The Sherman Edwards-Peter Stone show about the founding fathers and the weeks leading to the signing of the Declaration of Independence will play the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT, Sept. 28-Dec. 2.
Ruggiero is associate artistic director of TheaterWorks, the Off-Broadway-style Equity troupe in Hartford. Commercial producers are planning to move TheaterWorks' Make Me a Song (with its cast intact) to an Off-Broadway venue in the spring.
"We're looking for a funky, downtown-style space that is very conducive to the Bill Finn style," Ruggiero previously told Playbill.com. "Not something slick or pretentious, but fun and raw and quirky. And a place that's not too big — in the 200-seat range."
Intimacy was a selling point for the piano-and-voice show that critics and audiences embraced in Hartford last fall. TheaterWorks seats 200. Ruggiero's credits include Falsettos and Elegies for Barrington Stage Company in the Berkshires, Take Me Out at TheaterWorks and regional productions of Urinetown and Ella, among many other works.