A Man of No Importance, a new musical by Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens and Terrence McNally, will get a reading at Lincoln Center Theater in late March, a spokesman at LCT confirmed. Joe Mantello will direct. No cast members could be learned. The show is based on the 1994 film of the same name. The movie, set in 1963 Dublin, starred Albert Finney as Alfie Byrne, a closeted, gay bus driver, with a passion for Oscar Wilde. The title is a play on the Wilde work A Woman of No Importance.
All three authors are currently represented on Broadway. Flaherty and Ahrens penned the score for Seussical, while McNally wrote the book for The Full Monty. Mantello also boasts a current Broadway credit: the Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Noel Coward's Design for Living.
—By Robert Simonson