By Andrew Gans
17 Oct 2008
Based upon the Jean Kerr book and the MGM film, the new musical features book and lyrics by Robert Lee and music by Leon Ko. John Bowab directs.
The readings at the Hilton Theatre Rehearsal Studios will feature the talents of Brigid Brady, Trevor Braun, Bernard Dotson, Melissa Dye, Gregg Edelman, Steven Eng, Eric Michael Gillett, Beth Fowler, Rosena M. Hill, Dalton Harrod, Eddie Korbich, Chelsea Krombach, Stacey Logan, Benjamin Magnuson, Joy Lynn Matthews, Neil McCaffery, Geoff Packard, Eileen Rivera, Matthew Schechter, Lea Thompson and Andre Ward.
Please Don't Eat the Daisies, according to press notes, "brings to life Jean Kerr's smart, powerful alter-ego, Helen Mackay. Helen is anything but the typical 1960s housewife and mother of four boys. When Helen pens a best-selling play about her family, she becomes the toast of New York. Marital complications arise as her fame begins to eclipse that of her husband Charles, the newly anointed lead theatre critic for the Times."
The creative team also includes musical director Larry Yurman, associate musical director Paul Staroba, choreographer Denis Jones and associate director Diana Baffa-Brill. Jenny Slattery is stage manager, Jim Athens is production stage manager, and Thomas Recktenwald is assistant stage manager.