Murphy and Wiley are "Tapped" for NYMF's Mud Donahue and Son

News   Murphy and Wiley are "Tapped" for NYMF's Mud Donahue and Son
Broadway's Karen Murphy and Shonn Wiley are set to hoof their way into the New York Musical Theatre Festival's production of Mud Donahue and Son, based on Jack Donahue's novel "Letters Of A Hoofer To His Ma."

Mud Donahue and Son is presented in special arrangement with the York Theatre Company, where the musical first premiered as part of the York's Developmental Reading Series.

The musical features a book by Jeff Hochhauser and a score by Bob Johnston, both of whom collaborated on lyrics. Broadway veteran Lynn Taylor-Corbett will direct and choreograph the NYMF production. Taylor-Corbett has previously choreographed Chess, Titanic and was Tony-nominated for her direction and choreography for Swing!

Wiley will portray "Jack, a passionate kid who would rather dance than breathe," who, according to press notes, "is bursting out of his skin to realize the talent that he knows is inside him. Mud (Karen Murphy), an equally passionate woman, would rather die than have her son go into something as trivial as Vaudeville."

Taylor-Corbett has utilized the vaudeville tradition for her choreography, which has been preserved on film by such tap performers as Ray Bolger, Eleanor Powell and James Cagney.

The creative team for the NYMF production includes scenic design by James Morgan, costume design by David Toser and lighting design by Jason Kantrowitz. Douglas Oberhamer will serve as musical director. Mud Donahue and Son will play The 45th Street Theatre, located at 354 West 45th Street in Manhattan, from Oct. 2-7. Tickets are available by visiting or by calling (212) 352-3101.

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