HAMILTON — A staged reading and world premiere of the musical “Perry Pareé,” by Dianne Adams and James McDowell and directed by Anthony Salatino, will take place at 7 p.m. on June 15 and 16 at Arts at the Palace, 19 Utica St.
A fictional biography, full of original show tunes, “Perry Pareé” chronicles the life and career of dim-witted, but lovable crooner, Lenny London. On his journey from his humble beginnings in the hayseed, starstruck town of Buttzville, Rhode Island, to the slick, savvy world of show biz in New York City, he makes a surprising discovery about himself. The reading’s cast includes David Lowenstein, Lori Wilner, Celia Madeoy, Liam Fitzpatrick, Mason McDowell, Eric Feola, Sara Donnellan, Amber Nicole Gatlin, John Downey and Jules Slocum.
Tickets are $20, $25 for reserved table seating. The evening will include light refreshments and a “talk back” after the reading.
A chance meeting in New York City over 40 years ago led to a life-long collaboration of music and lyrics, playwriting and theatre arts. Adams and McDowell, also husband and wife, have collectively created a myriad of works, ranging from pop songs, plays and jingles, to art songs, masses and musicals.
Their collective credits include their version of Kenneth Grahame’s classic, “The Wind in the Willows,” vocal arrangements for Broadway’s “Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” (winner of 2014 Tony for Best Musical), Disney productions, Radio City Music Hall’s “Magnificent Christmas Spectacular,” Broadway’s Tony-nominated “Starmites,” and the Actor’s Playhouse off-Broadway production of “Rapunzel & the Dragons.”
For more information about Arts at the Palace, or to purchase tickets, go online to www.artsatthepalace.org or call 315-824-1420.