TUTS explored the show in a January workshop with Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones "to try out some new material," according to a spokesperson. "There are three songs that are new to this staging, but had been previously written for 110. They originally wrote 114 songs for the show."
Roy Hamlin directs the Houston production, which runs May 9-21, at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.
The musical based on The Rainmaker by N. Richard Nash has songs by Texas natives Schmidt (music) Jones (lyrics).
Christian Whelan (Aida and Ragtime tours) will take on the role of con-man Starbuck, and Lynne Wintersteller (Closer Than Ever Off-Broadway) will play old maid Lizzie Curry. The cast includes George Dvorsky (File), Michael Tapley (Noah Curry), Corby Sullivan (Jimmie Curry) and Holland Vavra (Snookie), with Lisa Aronoff, Marybelle Chaney, Kayleen Clements, Ven Daniel, Linda Ewing, Dylan Godwin, Bryan Jarrett, David LaDuca, Mark Laskowski, Claire Menger, Stefanie Morse, Thomas Prior, Krissy Richmond, Jose-Manuel Santos, Melodie Smith, Aaron Syfert and Paige Wheat.
According to TUTS, "In the middle of a heat wave in 1930s Texas, when everyone is longing for rain, or a breeze, Lizzie Curry is on the verge of becoming a hopeless old maid. Her wit, intelligence and skills as a homemaker can't make up for the fact that she can't find true love. Even the town sheriff, for whom she harbors a secret yen, won't take a chance. However, when a charismatic rainmaker named Starbuck enters the town and her family's life, Lizzie's world is turned upside down." Jones and Schmidt became friends in 1950 while they were students at the University of Texas. They found international acclaim with The Fantasticks.
Houstonian Paula Sloan will serve as choreographer. Sloan recently choreographed national tours of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and The Unsinkable Molly Brown and is currently directing and choreographing the new national tour of Urban Cowboy.
For TUTS information, visit www.tuts.com.