Curtis Holbrook, Michele Ragusa, Tony Yazbeck Are Singin' in the Rain at the Muny

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18 Jul 2011

Curtis Holbrook
Curtis Holbrook

Singin' in the Rain, based on the MGM film of the same name, begins performances July 18 at the St. Louis Muny, the nation's oldest and largest outdoor theatre.

Directed by Rick Conant with choreography by Kelli Barclay, performances are scheduled to continue through July 24.

The cast is led by Curtis Holbrook as Cosmo Brown, Michele Ragusa as Lina Lamont, Tony Yazbeck as Don Lockwood, James Anthony as R.F. Simpson, John Freimann as Roscoe Dexter, Shannon M. O'Bryan as Kathy Selden, Matthew Howard as Young Don, Rexford C. Calkins as Young Cosmo, Chelsea Wilson as Stripper, Kelly Sheehan as The Woman, Amy Blackman as Dora Bailey, Kelly Sheehan as Zelda Zanders, Rich Pisarkiewicz as Rod Phillips, Julian Decker as Policeman, Laura Ackermann as Phoebe Dinsmore, John Contini as Diction Coach, Cara Salerno as Olga, Graydon Long as Sound Engineer, Patrick Ross as "Beautiful Girl" Tenor, Kelly O'Neill as Young Woman at Party, Kelly Sheehan and Richard Riaz Yoder as the Featured Tango Couple, Kelly O'Neill and Samantha Massell as Ladies in Waiting (film), Will Burton, Andy Jones and Kenny Metzger as Dueling Cavaliers (film) and J. Dobisch as Man in "Talkie" (film).

The ensemble includes Laura Ackermann, Amy Michele Allen, Amy Blackman, R.J. Brown, Will Burton, John Contini, Julian Decker, Andy Jones, Ashley Krupinski, Nick Leos, Graydon Long, Samantha Massell, Alexandra Matteo, Matthew Meigs, Kenny Metzger, Kelly O’Neill, Rich Pisarkiewicz, Patrick Ross, Cara Salerno, Hadley Schnuck, Jack Sippel, James Tolbert, Chelsea Wilson and Richard Riaz Yoder.

Richard Riaz Yoder is the dance captain.



Singin' in the Rain features a book adapted by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, who penned the film's screenplay; music by Nacio Herb Brown; and lyrics by Arthur Freed.

"The talkies are nudging out the silent movies, and screen idol Don Lockwood and his spoiled and nasal co-star Lina Lamont are struggling to make the transition," according to press notes. "Don’s romance with the lovely and talented Kathy Selden only complicates things further, and the result? Big dance romance and a happy Hollywood ending."

The creative team also includes musical director Michael Horsley, sound designer Jason Krueger, lighting designer F. Mitchell Dana and scenic designer Steven Gilliam with costumes designed by Kansas City Costume.

Paul Blake produces. Mike Bosner is associate producer, and Harold Goldfaden is the production stage manager.

The remainder of the season includes Little Shop of Horrors, July 25-31; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Aug. 1-7; and Bye Bye Birdie, Aug. 8-14.

This season marks Paul Blake's last as executive producer of The Muny. Mike Isaacson will succeed Blake beginning with the 2012 season at the St. Louis theatre. Blake has served as executive producer of The Muny since 1990.

For more information about The Muny and the 2011 productions, call (314) 361-1900 or visit www.muny.org.