The property has been working toward a possible Broadway revival for some months now. Director Maurice Hines was previously attached to it.
The new reading will feature Utkarsh Ambudkar, Nicole Lewis, Ronny Mercedes, Dequina Moore, Brooke Moriber, Chiarra Nivarra, Sabrina Reitman, Rydell Rollins, Cedric Sanders and Orlando Torres.
Nominated for five Tony Awards, the musical had a score by Gary William Friedman, lyrics by Will Holt and its material was adapted by Robert H. Livingston and Herb Shapiro, based on a 1969 book edited by Stephen M. Joseph. The musical won the 1969-70 Drama Desk and Obie awards for Best Musical.
The collection of songs inspired by the stories of inner-city kids was embraced Off-Broadway at the Orpheum Theatre in 1970 and transferred to Broadway to be a unique voice on the commercial landscape. Critics found it to be a breath of fresh air.
Livingston directed a cast of fresh-faced kids, including Irene Cara, Northern J. Calloway, Hattie Winston, Beverly Ann Bremers, Gerri Dean, Jose Fernandez, Douglas Grant, Melanie Henderson, Kevin Lindsay, Paul Mace, Laura Michaels and Carl Thoma. Patricia Birch choreographed. Whitehorse Productions, LLC, will present the new reading, which will take place at Off-Broadway's Vineyard Theatre.