January 25, 2007

Daniel Reichard to Appear in Bar Mitzvah Boy Reading

January 25th, 2007

Playbill.com reports that Daniel Reichard, in addition to Faith Prince, Peter Friedman, Larry Keith, Hal Robinson, Shana Dowdeswell, Megan Lewis and Malcom Morano have been cast in a reading of the Jule Styne musical Bar Mitzvah Boy on January 26 at Chelsea Studios.

As previously reported, the reading will include never-before-heard tunes by the late Styne. Don Black (Bombay Dreams, Sunset Boulevard) will revise his own lyrics and David Thompson (Steel Pier, adaptation for the current Chicago) is adapting Jack Rosenthal’s original book. The musical, which went up in London’s West End in 1978, was adapted from Rosenthal’s 1977 BBC-television play.

Stafford Arima (Altar Boyz, London’s Ragtime, the new musical Ace) is directing the reading. Michael Gennaro, president and CEO of the Paper Mill Playhouse, is producing. The musical was never on Broadway, but the American Jewish Theatre produced the musical in 1987 at New York City’s 92nd Street Y.

Chelsea Studios is at 151 West 26th Street, Fifth Floor.

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