As anyone familiar with the Alexandre Dumas' classic "The Three Musketeers" knows, there are actually four plum roles in the story - the three men already in the king's special service — Athos, Porthos and Aramis — as well as D'Artagnan, the young upstart who dreams of joining the guards. Jim Stanek of Thoroughly Modern Millie and Broadway's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Forum takes the latter role in the American premiere of the British musical The Three Musketeers, performing March 9-March 25 under the auspices of the American Musical Theatre of San Jose.
The three men who train and befriend D'Artagnan are Ragtime's Alton Fitzgerald White as Athos, Les Miserables's Fred Inkley as Porthos and Robert Mammana as Aramis. Also in the cast are Thoroughly Modern Millie's star Sutton Foster as Constance, The Sound of Music Rachel deBenedet as Milady de Winter, Footloose's Christian Borle as Planchet, Elizabeth Ann Campisi as Queen Anne, Jonathan Rhys Williams as Rochefort and James Carpenter as Cardinal Richelieu.
The Three Musketeers made the phrase "All for one and one for all" a catch phrase, one hundred and fiftysome years after its publication in 1844. The swashbuckling story features sword fights, a dangerous femme fatale and a deadly plot formulated by the all-powerful Cardinal Richelieu to discredit his enemy, the Queen of France. Among the songs in the score are "Riding to Paris," "The Challenges," "Any Day," "It's A Funny Thing Being a Hero," "Shadows," "Gentlemen," "Ghosts," "Who Could Have Dreamed of You," "A Good Old Fashioned War," "Take a Little Wine" and "Lilacs."
George Stiles composed The Three Musketeers with lyrics by Paul Leigh and a book by Peter Raby. Stiles' other credits include Just So, Tutankhamun and the 2000 Olivier Award-winning Honk!. With Leigh, he has created musical versions of Moll Flanders and Tom Jones.
Tickets are $60-$40. The Center for the Performing Arts is located at 255 Almaden Blvd. For reservations, call (408) 453-7108. The American Musical Theatre of San Jose is on the web at http://www.amtsj.org. — By Christine Ehren