Jeffrey Schecter, seen on Broadway in A Chorus Line, Fiddler on the Roof, and Nice Work If You Can Get It, plays Pseudolus in the St. Louis Muny's summer staging of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, the third production of its 99th season.
Schechter recently stepped in for Peter Scolari, who struggled with allergies during rehearsals that resulted in vocal stress and a severe sinus infection
“To my great sadness, our Forest Park setting was brutal on Peter’s allergies,” said Muny Artistic Director and Executive Producer Mike Isaacson in a statement. “He worked so hard, and was a true delight on and off-stage. But it was clear that our trees and cottonwood had gotten the best of him, and he was suffering from an aggravated sinus infection.”
“If I could go on with my performance, I would, but it’s just not physically possible,” added Scolari. “I’ve been treated so beautifully, and I’ve had a wonderful time in rehearsal with a beautiful company of actors. I wish I could be there, thanks to all, and I’m so glad a brilliant actor like Jeffrey Schechter can come in and save the day. He will be brilliant.”
Directed by Gary Griffin and with choreography by Alex Sanchez and music direction by Brad Haak, performances are July 5–11.
The cast also includes John Tartaglia (Hysterium), Ali Ewoldt (Philia), Mark Linn-Baker (Senex), E. Faye Butler (Domina), Jason Kravits (Lycus), Marrick Smith (Hero), Nathaniel Hackmann (Miles Gloriosus), Whit Reichert (Erronius), Marcus Choi, Justin Keyes, Tommy Scrivens (Proteans), Justina Aveyard, Molly Callinan, Emily Hsu, Khori Michelle Petinaud, Katelyn Prominski, and Lainie Sakakura.
The limited engagement features scenic design by Timothy R. Mackabee, costume design by Mara Blumenfeld, lighting design by Rob Denton, sound design by John Shivers and David Patridge, and wig design by John Metzner; the production stage manager is Cody Renard Richard.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart.
For more information, visit Muny.org.
(Updated July 5, 2017)