The musical version of the classic 1946 holiday-set film "It's a Wonderful Life" features book and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler of Roof, She Loves Me) and music by Joe Raposo ("Sesame Street").
Richard Stafford will stage and choreograph the production that begins performances Nov. 20 and will continue through Feb. 8, 2009. An opening night has been set for Dec. 3.
Set in 1945, A Wonderful Life, according to press notes, "tells the tale of George Bailey (Lafoon), an average Joe, who spends a lifetime sacrificing his own ambitions for the sake of others and continually setting aside his own dreams in order to keep his late father's building and loan business afloat. When the greedy banker, Mr. Potter, manufactures a scandal that threatens to send him to jail, George contemplates suicide, and it's up to a wingless angel named Clarence (DePaul), coming down from Heaven by order of St. Matthew, to convince him of his own worth."
The Westchester cast will also feature William McCauley (Mr. Potter), Juli Robbins (Mary Bailey), Ann-Ngaire Martin (Ma Bailey), Ryan Foy (Harry Bailey), Bob Stoeckle (Tom Bailey), Jack Hallett (Uncle Billy), PJ Baccari (Ernie), Darrel Blackburn (Bert), Julie Cardia (Mrs Martini & Mrs Hatch), Brian Cooper (Sam Wainwright) and Tara Geisler (Violet Bick).
The ensemble includes Kendall Kelly, Peter Marinos, Ronnie Nelson, Michael Scibillia, Katie Sina and Shannon Lea Smith. The Bailey Children will be played by Sofia Hantzaridis, Sarah Heinzmann, Sharon Rosenthal, Sofia Singer and Cosmo Zappoli. Jonathan Stahl is associate director of A Wonderful Life, with Stephen Purdy as musical director. The production team includes Steve Loftus (set design), Andrew Gmoser (lighting design), Jon Hatton (sound design) and Gail Baldoni (costumes).
For tickets call (914) 592-2222 or visit www.broadwaytheatre.com.