Producers announced today that P.J. Griffith (Giant, American Idiot) and Christina Sajous (Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark, American Idiot) will star in the industry lab presentation of the new musical, BEYOND THE MUSIC, on January 28th and 29th. They join previously announced cast members Rob Bartlett (How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying), Katie Rose Clarke (Wicked), Claybourne Elder (Bonnie and Clyde) and Tony Award-winner Karen Ziemba (Contact, Curtains). BEYOND THE MUSIC features a book by Andy Sandberg, music and lyrics by Cliff Downs and Katie Kahanovitz, and direction by Sandberg, with choreography by AC Ciulla and music supervision and arrangements by Fred Lassen.
The cast will also feature Eric Anderson, Shelby Bartelstein, Angela Brydon, Jarid Faubel, Semhar Gebremichael, John Hemphill, Ryan Koss, Kathleen Rooney, Casey Lee Ross, Laura L. Thomas, Mariand Torres and Seth Tucker.
BEYOND THE MUSIC follows the journey of Casey, a fast-rising singer/songwriter, as she struggles to find success in the music business. Ready to risk it all, Casey sacrifices her personal life for her career, but on the verge of her first big break, she is betrayed by those she trusts. Now, in order to reclaim her dreams, she must look inside herself as she navigates the treacherous waters of the music business and reconnects with those she left behind.
The industry-only presentations of BEYOND THE MUSIC will take place on Monday, January 28th and Tuesday, January 29th in New York. The developmental lab is presented by BTM Productions LLC and ShowWorks LLC, in association with Tanya Grubich/TMGLive Entertainment and Wolfe Theatricals.
P.J. Griffith Theater: St. Jimmy in AMERICAN IDIOT (Broadway), Jett Rink in GIANT (Public Theater/Dallas Theater Center), Sky in MAMMA MIA (1st National Tour), Tom Watson in PARADE (Donmar Warehouse Revival/Taper), Roger in RENT (Musical Theatre West), Cousin Kevin in TOMMY (LA Revival), Jan in SETUP & PUNCH (World Premiere-The Blank Theater- LADCC Award), Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet (LaMama ETC), Ram in HEATHERS, THE MUSICAL (Joe's Pub/Workshop) TV/Film: Without A Trace, House MD, September 12th, One Life To Live, The Weathered Underground, The Dark Knight Rises. P.J. fronts the band BLUE MOVIE and has shared stages with Lonestar, Green Day, Debbie Gibson, Loudness, Biohazard, The Misfits & Neil Diamond.
Christina Sajous Broadway: Spider Man Turn Off The Dark (Arachne), Baby It's You! (Shirley), American Idiot (Extraordinary Girl). Off-Broadway: Forever Dusty (New World Stages). Readings/Workshops/Labs: Super Fly: The Musical, Holler If Ya Hear Me: Tupac Shakur, Her Lightness, Prometheus Bound. TV: "The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards" (CBS), "One Life to Live" (ABC). Training: NYU Tisch School of the Arts.