Embrem nabs rights to 'Big Gay Musical'

Comedy film stars ensemble of Broadway actors

Embrem Entertainment has acquired worldwide rights to "The Big Gay Musical," a musical comedy film directed by Casper Andreas and Fred M. Caruso starring an ensemble of Broadway actors. It plans to premiere the film, currently in postproduction, at film festivals this summer.

The cast includes Liz McCartney ("South Pacific"), Jim Newman ("Minnelli on Minnelli"), Joey Dudding ("A Chorus Line"), Marty Thomas ("Xanadu"), Andre Ward ("Xanadu"), Daniel Robinson ("Hairspray"), Jeff Metzler ("Mary Poppins"), Brian Spitulnik ("Chicago"), Josh Cruz ("Wig Out"), Celina Carvajal ("Tarzan") and Steve Hayes, one of the stars of the film "Trick."

"Though I initially was hired just to co-direct 'The Big Gay Musical,' I am thrilled to be taking on a producing role and assist in getting the film completed and distributed worldwide," said Embrem president and CEO Andreas, who is producing with Caruso, who also wrote the project.

Caruso will release the soundtrack for "The Big Gay Musical" this summer and also will be in charge of the film's theatrical release in U.S. theaters.