Julie Roberts Highlights Domestic Violence in New Musical from Nashville
Singer to star in country musical, Brand New Man.
Famed country recording artist Julie Roberts portrays NORA JEAN MAVENS, an ex-country singer who encounters domestic violence at the hands of an alcoholic husband. Set in Bigelow Arkansas, Brand New Man tells the tale of a small town girl who trades in her dreams of singing.
Consequently, she meets a suave producer from Nashville who notices her talent, offers her a record deal and the two eventually fall in love.
Brand New Man is the first of a series of country musicals slated to spring from Nashville under the direction of the creative team of George Darden and Mario Turner; both veteran playwrights and producers of stage plays.
“When I first read the script, I was amazed at the authenticity and the brilliant writing style displayed. The play possesses a great message of redemption. I felt a strong connection to the lead character and was compelled to take it on.” Roberts stated. “I am a country singer with experience in acting. I felt like this opportunity was perfect for me and I am especially blessed to be a part of it.”
Along with raising awareness relative to domestic violence, Roberts continues her fight against Multiple Sclerosis. Diagnosed in 2006, she is a spokesperson for the MS Society where she travels the country to spread her story regarding her struggle with the disease.
Roberts coined such hit country singles as 2004’s Break Down Here on her critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. And Men and Mascara in 2006.
Brand New Man also stars country singer Matt Kennon who portrays the role of JESSE, the abusive husband. Kennon took the industry by storm with his hit single The Call, in 2010. He has inspired audiences through his music. Now he brings his charismatic performance to theatre stages. His deep raspy voice is suitable to bring to life this role.
And former Epic recording artist and multi-talented performer, Brad Martin rounds out the list. Martin brings to life the role of COLIN, the producer Nora falls for. Martin's southern charm and hard rocking roots makes his music shine and his portrayal realistic and cunning.
The touring musical debuts has been postponed to 2016. Stay tuned for more details.
For further information, contact Lizzie Miller at 615-545-5044 or visit www.brandnewmanplay.com