Playbill.com has learned that the reading of the musical — inspired by a play by Anna Cora Mowatt — will feature Linda Balgord, Christina Bianco, Sande Campbell, Donna English, Tovah Feldshuh, Malcolm Gets, Cady Huffman, Judy Kaye, Christiane Noll and Mary Testa.
The Off-Broadway musical has a book by Anthony Stimac, music by Don Pippin and lyrics by Steve Brown.
Zippel was to direct a reading of the work over the summer, but a slip and fall prompted a cancellation. The Tony Award-winning lyricist of City of Angels broke his femur in California the week of April 12. The pain, he told Playbill.com, was professional as well as physical — the injury prompted the scotching of a Manhattan reading of Fashion that he was to direct. An April 21 Primary Stages presentation of the well-reviewed but little-known 1974 Off-Broadway musical was to feature Lucie Arnaz, Tovah Feldshuh, Penny Fuller, Malcolm Gets, Tony winner Cady Huffman and more. (Many will return for the fall reading.)
In Fashion – The Musical, Playbill.com previously reported, the Long Island Mask and Wig Society, an all-female amateur drama club, is putting on a musical written for them by their handsome, sexy male director, Richard. Richard has rehearsed each of them individually in the privacy of their own homes and is bringing them together for their first stumble-through. The musical he has written is based upon the first American play written by a woman [Anna Cora Mowatt] in 1845, also titled Fashion. In Evelyn's living room, the fashionably gowned women play the men's as well as the women's roles, with the exception of the phony French Count, who is played by Richard in this timeless (and timely) comedy of manners about the pursuit of Fashion versus good old American values.
Sande Campbell is the musical director; she also plays a club member named Edwina.