As previously reported, Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone, Baby It's You!) will take on the role of Washington "Hostess with the Mostes" Sally Adams. She will be joined by Steve Blanchard (Beauty and the Beast, Camelot) as Cosmo Constantine, Jeremy Benton (42nd Street) as Kenneth Gibson and Adam Heller (Baby It's You!, Les Miserables, Make Me a Song) as Congressman Wilkins.
Michael Baron will direct the musical with a score by Berlin and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. Performances will run July 24-28. The musical centers on a Washington, DC socialite who is made the ambassador to a small European country. Romantic hijinks ensue. It is based on the life of Oklahoma City native Perle Mesta.
The cast will also include Molly Rushing, Tom Huston Orr, Vince Leseney, Eric McNaughton, Alex J. Enterline, Marilyn Govich, Robert Matson, Charlie Monnot, Brian Stockton, Heather Botts, Audra Bryant, Eric Friedman, Melissa Griffith, Tanner Lee Hanley, Lauren Johnson, Hanna Killebrew, Andrew Koslow, Sheridan McMichael, Natasha Scearse, James Shackelford, Ethan Spell, Alie Walsh, Ben J. Williams and Darius Wright.
Amy Reynolds Reed will choreograph with musical direction by David Andrews Rogers. The production will have scenic design by Adam Koch, lighting design by Helena Kuukka and costume design by Jeffrey Meek.
The Lyric Theatre will also offer Chita Rivera My Broadway (Aug. 7-11).