The Second Reading--with new songs, some great new performers, a director (John Ruocco), a banjo player, piano player and a drummer--was held October 15, 2007 in Manhattan at the 250-seat New World Stages. It was co-hosted by Big Brothers, Big Sisters of New York City (Meredith Willson had founded the Big Brothers of Los Angeles in 1955). The Bigs and Littles Chorus even joined in with the cast for the final rousing number "People of the USA". The book was trimmed and improved, and the new songs were very well received.
Musical Director Barbara Anselmi and Director John Ruocco.
Banjo player Peter Calo, drummer Joe Mowatt and Musical Director Barbara Anselmi.
Robin Lee Gallo (Zi Ling) recently understudied in "The Spelling Bee".
Randy Hobler and Patti Mariano, who was in the original cast of "The Music Man" 50 years before.
The nearly full house at New World Stages.
Juson Williams (Louis Armstrong and Hoxie) has toured nationally and internationally with "Smokey Joe's Café".
Jane Brockman (Rosalie Willson) appeared in the national tour of "Light in the Piazza".
Stephen Stubbins (Meredith). Stephan has appeared multiple times on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien."
Courtney Wagner (Dixie) has performed in her first opera, entitled "Rain".
Elissa Goldstein (Gracey), was a guest-featured soloist on NBC's Today Show.
Alan Wager (John Willson) has performed in "The Music Man", "Bye Bye Birdie", "My Fair Lady" and many other regional productions.
Allison Ford (Stacey) appeared in a recent episode of "Law & Order: SVU".
Christopher Lengerich (Inky) most recently appeared in the national tour of "The Will Rodgers Follies".
Niffer Clarke (Reader) was a featured vocalist with the London Symphony Orchestra's "Tribute to Leonard Bernstein".
Katie Schickert (Lacey). One of her favorite roles is Cinderella in "Into the Woods".
Eric Sand (Charlie) most recently appeared at New World Stages in "Naked Boys Singing!"
Paul Wyatt (Squiz Hazelton) has performed in such productions as "Grease", "Sessions", "The Yellow Wood", and "Dr. Doolittle."
Ben Seidman (Splinter) is a graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.