Duke Lafoon Gets His Wings in Goodspeed Wonderful Life Musical

News   Duke Lafoon Gets His Wings in Goodspeed Wonderful Life Musical Duke Lafoon will play the role of George Bailey in A Wonderful Life, a stage musical adaptation of the holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life," with book and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof), being presented this fall at Goodspeed Opera House.

Previews begin Sept. 18 and opening night is scheduled for Oct. 14. The 1986 adaptation of the 1946 Frank Capra film has music by the late Joe Raposo. The limited run is scheduled to run through Nov. 29.

It tells the story of a desperate banker who is ready to end it all on Christmas Eve, but who changes his mind after he is shown by his guardian angel how his life has made the world a better place.

Lafoon, who recently appeared Off-Broadway as Billy Clinton in Clinton: The Musical is returning to a role he has playing regional.

Kirsten Scott will play Mary Hatch. She has appeared on Broadway as Jenny Hill in Big Fish, Young Phyllis in Follies and Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray. Logan James Hall who played Will Connelly in Off-Broadway’s The House of Connelly, will play Harry Bailey.

Also in the cast: Frank Vlastnik, Ed Dixon, Josh Franklin, Bethe B. Austin, Ryan G. Dunkin, Michael Medeiros, George McDaniel, Kevin C. Loomis, Ben Stone-Zelman, sisters Riley Briggs and Ella Briggs. The ensemble includes Alissa Alter, Maddy Apple, Drew Nellessen, Hollis Scarborough, Curtis Schroeger, Carol Schuberg, Laura E. Taylor, John T. Wolfe, Jessica Wu, Alex Dreschke and Kate Cherichello. A Wonderful Life will be directed by Michael Perlman, with choreography by Parker Esse, orchestrations by Dan DeLange, music direction by Michael O’Flaherty, scenic design by Brian Prather, costume design by Jennifer Caprio, lighting design by Scott Bolman, sound design by Jay Hilton, and wig and hair design by Mark Adam Rampmeyer.

Tickets are available by calling the Goodspeed box office at 860.873.8668 or on-line at Goodspeed.org.

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