Warmen, Masters, Mufson, Daggett and Edgerton to Join Irving for The Happy Time

News   Warmen, Masters, Mufson, Daggett and Edgerton to Join Irving for The Happy Time Full casting has been announced for the Musicals Tonight! staged concert reading of Kander and Ebb's The Happy Time, which runs March 6-18 at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre.

Timothy Warmen will play Jacques, "a world-traveling photographer who returns home and tempts his godson with dreams of escape and no responsibility," according to press notes. Robert Goulet won a Tony Award for playing the role in the original 1968 Broadway production of the musical, which has songs by Fred Ebb and John Kander and a book by N. Richard Nash.

Michael Masters will play Jacques' brother Philippe, a role originated by George S. Irving. Musicals Tonight!'s 2007 spring season is saluting Irving, who will play Grandpere, the family patriarch.

Larry Daggett will be Louis (a role originated by Charles Durning), David Geinosky will be the 15-year-old Bibi (originated by Michael Rupert), Lauren Mufson will play Suzanne, Annie Edgerton will play Felice, Sarah Solie is Laurie, Rachel Alexa Norman is Sylvie, Merideth Kaye Clark is Monique, Charly Seamon is Lizette, Andy Jobe is Ganache and Michael Wolland is Foufie.

Tom Sabella-Mills directs, and James Stenborg is music director.

After the Broadway production, which ran 23 previews and 286 performances, the show was revised for a 1983 production at Goodspeed, and was later revised again for a 2002 production at the Niagara University Theatre. The Musicals Tonight! version will contain five songs cut from the Broadway show. The other staged concert readings in the Musical Tonight! spring season will be Ernest in Love (March 20-April 1) and Irene (April 17-29).

Musicals Tonight!, founded by Mel Miller in 1998, has presented 37 staged concerts of classic musicals.

The McGinn/Cazale Theatre is located at 2162 Broadway, at 76th Street in Manhattan. For tickets, priced $20, call (212) 868-4444 or visit www.smarttix.com.

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