Saved Musical, With Finley, Rowat and Spangler, Opens at KC Rep Sept. 19

News   Saved Musical, With Finley, Rowat and Spangler, Opens at KC Rep Sept. 19
 
The creators of the Off-Broadway musical Saved take a fresh look at the work about students at a Christian high school in the latest incarnation of their musical, which officially opens Sept. 19 at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre.

Laura Huizenga and David Hull
Laura Huizenga and David Hull Photo by Don Ipock

Original Off-Broadway director Gary Griffin (The Color Purple) again stages the production that began previews Sept. 10 and will run through Oct. 3. After premiering Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in 2008, Saved authors Michael Friedman (music/lyrics), John Dempsey (book) and Rinne Groff (book) have continued to develop the musical based on the 2004 film.

"Saved is like many other successful musicals that do not reach their full potential in their first production. I believe we were only able to get a good first draft in New York, and it would be a shame to stop when we were just discovering the musical’s strengths," Griffin said in a statement.

The cast features Felicia Finley (The Wedding Singer, Happy Days) as Lillian, Graham Rowat (White Christmas, Guys and Dolls) as Pastor Mike and Nick Spangler (The Fantasticks) as Patrick. The cast also includes Patrick Andrews as Roland, Izzie Baldwin as Tia, Justis Bolding (Woman in White) as Hilary Faye, Doogin Brown as Mitch, Gillian Goldberg as Cassandra, Laura Huizenga (Saved workshop) as Mary, David Hull (Wicked) as Dean and Emily Peterson as Lana.

Saved has orchestrations by Curtis Moore, scenic design by Walt Spangler, costume design by Megan Turek, lighting design by Jason Lyons and sound design by Joshua Horvath. Jasper Grant serves as musical director and conductor.

According to KC Rep, "Saved is a story about a group of Christian high school students seeking acceptance and inclusion as they search for meaning in their complicated lives." Friedman will be represented on Broadway later this month with the musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; he also penned original music for the current Off-Broadway engagement of Tony Kushner's Angels in America. Dempsey authored lyrics for The Fix, Zombie Prom and The Witches of Eastwick. Groff's play Compulsion, which stars Mandy Patinkin, will arrive in New York in early 2011.

See cast member Nick Spangler's exclusive rehearsal photos.

For tickets visit KCRep.

Nick Spangler and cast
Nick Spangler and cast
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