Henry and Mudge — with Cody, Boll, Morales, Hess and Buonopane — Begins Dec. 13

Beginning Dec. 13 Theatreworks/USA presents the New York premiere of Henry and Mudge, the new family-friendly musical based on Cynthia Rylant's picture books about a boy and his 182-pound companion.

Joseph A. Morales, Todd Buonopane and Jennifer Cody in Henry and Mudge
Joseph A. Morales, Todd Buonopane and Jennifer Cody in Henry and Mudge (Photo by TheatreworksUSA)

The official opening at Off-Broadway Lucille Lortel Theatre is scheduled for Dec. 17, and the limited engagement — under the direction of Peter Flynn — will play through Jan. 20, 2007. Henry and Mudge, which features music by Brian Lowdermilk and book and lyrics by Kait Kerrigan, boasts a cast led by Jennifer Cody as Annie, Patrick Boll as Dad, Joseph A. Morales as Henry, Joan Hess as Mom and Todd Buonopane as Mudge. The creative team also includes Devanand Janki (choreography), Paul Weimer (scenic design), Rob Bevenger (costume design), Jeff Croiter (lighting design), Eric Shim (sound design) and Lowdermilk (orchestrations).

The musical, according to press notes, is described thusly: "Moving from the city to a new house in the country can be tough. Just ask Henry. He misses Annie, his cousin and best friend, and can't find a playmate in his new neighborhood. Luckily Mom and Dad buy him a great, big, slobberly dog — Mudge — with whom he can share all kinds of adventures. It looks like Henry and Mudge will be best friends forever, until Annie arrives for a visit. Will Annie come between a boy and his dog? Can a kid have two best friends?"

The Lucille Lortel Theatre is located in Manhattan at 121 Christopher Street. Tickets, priced at $25, are available by calling (212) 279-4200. The production is recommended for ages four and up.


Theatreworks/USA is America's foremost not-for-profit professional theatre for family audiences. Visit www.TheatreworksUSA.org for more information.