The Houston Family Arts Center's Actor's Academy has been selected to perform and cast Kissless the Musical as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival in the fall. The show has had two staged readings locally and will have its world premiere as a full production at the festival. The cast will be made up mostly of locally auditioned teens and a few adults.
"This is the first group of teens to be cast for the festival locally," HFAC Executive Director Bob Clark said. "Normally, all the shows are cast out of New York."
Kissless is written by Houston's own Chance McClain, who co-authored the viral "Yao Ming Song" a few years back. The musical comedy concerns two unlikely companions forced to live together for a summer and the dismay their relationship causes their friends and family. The colorful cast of characters includes "Abercrombie jocks, misfit Goths, brainy nerds and backwards rednecks," according to the release.
The New York Musical Theatre Festival is now in its eighth year and has debuted such works as Next To Normal, which went on to win three Tony Awards and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize.
The festival runs September 26 through October 16. Tickets go on sale to the public September 1.