The Roundabout Theatre Company have announced supporting cast members for their upcoming Broadway revival of The Rainmaker starring Woody Harrelson ("EdTV") and Jayne Atkinson at The Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
David Aaron Baker (Prince Dauntless in the recent Once Upon A Mattress revival), Randle Mell, Jerry Hardin, Bernie McInerney and John Bedford Lloyd will co-star. Both Aaron Baker and Bedford Lloyd appeared opposite Atkinson in a staging of The Rainmaker in July at the Williamstown Festival. It was a try-out of sorts, since that production, like the Roundabout's, was directed by Scott Ellis.
In the N. Richard Nash play, Harrelson will star as Starbuck, the handsome conman who drifts into a small town during a drought and changes the lives of the townspeople. Atkinson (Lincoln Center's Ivanov, How I Learned to Drive) will play Lizzie Curry, a spinster who falls in love with Starbuck and the promise he brings. Nash's 1954 hit is also the basis for the 1963 Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt musical, 110 in the Shade.
Though the Brooks Atkinson is not a usual venue for The Roundabout, the company must produce outside their own spaces since they lost their Broadway home at The Criterion Center. The company plans on moving into Broadway's Selwyn Theatre, as soon as renovations are complete.
Director Ellis's recent credits include 1776 and Steel Pier. Designing The Rainmaker are James Noone (sets), Jess Goldstein (costumes), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting) and Brian Ronan (sound). Louis Rosen will provide original music for the show, which will feature special effects (i.e., rain) by Greg Meeh. Harrelson first caught the public eye when he joined the cast of television's "Cheers," as the naive bartender Woody. Since that time, Harrelson has starred in several movies -- successfully breaking the association of him with his "Cheers" character -- including: "The People vs. Larry Flynt," "Natural Born Killers," "Kingpin," "The Hi-Lo Country," "The Money Train" and "White Men Can't Jump".