Broadway's Richardson Joins Cast of Movin' Out, Aug. 21

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Fosse Tony Award nominee Desmond Richardson joins the cast of Broadway's Movin' Out in the role of Tony, Aug. 21.
Desmond Richardson.
Desmond Richardson.

Understudy Ian Carney took over the role when original cast member Keith Roberts sustained an injury last month in June. Roberts earned a 2003 Tony Award nomination for his turn.

Richardson was Tony-nominated for his Broadway debut in the 1999 musical Fosse. A principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey and the Frankfurt Ballet, he has also appeared on Broadway in The Look of Love and on film in "Chicago." The dancer is also co-director of the dance company Complexions.

The current cast includes original cast members John Selya, Ashley Tuttle, Scott Wise and Michael Cavanaugh as well as Nancy Lemenager (Never Gonna Dance) in the role of Brenda and Kurt Froman as James. The ensemble also includes Michael Balderrama, Ted Banfalvi, Aliane Baquerot, Timothy W. Bish, Christopher Body, Alexander Brady, Stuart Capps, Ian Carney, Ron DeJesus, Carolyn Doherty, Melissa Downey, Pascale Faye, Lisa Gajda, Philip Gardner, Lorin Latarro, Brian Letendre, Matt Loehr, Tiger Martina, Mabel Modrono, Jill Nicklaus, Rika Okamoto, Eric Otto, Meg Paul, Justin Peck, Karine Plantadit-Bageot and Lawrence Rabson.

The band features Wade Preston, Henry Haid, Tommy Byrnes, Kevin Osborne, Dennis Delgaudio, Greg Smith, Chuck Bürgi, John Scarpulla, Scott Kreitzer and Barry Danielian.

The design team for Movin' Out includes Santo Loquasto (scenic), Suzy Benzinger (costume), Donald Holder (lighting) with Brian Ruggles and Peter Fitzgerald (sound). Stuart Malina handles musical continuity and supervision. Movin' Out creators Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp won Tony Awards for orchestrations (with Stuart Malina) and choreography, respectively. The show, opened Oct. 24, 2002 on Broadway, launched its national tour from Detroit's Fisher Theatre, Jan. 27, 2004. James L. Nederlander, Hal Luftig, Scott E. Nederlander, Terry Allen Kramer, Clear Channel Entertainment and Emanuel Azenberg produce.

The bookless show, currently residing at Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theatre, uses Joel's song lyrics and Tharp's choreography to tell the story of five friends and lovers across three decades through love, war and loss. There is no dialogue and all songs are performed by the pianist-singer, who sings non-stop and heads an on-stage band during the show.

Tickets to the Broadway run at the Richard Rodgers, 226 West 46th Street, can be purchased by calling (212) 307-4100. For more information, visit www.movinoutonbroadway.com.

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