Anastasia Barzee Assumes Idina Menzel Role in Romantic Poetry Musical Debut

News   Anastasia Barzee Assumes Idina Menzel Role in Romantic Poetry Musical Debut
 
Idina Menzel has dropped out of the upcoming Henry Krieger-John Patrick Shanley musical Romantic Poetry in the Powerhouse Theater season. Anastasia Barzee will replace the Tony Award winner.

The work is slated to run July 19-29 in the 325-seat Martel Theater, located in the Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.

"I am so sorry not to be a part of Romantic Poetry this summer," Menzel said in a statement. "I have spent much of the last 18 months working on an album and it now has become evident that we are pushing toward a fall release, so I need to be in Los Angeles preparing for that. Powerhouse serves such an important function in the development of new shows. I'm sure Romantic Poetry will flourish there."

Shanley (book and lyrics, director) and Krieger (music) team on the work, split into two stories.

William Evans, Ivan Hernandez, Mark Linn-Baker, Chris McGarry and Patina Miller star in the new work.

Barzee took part (with Menzel and the aforementioned cast) in a one-night sneak peek of the work at a benefit event for the LAByrinth Theater Company May 21 at Off Broadway's Lucille Lortel Theatre. Barzee has also been seen in White Christmas, Urinetown, Jekyll & Hyde and Henry IV. Composer Krieger penned the Tony-nominated scores for Dreamgirls and Side Show as well as the scores for The Tap Dance Kid and the forthcoming The Flamingo Kid, among others.

Pulitzer Prize winner Shanley — who earned that honor for Doubt — has written the plays Defiance, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Savage in Limbo, Four Dogs and a Bone, Where's My Money, Dirty Story and Sailor's Song as well as the screenplays for "Moonstruck" and "Joe Versus the Volcano."

Ticket for the summer season are available online or at The Powerhouse box office, 124 Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie, NY. For further information, visit powerhouse.vassar.edu.

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