November 8, 2019 at 12:39 pm PST | by John Paul King
Miss Hazel Jade to launch new musical

Miss Hazel Jade (image courtesy Parity Productions)

A new musical will kick off its run toward an Off-Broadway opening with a public reading on the campus of UC Davis.

The first developmental reading of the show, titled “Paper of Plastic,” will be presented by Bike City Theatre Company as part of the ​Ground and Field Theatre Festival (GFTF) at UC Davis​. From there, it’s aiming for an opening night in New York in the fall of 2020.

Based on a completely original concept, the musical​ features a book by Broadway investor Hazel Jade and her writing partner ​Jeff Brown​, with music and lyrics by ​Joe Stevens​ and ​Keaton Wooden. According to the synopsis provided:

“Paige is adapting to her family’s new normal after her parents’ very public divorce. Gabe wants nothing more than to escape his parents altogether. What do these two seniors from Nichols Hills, Oklahoma have in common? They both work for Singleton’s General Store and have to decide their futures now. Through an achingly beautiful folk/rock score, ‘Paper or Plastic’ explores the journey these two will take in search of something real, proving that chasing your dreams is hard to do at any age.”

This first reading will have one evening presentation at the ​Della Davidson Performance Studio​ in Nelson Hall on the campus of UC Davis, on Monday, December 9. For more information and to RSVP for the reading, visit ​here.

“Paper or Plastic” will be directed by veteran Broadway performer and choreographer Mindy Cooper, with Amanda Rafkin as music director, Dan Pardo as arranger and orchestrator, and Mika Kauffman as dramaturg.

The cast for the reading stars Mackenzie Johnson, Noah Mac, and Jacob Michael, along with principal cast members Lisa Quoresimo, Tara Henry, Kevin Gish, and Talia Friedenberg. They will be joined by performers from GFTF Ensemble.

Miss Hazel Jade, who co-wrote the book for “Paper or Plastic,” is also half of the Jade/Anthony Company, a Los Angeles-based theatrical producing firm that focuses on developing new musicals. Since forming their partnership, Hazel Jade and Kyle Anthony have been investors on several Broadway plays and musicals, including ​“Waitress: The Musical​,” “Moulin Rouge: The Musical!,” and Tony-winners “​Once On This Island” and “Hadestown.” She identifies as a proud bisexual woman of color.


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