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A filmed musical about sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein accuser Louisette Geiss and co-writer Howard Kagan, and with music by Diane Warren, is set for a screening by the Barrington Stage Company on Nov. 1.
The Right Girl, a new musical based on true stories, is directed by Susan Stroman. Co-writer Geiss at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017 told a press conference that her screenwriting career ended in 2008 when she was sexually harassed by Weinstein, a former Hollywood mogul and now jailed after being convicted of committing a criminal sexual act in the first degree and third-degree rape.
“To create this musical over the last two years was cathartic. The creative team sat down with more than twenty of my fellow survivors, women who are victims of about a dozen different men in entertainment. Only portions of their stories have been recounted in the press to date, so by presenting these women’s stories in their own words in an entertaining format like musical theater, we hope they resonate with an even bigger audience and empower other survivors to speak out,” Geiss, who is also a lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit against Weinstein, said in a statement.
The Right Girl musical follows Eleanor Stark. Her entire life has been leading up to this moment: her first day as chief creative officer of the legendary movie studio Ambrosia Productions. As Eleanor rises to the top of her game working side by side for years with the industry’s most respected men, we learn that one of them has been abusing women all along. What role does she play in the story of Hollywood’s most fiercely guarded secret?
The film presentation of the first performance for The Right Girl will debut before a live and socially-distanced audience on Nov. 1. The audience will be a mix of invited industry professionals and members of the general public.
The cast of The Right Girl includes Alysha Umphress, Jenna Ushkowitz, Tony Yazbeck, Heath Calvert, Steve Rosen, Robyn Hurder, Merle Dandridge, Polly Baird, Jessica Bishop, Jim Borstelmann, Joshua Buscher, Richard Gatta, Leah Hoffmann, Jolina Javier, Donald Jones Jr., Bryonha Marie, Sarah Ann Masse, Anthony Wayne and Cory Lingner.
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