Barefoot Boy With Cheek Reading, with Jenn Colella, Drew Gehling, Max Von Essen, Offered Jan. 14

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UnsungMusicalsCo. Inc. launches its new initiative, The Archival Project, Jan. 14 at 3 PM with a reading of the 1947 musical comedy Barefoot Boy With Cheek.

Max von Essen
Max von Essen

The reading at Manhattan Theatre Club's Creative Center features Jenn Colella, Randy Donaldson, Jenny Fellner, Nick Gaswirth, Drew Gehling, Anne Horak, Robert Lenzi, Sarah Litzsinger, Nora Mae Lyng, Rye Mullis, Greg Reuter and Max von Essen.

Based on the best-selling novel by Tony Award nominee Max Shulman, the musical has a book by Shulman, music by Sidney Lippman and lyrics by Sylvia Dee. UMC artistic director Ben West directs the reading.

Barefoot Boy With Cheek, according to press notes, "follows a bright-eyed young freshman at the fictitious University of Minnesota as he navigates a rowdy campus complete with swindling frat boys, dreamy jocks and communist coeds." The reading restores Shulman's original libretto as well as the originally penned act one finale, "Don't Spoil the Party," which was cut in 1947 during the musical's development.

To attend the reading and receive invitations to future UMC readings, visit www.UnsungMusicals.org. UMC's Archival Project will present a reading of its next restoration in spring 2011.

Manhattan Theatre Club's Creative Center is located at 311 West 43rd Street.

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