By Kenneth Jones
14 Jul 2004
Industry presentations are expected in September following rehearsals. Casting is ongoing for the reading of the show, which has book by Hochman and Stevie Craig, music by Gary Kupper and lyrics by Hochman and Kupper.
The multicultural, family-friendly Timmy the Great is billed as "an amazing new madcap musical that follows the story of nine-year-old King Timmy as he fosters a new radical movement in his realm that makes kids into adults and adults into kids, all in the face of impending war."
Glover will also appear in a small role in the reading.
The story "King Timmy the Great" by Sandra Hochman and Tad Danielak is based on a Polish fable.
"The three sinister kings, John the Nervous, Andre the Gluttonous, and Marvin the Slowminded, are keeping a close eye on the events in the Country of Hearts. They have plans of their own for Timmy the Great. This is a fantastic musical for revolutionaries of all ages."
Sandra Hochman has written dozens of novels and books of poetry. She is a winner of the prestigious Yale Younger Poets Award poet and a Pulitzer-Prize nominee. Her 1971 novel "Walking Papers" made her a potent voice in the burgeoning women's movement.
Savion Glover was, at the age of 12, nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in Black and Blue and won the Tony for his choreography for the Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk.
He made his Broadway debut as the title character in The Tap Dance Kid; and appeared on Broadway Jelly's Last Jam opposite Gregory Hines. He co starred in the film "Tap" with Hines and Sammy Davis, Jr.