On Monday, October 23 and Tuesday, October 24 at 3PM at New 42nd Street Studios in New York, NY, the New Works Program presents, by special arrangement with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, an invite-only Actors' EquityAssociation staged reading of Mr. Holland's Opus - A New Musical, with music by Wayne Barker and book and lyrics by BD Wong, based on the screenplay by Patrick Sheane Duncan.

Mr. Holland's Opus tells the story of an aspiring young composer working as a music teacher in a public high school in the 1960s to make ends meet. As the years go by, he grows further from his dreams and experiences decades of disappointment, regret, and difficulties both in the dwindling of support for arts education, and within his own family, as he raises his hard of hearing son Cole with his wife, Iris.

The reading will be directed by BD Wong.

Book and Lyrics By BD Wong

Composer Wayne Barker

Glenn Holland: Deven Kolluri

Irs Holland: Anastasia Barzee

Helen J Jacobs: Cindy Cheung

Gene Wolters: Tom Allan Robbins

Bill Meister/Radio DJ: Chris Orbach

Besty Bryant/Stadler’s Mom/Shirley: Sasha Weiss

Brent Shaughnessey/Jim Stahlen/”Stage Manager”: Peter Saide

Lamont Ryan: Kennedy Kanagawa

Gertrude Liang: Diana Huey

Louis Rus, JR.: Damon J Gillespie

Debbie/Nervous Messenger/Kendra: Trista Dollison

Bobby Tidd: Futaba Shioda

Stadler: Michael Lee Brown

Louis rus, Sr./Babatunde/Bus Driver: Alan H. Green

Rowena Moraga: Krystina Alabado

Cole (13-14): Joshua Castille

Cole (20-40) Russel Harvard

Natalie Anderson/ASL Interpreter: Maria Micioni