John Bolton, Troy Britton Johnson, Natalie Venetia Belcon Are Part of July 29 Fig Leaves Reading
By Andrew Gans
UnsungMusicalsCo. Inc. presents an exploratory reading of the 1969 musical comedy The Fig Leaves Are Falling July 29 at Manhattan Theatre Club's Creative Center.
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is part of The Archival Project, a UMC initiative aimed at "researching, assembling and restoring the material from unpublished and out-of-print musical shows."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.
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