Junior Mendez, Luba Mason, Robert Cuccioli, Beth Fowler, Jenn Gambatese Cast in Wildcat Benefit

News   Junior Mendez, Luba Mason, Robert Cuccioli, Beth Fowler, Jenn Gambatese Cast in Wildcat Benefit
Casting is now complete for the one-night-only presentation of the Cy Coleman-Carolyn Leigh musical Wildcat to benefit the Actors Fund.

Junior Mendez
Junior Mendez

The benefit performance will be held Dec. 19 at 7 PM at The Julia Miles Theatre at the Women’s Project. Theatrical Gems artistic director Jacob Shoesmith-Fox will direct the evening with musical direction by Steven H. Taylor.

Junior Mendez, a recent Florida State graduate, will co-star with Luba Mason, Robert Cuccioli, Beth Fowler, Lenny Wolpe and Jenn Gambatese. The 29-person cast will also feature Vincent D’Elia, Lawrence E. Street, Pierce Cravens, Kenneth Kasch, Tony Castellanos, Gregory Couba, Michal Salonia, Spencer Andrew Taylor and Michael Puglia. The ensemble  comprises Lital Abrahams, Andrea Andert, Kiarri D. Andrews, Jaime Lyn Beatty, Christopher DeRosa, Jonathan Juarbe, James LaRosa, Nolan Muña, Alison Rose Munn, Tara Novie, Erin O’Neil, Tony Ramos, Jillian Schochet and Bradley Vile.

Wildcat, with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Carolyn Leigh and book by N. Richard Nash, tells the story of "a frontier woman named Wildcat Jackson (Mason) who arrives in a border town in the American southwest with dreams of striking oil, and tricks foreman Joe Dynamite (Cuccioli) into helping her," according to press notes.

Not-for-profit Theatrical Gems produces the first New York revival of the show since 1961.

Wildcat was Cy Coleman's first musical. It opened on Dec. 16, 1960, and is best remembered for being the sole Broadway appearance of comedienne Lucille Ball, although the cast also featured Keith Andes, Paula Stewart, Edith King and a young Valerie Harper ("Rhoda") in the dance ensemble.

The Julia Miles Theatre at the Women’s Project is located at 424 West 55th Street. Tickets are $25 and can be reserved by emailing tickets@theatricalgems.org. Tickets will be purchased at the door. For more information visit www.theatricalgems.org.

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