Betty Buckley, Stephen Bogardus, Gerard Canonico, Annie Golden Are Part of Reading of New Musical The Thing About Time

By Andrew Gans
May 29, 2013 has learned that Tony Award winner Betty Buckley, who will be seen this summer in the Signature Theatre production of Horton Foote's The Old Friends, will take part in a private reading of the new musical The Thing About Time June 3 in Manhattan.

Featuring music, book and lyrics by David Buskin and Jake Holmes, the reading will be directed by Jerry Dixon with musical direction by Irwin Fisch. Robert Witherow is the stage manager.

In addition to Broadway favorite Buckley, the cast will also boast Stephen Bogardus, Gerard Canonico, Iris Elton, Annie Golden, Lawrence Hamilton, David Patrick Kelly and Eric LaJuan Summers.

"A seminal event reunites five war-torn friends," according to press notes for The Thing About Time, which has "richly drawn characters, and a pop-folk-rock score. This new musical allows us to experience the healing force that only time allows."

About the goals of the upcoming reading, director Dixon told, "Besides presenting to the theatre industry, who are in the position to move the project forward, we also want to find out if the revisions — from the last time out — are clear, dynamic and sound."