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Former Memphian Casts Rising Broadway Stars in Web Musical

In February, I blogged about “Perks,” an innovative musical web series created by former Memphian Tom Diggs.

Diggs, a 1979 White Station High School alumnus and Pulitzer-nominated playwright, described “Perks,” which centers around technophile teenage gamers in love, as “Glee meets Wii.”

Diggs had taken to raising money through Kickstarter.com to produce his labor of love, and it literally paid off; “Perks” will begin airing June 19 on Blip.tv and YouTube.com.

The cast includes rising young Broadway stars Alex Wyse (“Bored to Death”), Alex Brightman (“Wicked”), Allison Strong (“Mama Mia”) and Paul Cereghino (“Tony and Tina’s Wedding”), as well as comedian and “Chelsea Lately” roundtable regular Arden Myrin.

“We’re thrilled to have a cast of such fast-rising Broadway stars,” Diggs said. “It’s exciting to bring the sensibilities of the Broadway musical to the frontier of web shows.”

The series is directed by award-winning AFI film director Bill Oliver and shot by David Kagen of “True Blood,” “CSI:NY” and “The Green Hornet.”

Click here to watch the “Perks” trailer, and here for behind-the-scenes footage, blog posts and more.

Dansette

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