Pictured: Composer and Lyricist of NELLY DON, Daniel Doss
The MTH Theater at Crown Center will present a workshop reading of the new musical NELLY DON, the story of KCs grande dame of fashion, on Saturday, July 1, at 8:00 pm. This free event is part of MTHs Original Musical Incubator that began in 2016. Reservations are required.
With book and lyrics by Terence O’Malley and music and lyrics by Daniel Doss, the musical centers around one of the most innovative and successful women of the twentieth century, Kansas Citys own, Nelly Don. In 1916, Don founded what grew to become the largest dress design and manufacturing company the world has ever seen. The play, according to the press release “celebrates Nelly Don’s unlikely tale of romance, fashion, glamour, politics, gangsters and decades of gorgeous dresses.”
The reading is directed by Tim Scott and features Ashley Pankow in the title role. The ensemble also features Samantha Barboza, Jeff Berger, Ryan Hruza, Ron Lackey, Tom Lancaster, Emma Mae Marsten, Deanna Mazdra, Vincent Monachino, Zachary Parker, Josephine Pellow, Elise Poehling, Julie Shaw, and Bob Wearing.
“The Original Musical Incubator generated a lot of excitement last year and we’re extremely pleased to be able to continue this initiative. At MTH we honor the heritage of the American musical, it’s exciting to work on an original piece and be a small part of this musical’s history, especially a play based on such an incredible Kansas City icon,” said Tim Scott.
MTH says all seating must be reserved in advance, seating is extremely limited. To reserve or for more information, visit mthkc.com, or call 816.221.6987.