Cast members of Broadway's Footloose will be part of a Mar. 1 reading of a musical version of "Summer of '42," the 1971 coming-of-age picture about a teenagers and a war-bride.
Footloose ensemble member Hunter Foster (Grease!) is librettist to songs by David Kirshenbaum (Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus). Nick Corley directs a cast that includes Footloose's Jeremy Kushnier and John Hillner.
Playing the older woman and the teenager (originally, Jennifer O'Neill and Gary Grimes) are Alice Ripley (Side Show, Les Miserables) and Chris Diamantopolous (Les Miz).
The reading cast also includes Jesse Tyler Ferguson (On the Town), Marc Kudisch (High Society), Whitney Allen (Forbidden Broadway Strikes Back) and Christy Morton (Little Me at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre).
Music direction is by Lynne Shankel, associate conductor for You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. The film, which was nominated for four Academy Awards, evokes the 1940s East Coast and is memorable for its score by Michel Legrand, who took home an Oscar.