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New musical ‘The Right Girl’ to premiere at Proctors in the fall

Louisette Geiss and Howard Kagan, pictured, co-wrote "The Right Girl." The music was written by Diane Warren. (photo provided)
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Louisette Geiss and Howard Kagan, pictured, co-wrote "The Right Girl." The music was written by Diane Warren. (photo provided)

This fall, Proctors is slated to host the world premiere of a new original musical about sexual harassment in Hollywood called “The Right Girl.”

With music by 12-time Academy Award Nominee Diane Warren and choreography by Tony Award-winner Susan Stroman, the show follows Eleanor Stark, who becomes the Chief Creative Officer of film and television studio Ambrosia Productions, and works side by side with some of the most powerful men in the industry, one of whom has been abusing women all along.

Co-written by Louisette Geiss and Howard Kagan, “The Right Girl” is based on Geiss’s experiences in Hollywood. She worked as a screenwriter until 2008 when she said she was sexually harassed by Harvey Weinstein. Since 2017, Geiss has spoken out about her experiences and worked to empower other survivors of sexual harassment to tell their stories.

Performances are slated to run for four weeks, from Oct. 13 to Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Capacity will be limited to 700 people per performance.

It’s one of three shows that will hold technical rehearsals at Proctors during the fall, though it’s the only one that the public will get to see this year. “Hadestown” and “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations” will rehearse from Sept. 9 to Oct. 2 and Nov. 11 to Dec. 4 respectively.

“One of the dreams of the Proctors Collaborative was that the mix of theatrical and musical facilities and capabilities would attract new and different opportunities within the world of the theater,” said Phillip Morris Proctors Collaborative CEO. “Howard Kagan and Tom Smedes are first-class producers who found just what they needed as they worked with us: a great building, a welcoming community and an audience based both at Proctors and at the Rep interested and anxious to support new work. We are excited to host this world premiere. We hope to do so well that we can leverage continuing new relationships with the industry’s major players.”

“The Right Girl” is directed by Stroman and the cast includes Alysha Umphress, Ramin Karimloo, Paige Faure, Adam Jacobs, J. Elaine Marcos, Steve Rosen, and Syndee Winters.

Proctors and Capital Repertory Theatre subscribers will be given priority access to tickets in advance of non-subscribers. The ticket on-sale date has not yet been announced. For more information visit proctors.org.

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2 Comments

David Bianchi

Gee, what a thing to do a musical on..
Maybe they should do a musical on a Developer going through the City to Forcefully Take Property for a Row of Townhouses!
They Could Call It, “We Will Just Go Through The City and Take It!” As Threatened by Lawyers to begin with..
Barrett Street/Barrett Village!
Google Schenectady Gate!!

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