Tony Winner John Cullum to Join Audra McDonald in Broadway's 110 in the Shade

News   Tony Winner John Cullum to Join Audra McDonald in Broadway's 110 in the Shade Tony Award winner John Cullum will join Audra McDonald and Steve Kazee in the cast of the upcoming Broadway revival of 110 in the Shade.

John Cullum
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Lonny Price will stage the Roundabout Theatre Company presentation that will begin previews on April 13, 2007, and open May 9 at Studio 54 for a limited engagement through July 15.

The Harvey Schmidt, Tom Jones and N. Richard Nash musical 110 in the Shade is a musical take on Nash's play The Rainmaker by the team that created The Fantasticks. As production notes reveal, "The mercurial Starbuck [Kazee] promises rain for a drought-stricken town and passion for the stalwart but resigned Lizzie [McDonald]." Cullum will play the role of H. C. Curry.

Broadway veteran Cullum — who currently appears in Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas — was last seen at the Roundabout in Arthur Miller's All My Sons. He earned Tony Awards for his turns in On the Twentieth Century and Shenandoah. He last appeared on Broadway in Urinetown and has previously played in On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Camelot, 1776, Doubles, Old Money, The Boys in Autumn, The Trip Back Down, Man of La Mancha and Show Boat.

McDonald has appeared on Broadway in A Raisin in the Sun, Ragtime, Master Class and Carousel to Tony-winning success. Other Broadway credits for the actress-singer include Henry IV, Marie Christine and The Secret Garden.

Kazee recently appeared on Broadway as Sir Lancelot in Monty Python's Spamalot and served as understudy on Seascape. He also appeared Off-Broadway in As You Like It in 2005.

Dan Knechtges will provide choreography and Paul Gemignani serves as musical director. Orchestrations are by Jonathan Tunick. The design team features Santo Loquasto (sets and costumes), Christopher Akerlind (lighting) and Dan Moses Schreier (sound).

Tickets go on sale to the public Dec. 2 by phone at (212) 719-1300, or at the Studio 54 Box Office, 254 West 54th Street. For more information, visit www.roundabouttheatre.org.