The New York Musical Theatre Festival Developmental Reading Series presents The Sugar Hill Sisters, a new musical with book and lyrics by the Lambda and Stonewall Award-winning Bil Wright and music by Joseph-Vernon Banks (Girlfriends!). The reading will be directed by Jade King Carroll (Assoc. director of Broadway's current revival of A Streetcar Named Desire) with music direction by GLAAD Award nominee Dionne McClain-Freeney Kasey Ostopchuck (4000 Miles) will be stage managing.
In The Sugar Hill Sisters it is 1960 and The Curtis Sisters, Rena and Jeannette, are featured singers at Stuart Rose's Downtown Club, but when they go back home uptown to Harlem, they live in fear of their alcoholic father. Jeannette runs away to the South to fight for Civil Rights, leaving Rena, and never looks back. Years later, Rena sends for Jeannette to try to repair the damage, hoping they can do it before time runs out.
The presentations will feature: Angela Grovey (Leap of Faith, 30 Rock), NaTasha Yvette Williams (Porgy and Bess, The Color Purple), Justin Patterson (Memphis, A Little Night Music), Charl Brown (Sister Act) and Sean Patrick Murtagh (A Man of No Importance).