Muny's Cats, with Block, Page, Teeter, Dunn, Dudding, Begins July 19

News   Muny's Cats, with Block, Page, Teeter, Dunn, Dudding, Begins July 19
 
Stephanie J. Block, most recently seen on Broadway in 9 to 5, portrays Grizabella the Glamour Cat in the St. Louis Muny's production of the Tony-winning musical Cats, which begins performances July 19 at the nation's oldest and largest outdoor theatre.

Stephanie J. Block
Stephanie J. Block Photo by Larry Pry/The Muny

Suzanne Viverito directs and choreographs the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, which is based on T.S. Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats." Performances will continue through July 25.

The cast also features Michael Brian Dunn as Bustopher JonesAsparagus/Growltiger, Joseph Medeiros as Mistoffeless, Ken Page as Old Deuteronomy, Lara Teeter as Munkustrap, Kevin Loreque as Rum Tum Tugger, Christine Negherbon as Jennyanydots/Gumbie Cat Specialty, Kiira Schmidt as Cassandra, Julie Tolivar as Bombalurina/Gumbie Cat Specialty, Lisa Karlin as Demeter/Gumbie Cat Specialty, Ryan Breslin as Mongorjerrie/Genghis, Lauren Masiello as Rumpleteazer, Laura Irion as Sillabub/Moments of Happiness Specialty, Heather Mieko as Jellylorum, Drew Humphrey as Skimbleshanks Specialty, AJ Hughes as Plato/Macavity/Rumpus Cat, Sarah Marchetti as Victoria/Jellicle Ball Specialty, Alex DeLeo as Tumblebrutus and Joey Dudding as Pounceable/Alonzo.

The Pit Singers comprise Anne Markt, Kelly O'Neill, Charles Osborne and Teddy Stevenson.

The production features musical direction by James Cunningham, set design by Steve Gilliam and lighting design by David Lander. The stage manager is Harold Goldfaden, and the assistant stage manager is Zoë Chapin.

Paul Blake produces for The Muny; the associate producer is Mike Bosner. Cats begin life at the New London Theatre May 11, 1981; the Broadway production opened at the Winter Garden Theatre in October 1982 where it played a record-breaking 7,485 performances. The Broadway mounting — Directed by Trevor Nunn — won seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Betty Buckley.

The remainder of the season includes The Sound of Music, July 26-Aug. 1; Footloose, Aug. 2-8; and Show Boat, Aug 9-15.

For more information about The Muny and the 2010 productions, call (314) 361-1900 or visit www.muny.org.

Lara Teeter
Lara Teeter Photo by Larry Pry/The Muny
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