An industry reading of Stephen Cole and Todd Ellison's new musical The Black and White Ball will be presented in Manhattan October 20.
Hannah Ryan will direct the reading with musical direction by Lawrence Yurman.
The cast will comprise Brooks Braselman as Truman Capote, Ariana Burks as Emma, Wonza Johnson as Mikey, Jordon Bolden, Dimitri J. Moise, DeMone Seraphin, and Donald Webber, Jr. as Emma's brothers, and Heather Townsend, Teal Wicks, Jill Paice, and Dominique Plaisant as Truman's Swans.
The Black and White Ball has a book and lyrics by Cole (Goin' Hollywood, Merman's Apprentice, After the Fair) and music by Ellison (musical director for current London productions of Annie and An American in Paris).
Set in New York City in the summer of 1966, novelist Truman Capote announces he will host a Black and White Ball for 500 of his closest friends. In Brooklyn, 16-year-old Emma longs to go to the event. When Capote and Emma meet, he takes her under his wing and grooms her for the big night.
Winner of The Chicago FWD Theatre Project's New Musicals Prize, The Black and White Ball had a sold-out concert version in Chicago.
For more information visit theblackandwhiteballthemusical.com.