Long Wharf Theatre has announced complete casting for its world premiere of The Most Beautiful Room in New York, which concludes its 2016-17 season. The new musical will be presented May 3–28 on the Claire Tow Stage in the C. Newton Schenck III Theatre. Opening night is scheduled for May 10.
The show, featuring a book and lyrics by Adam Gopnik and music by David Shire, will be helmed by Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein.
The cast includes Joe Cassidy, Tony nominee Constantine Maroulis, Krystina Alabado, Anastasia Barzee, Darlesia Cearcy, Ryan Duncan, Danielle Ferland, Anne Horak, Tyler Jones, Mark Nelson, Sawyer Niehaus, and Allan Washington.
The creative team comprises choreographer John Carrafa, music supervisor John McDaniel, set designer Michael Yeargan, costume designer Jess Goldstein, lighting designer Chris Akerlund, and sound designer Keith Caggiano. Linda Marvel serves as production stage manager.
The musical follows David Kaplan (Cassidy), who, according to the Long Wharf, is a “chef’s chef, making beautiful, simple food of uncompromising quality in his lovely Union Square restaurant. But in the crowded, cutthroat and expensive Manhattan food scene, is that enough to survive and compete with the next big thing? Enter Sergio (Maroulis), an old friend, rival, and possible savior. This hotshot celebrity chef has offered David the opportunity to makeover his restaurant. Will David sacrifice his pride to save his beloved restaurant?”
“[It] is a musical about someone —like Curly with his Oklahoma morning and his fringed surrey, or Tevye with his town and his traditions, to cite the highest parallels—who is fighting to keep what he loves but, before the evening is over, will have to learn to love it in a new way,” Gopnik stated. “While our show is about tables and the communion they bring, it is even more about a family’s fight to keep intact their home, which they believe is the most beautiful room in New York—and it is also about a man who has to learn a broader idea of beauty than the one he’s been fighting for for most of his life.”
For more information about Long Wharf Theatre or to purchase tickets, visit LongWharf.org or call (203) 787-4282.