Coram Boy Finds Its Choir; Casting Complete

News   Coram Boy Finds Its Choir; Casting Complete Casting is now complete for the New York premiere of the National Theatre of Great Britain's hit play Coram Boy, which will begin previews April 16 at Broadway's Imperial Theatre with an official opening May 2.
John Arbo will be among Coram Boy's 20-member onstage choir.
John Arbo will be among Coram Boy's 20-member onstage choir.

The 20-member onstage choir, which will perform Handel's "Messiah" as well as original music composed by Adrian Sutton, will include Philip Anderson, John Arbo, Sean Attebury, Renee Brna, Charlotte Cohn, Sean Cullen, Katie Geissinger, Zachary James, Tinashe Kajese, Katherine Keyes, Evangelia Kingsley, B.J. Karpen, Eric William Morris, Samantha Soule, Daniel Neer, Nina Negri, Mark Rehnstrom, Martin Sola, Alisson Weller and Greg Wright. The singers will be backed by a seven-piece chamber orchestra.

As previously announced, the 40-person Coram Boy cast will also feature Drama Desk Award winner Jan Maxwell as villainess Mrs. Lynch, Jolly Abraham (Bombay Dreams) as Molly, Uzo Aduba as Toby, Jacqueline Antaramian (Julius Caesar) as Mrs. Hendry, Bill Camp (Heartbreak House) as Otis Gardiner, Dashiell Eaves (The Lieutenant of Inishmore) as adult Thomas Ledbury, Xanthe Elbrick as young Alexander/Aaron, Tom Riis Farrell (Dirty Blonde) as Thomas Claymore, Brad Fleischer (Pig Farm) as Meshak, Karron Graves as Isobel Ashbrook, Laura Heisler as Edward Ashbrook, Angela Lin as Miss Price, David Macdonald (Two Shakespearean Actors) as Lord Ashbrook, Quentin Maré (Julius Caesar) as Frederic Handel, Kathleen McNenny (The Constant Wife) as Mrs. Milcote, Cristin Milioti (The Lieutenant of Inishmore) as Alice Ashbrook, Charlotte Parry (The Real Thing) as young Thomas Ledbury, Christina Rouner as Lady Ashbrook, Ivy Vahanian as Melissa/Angel and Wayne Wilcox (Suddenly Last Summer) as adult Alexander Ashbrook.

Adapted by Helen Edmundson from Jamila Gavin's award-winning novel, Coram Boy will be directed by Melly Still. The creative team also includes Ti Green and Melly Still (designs), Paul Constable (lighting design), Adrian Sutton (music), Christopher Shutt (sound design), Constantine Kitsopoulos (music director) and Thomas Schall (fight director).

Set in 18th-century England, the production, according to press notes, tells the tale of "two orphans at the Coram Hospital for Deserted Children: Toby, saved from an African slave ship and Aaron, the abandoned son of the heir to a great estate."

Tickets, priced $56.25-$101.25, are now available by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting www.telecharge.com. The Imperial Theatre box office (249 West 45th Street) will open for business March 26.