Broadway alums Josh Grisetti and Alli Mauzey will lead the cast of the new musical Red Eye of Love off-Broadway. Grisetti will star as Wilmer and Mauzey will play Selma. Joining them will be Kevin Pariseau as O.O. Martinas. The New York premiere, directed by Tony winner Ted Sperling, begins previews at the Dicapo Opera Theatre on August 27 and run through September 28. Opening night is set for September 4.
Featuring music by Sam Davis and a book and lyrics by John Wulp and the late Arnold Weinstein, Red Eye of Love pits a young idealist against a jaded materialist whose department store only sells one product: meat. The two compete for the affection of the same girl against the backdrop of the Great Depression. The tuner is based on an original play by Weinstein, which premiered in 1961.
Grisetti’s stage credits including Broadway Bound on Broadway and the off-Broadway productions of Peter and the Starcatcher, Rent, Enter Laughing and After the Ball. Mauzey most recently appeared on Broadway as Glinda in Wicked; her additional credits include Cry-Baby and Hairspray on Broadway and It’s a Bird…It’s a Plan…It’s Superman with City Center Encores!. Pariseau has appeared on the New York stage previously in Legally Blonde, The Explorers Club, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh.
In addition to Mauzey, Grisetti and Pariseau, the cast will include Dylan Boyd, Katie Chung, Patch David, Daniel Lynn Evans, Tracie Franklin, Katie Hagen and Daniel May.
Red Eye of Love will feature choreography by Lainie Sakakura and Alex Sanchez, set design by Robert Indiana, costumes by Martha Bromelmeier, lighting design by Matthew Richards and projection design by David Wilson.
Wulp and Weinstein first began to adapt Weinstein’s play into a musical in the ‘80s. Sperling helmed a reading of the show as part of The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Music Theater Conference in 2007, which at the time featured music by Jan Warner. Last year, the musical received its world premiere in North Haven with Davis as composer.