It may be only a "Paper Moon," but it's certainly casting a wide beam. After a successful run at the Goodspeed Opera House, followed by an autumn 1996 stint at Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre and a 1997 staging at the Ford's Theatre in Washington DC, Paper Moon will receive another staged reading, this one in Los Angeles.
Directed by Stuart Ross (of Forever Plaids renown), the Jan. 18, 19 & 20 readings (the 20th was recently added) will take place at Garry Marshall's Falcon Theatre. Greg Jbara plays Moze, the lead con-man; Lynsey Bartilson plays Addie, the little girl well on her way to becoming a huckster like her dad.
Based on the film by Peter Bogdanovich and novel, "Addie Pray," by Joe David Brown, the musical has a book by Martin Cassella, lyrics by Ellen Fitshugh, and music by Larry Grossman. According to Jbara, the L.A. reading is part of a new musical reading series being produced by Kevin Larkin. Peter Matz serves as musical director for the piece.
In its Ford's Theatre incarnation, songs in Paper Moon included "Afraid Of Nuthin'," "I Recollect Him" and "Ev'rybody Says So," as well as Trixie's "I Do What I Can (With What I Got)."
Other cast members for the reading include Jean Smart as Trixie, and Eydie Alyson, Brooks Almy, Don Amendolia, Cliff Bemis, Peggy Billo, Susanne Blakeslee, Paul Michael, Larry Raben, Terry Rhoads, Lise Simms and Jennifer Leigh Warren. Catherine Butterfield will read the stage directions. Jbara has had featured Broadway roles in Damn Yankees, Victor/Victoria and the current Chicago revival and appeared in the Paul Rudnick-scripted film In & Out. Butterfield penned and starred in the Off-Broadway drama, Where The Truth Lies.
--By David Lefkowitz