Rachel York, Chris Sieber, Orfeh, Marc Kudisch Read Super-Hero Musical Protagonists! Dec. 6

Super heroes in mid-life crisis is the conflict explored in the new musical comedy The Astonishing Return of the Protagonists!, getting a Manhattan reading Dec. 6. Richard Kind, Jim Stanek, Rachel York, Marc Kudisch and John Tartaglia are among the players.

Rachel York
Rachel York

The developmental industry presentation is a table read for the writers and the producers (Ayal Miodovnik and Kudisch). The reading will also feature Paul Kandel (as a super villain), Michael Berry, David Hess, Andy Karl, Orfeh, Shannon Lewis, Todd Alan Johnson, Chris Sieber and Jim Stanek, with Michael Marcotte, Lauren Marcus, Whitney Hayes and Jake Mendes.

"We call it a 'comic musical' because it's got a comic book flair to it," Del Aguila told Playbill.com. "It's about a group of former 'super friends' who have reached middle age and they are now a dysfunctional group that has to pull it together for one last chance to save the world."

Shaieb said the pop score has some '70s funk flavor, plus heightened, aggressive music worthy of action-adventure films.