Benjamin Endsley Klein will direct a cast that features Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Mary Poppins), Ann Harada (Avenue Q), Etai BenShlomo (Wicked), Dana Steingold (Spelling Bee), Erik Liberman (LoveMusik), Emily Shoolin (Enter Laughing) and Jim Poulos (Rent).
Hello Out There has book and lyrics by Eric Price and music by Frank Terry. Aaron Gandy is musical director.
"The first people to commit stock market fraud over the Internet weren’t criminals," according to press notes. "They were teenagers. Inspired by real-life events, Hello Out There is a new musical comedy that follows three unlikely friends who launch a scheme on the stock market using the newly-created World Wide Web. Two-hundred fifty thousand dollars later, the S.E.C. shows up and all hell breaks loose. This coming-of-age story begs the question, 'If Wall Street hotshots can act like greedy children, why can’t children act like Wall Street hotshots?'"
The reading is presented in cooperation with the Adirondack Theatre Festival, which is slated to produce the first full production of the musical this summer.