Jbara, Kimball and More to Join Ripley for West Coast Debut of LaChiusa's Little Fish

News   Jbara, Kimball and More to Join Ripley for West Coast Debut of LaChiusa's Little Fish Broadway stars Gregory Jbara and Chad Kimball will join the previously announced Alice Ripley in the West Coast premiere of Michael John LaChiusa's Little Fish. The complete cast has been announced.
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Presented by The Blank Theatre Company, the musical begins performances Oct. 9 at the California company's 2nd Stage Theatre on Theatre Row in Hollywood. Kirsten Sanderson directs the work, which officially opens Oct. 12 for a run through Nov. 18.

Ripley (Side Show, Sunset Boulevard, The Rocky Horror Show, James Joyce's The Dead) will be the central character in the big-city musical from the composer of The Wild Party and First Lady Suite. Joining Ripley in the now-complete cast will be fellow Broadway veterans Jbara (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Victor/Victoria) and Kimball (Into the Woods, Lennon). Robert Torti (Smokey Joe's Café, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) will also be featured in the ensemble with Dina Morishita, German Santiago, Samantha Shelton and Brooke Tansley.

Suggested by the short stories of Deborah Eisenberg, Little Fish follows "Charlotte [Ripley], a young writer of short stories, [who] confronts her past, present and future in post 9/11 Manhattan. She quits smoking and embarks on a modern day odyssey as she attempts to fill her nicotine-starved days with swimming at the Y," as show notes reveal.

The Blank 2007-2008 season began with the current run of EM Lewis' Heads (through Sept. 23) and continues beyond Little Fish with Daniel Henning's Dickie & Babe: The Truth About Leopold & Loeb.

David O will serve as music director for Little Fish with music supervision by Brad Ellis. Orchestrations are by Bruce Coughlin. Jane Lanier choreographs. The design team features Adam Rigg (set and lighting) and Bethany Jane Bohatila (costume). The production stage manager is Sarah Teich. Tickets to Little Fish at The Blank at 2nd Stage Theatre, 6500 Santa Monica Blvd. in Los Angeles, CA, are available by calling (323) 661-9827. For more information visit TheBlank.com.