Actors from Wicked and After Midnight Join Laura Benanti for Rockettes' Spring Spectacular

News   Actors from Wicked and After Midnight Join Laura Benanti for Rockettes' Spring Spectacular
 
Jared Grimes and Lenny Wolpe have been announced to co-star with Tony Award-winning actress Laura Benanti in the New York Spring Spectacular, the new Rockettes stage production that will begin March 12 at Radio City.

Jared Grimes
Jared Grimes

Wolpe (Wicked, The Drowsy Chaperone, Bullets Over Broadway) will play Bernie, a New York City tour guide at risk of losing his job. Grimes (After Midnight, "Boardwalk Empire") will portray Marshall, the right-hand man to Benanti's character, Jenna, a high-powered executive who runs a New York City tour company.

The cast also features Derek Hough, the Emmy Award-winning choreographer from ABC's "Dancing With The Stars," who was previously announced to play Jack. The Spring Spectacular will also feature voice cameos from Whoopi Goldberg as the Statue of Liberty and Bella Thorne as the voice of the Alice in Wonderland Statue. Celebrity cameos will be made by Carmelo Anthony, Donald Trump, Martha Stewart, Henrik Lundqvist and more.

New York Spring Spectacular officially opens March 26 and runs through May 3.

Creatives revealed details about the production at a press event last month. Read more about it here.

Emmy Award winner Mia Michaels, who makes her Broadway debut this season with Finding Neverland, has been tapped to choreograph the show's opening number. The Rockettes stage production is helmed by Tony Award winners Warren Carlyle and Diane Paulus, along with Drama Desk Award winner Randy Weiner. Joshua Harmon, the young playwright who earned acclaim for Off-Broadway's Bad Jews, has written a new story for the stage show.

Here's how the new production is billed: "Bernie has been giving old fashioned tours of New York for decades, but his company was just bought by Jenna, a whipsmart techie with plans to fire Bernie and turn his tours into a virtual reality wonderland. Bernie's in trouble. Enter Jack, a spirited young man with a secret agenda of his own: If he can help Bernie keep his job, Jack will get an eternal reward. With the assistance of the legendary Rockettes, and guest appearances by some of your favorite New Yorkers, Bernie takes Jenna-- and the audience-- on the tour of a lifetime, from the Statue of Liberty to Central Park to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. By the last stop of this whirlwind adventure, these three people will be forever changed, and they will never look at the city the same way again."

Tickets, priced $46-$100, are on sale at rockettes.com or by phone at (866) 858-0007.

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