Ann Crumb, James Crichton, Jennifer Simard, Lilli Cooper Set for Reading of New Musical The Mudge Boy
By Andrew Gans
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 Oct. 30.
The cast will include Ann Crumb (Irene), Christopher Carl (Edgar Mudge), James Crichton (Duncan Mudge), John Arthur Greene (Perry Foley), Jennifer Simard (Emily Foley), Mike Masters (Juster / 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."
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