Cast Set for Julie Andrews' Simeon's Gift at Bay Street

News   Cast Set for Julie Andrews' Simeon's Gift at Bay Street Complete casting and creative team have been announced for the Bay Street Theatre's world premiere of the new musical Simeon's Gift, which based on the popular children's book penned by Julie Andrews and her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton.
Emma Walton and Julie Andrews
Emma Walton and Julie Andrews

Simeon's Gift, directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge, will play the Bay Street Theatre Nov. 23–25. The cast will feature Christopher Pinnella (Simeon), Marie-France Arcilla (Sorrel), John Scherer (Father, Poet, Deer), Trista Moldovan (Bird) and Mitch McCarrell (Fish).

Simeon's Gift features a score by Academy Award nominee Ian Fraser and lyrics by John Bucchino, whose musical A Catered Affair makes its way to Broadway this spring.

In a statement Andrews commented on the upcoming production: "It is thrilling for Emma and I to see Simeon's Gift come to life on stage with such beautiful music and lyrics. I cannot think of a better place for it to receive its world premiere than Bay Street Theatre."

Andrews will lend her recorded voice as the narrator of the tale of a young wandering minstrel in search of the music within his soul. Through his fairy-tale like travels, he encounters numerous characters and creatures that ultimately help him release the music within.

The creative team also includes Gary Hygom (set design), Greg Wilson (costume design), Michael Barczys (lighting design), Tony Melfa (sound design) and Scott Keclik (projection design). Academy Award winner Julie Andrews is well known for her work on stage and screen. She made her Broadway debut in The Boy Friend, which was followed by the role that would launch her career, Eliza Doolittle, in My Fair Lady; she also starred in Broadway's Camelot and Victor/Victoria. Andrews' screen credits include the highly successful films "Mary Poppins" and the screen adaptation of Rodger and Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music."

Tickets are available by calling (631) 725-9500 or by visiting www.baystreet.org.

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Andrews and Hamilton's children's book "Simeon's Gift," featuring art work by Gennady Spirin, is published by Harper Collins.

Ian Fraser (seated), Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Emma Walton and Julie Andrews.
Ian Fraser (seated), Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Emma Walton and Julie Andrews.