An industry reading of the new musical The Sandman, from the creators of last season’s Bandstand, will be presented October 13 at The Heath at The McKittrick Hotel.
The cast will feature two women who have played Elphaba in Broadway's Wicked: Julia Murney and Teal Wicks. Joining them are fellow Wicked alum Wade McCollum (Ernest Shackleton Loves Me), Jacob Keith Watson (Hello, Dolly!), Ryan Foust (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Zoe Manarel (Matilda), and Mehret Marsh (The Lion King).
Featuring a score and book by Richard Oberacker and a book and lyrics by Robert Taylor, the new musical is based on the writings of E.T.A. Hoffman. Tony nominee Sam Buntrock (the 2008 revival of Sunday in the Park With George) will direct while Greg Anthony Rassen, who earned a Tony nod earlier this year for Bandstand's orchestrations, serves as music director.
When the wife of an ingenious German clockmaker engages a new nanny, Fraulein Kaeseschweiss, to care for her children Nathaniel and Theresa, a series of bizarre and unnatural events begins to unfold. “Theresa falls mysteriously ill, and a flamboyant and unconventional physician arrives with his young orphaned ward. As the family is thrust ever deeper into chaos, the sinister and Machiavellian forces at play are gradually revealed—forces from which only the children may be able to save them.”
This reading is presented by Stephanie Cowan and Tom Smedes. An abridged presentation of the musical premiered at NAMT in 2014. The Sandman had its European premiere at the Fredericia Theatre in Denmark.