An April 21 presentation of the well-reviewed but little-known 1974 Off-Broadway musical Fashion, was to feature Lucie Arnaz, Tovah Feldshuh, Penny Fuller, Malcolm Gets, Tony winner Cady Huffman and more.
The reading of the musical comedy by Donald Pippin (music), Steve Brown (lyrics) and Anthony Stimac (book) was to be part of Primary Stages' PrimeTime Reading Series at the 59E59 Theaters.
Zippel said he will be recovering for the next six weeks, and hopes to get back East in the months that follow to put the show (and himself) properly on its feet.
In Fashion – The Musical, according to production notes, "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, of course, by Richard, in this timeless (and timely) comedy of manners about the pursuit of Fashion versus good old American values." The cast was to include Golden Globe nominee and LA Critics Circle winner Arnaz, Off-Broadway's Jan Buttram, four-time Tony nominee Feldshuh, two-time Tony nominee Fuller, Tony nominee Gets, Tony winner Huffman, Ovation Award winner Christiane Noll, and two-time Tony nominee Mary Testa.
Sande Campbell was to be the musical director; she also plays a club member named Edwina.
According to PrimaryStages.org/primetime, "We are proud to offer our PrimeTime Reading Series as a creative lab for emerging and established playwrights. PrimeTime has blossomed into one of the hottest tickets in town. Conveniently located in our in-house rehearsal studios, PrimeTime provides a home for writers to hear their new work read aloud. Friends of Primary Stages are invited to attend and be a part of a playwright's creative process. Several plays have received productions at Primary Stages since participating in PrimeTime including Michael Hollinger's Opus, Lee Blessing's A Body of Water and Tina Howe's Chasing Manet."