Wedding bells will ring for Max von Essen once he ends his run in Broadway's Evita. The actor will join Jason Gotay (Bring It On), Billy Tighe (Wicked) and Ashley Kate Adams (La Cage aux Folles) for an industry reading of the horror musical Gay Bride of Frankenstein. Directed by Rachel Klein, written by Billy Butler and Dane E. Leeman, the musical will be presented at the 45th Street Theatre on February 4 and 5.
Gay Bride of Frankenstein is a rock ‘n’ roll musical fairy tale that follows four college friends on one fateful Halloween night at a very unconventional Monsters Ball. The show is billed as a universal tale about coming of age, coming out and coming back from the dead. The ensemble for the reading will include Wade Elkins, Megan Kane and Maggie Politi. Butler and his band The Monster Makers will accompany the cast.
The musical was first developed at the Players' Ring in Portsmout before being staged as part as the 2009 New York Musical Theatre Festival, followed by a run at inaugural iStar Theatre Lab in 2012.