LES MIZ Gavroche-Based Musical Will Be Industry Read

Producer and Disney music veteran Mitchell Leib will present an invitation-only Equity presentation of Bonnie Gleicher’s new musical Gavroche (book, music and lyrics), directed by Catie Davis and conducted by Adam Laird on Thursday, October 20.

GAVROCHE is a new take on Victor Hugo’s book Les Miserables with a pop and contemporary score, told from the perspective of rambling street urchin Gavroche Thénardier and his teenage sisters Eponine and Azelma. When a rebellion breaks out in Paris, they are thrown onto the cobbled streets in an urgent search for love, family and a new life.

Telsey + Co. GAVROCHE cast includes Kate Bailey (Broadway: Beetlejuice), Gerald Caesar (Broadway: Tina), Dwayne Harrison Clark, Natalie Charle Ellis (Broadway: Beetlejuice), Donnie Hammond (NY: Titanic), Kaylin Hedges (Hollywood Bowl : Annie), Devin Lewis (Broadway: Newsies The Musical), Benjamin Pajak (Broadway: The Music Man), Salena Qureshi (NYC: Superhero. Netflix’s “The Society”), Lance Roberts (Broadway: The Music Man), Jake Swain (Broadway: Mean Girls), Jayden Theophile (Broadway: The Lion King), Clyde Voce (Broadway: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and Lee Zarrett (Broadway: Jane Eyre, My Fair Lady).

“Gavroche’s story has such significant parallels to our world today,” says Leib, former president of Disney Music & Soundtracks for more than 30 years. “I am proud to be part of the next stage of its evolution. I have been fortunate to have worked with many of Broadway’s greatest composers, including Alan Menken, Tim Rice, Stephen Schwartz, Pasek & Paul, Stephen Sondheim and Mark Shaiman to name a few. Now I’m adding Bonnie Gleicher to my list.

Over the past 18 months, amateur productions of Gavroche have been featured nationwide in top performing arts programs in California, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Florida and more.

BONNIE GLEICHER (book, music, lyrics, orchestrations) is a composer, playwright and arranger whose music has been heard on Broadway, TV and YouTube. Her theatrical career began as a child, performing on Broadway in Jane Eyre and Annie, and came full circle, writing musicals and pop for audiences of all ages. His songs have been sung by Liz Callaway, Taylor Louderman, Chuck and Lilli Cooper, Bonnie Milligan and many more. Bonnie is the songwriter/lyricist for the off-Broadway musical Addy & Uno, which was nominated for the Off-Broadway Alliance Award. Bonnie is also the composer, lyricist and arranger of Pocket.watch’s Hulu series MarMar Land, which has over 200 million views on YouTube. Out of over 500 submissions, Taylor Louderman chose Bonnie’s song “Love” to perform live at 54 Below for their Write Out Loud songwriting contest. “Love” has since been sung across Germany, Australia, the United States and Japan. Selena Gomez and Victoria’s Secret models danced to her song “I Want Tonight Forever”, chosen as the backstage theme song for the 2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. In honor of Addy & Uno, Bonnie received a county proclamation of Westchester. Disability Office. She conducts masterclasses, earned a Phi Beta Kappa degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and studied at the BMI Musical Theater Workshop.

CATIE DAVIS (director) is a New York-based director who directs and develops contemporary musicals. His recent accomplishments include Then She Ran (Scranton Cultural Center), Missed:Connections (Manhattan School of Music), The Black Count (Broadway on Demand) and Empath (TheatreLab). She works as Associate Director on Broadway productions of Beetlejuice and Moulin Rouge. Other related works: Company (Broadway), Ben Platt Live from Radio City Music Hall (Netflix), The Public Theatre, Roundabout Theater Company, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. She is a 2018 Manhattan Theater Club Directing Fellow, Lincoln Center Directors Lab alumnus, and proud member of the SDC. Catie has developed work with editorial teams Eli Kaplan-Wildmann, Yonatan Cnaan and Andrew Zachary Cohen; Kate Thomas and Joey Contreras; Vince Burwell and James Sasser, among others. She continues to seek new collaborations and opportunities for theater to bring communities together. @catie-davis catie-davis.com

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