Donna McKechnie, James Crichton, Jennifer Simard, Lilli Cooper Set for Reading of New Musical The Mudge Boy

A by-invitation-only reading of the new musical The Mudge Boy, based on Michael Burke's film of the same name, will be presented Nov. 29 at 3 PM in Manhattan.

Donna McKechnie
Donna McKechnie

The cast will include Tony winner Donna McKechnie (Irene), James Crichton (Duncan Mudge), Mike Masters (Edgar Mudge), John Arthur Greene (Perry Foley), Jennifer Simard (Emily Foley), Brent Black (Juster Pelkey/Merritt Foley), Lilli Cooper (April), Caitlin Kinnunen (Tonya), Bart Mather (Travis) and Jim Schubin (Scotty).

The musical features a book by Brett Smock, who also directs, and music and lyrics by Drew Brody.

"Duncan Mudge has just lost his mother and is grappling with the emotional vacuum and a despondent, grief-stricken father," according to press notes. "A small town in Vermont and its close-knit inhabitants weave in and out of his journey, creating a gripping portrait of family, loss, acceptance and what lies beneath in rural, adolescent America. The Mudge Boy addresses issues of teen and family violence, bullying and cruelty while deconstructing the voyage to identity faced by every teenager."

Industry folk interested in attending the reading should email