Middle-Age Blues Sung in New Musical, It's About Time, Tested in NYC Readings May 19-20

News   Middle-Age Blues Sung in New Musical, It's About Time, Tested in NYC Readings May 19-20 It's About Time, a new musical revue about slipping gracefully — or not — into middle age, is the final staged reading in the spring 2003 Musical Mondays Theater Lab series in Manhattan.

The show by lyricist Frank Evans (Abie's Island Rose) and composer Richard B. Evans (Theory of the Leisure Class) plays at the Broadway Theater Institute 7 PM May 19 and 3 PM May 20.

It's About Time is billed as "a new revue for five singers and a piano...a loving, sometimes stingingly funny look at the perils of falling headfirst into middle age."

The authors are distant cousins and insist, "Everyone in the cast is too young for the show."

Song titles in It's About Time include "HMO," "Yoga at Sunrise," "The Wah-Wah Wah-Wah Blues" and "The Dating Minuet."

The reading cast includes two men and three women: Joel Blum, a Tony Award nominee for Steel Pier and Show Boat; Jeff Cyronek, who played in the London and national companies of Show Boat and toured nationally in Ragtime; Susann Fletcher (The Full Monty); Raissa Katona (nationally, a Christine in The Phantom of the Opera) and Tina Stafford (Goodspeed's Lizzie Borden, Sweeney Todd). Lyricist Frank Evans received the 2001 Jerry Bock Award for his work on the musical version of Dinner at Eight, slated for a London workshop in July. He is the lyricist of War Brides, first seen at Musical Mondays, and staged at Connecticut's Spirit of Broadway Theatre. He co-wrote lyrics with Richard Engquist for Off Broadway's Abie's Island Rose, which transferred to the Hollywood, FL, Playhouse.

Richard Evans is composer of Theory of the Leisure Class, which was presented at the National Alliance of Musical Theatre's fall 2002 convention as well the Theatre Building, Chicago's Festival of New Works, at the York Theatre's developmental reading program and at Musical Mondays.

Musical Mondays producing director Bick Goss directs It's About Time. Musical director is Mark Janas.

Broadway Theater Institute is at 210 West 50th Street, Second Floor, Manhattan. Admission is $15. For reservations, call (212) 956-5481 ext. 203.