Anne of Green Gables — with Goodeve, Grové and Mac Rae — Begins Off-Broadway Run March 23

News   Anne of Green Gables — with Goodeve, Grové and Mac Rae — Begins Off-Broadway Run March 23 The Theatreworks/USA production of the new musical Anne of Green Gables — featuring Piper Goodeve in the title role — begins performances March 23 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.
Piper Goodeve stars in TheatreWorksUSA's Anne of Green Gables.
Piper Goodeve stars in TheatreWorksUSA's Anne of Green Gables. Photo by Joan Marcus

Directed by Tyler Marchant, the production will officially open March 29 and play a limited run through May 5. Based on Lucy Maud Montgomery's classic novel, Anne of Green Gables features book and lyrics by Gretchen Cryer and music by Nancy Ford, the duo who penned I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road.

In addition to Goodeve (The Pursuit of Persephone) as Anne Shirley, the cast also includes Jessica Grové (Les Misérables and Thoroughly Modern Millie) as Diana Barry, Bethe Austin (I Sent a Letter to My Love) as Marilla Cuthbert, Erick Devine (Seussical, Ragtime) as Matthew Cuthbert, Andrew Gehling (Hello, Dolly! at the Paper Mill) as Gilbert Blythe and Heather Mac Rae (Falsettos) as Rachel. Alison Faircloth and Michael Mendiola are part of the ensemble.

The musical, according to press notes, "follows the journey of the wildly independent and adventurous red-haired orphan, Anne Shirley, who is mistakenly sent to Green Gables to live with an elderly bachelor and his spinster sister. Soon after her arrival, she quickly turns the entire community upside-down with her indomitable spirit and scope for imagination."

The creative team also includes Beowulf Boritt (scenic design), David Woolard (costume design), Clifton Taylor (lighting design), Eric Shim (sound design) and Dave Hab (orchestrations).

Tickets, priced $25, are available by calling (212) 279-4200 or by visiting www.ticketcentral.com. The performance schedule is Fridays at 7 PM, Saturdays at 2 and 7 PM and Sundays at 1 and 4 PM.

The Lucille Lortel Theatre is located in Manhattan at 121 Christopher Street.

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Theatreworks/USA is America's foremost not-for-profit professional theatre for family audiences. Visit www.TheatreworksUSA.org for more information.

Bethe B. Austin, Piper Goodeve and Erick Devine in TheatreWorksUSA's <i>Anne of Green Gables.</i>
Bethe B. Austin, Piper Goodeve and Erick Devine in TheatreWorksUSA's Anne of Green Gables. Photo by Joan Marcus