Music Circus Season to Feature Beach, Davi, Lee, Denman, Charles, Page and More

News   Music Circus Season to Feature Beach, Davi, Lee, Denman, Charles, Page and More
 
Casting has been announced for the summer Music Circus season at the Wells Fargo Pavilion in Sacramento, CA.
Ken Page
Ken Page

As previously announced, the season will include productions of Thoroughly Modern Millie (July 7-12), Altar Boyz (July 14-19), Guys and Dolls (July 21-26), Into the Woods (July 28-Aug. 2), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Aug. 4-9), Man of La Mancha (Aug. 11-16) and Cats (Aug. 18-30). All titles will offer eight performances, except for Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats, which will be seen 16 times.

Mara Davi, who has appeared on Broadway in A Chorus Line and The Drowsy Chaperone, will head the cast of the award-winning Thoroughly Modern Millie. Directed by Glenn Casale and choreographed by John MacInnis with musical direction by Bill Stanley, the cast will also feature Drama Desk nominee Ruth Williamson as Mrs. Meers, Robert Townsend as Trevor Graydon, Matt Loehr as Jimmy Smith, Megan McGinnis as Miss Dorothy Brown, Billy Bustamente as Ching Ho, Reggie De Leon as Bun Foo, Diane Vincent as Miss Flannery and Karole Foreman as Muzzy Van Hossmere. The ensemble will include Merrill West, Miki Berg, Abbie Cooper, Kurt Domoney, Garett Hawe, Kristen J. Smith, Robin Masella, Courtenay Krieger, Danny Gardner, Neil Totton, Drew Franklin and Kevin Loreque.

The boy-band send-up Altar Boyz will be directed by Stafford Arima, who staged the original New York production, with Tye Blue as associate director. The production will be choreographed by original New York choreographer Christopher Gatelli with Lou Castro as associate choreographer. Jason Loffredo will be musical director. The cast will comprise Devin DeSantis as Matthew, Jamison Scott as Mark, Ryan Nearhoff as Luke, Xavier Cano as Juan and Tim Dolan as Abraham.

The classic Frank Loesser musical Guys and Dolls will boast direction by Marcia Milgrom Dodge, choreography by Bob Richard and musical direction by Dennis Castellano. The cast will be headed by Tony Award winner Gary Beach as Nathan Detroit, Heather Lee as the long-suffering Miss Adelaide, Matthew Ashford as gambler Sky Masterson and Montego Glover as missionary Sarah Brown. The company will also feature Conrad John Schuck as Arvide Abernathy, Helen Geller as Gen. Cartwright, Rodger Hoopman as police Lt. Brannigan, EE Bell as Nicely-Nicely Johnson, P.L. Brown as Big Jule, Michael Kostroff as Benny Southstreet and Will Mann as Harry the Horse. The ensemble comprises Kurt Domoney, Garett Hawe, Merrill West, Miki Berg and Manoley Farrell, with Neil Totton, Drew Franklin, Kevin Loreque Robin Masella, Courtenay Krieger and Kristen J. Smith.

Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's award-winning Into the Woods will be directed and choreographed by Glenn Casale with musical direction by Craig Barna. Vicki Lewis will portray the Baker's Wife with Jeffry Denman as the Baker, Yvette Cason as The Witch, Tracy Katz Paladini as Little Red Riding Hood, Matt Wolpe as Jack, Adinah Alexander as Jack's Mother, Kim Huber as Cinderella, Savannah Smith-Thomas as Rapunzel, Gordon Goodman as Cinderella's Prince, Jason Forbach as Rapunzel's Prince, Michael G. Hawkins as the Narrator, Teri Ralston as Cinderella's Stepmother, Summer Broyhill as Lucinda, Christy Morton as Florinda, Karen Culliver as Little Red Riding Hood's Granny and Ed Brazo Cinderella's Father. The cast will be rounded out by Shannon Stoeke (as the Steward), Paige Silvester, Amanda Valli and Kamra Jacobs. Marcia Milgrom Dodge will direct and Pepper Clyde will choreograph the Music Circus production of the family-friendly Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. The story about "rowdy mountain men awkwardly wooing young townswomen" will be headed by Joseph Mahowald as Adam and Jacquelyn Piro Donovan as Millie with Steve Scheips (Benjamin), Nathaniel Shaw (Caleb), Ryan Jackson (Daniel), A.J. Hughes (Ephraim), Richard Bulda (Frank), Shawn Perucca (Gideon), Merrill West (Dorcas), Miki Berg (Ruth), Elisa Nixon (Liza), Robin Masella (Martha), Tiffany Sudo (Sarah), Kristen J. Smith (Alice), Tyler Russell Warren (Carl), Kurt Domoney (Luke), Kevin Loreque (Matt), Garett Hawe (Joel), Gabriel Williams (Zeke) and Drew Franklin (Jeb). The cast will also include Rodger Hoopman as the Preacher, Don Hayden as Mr. Bixby, Jim Lane as Mr. Perkins and Jenni Scott as Mrs. Bixby. Jim May will be the production's musical director.

The Tony-winning Man of La Mancha will be directed by Guy Stroman and choreographed by Bob Richard with musical direction by Dennis Castellano. Broadway veteran Walter Charles will star as Don Quixote with frequent Evita Valerie Perri as Aldonza. Sancho Panza will be played by Kevin Ligon with P.L. Brown as the Innkeeper, Peter Reardon as Padre, Todd Alan Johnson in the dual roles of Dr. Carrasco and The Duke, Madeleine Doherty as the Housekeeper and Marcus Stevens as the Barber. The cast will also include Michael Dotson (the Captain), Christy Morton (Maria), Robert Standley (Pedro), Savannah Smith-Thomas (Fermina), Manoley Farrell (Moorish Dancer), John Williford (Paco), Joe Paparella (Juan), Shannon Stoeke (Tenario), Will Mann (Jose) and Spencer Rowe (Anselmo). Brad Bong and Casey Bowman will play the guards.

The season will conclude with Andrew Lloyd Webber's international hit Cats, which will be directed and choreographed by Richard Stafford. Dana Solimando will be the associate choreographer and Craig Barna the musical director. Drama Desk Award winner Ken Page will portray Old Deuteronomy, a role he played on Broadway. He will be joined onstage by Jacquelyn Piro Donovan as Grizabella and Jeffry Denman as Munkustrap. The 24-member ensemble cast also includes Miki Berg (Cassandra), Kurt Domoney (Skimbleshanks), Mark Donaldson (Mungojerrie), Michael Brian Dunn (Asparagus), Nina Fluke (Rumpleteazer), Drew Franklin (Pouncival), Garett Hawe (Alonzo), A.J. Hughes (Tumblebrutus), Ryan Jackson (Mr. Mistoffelees), Lisa Karlin (Demeter), Kevin Loreque (Rum Tum Tugger), Nathan Madden (Plato/Macavity), Heathier Mieko (Jellylorum), Christine Negherbon (Jennyanydots), Kristen J. Smith (Victoria), Shannon Smith (Sillabub) and Merrill West (Bombalurina). The off-stage singers will be Summer Boryhill, Michael Dotson, Christy Morton and Joe Paparella.

The Music Circus season is presented by California Musical Theatre under the direction of executive producer Richard Lewis.

The Music Circus is located at 1419 H Street in Sacramento, CA. Call (916) 557-1999 or visit www.californiamusicaltheatre.com for more information.

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