Reading of New Musical Dog and Pony Will Feature Christian Borle, Beth Leavel, Annaleigh Ashford, Heidi Blickenstaff, Derek Klena

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31 Oct 2013

Christian Borle
Christian Borle
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San Diego's Old Globe will present a developmental, industry-only reading of the new musical comedy romance Dog and Pony Nov. 1 in New York City.

The musical, which will receive its world premiere at The Old Globe next spring, running May 28-June 29, 2014, features a book by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys, Peter and the Starcatcher), music and lyrics by Michael Patrick Walker (Altar Boyz) and direction by Tony Award winner Roger Rees (Peter and the Starcatcher, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby).

The cast of the reading of the showbiz comedy that "follows a hit screenwriting team that begins to venture into the rocky territory of love" will include Tony Award-winning actors Christian Borle (Peter and the Starcatcher, Spamalot) and Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone, Elf), Tony nominee Annaleigh Ashford (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), Heidi Blickenstaff ([title of show], The Little Mermaid) and Derek Klena (Wicked, Dogfight).

"Mags and Andy are a screenwriting team with a track record of hits and a professional relationship that’s firing on all cylinders," according to press notes. "But when Andy’s marriage hits the rocks, forever single Mags finds she wants something more. Will romance ruin their perfect relationship? Dog and Pony is a world premiere musical comedy romance that takes a witty and irreverent look at what women want and whether men fit the bill...or don’t."

Dog and Pony is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award.

Casting for the musical's 2014 production at The Old Globe will be announced at a later time.