Megan Hilty, Aaron Lazar Star in Pre-B’way ‘Can-Can’ Reading (EXCLUSIVE)

Megan Hilty Aaron Lazar Can-Can

Revised revival of Cole Porter musical to have an industry-only reading in July

Megan Hilty and Aaron Lazar have been tapped to star in a staged reading this summer of “Can-Can,” the Cole Porter tuner gearing up for a Broadway revival helmed by TV vet David Lee.

A thesp’s participation in a reading doesn’t guarantee his or her involvement in the final production, but it can always offer insight into casting possibilities. Hilty is a Broadway vet (“9 to 5,” “Wicked”) who became a TV face on NBC skein “Smash,” while Lazar’s Rialto credits include “A Little Night Music,” “Les Miserables” and “Mamma Mia!”

In the reading, Hilty will play the owner of a Belle Epoque dance hall where the scandalous dance of the title is performed, attracting the attention of a conservative judge (Lazar).

Lee (“Frasier,” “Cheers”) also co-pens a revised book for the 1953 musical, teaming with another tube veteran, Joel Fields (“The Americans,” “Rizzoli and Isles”). Rialto production of “Can-Can,” with choreography by Patti Colombo and music direction from Steve Orich, follows in the footsteps of Lee’s 2007 rejiggering of “Can-Can” at the Pasadena Playhouse in 2007.

Jonathan Burrows, nephew of the musical’s original book writer Abe Burrows, produces the revival, which aims for a Broadway berth in spring 2014. Industry-only staged reading is set for July 15-17 in Gotham.

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  1. The revival of the musical CAN CAN could be interesting , BUT ,AARON LAZAR could be believable (no box office name) and Megan Hilty ? ; Huh? Is that because Marilyn Monroe was originally sought for the movie version ; and Megan Hilty plays MM on SMASH ?? And finally , Pasadena
    Playhouse ? California ? OH MY GOD ! ! ! !

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