LaChiusa and Strand's Highest Yellow Gets a Full Monty Veteran

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Jason Danieley has been cast as Dr. Rey in The Highest Yellow, Michael John LaChiusa's new musical about Vincent van Gogh, premiering at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia, this fall.
Jason Danieley
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Eric Schaeffer directs the staging, Oct. 26-Dec. 12. Danieley — who'll play the doctor of the tormented painter van Gogh — is remembered for playing the title optimist in Candide in the most recent Broadway revival (directed by Hal Prince) and as the one of the guys who "let it go" in Broadway's The Full Monty. Danieley will co-star (as previously reported) with three time Tony Award nominee Judy Kuhn, of Broadway's She Loves Me, Chess and Les Misérables.

Music and lyrics are by five time Tony nominee LaChiusa (Marie Christine, The Wild Party, Hello Again, First Lady Suite, R Shomon), with a libretto by John Strand.

The show has been on Signature's radar for several seasons; it's billed as the "highly anticipated premiere." Schaeffer (Broadway's Putting It Together) is Signature Theatre's artistic director.

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"In December 1888, a young French intern in Arles admitted a patient suffering from delirium and a self inflicted knife wound," according to production notes. "Dr. Felix Rey was convinced he could cure this unusual patient, a Dutch painter named Vincent van Gogh, of his 'nervous condition.' Set to an intensely beautiful score, this is the story of a provincial doctor's discovery of art and prostitution, and his unexpected encounter with madness versus genius, love versus obsession, and what we ultimately give up in order to hold on to what we find most precious."

Kuhn will play the female lead/love interest, a prostitute named Rachel who is a muse and obsession for both Van Gogh (the woman he presented his ear to) and for the doctor treating him.

For more information about Signature, the lauded resident Equity company, visit www.signature-theatre.org.

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