISIBLE LIFE THE MUSICAL_, based on E. Lynn Harris best-selling novel, _Invisible Life_. Tony Award nominee for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, Broadway veteran (_Chicago, Smokey Joes Café_) Brenda Braxton, will create the role of Mama Tyler.
Grammy nominated Frenchie Davis, known on Broadway for her tenure in _RENT_, was seen by millions in the 2003 season of the television blockbuster _American Idol_ and Top 5 Finalist on _The Voice_ will play JJ. Legendary Drama Desk Award Winner and 2 times Tony Award nominee Vivian Reed, will make a special appearance as Aunt Susan. Milton Craig Nealy, esteemed Broadway performer, recording artist and television actor (_Motown, Dreamgirls, NYPD Blue_) will originate the role of Coach Tyler. Ann McCormack will create the role of Candance. Gregory Williams
is the leading man Raymond Tyler Jr. Brianna Horne will play Sela and Terry Lavell, recently seen on Broadway in _La Cage Aux Folles_, plays the fashionista Kyle.
The special limited run will feature six performances of this poignant and heartwarming new musical for the general public and industry audiences on June 25, 26, 27, 29 and 30 at the world famous Apollo Theater in New York City. With a musical score by Motown Legends Ashford & Simpson.
In a statement, Proteus Spann commented, “It is a tremendous honor to work with some of the most talented group of actors this industry has to offer having gone through an extremely delicate and grueling audition process where casting the most appropriate and qualified actors to breathe life into these unforgettable characters the public has come to
know and love through E. Lynn’s novels was highly critical.”
_Invisible Life The Musical_ is based on the New York Times best-selling novel by American author E. Lynn Harris published in 1994. The plot follows an African American man’s journey of sexual discovery, in which he realizes he is bisexual. The book coined the phrase “on the down low” and has touched readers through the beautifully written
narrative and characters that evoke humanity, common sense, and truth.
In 2010, the _Los Angeles Times_ listed E. Lynn Harris _Invisible Life_ as one of the top 20 “classic works of gay literature” ever written. There are still casting opportunities for leading lady, Broadway Diva Nicole and the beloved sex siren Basil. Please send photo, resume and link to reel to [email protected]
MILTON CRAIG NEALY
Raymond Tyler Jr.
CASTING DIRECTOR: Wojcik/Seay Casting
For more details about the musical, visit www.invisiblelifethemusical.com