Bernice Bobs Her Mullet: A New Musical Comedy with book, music and lyrics by Joe Major will be performed once again at an exclusive, New York City reading before an invited audience of industry professionals on Friday, November 2nd at 2:00pm. Slated to perform the musical's revamped script and score are Andrew Call (American Idiot, Glory Days), Kathy Fitzgerald (9 to 5, The Producers) and Joe Aaron Reid (Ghost, NBC's "Smash"), as well as Devon Buchanan, KC Comeaux, Natalie hiatt, Dana Mierlak and Kassie Carroll as the show's title character, Bernice.
Richard Roland will direct the performance with music direction provided by David John Madore.
Loosely based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story Bernice Bobs Her Hair, this musical adaptation first premiered in 2007 at the Julia Miles Theater as part of the New York Musical Theater Festival (NYMF). Touted as "a hoot and a holler" by Broadwayworld.com, the New York run featured Ann Morrison (Merrily We Roll Along's original Mary Flynn); who recessed her retirement from the New York stage to join the eight member company. Incredibly, this premier production began as a last minute replacement to the festival's roster and ended up being voted on by audiences as one of the top two shows (out of thirty-five) presented at the NYMF that season. In addition to the Off-Broadway showcase, Bernice also received a much celebrated run at The Theatre Building in Chicago as well as two benefit stagings; one at Northern Valley Regional High School in Demarest, New Jersey and the other at Missouri State University.
Production materials describe the musical as:
" …the hilarious story of a young high school redneck who sets out to make something of her life in the bustling metropolis of Little Rock, Arkansas. As she encounters a social scene treacherous enough to rival Fitzgerald's original version, Bernice is soon swept up in the glamor and politics of popularity as she learns the hard way that you shouldn't let it… go to your head!"
The author's description, however, is a bit more tongue-in-cheek.
"I wrote Bernice as if she were the first, hillbilly Disney princess." Major mused before quickly adding; "...and Pocahontas doesn't count just because she ran around Virginia with no shoes on."