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New musical ‘Niagara’ is in development

The project’s producer, Cheryl Widner, is a longtime Broadway dresser.

(L-R) Ryan McCurdy and Lauren Widner (Credit: Courtesy of grapevine PR)

A new musical about the famous landmark waterfalls is in the works. Written by Lauren Widner and Ryan McCurdy, “Niagara” will premiere as a special one-night concert on May 23 at the Green Room 42 in New York City. The show was first developed in 2019 at Manhattan Theatre Club Studios and the Hartford Fringe Festival.

In “Niagara,” six people who are inextricably tied to each other travel to Niagara Falls seeking answers.

Widner and McCurdy provide the book, music and lyrics with additional music by James Rushin. Widner passed away in 2020.

The cast for the Green Room 42 performance will include Mick Bleyer, Rebecca Faulkenberry, Pearl Gold, Brooke Ishibashi, Vanessa Sierra and Julius Thomas III.

Cheryl Widner, a Broadway dresser and Lauren’s sister, serves as lead producer of “Niagara.”

One thing that I always admired about my sister was the relationship she had with her students as a music teacher,” said Cheryl Widner. “She always expressed to her students to follow their dreams, which is one reason why I’m so passionate about following hers.”