The reading at Manhattan Theatre Club's Creative Center will feature the talents of Fred Berman (The Normal Heart, The Lion King), Sarah Litzsinger (Amour, Beauty and the Beast), Nora Mae Lyng (Into the Woods, Cabaret, My Favorite Year) and Oliver Vaquer (Talk Radio).
Based on the best-selling novel by Tony Award nominee Max Shulman, the musical has a book by Shulman, music by Sidney Lippman and lyrics by Sylvia Dee. UMC artistic director Ben West will direct the reading.
Barefoot Boy With Cheek, according to press notes, "follows a bright-eyed young freshman at the fictitious University of Minnesota as he navigates a rowdy campus complete with swindling frat boys, dreamy jocks and communist coeds." The reading restores Shulman’s original libretto as well as the originally penned act one finale, "Don’t Spoil the Party," which was cut in 1947 during the musical’s development.
To attend the reading and receive invitations to future UMC readings, visit www.UnsungMusicals.org. UMC’s Archival Project will present a reading of its next restoration in spring 2011.
Manhattan Theatre Club’s Creative Center is located at 311 West 43rd Street.