The 3 PM reading is part of The Archival Project, a UMC initiative aimed at "researching, assembling and restoring the material from unpublished and out-of-print musical shows."
The cast is headed by John Bolton ( Curtains, Spamalot), Troy Britton Johnson ( The Drowsy Chaperone), Natalie Venetia Belcon (Avenue Q) and Cortney Wolfson (Legally Blonde, The Addams Family) with Pilin Anice (Junie B. Jones), Jonathan Burke ( Langston in Harlem), Catherine LeFrere (Just in Time: The Judy Holliday Story) and Christopher Ruth ( Yank!).
With book and lyrics by Grammy Award winner Allan Sherman (Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh) and music by Tony Award winner Albert Hague (Redhead, Plain and Fancy), UMC is currently developing a new version of the musical with revisions and direction by UMC artistic director Ben West (How Now, Dow Jones, Platinum) and musical direction and arrangements by Andrew Graham ( Avenue Q). This new one-act version refocuses the story by employing a smaller cast of eight and eliminating six musical numbers, while restoring three previously cut songs: “Man," “Anything Can Happen," and “Westchester Wildcat."
The Fig Leaves Are Falling, according to press notes, is a "swinging '60s satire of suburban life, love and infidelity. Variety meets vaudeville in this lively entertainment following Harry Stone and his melodious mid-life crisis."
Manhattan Theatre Club's Creative Center is located at 311 West 43rd Street. To attend the reading and receive invitations to future UMC readings, visit www.UnsungMusicals.org.