Trinity Rep acting artistic director Amanda Dehnert stages the work with choreographer Christopher d'Amboise to close out the Providence, Rhode Island company's season in the Chace Theater. Previews began April 15 for the run through May 22.
Set in a posh resort in 1948's Miami, You Never Know features a musical within-a-musical that centers on a young man's discovery of his father's unfinished work about a philandering politician, his screen actress wife and the young songwriting hero.
The cast includes Kelly Crandall (The Boy From Oz), Jason Lacayo (Contact national tour), Haviland Stillwell (Fiddler on the Roof ), Gerritt VanderMeer (The Music Man national tour), Julio Monge (Fosse, The Long Christmas Ride Home- Trinity Rep), Darryl Semira (Bombay Dreams, Mamma Mia!) and Jay Montgomery (Falsettos) with Trinity Rep resident company members Fred Sullivan, Jr. (Annie), Rachael Warren (My Fair Lady), Mauro Hantman (The Ruby Sunrise), Stephen Thorne (The Henriad) and student Ben Steinfeld (West Side Story).
The creative team includes musical director Charles Alterman, orchestrator Dan Delange and designers David Jenkins (set), William Lane (costumes), John Ambrosone (lighting) and Peter Hurowitz (sound).
Dehnert , the former associate artistic director, took on the lead duties when the company's decade-long leader Oskar Eustis accepted the post as artistic director of New York's Public Theater. Since joining Trinity Rep in 1997, she has staged West Side Story, A Moon for the Misbegotten, The Skin of Our Teeth, Peter Pan or the Boy Who Would Not Grow Up, Noises Off, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Saint Joan and this season's Henry IV as part of the company's epic Shakespeare three play cycle The Henriad, Shakespeare's Kings. Other works include composing the original music and lyrics for Trinity Rep’s recent Boston production of A Christmas Carol and music for The Cider House Rules. d'Amboise has worked as a choreographer, director and dancer. On Broadway, he co-starred with Bernadette Peters in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Song and Dance, earning him a Tony nomination. His choreography was featured in the original production of High Society and Terrence Mann's Romeo and Juliet. The creator of more than 50 ballets for companies including the San Francisco Ballet, the New York City Ballet, the Het National Ballet in Amsterdam and The Royal Ballet of Flanders is also at work on a new play with dance titled The Studio.
Composer-lyricist Strouse is the pen behind such musicals as Annie, Bye Bye Birdie and Applause — each of which earned him a Tony Award. Other works include It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman!, Marty, Golden Boy, A Broadway Musical, I and Albert, Charlie and Algernon, Rags, Dance a Little Closer, Nick and Nora and All American.
Tickets to You Never Know at Trinity Rep, 201 Washington Street in Providence, RI are on sale through (401) 351-4242. For more information, visit Trinity Rep online at www.trinityrep.com.