Broadway's Spelling Bee Gets a New Olive Ostrovsky Sept. 19

News   Broadway's Spelling Bee Gets a New Olive Ostrovsky Sept. 19 Jessica-Snow Wilson will assume the role of Olive Ostrovsky in the Broadway production of the Tony Award winning new musical comedy The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee beginning Sept. 19.

Jessica-Snow Wilson
Jessica-Snow Wilson

Wilson will fill the Keds of Celia Keenan-Bolger, who received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in Spelling Bee. Keenan-Bolger plays her final performance at Circle in the Square on Sept. 17 and jumps into rehearsals for the new Broadway production of Les Misérables (she'll play Eponine).

Jessica-Snow Wilson has appeared on Broadway in Good Vibrations, Little Shop of Horrors, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Les Misérables as well as the City Center Encores! production of Hair. Off-Broadway, the actress was seen in Bingo, Zombie Prom, I Sing and Me and Juliet. She was Minnie in the recent Paper Mill Playhouse production of Hello, Dolly!

"In The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser in this funny, tender and sardonic musical," according to the producers.

In addition to its Broadway run, Spelling Bee has productions playing in Chicago at the Drury Lane Theatre/Water Tower Place and in San Francisco at the Post Street Theatre. The San Francisco production finishes its run on Sept. 3 and then moves, with most of its original cast, to Boston's Wilbur Theatre, where performances begin Sept. 26.

Additionally, a national touring production kicks off at Baltimore's Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center beginning Sept. 19. Spelling Bee was conceived by Rebecca Feldman, features music and lyrics by Tony Award-winner William Finn (Falsettos, Elegies) and a Tony Award-winning book by Rachel Sheinkin, with additional material by Jay Reiss.

When she joins The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Jessica-Snow Wilson will be featured with Derrick Baskin as Mitch Mahoney, Deborah S. Craig as Marcy Park, Barrett Foa as Leaf Coneybear, Josh Gad as William Barfee, Lisa Howard as Rona Lisa Peretti, Jose Llana as Chip Tolentino, Sarah Saltzberg as Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre and Greg Stuhr as Douglas Panch.