Marc Kudisch Is van Gogh in LaChiusa and Strand's Highest Yellow in D.C. Area This Fall

News   Marc Kudisch Is van Gogh in LaChiusa and Strand's Highest Yellow in D.C. Area This Fall Marc Kudisch, the creepy carnival barker of Broadway's recent Assassins, will play the tormented Vincent van Gogh in The Highest Yellow, Michael John LaChiusa's new musical about Vincent van Gogh, premiering this fall.
Marc Kudisch
Marc Kudisch

Eric Schaeffer directs the staging, Oct. 26-Dec. 12, at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA. 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.

Kudisch created the role of Tom in Off-Broadway's The Thing About Men, and Jackie in The Public Theater's staging of LaChiusa's The Wild Party.

As previously announced, Jason Danieley — who'll play Dr. Rey, who comes to the aid of 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.

Kudisch and Danieley will co-star 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. *

"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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