Goodspeed's Circus in Winter, Featuring Book by Hunter Foster, Begins Tonight; Dee Roscioli and Aaron Ramey Star

News   Goodspeed's Circus in Winter, Featuring Book by Hunter Foster, Begins Tonight; Dee Roscioli and Aaron Ramey Star
Goodspeed Musicals' production of the new folk rock musical The Circus in Winter, featuring a book by Hunter Foster and Beth Turcotte, begins performances Oct. 23 at The Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, CT.

Dee Roscioli
Dee Roscioli

The cast features Dee Roscioli (Wicked) as Jennie Dixiana, Aaron Ramey (The Bridges of Madison County) as Wallace Porter, Emily Behny (Goodspeed's Something's Afoot) as Irene, James Penca as Ollie, Shannan Antalan (Caroline, or Change) as Pearly, William Parry (Gypsy) as Colonel and Hollenbach, Charles Gray (The Color Purple) as Gus, Jim Hogan as Gordon, Victoria Huston-Elem (Goodspeed's Meet John Doe) as Elizabeth, Sarah Dacey Charles (Les Misérables) as Mrs. Colonel, Noah Plomgren as Elephant Jack, Kristen Hoagland as Young Jennie, Scott Richard Foster as James Porter, Alex Goley as Young Wallace and Avery Baran as Young Gordon.

Directed by Joe Calarco (Goodspeed's LMNOP) with choreography by Spencer Liff (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), performances continue through Nov. 16.

In The Circus in the Winter, according to Goodspeed, "legend and lore collide under the big top. Love, lust, betrayal, and tragedy unfold in a series of interwoven stories that reveal the private lives of a death-defying acrobat, sideshow African queen, lonely circus owner, disheveled clowns, and more. With a rootsy, folk rock score, this is one musical that you must not miss!"

The Circus in Winter features music and lyrics by Ben Clark in his first full-length musical debut. For this piece, he received the Kennedy Center Award for Outstanding Musical Composition and, in 2012, received a fellowship at the O'Neill Center. The musical was inspired by Cathy Day's novel of the same name.

Other members of the creative team include set designer Jason Sherwood, costume designer Marina Draghici, lighting designer Donald Holder, music direction and orchestrator Matt Hinkley and sound designer Jay Hilton. The Circus in Winter is produced for Goodspeed Musicals by Michael Price and is presented by special arrangement with Center Ring Theatrical.

For more information and tickets, call (860) 873-8668 or visit

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