Directed by Jen Bender, the cast for the readings includes Scott Coulter, Nathan Klau, Billy Miller, Kelli Rabke and Becky Lillie Woods. Show times are July 27 and 28 at 7 PM and July 29 at 3 PM. The musical runs approximately 70 minutes. Dear Edwina was penned by Marcy Heisler (book and lyrics) and Zina Goldrich (music), the talented duo who wrote the Lucille Lortel-nominated musical Junie B. Jones and the cabaret favorite "Taylor, the Latte Boy," which has been performed by Kristin Chenoweth and John Tartaglia. Heisler and Goldrich are also at work on a Broadway-bound musical titled Ever After.
Dear Edwina, according to productions notes, concerns 13-year-old Edwina Spoonapple, who "would do just about anything to be a part of the Kalamazoo Advice-a-palooza Festival. While her siblings both have proof up on the fridge of their accomplishments, poor Edwina has nothing. When a talent scout from the convention visits her hometown of Paw Paw, Michigan, she trots out her musical advice giving shows live from the family garage in hopes of finding her place in the spotlight. She is assisted by her older siblings (on piano and drums) and a host of quirky friends and neighbors: Becky, the perky cheerleader; Kelli, the cool, sophisticated ballerina; Annie, the girl-scout cookie-selling champion; the Vanderploonk triplets; Bobby, the befuddled new kid on the block; and Scott, who is helplessly and hopelessly in love with Edwina. Together they set out to tackle the world's problems, in number after hysterical number about everything from birthday party etiquette to the proper way to set a table."
The Rattlestick Theater is located at 224 Waverly Place, west of Seventh Avenue at 11th Street. Tickets, priced $35 (general admission), $75 (sponsor) and $150 (patron), are available by calling (212) 868-4444 or by visiting www.smarttix.com.