Tony Award nominee Testa ( On the Town, 42nd Street, Queen of the Mist) has been workshopping the one-woman musical about the Brooklyn Dodgers' biggest fan with the creators for the past several years. Valentian Fratti will direct the 7:30 PM staged reading on March 12. Howling Hilda has book and lyrics by Berlin and music by Bleckner. Timothy Splain will music direct.
Howling Hilda, according to the authors, "is the story of the Brooklyn Dodgers' greatest fan, Hilda Chester. Set on the eve of the Brooklyn Dodgers' historic last season in New York, Hilda is being interviewed during the course of one game. Thwarted in her dream to play baseball, she spent a lifetime cheering. Hilda became an institution at Ebbets Field, notorious for her clanging cowbells, frying pan and iron ladle. Today, she is in the Baseball Hall of Fame and there is an award given out in her name every year."