The new "Musical Mystery Screwball Comedy" by Patricia Miller and Jim Wann will boast a cast that includes Marc Kudisch, Christiane Noll, Ron Raines and Natalie Toro. Rob Milulski will be the musical director. (This same group will preserve the score for JAY Records.) The People vs. Mona was penned by Jim Wann (music and lyrics, book) and Patricia Miller (book). The musical, according to press notes, "involves Mona Mae Katt, who is on trial for the murder of her husband. She is also owner of The Frog Pad, the long-time musical heart of Tippo, a small town in Georgia. Prosecutor Mavis Frye knows Mona's conviction would make it possible to tear down The Frog Pad and build a lucrative casino, changing the community forever. In the kind of coincidence that could only be possible in small town America, defense attorney Jim Summerford happens to be the prosecutor's fiancé, and he soon finds himself unexpectedly attracted to Mona. There are several surprise twists as the fate of a small town hangs on the verdict."
The York Theatre Company plays Saint Peter's Theatre, which is located on 54th Street just east of Lexington Avenue. For tickets, priced $35-$40, visit www.yorktheatre.org or call (212) 935-5820.