The Beat Goes On: Hicks, Lewis, McAlexander, Covington Will Sing 60's Project for Goodspeed

News   The Beat Goes On: Hicks, Lewis, McAlexander, Covington Will Sing 60's Project for Goodspeed Goodspeed Musicals announced the cast for The 60's Project, the new Richard Maltby-directed musical that borrows pop songs from the decade of social upheaval.
Rodney Hicks
Rodney Hicks

Appearing Aug. 10-Sept. 3 at the Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, CT, will be Rodrick Covington (The Lion King), Michael Gillis, Megan Lewis (Forbidden Broadway: SVU), Lois Robbins (the Maltby and Shire revue A Time for Love), Angela Williams, Maggie Benjamin (Rent), Andrew Rannells (Hairspray), Rodney Hicks (Rent, Jesus Christ Superstar), Cameron Adams (Hairspray), Mark Bush, Darryl E. Calmese, Jr., Michael Craig, Kevin Hale (Hairspray), Miles Johnson, Claire Karpen, Bobby List, Amy McAlexander (Little Women), Alexis Sims and Idara Victor.

The musical tells the story of a generation — an age of innocence, an era of protest. "The events of the '60s shaped the nation while the music defined it," according to Goodspeed. "Relive America's most dramatic decade with a group of young friends fighting to make a difference and find their place in an ever-changing world. The sights and sounds of a generation are brought to life in this powerful new musical you will never forget."

Conceived by Janet Brenner, who produced Off-Broadway's Closer Than Ever, The 60's Project is also written by Brenner and Ken Levine. Direction is by Tony Award winner Richard Maltby, Jr. (Broadway's Ring of Fire, Fosse, Ain't Misbehavin').

The varied songlist for the show includes "White Rabbit," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?," "Chapel of Love," "Where the Boys Are," "I Think We're Alone Now," "Eve of Destruction," "I Only Want to Be With You," "Leaving on a Jet Plane," "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair)," "The Shoop Shoop Song," and more.

Lisa Shriver (Ring of Fire and Goodspeed Musicals' Where's Charley?) will choreograph the production. Goodspeed's Norma Terris season is devoted to works in development, and critics are not invited. This summer's Goodspeed production at Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT, is Pippin, which will tour after its Connecticut run.

For more information, call (860) 873-8668 or visit www.goodspeed.org.

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