Old Globe to Present Reading of New Musical "Dog and Pony"
The Old Globe today announced it will present a developmental reading of the new musical comedy romance "Dog and Pony". With book by Rick Elice ("Jersey Boys," "Peter and the Starcatcher"), music and lyrics by Michael Patrick Walker ("Altar Boyz") and directed by Tony Award winner Roger Rees ("Peter and the Starcatcher," "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby"), the showbiz comedy follows a hit screenwriting team that begins to venture into the rocky territory of love. The by-invitation, industry-only developmental reading of "Dog and Pony," hosted by Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Managing Director Michael G. Murphy, will take place in New York City on Nov. 1, 2013. Tony Award-winning actors Christian Borle ("Peter and the Starcatcher," "Spamalot") and Beth Leavel ("The Drowsy Chaperone," "Elf"), Tony nominee Annaleigh Ashford ("Kinky Boots," "Legally Blonde"), and Broadway stars Heidi Blickenstaff ("[title of show]," "The Little Mermaid") and Derek Klena ("Wicked," "Dogfight") are all scheduled to take part in the developmental reading. "Dog and Pony" will receive its World Premiere at The Old Globe next spring, running May 28 - June 29, 2014; casting for that production will be announced at a later time.
Mags and Andy are a screenwriting team with a track record of hits and a professional relationship that’s firing on all cylinders. But when Andy’s marriage hits the rocks, forever single Mags finds she wants something more. Will romance ruin their perfect relationship? "Dog and Pony" is a world premiere musical comedy romance that takes a witty and irreverent look at what women want and whether men fit the bill...or don’t.
"Dog and Pony" is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award.
Christian Borle most recently starred onstage as Black Stache in the Broadway production of "Peter and the Starcatcher," a role that garnered him the 2012 Tony Award for Featured Actor in a Play. He previously appeared in both the La Jolla Playhouse and New York Theatre Workshop productions of the play, earning a Lucille Lortel Award, as well as Drama Desk and Drama League Award nominations. Borle is slated to star in the Cy Coleman/Carolyn Leigh musical, "Little Me," as part of the 2014 City Center Encores! season.
Rick Elice (Book) co-wrote "Jersey Boys" (winner of the 2006 Tony Award, 2007 Grammy Award and 2009 Olivier Award for Best Musical) with Marshall Brickman. His newest Broadway play, "Peter and the Starcatcher," received nine 2012 Tony Award nominations (including two for Elice) and won five, more than any play of the season. "Peter and the Starcatcher" begins a national tour in July 2013 and will soon be a motion picture produced by Walt Disney Studios.
Michael Patrick Walker (Music and Lyrics) is an award-winning composer/lyricist whom The New York Times hailed as "a skilled songwriter" and The Huffington Post dubbed one of today’s "must-know songwriters." His songs have been performed and recorded by a diverse group of artists including Chita Rivera, Kelli O’Hara, Cheyenne Jackson, Ana Gasteyer and many more. Walker is perhaps best known as one of the creators of the smash hit musical "Altar Boyz" (Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical), for which he received multiple Drama Desk Award nominations including Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics.
Roger Rees (Director) previously directed the Globe productions of "The Merry Wives of Windsor" and "Love’s Labour’s Lost." He recently directed the Broadway production of Rick Elice’s "Peter and the Starcatcher" with Alex Timbers (also at New World Stages). He has directed the Off Broadway productions of Lynn Nottage’s "Mud, River, Stone" (Playwrights Horizons), "Arms and the Man" (Roundabout Theatre Company) and "Here Lies Jenny"(The Zipper Factory, Post Street Theatre).