James Earl Jones Joins God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

News   James Earl Jones Joins God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater Joining the previously announced Skylar Astin and Santino Fontana, will also be Rebecca Naomi Jones and Kate Wetherhead.
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Rebecca Naomi Jones, James Earl Jones and Kate Wetherhead Joseph Marzullo/WENN, Monica Simoes

New York City Center has announced complete casting for its concert revival of Kurt Vonnegut’s God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, the first collaboration between Little Shop of Horrors' Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, as part of its Encores! Off-Center season. Joining the previously announced Skylar Astin and Santino Fontana, will be James Earl Jones, Rebecca Naomi Jones and Kate Wetherhead, among others.

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Rebecca Naomi Jones Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic

Based on Kurt Vonnegut's satirical novel of the same name, the 1979 musical, Kurt Vonnegut’s God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, follows an alcoholic millionaire and his philanthropic endeavors. The complete cast, directed by Michael Mayer, also includes Derrick Baskin, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Nick Choksi, Eddie Cooper, Kevin Del Aguila, Clark Johnson, Eddie Korbich, Marla Louissaint, Liz McCartney, Bonnie Milligan and Brynn O’Malley.

Performances will run at City Center from July 27-30, featuring orchestrations by Danny Troob, which will be heard for the first time.

The creative team also includes choreography by Lorin Latarro, music direction by Chris Fenwick and additional lyrics by Dennis Green.

“The show tells the story of Eliot Rosewater (Fontana), a drunken millionaire who decides to blow his fortune on a town full of pitiable creatures: the illiterate, the depressed, and the eternally pregnant,” state City Center press notes. “But there are forces who want to put the kibosh on his philanthropy—like Norman Mushari (Astin), a lawyer plotting to have Eliot declared insane.”

Tickets can be purchased online at NYCityCenter.org, by calling CityTix at (212) 581-1212, or in person at the City Center Box Office. New York City Center is located at 131 West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues.

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