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.