Rogel penned book, music and lyrics for the musical that he co-conceived with Kirby Ward. Richard Gray directs the production, which runs through April 25 in Issaquah, prior to arriving in Everett, WA, April 30-May 23.
The Gypsy King features Ankrim as Prince Alphonse and Frederick, with John Patrick Lowrie as Leo, Katherine Strohmaier as Anisette, Cayman Ilika as Anastasia, Nick DeSantis as Godfried and Jose J. Gonzales as Prince Dijon.
Completing the cast are Joanne Klein, Richard Ziman, Aaron Finley, Mark Carr, Carter J. Davis, Allen Galli, Brian Lange, Casey Raiha, William A. Williams, Cayman Ilika, Trish LaGrua, Naomi R. Morgan, Jessica Skerritt, Matthew Posner and Michele Gray Ankrim.
According to press notes, "Leo and Frederick are a father-son acting duo whose unfortunate run-in with the royal guard causes quite the royal ruckus. Bearing a curious resemblance to the arrogant Prince Alfonse, Frederick finds himself in a dangerous position. Laugh riotously as you follow his adventures into the middle of an assassination plot that takes him through a maze of castle doors, to the bottom of a moat, and beyond. With a classic vaudeville feel, this new musical romp will cause quite a stir with its fast-paced comedic action."
The production has scenic design by Jeffrey Cook, music direction by R.J. Tancioco, orchestrations by Bruce Monroe, lighting design by Alex Berry and costume design by Karen Ledger. Kathryn Van Meter choreographs. The Gypsy King was presented as part of the Village Theatre’s New Works Festival in 2008 and in a 2009 developmental production.
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