Full Cast Announced for The World’s Cassette Library

Reported on Friday, June 7, 2024

Pictured Above: Writing team of The World’s Cassette Library (l-r): Mike Nappi, Max Sangerman, Sam Durant Hunter. Photo Credit: Contributed.

Presentations: Friday June 14th at 1pm & 4:30pm
At Open Jar Studios, 1601 Broadway

RSVP and information: www.stagedoor.org

Cast Features Reed Campbell, Andy Christopher, Logan Farine, Olivia Gjurich & Sumi Yu


New York, NY – The Stage Door Foundation and Open Jar Studios today announced the full cast of The World’s Cassette Library. The musical is presented as the third offering of The Broadway Workroom Series, a groundbreaking move to champion the arts and empower the development of theatrical artists and new works. This initiative provides creative teams with free studio space and technical support to further the development of their creative projects. At the end of the development week, the public is invited, at no cost, to experience this dynamic new musical in concert at Open Jar Studios (1601 Broadway). Tickets for each concert are free, and attendees are encouraged to make a donation to The Stage Door Foundation to help fund their programs. For tickets and more information, visit www.StageDoor.org/broadway-workroom 

Pictured Above: Show art for The World’s Cassette Library. Photo Credit: Contributed.

Casting for The World’s Cassette Library includes Reed Campbell (Gun & Powder at Papermill) Andy Christopher (Rock and Roll Man), Logan Farine (Rent national tour), Olivia Gjurich (Fiddler on the Roof national tour) and Sumi Yu (Greater Clements at LTC).


The World’s Cassette Library features music and orchestrations by Mike Nappi (Life and Slimes of Marc Summers), lyrics and book by Nappi, Sam Durant Hunter (Paris Through A Window) and Max Sangerman (A Beautiful Noise: The Neil Diamond Musical).

The creative team includes Direction by Shannon Molly Flynn (Normal Ave), Music Direction by Chris Gurr (Back To The Future). Stage Manager is Caroline Pastore (Dead Outlaw) with Erin Reynolds (Hadestown) as Dramaturg/Assistant Director. 


The band includes Gurr on piano, Samuel Quiggins (American Pops Orchestra) on cello and Jordan Ross (The Get Down) on drums.

About the Show & Dates:

In the wake of their brother Joey’s passing, estranged adult siblings Krysti, Michael and Brian uncover a box of dusty cassette tapes upon which Joey recorded countless treasured memories. A journey into their past inevitably rips open old wounds and begs the most difficult of all questions: forgive or forget? 

The show was selected as a featured production in Open Jar’s 2nd Annual Broadway Shark Tank in October 2023. 


The World’s Cassette Library will be presented at Open Jar Studios on Friday June 14th at 1 PM and 4:30 PM. Running time is 90 minutes. 


Tickets are free and may be reserved at www.StageDoor.org/broadway-workroom

A Glimpse Behind the Curtain:

The Broadway Workroom Series will provide a rare opportunity for Broadway enthusiasts to witness the evolution of new musicals, a process typically reserved for industry insiders during private “workshops” or “readings. The series’ vibe is to present glimpses of shows in their development phases, with focus on the writing and performances and less attention to production value. 


Jeff Whiting, CEO of Open Jar Studios, shares his vision: 

Jeff Whiting remarked, “The Broadway Workroom Series is more than concerts of new work. It’s a revelation of the incredible journey that new Broadway musicals undertake. For too long, this creative process has remained behind closed doors. Now, we’re inviting the audience into the development process, offering them a front-row seat to witness the birth of Broadway’s future hits.”

Future Participating Musicals in The Broadway Workroom Series:

It was previously announced, ROOTED: A MUSICAL POEM with book, music and lyrics by Jewelle Blackman (Hadestown) is the next show to be presented in the Broadway Workroom Series. Dates and full casting for Rooted to be announced in the near future.


Tickets and Tickets Alerts:

Broadway aficionados eager to be in the audience and witness the birth of the next Broadway sensations can reserve tickets for The World’s Cassette Library at www.StageDoor.org/broadway-workroom.  

For ticket alerts for Rooted, please join the mailing list at  www.stagedoor.org to be the first to learn when tickets are available for Rooted and The World’s Cassette Library.


Join the Conversation:

Follow the Stage Door Foundation on instagram @stagedoorfoundation, and elsewhere by using the official hashtag #BroadwayWorkroom. Stay connected for exclusive updates, behind-the-scenes content, and interviews with the creative minds shaping the future of Broadway.


About The Stage Door Foundation: 

The Stage Door Foundation is a not-for-profit organization providing support to artists as they develop theatrical projects, allowing individuals to focus on the creative process. Their mission is to secure and provide support to theatrical artists by providing access to professional mentorship, subsidized investments, and a supportive network infrastructure that can ignite the innovation of art. The vision of The Stage Door Foundation is to shape a world where art can be dreamed, developed, and realized without obstacles, to cultivate a performing arts ecosystem that celebrates diversity, inclusivity, and the untold stories waiting to be unveiled.


Open Jar Studios:

Open Jar Studios, led by CEO Jeff Whiting, has long been a cornerstone of artistic excellence and innovation. With state-of-the-art facilities and a commitment to nurturing emerging talent, Open Jar Studios continues to shape the landscape of Broadway and is dedicated to the creation of art and the cultivation of the artist Located in the heart of the Theater District, OPEN JAR STUDIOS features some of the largest studios in New York City for rehearsals, auditions, and support offices for productions of all sizes. Two 4,000 square-foot studios with 22-foot high ceilings make the space ideal for Broadway rehearsals. The large studios accompany a number of different-sized studios suited perfectly for dance rehearsals, music rehearsals, production offices, and even costume fittings. Under the direction of Jeff Whiting, Open Jar Studios. https://www.openjarstudios.com/ 


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