For our first staged readings, we have the privilege of bringing together a fabulous cast of Chicago's top musical theatre artists, along with our friend Johnny Rodgers (direct from his acclaimed engagements with Liza Minnelli and in solo at the Algonquin Hotel). Their names appear in italics after the character they will read and sing. An asterisk denotes actors appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association (the union of professional actors and stage managers).
  • RENÉ D’ORSAY, an artist in his forties—Nathan Johnson*
  • PAULA FOURNIER, a poetess, daughter of the house, mid twenties, self-contained, in love with Gabe—rJohanna McKenzie Miller*
  • MARIE-CLAIRE FOURNIER, lady of the house—Ann McMann*
  • PIERRE FOURNIER, man of the house—John Eskola*
  • ANGÈLE D’ÉTIOLLES, a Parisian courtesan, early thirties—Cory Goodrich*
  • GUSTAVE CLÉMENT, artist and art dealer; his vision has recently been impaired by a strange disease. He is wealthy, and very depressed.—Sean Harris
  • LYDIA FIORE, a young seamstress of working-class immigrant Paris, very funny and charming—Jeny Wasilewski
  • GABE MENARD, a Parisian songwriter and pianist, mid twenties—Sean Effinger-Dean
  • JOHNNY MENARD, a world famous singing star. Older brother of Gabe, early thirties. Left the family home in Paris early. Damaged, but exchanges his anger for bravado and lust. Always moving on to the next thing.—Johnny Rodgers
  • MR. LAMBERT, American industrialist—Ron Keaton*
  • MADAME X, actress and wife of American industrialist Mr. Lambert—KT McCammond*
  • GASTON, a young man, kitchen helper—José Ramos
  • COLETTE, young waitress—Annie Yokom

  • GUILLAUME LeCOQ on bass—;Jim Cox
  • ROBERT on piano—Bobby Schiff
  • DAVID on drums—Tim Davis
  • THÉO DiNAMARA on winds—Tim McNamara