Goodspeed's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Has Deven May, Adam Heller, Kerry O'Malley

News   Goodspeed's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Has Deven May, Adam Heller, Kerry O'Malley Goodspeed Musicals has announced casting for its upcoming revised revival of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, the 1951 Dorothy Fields-Arthur Schwartz musical based on the Betty Smith novel of love and life in the working class, circa 1900.

The company includes Adam Heller (A Class Act) as Harry, Deven May (Bat Boy) as Johnny, Kerry O'Malley (Into the Woods) as Katie, Steve Routman (DC's Eleanor) as Max/Swanson, Tom Souhrada (Goodspeed's King of Hearts) as Aloysius, Sari Wagner as Cissy, Megan Walker as portray Hildy and Remy Zaken as Francie. Zaken was seen in the national tour of Ragtime as the Little Girl.

Deven May had been announced to appear as Mercury in the Manhattan premiere of the musical, Cupid and Psyche, Sept. 17-Oct. 26, but decided to climb A Tree instead. Logan Lipton will play Mercury in New York City.

The cast of 19 also includes Michael Buchanan, Todd Buonopane, Leslie Marie Collins, Zachary Halley, Leslie Klug, Kevin Loreque, Mary Jo McConnell, Danny Rothman, Adam Shonkwiler, Frank Stancati and Amber Stone.

The plot concerns "Katie, who loved one handsome weakling, and her sister Cissy, who loved many strong men. In a tender account of Katie's struggles and Cissy's adventures, this shining musical leaves the audience constantly laughing through sentimental tears."

The original Broadway run (267 performances) starred Shirley Booth and included the songs "He Had Refinement" and "Make the Man Love Me." The libretto by George Abbott and Betty Smith has been revised by Elinor Renfield, who also directs. Jennifer Paulson Lee is the choreographer. Designers are James Noone (set), Pamela Scofield (costume), Jeff Croiter (lighting).

Michael O'Flaherty musical directs. Orchestrations are by Dan DeLange.

The staging at the historic Goodspeed Opera House, Route 82, East Haddam, Connecticut, plays Oct. 10-Dec. 14.

Tickets range $22-$55. For information, call (860) 873 8668 or visit www.goodspeed.org.

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