Rigby, Willard and Burkhardt to Star in Reprise! Li'l Abner

News   Rigby, Willard and Burkhardt to Star in Reprise! Li'l Abner Initial casting has been announced for the Reprise! Broadway's Best production of Li'l Abner — the musical that was inspired by the characters in Al Capp's comic strip — which will play UCLA's Freud Playhouse Feb. 5-17 with an official opening Feb. 6.
Cathy Rigby
Cathy Rigby

Directed by Michael Michetti, the cast will feature Cathy Rigby (Peter Pan) as Mammy Yokum, Fred Willard (Reprise! Promises, Promises and Anything Goes) as General Bullmoose and Brandi Burkhardt (Jekyll & Hyde) as Daisy Mae. Additional casting will be announced shortly. The creative team will also include Lee Martino (choreography) Darryl Archibald (musical direction).

"Welcome to Dogpatch, U.S.A.," read Li'l Abner show notes, "which has just been deemed 'the most unnecessary, no account' town in the country. In a scramble to keep Dogpatch from being used for atomic testing and to also save the beloved Sadie Hawkins day, Li'l Abner, Daisy Mae and the other wild and colorful citizens of Dogpatch must find a reason why their town is worth something."

Winner of two Tony Awards, Li'l Abner was first directed and choreographed by Michael Kidd. It opened Nov. 15, 1956, at Broadway's St. James Theatre and played for 693 performances. The original Broadway company included Edith Adams as Daisy Mae, Stubby Kaye as Marryin' Sam and Peter Palmer in the title role. It has never been revived on Broadway. Songs include "Namely You," "The Country's in the Very Best of Hands" and "Jubilation T. Cornpone."

The UCLA Freud Playhouse is located in Macgowan Hall. Tickets for Reprise! productions are available by calling (310) 825-2101. For more information visit www.reprise.org.

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