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Musicals Tonight To Present 29 Hour Reading Of New Cole Porter Musical


Musicals Tonight,which has revived one hundred musicals since 1998, will be producing its first new musical, THE FIVE MINUTE DAN MCGEE.

A 29-hour reading of the new musical will be on Wednesday, February 20th, at 2:00pm at Shetler Studios.

THE FIVE MINUTE DAN MCGEE is based on Martin Brown's 1922 comedy, The Exciters, which originally starred Tallulah Bankhead. In this adaptation, by Musicals Tonight's artistic director Mel Miller, the comedy is turned into a madcap musical, using the Cole Porter catalogue.

In THE FIVE MINUTE DAN MCGEE, Rufus Rand is a young socialite who must marry the dull Augustus in order to save her family's fortune. Yet, Rufus desires a husband who is dangerous and spontaneous. Enter "Five Minute" Dan McGee, the most notorious safe cracker on Long Island who bursts into Rufus' life with a gun in his hand and a song in his heart.

The score features some of Porter's most beloved works including "Let's Misbehave," "I've Got You Under My Skin," "You've Got That Thing," "In The Still of The Night," and many more!

The cast includes Joseph Allen(Sweet Charity), Katie Emerson(Hello Dolly),Wyatt Fenner (Gotham), Savannah Frazier(Amazing Grace), Beth Glover(Cinderella),Brian Krinski(Anything Goes), and Nick Locilento(Grand Hotel).

THE FIVE MINUTE DAN MCGEE will be directed by Robert W. Schneider and music directed by Joshua Zecher-Ross. The associate director/stage manager will be Logan Torbet.

In a statement, Mr. Miller said, "We've been honored to revive 15 original Cole Porter musicals and hope to celebrate him and his work in a different way"

Tickets to the reading, which are limited in number, must be reserved by emailing

OBIE Award-winning Musicals Tonight started in 1998 with the purpose of presenting neglected musicals of the past to the audiences of today. From Victor Herbert's Mlle. Modiste (1905), Irving Berlin's first two musicals (Watch Your Step and Stop! Look! Listen!), Mel Brooks' first musical (Shinbone Alley) to New York premiers of works by George and Ira Gershwin, Hugh Martin, Harold Rome, Noel Coward, Jerome Kern and Ivor Novello.

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