As previously reported, Judy and Me will begin previews at Off-Broadway's St. Luke's Theatre Oct. 7 with an official opening scheduled for Oct. 19.
Garland impersonator Peter Mac, who also penned the autobiographical play, will head a cast that includes the previously announced Elyse Beyer, Jean Ann Kump, Chris McCabe and Basil Meola.
Newcomer to the company, in the role of Anthony, is young actor Dusty St. Amand, who will be making his Off-Broadway debut. St. Amand will play "an emotionally and physically abused teenager coming to grips with his homosexuality, all the while finding solace in his childhood idol, Judy Garland," according to press notes.
In a statement St. Amand said, "I'm eager to be a part of something that people can come see and actually take something from. The battle against intolerance is ongoing but I think that shows like Judy and Me help to chip away at the obstacles before those of us that aren't part of 'normal' society."
"Addressing the issues of both homophobia and domestic abuse," the play, according to press notes, "recounts the true story of 16-year old character Anthony, trapped in the narrow-minded suburb of Elmont, Long Island (and the real hometown of playwright Mac). "An outcast at Sewankawa High School in Floral Park, Anthony is the daily target of verbal and physical torment from his classmates. His life at home is equally tenuous, as his volatile, violent father is a constant source of pain to both Anthony and his mother. The teen finds his only escape in the music and entertainment of the iconic Judy Garland, who comes to life before his very eyes and counsels him through his daily struggles."
Dr. John Schaefer produces. Show times are Tuesdays-Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 7 PM with matinees Saturdays at 2 PM and Sundays at 3 PM.
Tickets, priced $47.50-$72.50, will be available by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting www.telecharge.com.
For more information visit www.JudyandMe.com.