Never Gonna Dance Star Lemenager Joins Movin' Out as New Brenda May 8

News   Never Gonna Dance Star Lemenager Joins Movin' Out as New Brenda May 8 Nancy Lemenager — the recent leading lady in Never Gonna Dance — will become the new leading lady in Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp's Movin' Out, starting May 8.
Nancy Lemenager
Nancy Lemenager

Lemenager, who starred opposite Noah Racey in the recent dance-heavy Broadway musical, Never Gonna Dance, was previously seen in the recent revival of Kiss Me, Kate. Other credits include Dream, How to Succeed..., Guys and Dolls and Meet Me in St. Louis. She will assume the role of Brenda in Movin' Out, starting with the evening performance May 8.

The show's Tony Award-nominated original star Elizabeth Parkinson left the Broadway show because she's expecting a child with husband and Movin' Out co-star Scott Wise.

Lemenager joins original cast members John Selya, Keith Roberts and Michael Cavanaugh — all Tony-nominated for their performances. The current cast also includes Scott Wise, Mabel Modrono, Benjamin G. Bowman, Michael Balderrama, Ted Banfalvi, Aliane Baquerot, Timothy W. Bish, Christopher Body, Alexander Brady, Stuart Capps, Ian Carney, Ron DeJesus, Carolyn Doherty, Melissa Downey, Pascale Faye, Kurt Froman, Lisa Gajda, Philip Gardner, Henry Haid, Brian Letendre, Matt Loehr, Tiger Martina, Jill Nicklaus, Rika Okamoto, Oriada, Meg Paul, Karine Plantadit-Bageot, Wade Preston and Lawrence Rabson.

Movin' Out creators Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp won Tony Awards for orchestrations (with Stuart Malina) and choreography, respectively. The show launched its national tour from Detroit's Fisher Theatre, Jan. 27.

The bookless show, currently residing at Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theatre, uses Joel's song lyrics and Tharp's choreography to tell the story of five friends and lovers across three decades through love, war and loss. There is no dialogue and all songs are performed by the pianist-singer, who sings non-stop and heads an on-stage band during the show. Tickets to the Broadway run at the Richard Rodgers, 226 West 46 Street, can be purchased by calling (212) 307-4100. For more information, visit www.movinoutonbroadway.com.