Tony Nominee Will Direct U.S. Debut of Frank Wildhorn's Count of Monte Cristo Musical

News   Tony Nominee Will Direct U.S. Debut of Frank Wildhorn's Count of Monte Cristo Musical
Utah's Pioneer Theatre will stage the U.S. premiere of Frank Wildhorn and Jack Murphy's The Count of Monte Cristo in May 2016. Tony Award nominee Marcia Milgrom Dodge will direct.

Based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas, the musical features music by Wildhorn with book and lyrics by Murphy and had its 2009 world premiere in Switzerland. It has been seen across Europe and Asia since then.

The Pioneer production, which runs May 6-21, 2016, marks the musical's U.S. professional premiere.

Here's a look at the 2010 Korean staging.

Casting will take place in November. Musical supervision will be by Kim Scharnberg, and the musical director will be Michael Sebastian. Here's how it's billed: "On the very day of his wedding to the beautiful Mercedes, young Edmund Dantes is framed by three men, arrested and thrown into the notorious prison Chateau d’If. Befriended by a fellow prisoner, he plots a daring escape, unearths a secret fortune and returns to Marseilles and Paris disguised as the mysterious Count of Monte Cristo, determined to seek vengeance on the men who framed him."

Tony Award-nominated composer Wildhorn is known for his pop scores to the Broadway musicals Dracula, The Civil War (with lyricist Murphy), The Scarlet Pimpernel and Jekyll & Hyde.

Wildhorn and Murphy were nominated for the 1999 Tony Award for Best Original Score for The Civil War. The two also collaborated on the 2011 musical Wonderland.


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