Kramer, Olds, Phillips and Tatum Have Mark Twain's Blues

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The York Theatre Company's Developmental Reading Series continues March 18 with a free reading of the new musical Mark Twain's Blues.

Directed by Tom Herman with musical direction by David Wolfson, the reading will be presented at 3 PM. The cast comprises Bonnie Kramer (national tour of The Scarlet Pimpernel), Lance Olds (Naked Boys Singing!), Barry Phillips ("30 Rock") and Bill Tatum (The Last Girl Singer). Mark Twain's Blues features music and lyrics by Walt Stepp and Mark Twain and a book by Stepp. In the new musical, press notes state, "Mark Twain dreams that an older Huck Finn and Jim (the slave Huck helped to escape) 'return' to bawl him out for betraying them at the end of his so-called masterpiece, 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.' Now older and wiser, Huck and Jim come back to help Twain face his demons by re-writing the book as it was meant to be written — and giving everybody the better ending they deserve. The lyrics of this new musical are based on Mark Twain’s own words."

The reading will be presented at the York's home at The Theatre at Saint Peter's on 54th Street, east of Lexington Avenue. Although the reading is free, reservations are required by calling (212) 935-5824, ext. 24.

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