Complete Cast of Sondheim-Weidman Musical Bounce Announced

News   Complete Cast of Sondheim-Weidman Musical Bounce Announced The ensemble cast of Bounce, the new musical by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, set to open at Chicago's Goodman Theater this summer under the direction of Harold Prince, has been announced.

Backing up leading players—Richard Kind, Howard McGillin, Michele Pawk, Jane Powell, Herndon Lackey and Gavin Creel—will be Sean Blake, Marilyn Bogetich, Tom Daugherty, Jeff Dumas, Deanna Dunagan, Nicole Grothues, Rick Hilsabeck, Jeff Parker, Harriet Nzinga Plump, Jenny Powers, Craig Ramsey, Jacquelyn Ritz and Fred Zimmerman.

The design team includes Eugene Lee (sets); Miguel Huidor (costumes); Howell Binkley (lighting); Duncan Edwards (sound); David Caddick (music direction); Michael Arnold (choreographer); and Robert Nassif (dance arrangements).

Tickets went on sale 10 AM CST March 24 for the production, which begins previews June 20 for an opening on June 30 and a run through Aug. 10. Tickets may be purchased at the Goodman Theatre Box Office, 170 N. Dearborn Street, charged by phoning (312) 443-3800 or online at www.goodman theatre.org.

A recent Goodman release offered the first detailed plot description of the hotly anticipated show: "Bounce follows the adventures of brothers Addison and Wilson Mizner, taking to heart the advice of their papa, Lansing Mizner, a man who never missed an opportunity, and Mama Mizner, who bankrolled their first chance to get rich quick. It's the story of American men and women willing to take risks to grab their piece of the dream, of women like Nellie, a Gold Rush dance hall girl, who marries well again and again. It's a story of resilience and invention, of America's ability to 'bounce.'" The musical will play the Washington, D.C. Kennedy Center in the fall. The two-stop trajectory of the show is likely aimed at a Broadway bow sometime in 2003-04. Talk of a Kennedy Center engagement for the new musical began as early as January, but Kennedy Center officials denied knowledge of any such booking.

Pawk takes the role of Nellie. Faith Prince was previously reported as cast for the part. The change was due to a scheduling conflict. Powell and Lackey will play Mama and Papa Mizner, the parents of the central characters, Addison and Wilson Mizner, played by Richard Kind and Howard McGillin. Gavin Creel is Hollis Bessemer. Creel was the original male romantic lead in Thoroughly Modern Millie, which takes place in the same Jazz Age period Bounce does. Powell is the movie musical queen ("Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," "Royal Wedding") who makes only occasional stage appearances these days, the last being Avow Off-Broadway. Herndon Lackey played Hugh Dorsey in the Broadway musical Parade, which Prince directed. Prince also piloted the recent Broadway play, Hollywood Arms, which had a short run last fall, but garnered much praise for leading lady Pawk. Pawk's past musical work includes the hit Cabaret and the miss Seussical.