Goodspeed Musicals will hold industry readings of Marshall Pailet's Private Gomer Jones in New York May 2. Based on true events, the new musical follows a young World War I sniper who has profound hearing loss. As he bonds with the various vibrant members in his unit, he faces the brutality of war and wrestles with the nature of violence.
The musical is written by Marshall Pailet (Who's Your Baghdaddy?), who will also direct the workshop. The creative team includes choreographer Misha Shields, music director Madeline Benson, and associate director Tyrone Robinson. Alexandria Wailes will serve as the director of artistic sign language.
The cast will be led by Ashley Pérez Flanagan, Henry Walter Greenberg, Pomme Koch and Sarah Stiles, and will feature Christina Marie Cogswell, Laura Dadap, David Aron Damane, Brandon Espinoza, Dickie Hearts, Sarah Killough, Jared Loftin and Cash Maciel.
Private Gomer Jones was conceived at the Johnny Mercer Writers Grove at Goodspeed Musicals, presented in Goodspeed’s 2020 Festival of New Musicals, and was presented at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals in 2021.