An invitation-only reading of The Bad News Bears—a new musical based on the 1976 Paramount Studios film—will be presented February 27 in Manhattan.
Sherri Eden Barber will direct a cast that includes Tony winner Bonnie Milligan (Kimberly Akimbo), Chris Sullivan (The Thanksgiving Play), and Ava Briglia (Matilda the Musical). Makulumy Alexander-Hills is the musical director.
The stage adaptation, penned by Brian Feinstein and Eric Garcia, follows a washed-up baseball player who takes a job coaching a ragtag team of Little League misfits, including his ex-stepdaughter, and winds up finding victory in many places.
The 1976 film featured a screenplay by Bill Lancaster and starred Walter Matthau, Tatum O'Neal, and Vic Morrow. Michael Ritchie directed.