You loved him in Ragtime, now Henry Ford will sing his own tale in a new musical, Any Color You Like (As Long As It's Black), getting a private reading in Manhattan, July 18.
The reading, directed by Dan Foster, is presented in conjunction with Hudson Stage Company, the professional company Foster co-founded. The musical — telling of Henry Ford, his wife Clara, and their son, Edsel — draws its title from Ford's answer to a question of what colors the Model T might be available in.
Music and lyrics are by Chris Neuner, book is by Kris Slava, with musical direction by Albert Ahronheim. Producing assistant is Olivia Sklar.
The cast includes Jeff Talbott (Fortune's Fool, Home of the Brave) as Henry Ford; Cass Morgan (The Immigrant, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Violet) as Clara Ford; Rich Affannato as Edsel; Christeena Michelle Riggs as Edsel's wife; Eleanor Ford; Peter Marx (Annie Get Your Gun, Singin' in the Rain) as James "Bulldog" Couzens (Ford's accountant and right hand man), Ethan Duff as Harry Bennett; with George Tynan Crowley, Jase Draper, Christopher Yates, Aidan Connolly, Michael David Gordon, Marya Grandy, Lorinda Lisitza, Megan Johnson and Leslie Abdallah.
"The action of the play spans more than 30 years in and around Detroit, MI," according to a program note. "Though based on real lives and events, considerable dramatic liberty has been taken in order to bring the story into its present form." — By Kenneth Jones