Casting Complete for Encores! Juno with Tony Winner Victoria Clark

News   Casting Complete for Encores! Juno with Tony Winner Victoria Clark Complete casting has been announced for the City Center Encores! production of Marc Blitzstein and Joseph Stein's Juno, which will be directed by Tony Award winner Garry Hynes.
Victoria Clark
Victoria Clark Photo by Susan Shacter

As previously reported by Playbill.com, Tony Award winner Victoria Clark and Celia Keenan-Bolger, who co-starred in the out-of-town tryouts of The Light in the Piazza, will again play mother (Juno Boyle) and daughter (Mary Boyle) in the March 27-30 production of Juno with Conrad John Schuck as Clark's husband ("Captain" Jack Boyle) and Michael Arden as Mary's suitor Jerry Devine.

They will be joined onstage by Dermot Crowley (Joxer Boyle), Tyler Hanes (Johnny Boyle), Clarke Thorell (Charlie Bentham), Rosaleen Linehan (Mrs. Madigan), Louisa Flaningam (Mrs. Brady), Jennifer Smith (Miss Quinn) and Kay Walbye (Mrs. Coyne) with Timothy W. Bish, Troy Edward Bowles, Pamela Brumley, Callie Carter, Leah Edwards, Kurt Froman, Ryan Jackson, Mary Ann Lamb, Jay Lusteck, Mary MacLeod, Annie McGreevey, J. Maxwell Miller, Pamela Otterson, John Selya, Timothy Shew, Meagan Thomas, Kevin Vortmann, Alan M-L Wagner, and Patrick Wetzel.

Juno, which will feature music direction by Eric Stern and musical staging by Warren Carlyle, will boast the show's original orchestrations, penned by Blitzstein, Hershey Kay and Robert Russell Bennett. The design team will include John Lee Beatty (scenic consultant), Toni Leslie James (costume consultant), Ken Billington (lighting) and Scott Lehrer (sound).

Juno is based on Sean O'Casey's Juno and the Paycock and features a score by Blitzstein and a book by Stein. The musical opened at Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre on March 9, 1959. The cast featured Shirley Booth and Melvyn Douglas.

Juno, according to press notes, "chronicles the disintegration of an Irish family in Dublin in the early 1920s during the confrontation between the Irish Republican Army and the British. Juno Boyle [Victoria Clark] is the hardworking matriarch who struggles heroically to hold her family together in the face of war, betrayal, and her husband's drinking." Songs include "I Wish It So," "We're Alive" and "One Kind World." Victoria Clark received a 2005 Tony Award for her performance in The Light in the Piazza. Her other Broadway credits include Cabaret, Urinetown, Titanic, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Guys and Dolls and A Grand Night for Singing. Among Clark's screen credits are "Cradle Will Rock," "Law & Order," "Law & Order: SVU" and "Sweeney Todd in Concert." As a director, she helmed the 92nd Street Y's "Lyrics & Lyricists" series Serenade in Blue: The Mack Gordon Song Cavalcade. PS Classics released Clark's debut solo recording, "Fifteen Seconds of Grace," in November 2007. The actress, who co-starred in the City Center Encores! production of Follies, will also be seen in M. Night Shyamalan's "The Happening," which is due in movie theatres in June.

Show times are March 27 and 28 at 8 PM, March 29 at 2 and 8 PM and March 30 at 6:30 PM.

City Center is located in Manhattan at West 55th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. Tickets are available by calling (212) 581-1212 or by visiting www.nycitycenter.org.

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The Encores! season will kick off with Applause (Feb. 7-10, 2008) starring Tony winner Christine Ebersole and Erin Davie; following Juno will be No, No, Nanette (May 8-12) starring Mara Davi, Sandy Duncan, Beth Leavel, Rosie O'Donnell, Shonn Wiley and Fred Willard.

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