Cory Grant Will Play Boxer in Goodspeed Musical Cutman, With Robert Cuccioli as Dad

News   Cory Grant Will Play Boxer in Goodspeed Musical Cutman, With Robert Cuccioli as Dad
 
Goodspeed Musicals' spring production of Cutman: a boxing musical, the story of a young Jewish boxer pulled between faith and stardom in the ring, will feature Jersey Boys veteran Cory Grant as the pugilist, with Tony Award nominee Robert Cuccioli as his father.

Cory Grant
Cory Grant

Performances will play May 12-June 5 at Goodspeed's Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, CT.

Cutman is billed as "the dramatic story of a young Jewish boxer, Ari Hoffman, who dreams of being the Welter-Weight Champion of the World. Trained by his father, Eli, in the basement of their synagogue, he turns pro and takes the boxing world by storm. But when his shot at the title fight is scheduled on the eve of Yom Kippur, he must choose between achieving his lifelong dream and defying his faith. From rock to pop to hip-hop to R&B, Cutman boasts a contemporary score that is sure to pack a knockout punch."

The title refers to the man in the corner of the ring who fixes the boxers' cuts. In this case, the father is also the cutman.

The musical has music and lyrics by Drew Brody, book by Jared Michael Coseglia, with a story by Jared Michael Coseglia and Cory Grant.

Grant recently starred as Frankie Valli in Broadway's Jersey Boys. Tony nominated actor Cuccioli (playing Eli Hoffman) was Broadway's Jekyll & Hyde. Edi Hoffman will be played by Laura Dean, who is returning to Goodspeed after playing an orphan in the 1976 premiere of Annie. Her Broadway credits include The Who's Tommy and Doonesbury.

The role of Olivia will be played by Ana Nogueira. Rabbi Roseman will be played by Mitchell Greenberg of Broadway's Ain't Broadway Grand and 3 Penny Opera. Moe Green will be played by Dennis Stowe of Broadway's Shrek The Musical and The Apple Tree.

Garrett Long, who will play Cantor Aviva, and Jerold Solomon, who will play Lincoln, both appeared in Broadway's South Pacific.

The ensemble will include Joshua Boone, Jadi Collado, Ven Daniel, Albert Guerzon, Haley Hannah and Joshua Keith. An additional ensemble member will be announced.

Cutman will be directed by Jared Michael Coseglia, who also wrote the book. Coseglia was assistant director of Broadway's Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks. Lisa Stevens, who was choreographer for the national tours of 9 to 5, Bombay Dreams and High School Musical, is the choreographer.

The production team includes set designer Adrian W. Jones, costume designer Wade Laboissonniere, lighting designer Jason Lyons, sound designer Jay Hilton, music director Andrew Sotomayor, orchestrator Matt Hinkley. Cutman is produced for Goodspeed Musicals by Michael P. Price.

Goodspeed's Norma Terris is a home for new works, and critics are not invited to these "developmental" productions.

Tickets are available through the box office at (860) 873-8668 or at www.goodspeed.org.

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