Ogunquit Playhouse will present a private industry reading of “To Sir With Love” in New York City on Nov. 13. Based on E.R. Braithwaite’s 1959 autobiographical novel of the same name, Kris Lythgoe has adapted the book for the stage.
The new musical will feature an original score with music and lyrics by John Farrar and Kara DioGuardi. Additionally, the score will feature the titular song by Don Black and Mark London, made famous by the 1967 film adaptation of Brathwaite’s work.
Sheldon Epps is set to direct, while Kenny Seymour will serve as music director. Casting is by Rachel Hoffman of the Telsey Office.
Included in the presentation’s cast are Courtney Balan, Griffin Binnicker, Jeffrey Cornelius, J. Anthony Crane, Samantha Gorjanc, Jim Hogan, Liz Pearce, Kenneth Robinson, Kate Rockwell, Matt Stocke, Elliott Styles, Elizabeth Teeter, Rixy Terry, Eden Witvoet and Riley Thad Young.
“To Sir With Love” tells the story of Rick Braithwaite, a Cambridge-educated engineer, who, following his tenure as a Royal Air Force fighter pilot, turns to teaching. He advocates for and engages with his initially unmotivated students, all while facing the racial prejudices of post-war London.
The Ogunquit Playhouse reading of “To Sir With Love” is produced in association with Lythgoe Family Productions.