The Thing About Joe, a Musical About a Wannabe Maitre D, Gets NYC Reading

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The new musical The Thing About Joe will be performed by its writers in a special showing Nov. 13 at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre in Manhattan.

With book and lyrics by Matthew Hardy and music by Randy Klein, the musical — nurtured in the 20006 Tony Honored BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Worskhop — is based on a real-life story and "tells the tale of Joe Christiansen from Preston, Idaho, who decides to pursue his dream to become the best maitre d' in New York City."

The performance is at 6:15 PM.

Texas born Matthew Hardy is entering his second year in the BMI Workshop. His short musical The Rubberers will be part of the Musical Mondays spring 2007 season. He created and performed his own cabaret act entitled Songs for the Dysfunctional and toured nationally with Fosse.

Composer Randy Klein is also an accomplished pianist. He has received four Emmys for his documentary/film work and two Gold Records for his R&B work. With lyricist Isidore Elias, his writings for the theatre includes Move!, commissioned by the Royal Theatre Carre, Amsterdam; I Don't Do Club Dates (BMI Foundation grant) for the National Musical Theater Network and the John Harms Center for the Arts; and Capture the Moon, based on the Eastern European folklore stories of the Wise Men of Chelm. Falling Apart, a chamber musical utilizing elements of both musical theatre and jazz was produced by Musical Mondays in 2002. He is currently composing the music to Bucky and His Friends, a full-length contemporary vaudeville show for stage.

The McGinn/Cazale Theatre is at Broadway and 76th St. For reservations, call (212) 989-6706 or e-mail Admission is $10. Visit

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