Jon B. Platt presents the Boston run of the musical — which still plays on Broadway and is also on a national tour — at the Wilbur Theatre. Directed by James Lapine (Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods) and created by William Finn, Rachel Sheinkin and Rebecca Feldman, Bee will go blue Dec. 1 at 8 PM. "Kids should definitely stay home and do their homework," advises a release.
Jay Reiss, the actor who originated the role of Vice Principal Douglas Panch on Broadway and provided the definitions and (unhelpful) context sentences, previously described the special night's origins thusly, "During rehearsals, I would occasionally cross the line a bit and use some material that was pretty filthy. The cast would crack up, and director James Lapine would say, 'That is so wrong.'" Both the Broadway and San Francisco runs of the show were previously witness to the "adults-only" Bee.
Stars of the current Boston Bee include Aaron J. Albano (Wicked national tour, Bombay Dreams) as Chip Tolentino, Stanley Bahorek (Big River national tour, A Little Night Music) as Leaf Coneybear, Jenni Barber (Henry and Mudge, The High Life) as Olive Ostrovsky, Jared Gertner (Anatomy 1968, My Favorite Year) as William Barfee, James Monroe Iglehart (Showboat national tour, Memphis) as Mitch Mahoney, Sara Inbar (Mamma Mia!, Lizzie Borden) as Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre, Greta Lee (No Boundaries - NYMF) as Marcy Park and recent Broadway Spelling Bee addition Betsy Wolfe (A Wonderful Life) as Rona Lisa Peretti.
The above cast alll played in the San Francisco run are are joined by Daniel Pearce (A Mother, A Daughter and A Gun) as Douglas Panch in Boston.
Spelling Bee was based on C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E, an original play created by Feldman and the comedy troupe The Farm. Composer-lyricist Finn provides the score to the musical incarnation with a book by librettist Sheinkin. The musical earned six Tony Award nominations including Best Score, Best Book, Best Direction, Best Featured Actor (Dan Fogler) and Featured Actress (Celia Keenan Bolger) as well as for the top prize of Best Musical. Fogler and book writer Sheinkin took home awards for their work.
Tickets to the Boston run at The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont Street, are available by calling (617) 931-2787 or through spellingbeethemusical.com/boston.