Even while Gotham shooting was wrapping up, another cool project appeared. I was delighted when my beloved director buddy DJ Salisbury (who directed me in The Mystery of Edwin Drood last January) asked me to take part in a private staged reading of the new, immersive musical “cocktail” he’s creating with composer Andrew Gerle. It’s called Whisper Darkly, and it’s set in the era of the speakeasy. The score is full of great songs, and the story full of swell characters.
And the cast they assembled? Wow! For one thing, I was thrilled to be reunited with my Drood co-star (and roommate!) Peter Saide. The rest of the cast was made up of other Broadway and Regional all-stars, including: Catherine Porter, Khalifa White, Victoria Huston-Elem, Summerisa Bell Stevens, Ruby Lewis, Travis Kent, Corey Cott, Ian Coulter-Buford, Stephen Berger, and Angela Robinson. Music director was Jamie Schmidt, and Stage Manager was Michael Tosto. What an insanely talented group. It was all over in the blink of an eye, but I’m honored to have been a part of it.
The invited audience was delighted with the show, and I can’t wait to see where it goes next. Bravi!