Christian Borle, Annaleigh Ashford, Derek Klena, Beth Leavel & Heidi Blickenstaff to Lead The Old Globe's Reading of New Musical DOG AND PONY, 11/1; Roger Rees to Direct

Christian Borle, Annaleigh Ashford, Derek Klena, Beth Leavel & Heidi Blickenstaff to Lead The Old Globe's Reading of New Musical DOG AND PONY, 11/1; Roger Rees to Direct

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.

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. Also on Broadway, Elice wrote The Addams Family with Marshall Brickman and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, which is currently touring North America with productions in Brazil, Sweden and Australia. He is currently working on several new musicals: one for Disney Theatricals based on the film Make Believe; Super Fly, co-written with Seth Zvi Rosenfeld and directed and choreographed by modern dance legend Bill T. Jones; and another musical based on the life of renowned couturier Valentino.

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. His other musicals include the upcoming Being Theo, The Distant Bells (Eugene O'Neill Festival finalist) and a song cycle based on his debut album Out of Context: The Songs of Michael Patrick Walker (Yellow Sound Label). Beyond the world of theater, his songs can be heard on Disney Channel's Emmy Award-nominated "Johnny and the Sprites" and Nick Jr.'s "Olivia," and he composed the Rockette dance number "Humbugged!" for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. His recordings include Out of Context (co-producer), the Altar Boyz cast album, the "Johnny and the Sprites" album (co-producer) and several editions of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS' Carols for a Cure.

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