The cast is set to feature Renata Friedman, Katie Kreisler, Kate Anya Gersten, Cassie Beck, Donna Lynne Champlin and John Hickok. Andrew Leynse will direct the show, which has set its official opening for March 20. According to press notes, the play asks the question, "How far can you go with ambition, gumption, a good heart – and no talent? The Cherry Sisters' dreams of vaudeville took them from their Iowa barn to Broadway, where their inept acrobatics and tone-deaf caterwauling continually sold out, bringing them fame – and a barrage of rotten cabbages. With music by Michael Friedman (This Beautiful City, Gone Missing) and based on a true story, Dan O'Brien's thought-provoking comedy takes a look at the insatiable urge to perform, and the audience's inability to look away."
The creative team will include scenic designer Scott Bradley, costume designer Lorraine Venburg, lighting designer Brian J. Lilienthal, sound designer Matt Callahan, properties designer Mark Walston, musical director Steven Malone, movement director Delilah Smith, dialect coach Rocca Dal Vera and dramaturg Julie Felise Dubiner.
O'Brien's credits include The House in Hydesville, Moving Picture, Key West, Lamarck, The Dear Boy and The Voyage of the Carcass. Friedman has worked also as a composer-lyricist on Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Saved, The Brand-New Kid, In the Bubble, Act a Lady and Uncle Sam's Satiric Spectacular.
Actors Theatre of Louisville is located at 316 West Main Street in Louisville. For tickets, call (502) 584-1205 or visit actortheatre.org.