In March of 2016, Kelsey Grammer, Lenny Wolpe and Jeff Kready lead the cast of an industry reading of The Outsider. Produced by Paper Mill Playhouse, the reading was presented at Signature Theatre in New York City.
At once a razor-sharp comedy and a sincere tribute to democracy, The Outsider is an insightful, timely and hilarious take on modern American politics.
The story: Ned Newley (Lenny Wolpe) doesn't even want to be Governor. He is terrified of public speaking; his poll numbers are impressively bad. To his ever-supportive Chief of Staff (Jeff Kready), Ned seems destined to fail. But a political guru named Arthur Vance (Kelsey Grammer) sees things a little differently: Ned might be the worst candidate to ever run for office. Unless the public is looking for... the worst candidate to ever run for office.
Along with Grammer (“Frasier”, Finding Neverland), Wolpe (The Drowsy Chaperone, Bullets Over Broadway), and Kready (A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, Billy Elliot), the reading also starred Erin Noel Grennan (“Chicago Med”, Reckless at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Lisa O’Hare (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder), Kristen Sieh (O, Earth, RoosevElvis) and Steve Rosen (Guys and Dolls, Spamalot).
Don Stephenson (Titanic at Lincoln Center, Guys and Dolls at Goodspeed) was the director.
New Jersey's premiere regional theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse is led by Managing Director Todd Schmidt and Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee.