An industry reading of the new musical Last Days of Summer, based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Steve Kluger, is presented in Manhattan December 7.
Two-time Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun, who develops the new musical, directs a cast that includes Derek Klena (currently in Anastasia), current Wicked star Jackie Burns, Anthony Rosenthal (Falsettos), Drew Gehling (Waitress), and Abby Mueller (Beautiful), as well as Melissa Van Der Schyff, Daniel Jenkins, Mel Johnson, Jr., Jim Kaplan, Julia Antonelli, Kevin Carolan, Christopher Paul Richards, Yasmeen Sulieman, Anthony Norman, and Aidan Wharton.
Last Days of Summer features a score by Grammy winner Jason Howland (Little Women) and a book and lyrics by Kluger.
The musical concerns 13-year-old Joey Margolis, the neighborhood punching bag who in 1940s Brooklyn. Growing up fatherless and in search of a hero, he turns to New York Giants player Charlie Banks, despite reluctance from the all-star third baseman.
(Updated December 7, 2017)