"We start rehearsals on the 29th of August and open on Sept. 8," Roland told Playbill.com. "It's been years since I've worked there — it was in '98 in West Side Story opposite Marla Schaffel. This will be my fourth show there."
Brandi Wooten will head the cast as Lorelei Lee, the role created on Broadway by Tony winner Carol Channing. The remainder of the company includes Pamela Jordan as Dorothy Shaw, Joe Mahowald as Henry, Bill Bateman as Gus Edmond Sr., Judith Moore as Mrs. Spofford, Steve Asciolla as Joe Gage, Oliver Buckingham as Sir Francis Beekman and Kimberly Dawn Neumann as Gloria. The ensemble comprises Will Armstrong, Don Daniels, Derek Gatts, Erik Hayden, Nick Locilento, Tim McGarrigal, Bobby Pestka, Brian Spitulnik, David Stattler, Leonard E. Sullivan, Brian Swasey and David Vaughn.
Drew Scott Harris will direct Blondes with choreography by Darren Lee and musical direction by Ken Lundie. The production will utilize arrangements for a three-piano orchestra, and the Gentlemen Prefer Blondes stage script has been revised to incorporate elements from the film of the same name.
In Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Lorelei Lee and her best friend Dorothy Shaw set off on a voyage to Paris looking for eligible men with money and diamonds to share. Featuring music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Leo Robin and a book by Joseph Fields and Anita Loos — based on her novel — the musical opened on Broadway in 1949 starring Carol Channing and was later adapted into a 1953 film starring Marilyn Monroe.
Richard Roland has been seen on Broadway in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Follies and The Scarlet Pimpernel as well as in the national tour of Titanic. His Off-Broadway credits include Zombie Prom, The Cocoanuts, The Fantasticks and The Human Comedy. Roland's TV work includes "All My Children," "As the World Turns," "The Howie Mandel Show" and "Mike & Matty." For more information or to purchase tickets to the production, visit www.broadwaytheatre.com.