PHOTO CALL: Raúl Esparza, Jessica Phillips and Cast Offer Sneak Peek at Leap of Faith

News   PHOTO CALL: Raúl Esparza, Jessica Phillips and Cast Offer Sneak Peek at Leap of Faith
 
Leap of Faith, the new Broadway musical about a flim-flam preacher who blows into a small town, begins previews at the St. James Theatre April 3.

Raúl Esparza, Jessica Phillips and the full company offered a special sneak preview performance March 8 at New 42nd Street Studios.

Heading the cast will be four-time Tony nominee Esparza as Jonas Nightingale, Phillips as Marla Humes, Kendra Kassebaum as Sam Nightingale, Kecia Lewis-Evans as Ida Mae Robinson, Leslie Odom, Jr. as Isaiah Robinson, Krystal Joy Brown as Ornella and Talon Ackerman as Jake Humes.

The company will also feature Hettie Barnhill, Kyle Brenn, Ta’Rea Campbell, Michelle Duffy, Lynorris Evans, Manoly Farrell, Dierdre Friel, Bob Gaynor, Lucia Giannetta, Angela Grovey, Louis Hobson, Tiffany Howard, Grasan Kingsberry, Maurice Murphy, Ian Paget, Terita Redd, Eliseo Roman, Bryce Ryness, Ann Sanders, C.E. Smith, Danny Stiles, Dennis Stowe, Betsy Struxness, Roberta Wall and Virginia Ann Woodruff. The Broadway production will begin previews on April 3 and will open April 26 at 6 PM at the St. James Theatre.

Directed by Tony Award nominee Christopher Ashley, Leap of Faith has music by Academy and Grammy Award winner Alan Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater. It's based on the motion picture written by Janus Cercone, who shares libretto credit with Tony Award winner Warren Leight ("Side Man").

Sergio Trujillo (The Addams Family, Jersey Boys and Memphis) is the choreographer.

Here's how producers bill Leap of Faith: "When his traveling ministry breaks down in a small Kansas town, part-time reverend and full-time con artist Jonas Nightingale (Esparza) quickly pitches a tent and invites the locals to a revival. The town sheriff, Marla Humes (Phillips) is determined to stop him from separating the townspeople from their money."

Leap of Faith's producers are Michael Manheim, James D. Stern, Douglas L. Meyer, Tom Viertel, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, Steven Baruch, Jujamcyn Theaters, Annette Niemtzow/S. Silva Daryl Roth/Robert G. Bartner, Debi Coleman, Dancap Productions Inc. and Center Theatre Group in association with Steve Kaplan, Vera Guerin Independent Presenters, Network Relativity Media, LLC Richard J. Stern and Pamela Cooper, Diana Buckhantz.

Tickets are available through www.telecharge.com, (212) 239-6200. Ticket prices range from $47-$137.

Visit www.leapoffaithbroadway.com.

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