As previously reported on Playbill On-Line, Emily Skinner and Brian Sutherland will head the cast of the musical, which features tunes from the Disney catalogue of songs. Skinner will play Diane, the celebrated recording star, and Sutherland will play Julian, the "forty-ish matinee idol."
The company will also include Ashley Brown as Kristen, the fresh-faced newcomer, and Andrew Samonsky as Nick, another up-and-coming performer. Tony Award winner Richard Easton will voice the Sound Engineer. The cast will also include Meredith Inglesby, Andy Karl, Tyler Maynard, Keewa Nurullah, Josh Franklin, Leigh Ann Larkin, Koh Mochizuki and Lyn Philistine.
Emily Skinner received a joint Tony Award nomination — with co-star Alice Ripley — for her performance in Side Show. Skinner's other Broadway credits include Jekyll & Hyde, James Joyce's The Dead, The Full Monty and Dinner at Eight.
On Broadway, Brian Sutherland has been seen in the revivals of The Sound of Music and 1776 as well as Steel Pier, A Change in the Heir, Dance a Little Closer and Cats. He appeared in the national tours of Cabaret, Peter Pan and 42nd Street as well as regional productions of Breaking Legs, She Loves Me and A Chorus Line.
Ashley Brown and Andrew Samonsky are both recent graduates of conservatory programs; she recently completed her studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and he just left the University of California, Irvine. Richard Easton was recently seen on Broadway in Henry IV; he won the 2001 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for his performance in Tom Stoppard's The Invention of Love.
The Palace Theatre in Cleveland, OH, will premiere the musical, which features 60 Disney songs spanning 70 years. The Ohio run is scheduled for Nov. 9-21. On the Record, according to production notes, "is the story of a recording session that changed the lives of a young unknown who is about to get her big break, a pop diva who is about to meet her match, and a matinee idol who is about to meet the 'new kid' who could take his place."
Directed and choreographed by Robert Longbottom, On the Record will play Cleveland before launching a national tour that includes stops in Illinois, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Michigan, Indianapolis, Florida and Texas. The creative team comprises Natasha Katz (lighting), Robert Brill (scenery), Gregg Barnes (costumes), David Chase (musical supervision and arrangements), Chad Beguelin (scenarist) and ACME Sound Partners (sound design).
On the Record features songs from the Disney canon — both from classic Disney films and Disney's Broadway outings — and will be set in a recording studio. Over 50 songs comprise the musical, including tunes from "The Little Mermaid," "Aladdin," "Tarzan," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," "Sleeping Beauty," "Dumbo," "Peter Pan," "Pinocchio," "Lady and the Tramp," "Cinderella" and "Snow White."
Beginning Sept. 18 tickets will be available at The Playhouse Square Center's box office, located at 1519 Euclid Avenue. Tickets, priced $23-60, will also be available beginning Sept. 19 by calling (800) 766-6048 or by visiting www.playhousesquare.com.