Daniel Jenkins, who made it big on Broadway in Big River and Big, will star in the revamping of The Education of Randy Newman at Seattle's ACT Theatre Oct. 18-Nov. 17. The musical, concocted out of Newman's witty pop tunes, is directed by Gordon Edelstein and Myron Johnson.
Jenkins' Broadway debut was as Huckleberry Finn in the Tony Award-winning hit Big River. He went on to replace Stephen Spinella in Angels in America and to star as the Tom Hanks character in the Broadway musicalization of "Big." He most recently appeared on Broadway in Wrong Mountain.
For the Seattle run, The Education of Randy Newman has been revamped since its world premiere at South Coast Repertory Theatre in 2000. The musical, modeled on the famed American autobiography, The Education of Henry Adams, tells of the story of an American artist in the later half of the 20th Century. Newman songs in the score include "Short People," "I Love L.A.," "I Think It's Going to Rain Today" "When She Loved Me" from "Toy Story 2."
There is New York interest in the show, a press representative told Playbill On-Line, but it's too early to say if The Education of Randy Newman will move from its Seattle run.
Single tickets to ACT productions are $27.50-$44. ACT Theatre is located at 7th and Union Street. For reservations, call (206) 292-ARTS. ACT is on the web at http://www.acttheatre.org. — By Christine Ehren