The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective kicks off its 2012-13 season with a staged reading of Little By Little, the "three-hander musical" about friendship, hormones and popcorn, Sept. 2 at the TAI Group in Manhattan.
Directed by Beautiful Soup founder and artistic director Steven Carl McCasland, the cast includes Alessa Neeck (White Christmas, Little House on the Prairie national tour), Ian Lowe and Lani Corson, who play three friends that "grow up and grow apart together."
The musical (originally seen in New York City in a production by York Theatre Company, which spawned a cast album) features a score by Brad Ross, lyrics by Hal Hackady and Ellen Greenfield and a book by Annette Jolles and Ellen Greenfield. Caleb Hoyer musically directs the 3 PM and 7 PM readings.
Half of the proceeds raised from Little By Little benefit Westchester Arc, working with the Developmentally Disabled.
Following Little By Little, the Beautiful Soup season will continue with a revival of Isaac Bashevis Singer and Leah Napolin's Yentl at The Gene Frankel Theatre in October; a revival of Arthur Bickenll's Moose Murders in February 2013; a revival of the musical Henry Sweet Henry in March 2013; and a new adaptation of Peter & Wendy by Steven Carl McCasland.