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Michael stars in new Independent movie Temptation

With barely time to breath since his immensely successful run as Giorgio in the Sondheim festival highlight Passion, Michael has already been cast as one of the leads in the new Independent movie musical "Temptation." The movie is being directed by Mark Tarlov (Simply Irresistable, The Man Who Knew Too Little, I Love You, I Love You Not) and also stars Broadway veterans Alice Ripley and Adam Pascal.

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Report from has learned that some of theater's brightest talents are coming together to star in a new independent rock movie musical called Temptation, based on the story of Faust. The movie, which is being directed by Mark Tarlov, will star Broadway vets Michael Cerveris (The Who's Tommy), Annie Golden (The Full Monty), Orfeh (Saturday Night Fever, Love, Janis), Adam Pascal (Rent, Aida), Manley Pope (Rent) and Alice Ripley (Side Show, The Rocky Horror Show), among others. Shooting is expected to begin in early October in New York City.

According to a synopsis obtained by, Temptationis a mostly sung-through musical set at a performance club called Urban Archaeology on Avenue B in the East Village. The club is run by Pablo (Cerveris) and filled with regulars like aspiring songstress Annie (Crossroads star Zoe Zaldana), club singer Yvonne (Orfeh), doomed innocent Fog (Anika Noni-Rose), piano player Howard (Bat Boy's Deven May) and Nora (Golden), a 40ish housewife trying to fit in to the sexually-charged environment. Pope plays struggling actor Billy, the object of Annie's affection. Sh-K-Boom recording artists Adam Pascal and Alice Ripley are cast as Nicholi and Sabrina, the evil underworlders who come to Urban Archaeology to break hearts and destroy lives.

Tarlov, who has previously worked as a film director (Simply Irresistable) and producer (notable credits include the John Waters films Serial Mom, Pecker and Cecil B. Demented), wrote the story of Temptation. The film will feature close to 40 songs, by songwriters J.T. and Sydney and will also blend segments of animation into the live action footage, which will be shot in digital video.

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