Petula Clark

New musical A Sign of the Times with Petula Clark songs to get New York reading

A new musical called A Sign of the Times, that features the songs of 1960s hits including those of Petula Clark, is in development in New York.

The show will get a developmental reading later this month in New York from 24 to 28 October, with future plans for a full workshop and production.

A Sign of the Times is the story of Cindy, to be played by Chilina Kennedy in the reading, a young woman pursuing her passion and finding her voice in New York City in 1965.

A Sign of the Times – the title of one of Petula Clark’s hits – includes her classic songs such as “Downtown” and “Don’t Sleep in the Subway”, plus other 1960’s numbers such as “You Don’t Own Me,” “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss),” and “The Boy From New York City”.

The show has a new book by Lindsey Hope Perlman (Cassandra Complex), since its first outing at Connecticut’s Goodspeed Musicals in 2016. It’s based on an original story by Richard Robin, and is directed by Gabriel Barre (Amazing Grace) with choreography by Cinderella and School of Rock’s JoAnn M. Hunter. Music supervision and orchestrations will be by Joseph Church (The Lion King).

The reading is set to star Chilina Kennedy (Paradise Square, Beautiful), Ryan Silverman (Side Show), CJ Pawlikowski (Jersey Boys, The Book of Mormon), Caitlin Kinnunen (The Prom, Spring Awakening), Ryah Nixon (Kinky Boots, 9 to 5: The Musical), Lauren Boyd (Hamilton, West Side Story Nat’l Tour), Brad Bradley (The People in the Picture, Billy Elliot), Melessie Clark (After Midnight – Norwegian Escape), Jeremy Gaston (Aladdin), Aaron Kaburick (Mrs. Doubtfire, Hello, Dolly!), Chani Maisonet (Ain’t Too Proud, West Side Story), Alexandra Matteo (Mrs. Doubtfire, A Bronx Tale) and Ralph Meitzler (Frozen, Rock of Ages).

Petula Clark is currently starring in Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre in London.

📷 Main photo: Petula Clark

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