Thursday, October 28, 2021

New Musical by MIA Teacher Heads to NYC

Christopher Dayett, MIA Performing Arts teacher Submitted Photo

Christopher Dayett, MIA Performing Arts teacher Submitted Photo

New York Musical Festival (Dan Markley – Executive Director & Producer) & Mill Creek Players present the world premiere of “Dorian Gray,” a new musical based on Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” written by Naples resident and Marco Island Academy Performing Arts teacher, Christopher Dayett (book, music, lyrics), and Kevin Mucchetti (music).

“Dorian Gray” is an official selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival Next Link Project and will run July 12-16 at the Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row (410 W. 42nd Street, New York, NY).

The production is directed by Christen Mandracchia, with music direction by Kevin Mucchetti, choreography by Meg Trelease, and fight choreography by Kyle Fennie.

Leading the company are Philadelphia based actors Chris McHugh as Dorian Gray, Lee Cortopassi as Lord Henry Wotton, Topher Layton as Basil Hallward, and Allyce Morrisey as Sibyl Vane/Beth Wotton. Rounding out the cast are Courtney Boches, Kevin Durkin, Tyreese Kadle, Brie Knight, and Samantha Solar. The production also features set design by Christen Mandracchia and costume design by Courtney Boches.


A peek at the first rehearsal of “Dorian Gray.” Photo by Christen Mandracchia

A peek at the first rehearsal of “Dorian Gray.” Photo by Christen Mandracchia

Gray” rehearsals began May 1 in the Philadelphia area. Produced by the New York Musical Festival (NYMF) and Mill Creek Players, the show will run at the Acorn Theatre in New York City from July 12-16. Official opening is set for Wednesday, July 12 at 8 PM.

With what magic they can muster, an outcast troupe of players re-invents Oscar Wilde’s 1890 gothic tale of the young and mysterious Dorian Gray. His dashing looks are captured in a single portrait that allows him to remain young and untouched as he spirals into a lifestyle of dark secrets and dangerous indulgences. Featuring a haunting and romantic score, “Dorian Gray” begs the question: Do our sins define our true nature or are we damned by ignorance and mediocrity?

“Dorian Gray” will make its world premiere this summer at the New York Musical Festival (NYMF), July 10 through August 6. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 212-352-3101 (Individual tickets on sale June 15).

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