Schenectady, NY (June 24, 2021) Proctors announced today, the world premiere of the entirely original new musical based on true stories, The Right Girl, from October 13th through Wednesday, November 10th.  Featuring music by 12-time Academy Award nominee and Grammy®, Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning songwriter Diane Warren, lyrics by Ms. Warren, Louisette Geiss and Howard Kagan, and a book by Ms. Geiss and Mr. Kagan, The Right Girl is directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award® winner Susan Stroman.

Join Eleanor Stark on her first day as Chief Creative Officer of the legendary film and television studio, Ambrosia Productions. As Eleanor rises to the top working side by side for years with the industry’s most respected men, we learn that one of them is real trouble. What role does she play in the story of Hollywood’s most fiercely guarded secret?

Author and lyricist Louisette Geiss and producer Howard Kagan at the June 24 press conference at Proctors; Susan Stroman is shown participating remotely on screen at the left.

The cast of The Right Girl includes Alysha Umphress (On The Town, Bring It On, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, American Idiot), Ramin Karimloo (Anastasia, Les Mis, Phantom of the Opera), Paige Faure (Cinderella), Adam Jacobs (Aladdin, Les Mis, The Lion King), J. Elaine Marcos (Annie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, A Chorus Line), Steve Rosen (Guys and Dolls, Spamalot), and Syndee Winters (Hamilton, Pippin, The Lion King).  Additional casting will be announced at a later date.

The Right Girl features Set design by Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams, Costume design by Emilio Sosa, Lighting Design by Jason Lyons, Sound design by Kai Harada and orchestrations and arrangements by Santino Paladino and Assaf Gleizner.

Performances will begin at 7:30pm Tuesdays through Saturdays, 2pm on Sundays. Proctors will follow all C.D.C. and New York State safety guidelines for these performances. Subscribers to the Proctors season and Capital Repertory Theatre will be given priority access to ticketing in advance of the general ticket on sale date. Check the Proctors website at to subscribe and obtain additional information.

Ms. Geiss’s screenwriting career ended in 2008 when she was sexually harassed. Since 2017 when media began to report on the stunning accounts of harassment in Hollywood, she has been a leader in the movement to empower all survivors to tell their stories, seek justice, and change the culture.

Phillip Morris, CEO, Proctors Collaborative said: “One of the dreams of the Proctors Collaborative was that the mix of theatrical and musical facilities and capabilities would attract new and different opportunities within the world of the theater. Howard Kagan and Tom Smedes are first-class producers who found just what they needed as they worked with us: a great building, a welcoming community and an audience based both at Proctors and at the Rep interested and anxious to support new work. We are excited to host this world premiere. We hope to do so well that we can leverage continuing new relationships with the industry’s major players.”


Proctors, a former vaudeville house, is the only home for Broadway in New York’s Capital Region; it hosts over 700,000 visitors across 1,700 events annually. Eight Broadway tours have teched their shows at Proctors before going on the road since 2013 and the theater recently announced Hadestown and Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations are teching there this fall. The venue is a partner in the Proctors Collaborative, which also includes Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs, a regional School of the Performing Arts, and numerous economic and civic engagement initiatives.  

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