In anticipation of a New York production, Cameron Mackintosh's 1992 musical comedy, MOBY DICK, has received a staged reading.
Written by Robert Longden and Hereward Kaye, and newly adapted by Michael Chase Gosselin, MOBY DICK tells the story of "St. Godley's, an all-girls British Catholic boarding school which sets out to stage Mellville's masterpiece in the school swimming pool. Their Headmistress, played by a man in drag, takes the coveted role of Captain Ahab, and leads the anarchic girls through a campy, yet incredibly accurate, production."
The reading focused on the continued development of the newly overhauled adaptation of the show. MOBY DICK featured a 24 person cast, led by Tony Sheldon (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) as the Headmistress. Nicolas Dromard (Mary Poppins), Jacey Powers (Falling), Erin Crosby (Shout! The Mod Musical), Christina Bianco (Newsical), Kirsten Wyatt (A Christmas Story) and Noah E. Galvin (Our Town) also starred.
Michael Chase Gosselin directed the reading, with musical direction by Adam Podd. Shelley Miles stage managed. Also attached to the project were costume designer Chris March (TV's Project Runway and Mad Fashion) and set designer Beowulf Borritt (Chaplin, Spelling Bee).