No, it's not Pete `n' Tillie, nor is it Keely & Du; it's Pete 'n Keely, a new two character musical receiving a reading at NY's Triad cabaret space July 27-28.
Mark Waldrop, who penned the acclaimed lyrics for Off-Broadway's When Pigs Fly serves as lyricist and director for the show, which features music by Patrick Brady, as well as pop standards.
Starring in Pete `n Keely will be George Dvorsky and Sally Mayes. Dvorsky appeared on Broadway in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and in Leading Men Can't Dance at Rainbow & Stars. Mayes starred on Broadway in Welcome To The Club and She Loves Me, and Off Broadway in Closer Than Ever.
Librettist James Hindman (who's currently a standby for Robert Westenberg in 1776, told Playbill On-Line songs in the show include "This Could Be The Start Of Something Big," "I Thought About You," and "But Beautiful." "We have a lot of Sammy Cahn-kind of songs," said Hindman. 0osed to, say, well-known numbers by Irving Berlin. They're songs that you know but you don't know you know." New tunes in the musical include "Tony And Cleo."
The story, set in 1968, concerns a show biz couple, now divorced, who reunite for a live television taping. Author Hindman told Playbill On-Line he hoped the show's concept would turn out similar to Forever Plaid (which played at the same theatre when it was called "Steve McGraw's"). Hindman is fairly new to the playwriting game. He's been workshopping two plays, Sammy, and Mercada And The Talking Stars, which a one-person show for Carol Woods. Proceeds from the two readings of Pete `n Keely will go to benefit a new clinic being built by Dr. Barry Kohn, an allergy and ear-nose-throat specialist who treats actors for free. (Among his famous clients: Carol Channing and Julie Wilson.) The full-time clinic is set to open in September.
As for Pete `n Keely, Hindman sees either Off-Broadway or a Triad like cabaret venue as the ultimate target. For tickets ($10 cover, $10 minimum) and information on the Triad reading (158 West 72 St), call (212) 362-2590.
--By David Lefkowitz