Leavel, Kennedy and Moses join Joan Barber, Terri Furr and Mary Poppins' Henry Hodges for the reading at Ripley Grier Studios. Hodges stars in the title role of the musical, which concerns "a young boy whose dream in life is to play the title role in Annie."
Conceived by Robert Jay Cronin, That's Andy features music by Kevin Carter and book and lyrics by Crystal Skillman. The reading is being produced by Joe McGinnis and Bart Kahn; the producers hope the musical will arrive on Broadway by Christmas.
Beth Leavel received Tony and Drama Desk awards for her performance in the title role of The Drowsy Chaperone. Her other Broadway credits include 42nd Street, Crazy for You, Show Boat and The Civil War.
Burke Moses, who is currently playing El Gallo in the Off-Broadway revival of The Fantasticks, won a Theatre World Award and a Drama Desk nomination for creating the role of Gaston in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. His other Broadway credits include Guys and Dolls, The Frogs and Kiss Me, Kate.
Lauren Kennedy was most recently seen on the New York stage as the Lady of the Lake in the Tony-winning musical Spamalot. She covered the role of Daisy Hilton in the Broadway production of Side Show and also appeared in the New York companies of Sunset Boulevard and Les Misérables. Kennedy starred in The Rhythm Club and was also a part of the early incarnations of Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years, playing the role that would be played Off-Broadway by Sherie Rene Scott, when Kennedy crossed the Atlantic to star in the National Theatre's revival of South Pacific. Kennedy also appeared in The Ten Commandments: The Spectacle Musical, and her debut solo CD is titled "The Songs of Jason Robert Brown." Ripley-Grier Studios are located in Manhattan at 520 Eighth Avenue, between 36th and 37th Streets.