They're Playing Our Song, with Borle and Scott, Gets NYC Reading; Revival Being Explored

By Adam Hetrick
26 Oct 2009

Christian Borle
Christian Borle
Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Christian Borle and Sherie Rene Scott headlined a reading of the Neil Simon-Marvin Hamlisch-Carole Bayer Sager musical They're Playing Our Song under the direction of Tony winner Kathleen Marshall last week.

Toronto's Dancap, which currently presents the Canadian productions of Jersey Boys and Toxic Avenger, produced the reading of the intimate 1979 musical about a composer and lyricist who share more than a working relationship.

Marshall, who helmed the Broadway revivals of Wonderful Town, The Pajama Game and Grease, directed and choreographed the Oct. 23 reading at Chelsea Studios. Kimberly Grigsby (Spring Awakening) was musical director.

Loosely based on the relationship of Hamlisch and Sager, the reading featured Christian Borle (Legally Blonde, Spamalot) as Vernon Gersch and Sherie Rene Scott (Everyday Rapture, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) as Sonia Walsk.

The ensemble for the reading included Anastasia Barzee, Stacie Morgan Lewis, Lindsay Mendez, Richard Todd Adams, Richard Roland and Matthew Shepard.

While Dancap has not officially announced dates of production, plans are in the works for a late 2010 Toronto bow, with a future eye toward Broadway.

They're Playing Our Song features a book by Neil Simon, with music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager. The musical had its world premiere at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles in 1978 and later arrived on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre in February of 1979 starring Robert Klein and Lucie Arnaz. The Broadway production, under the direction of Robert Moore, ran for 1,082 performances and earned Tony nominations for Best Musical, Best Book, Best Actor and Best Direction.