By Matt Windman
29 Aug 2006
The large cast includes Katie Finneran (Adele), Rebeca Eichenberger (Blossom Lee), Lea Michele (Naleen), Bill Parry (Lou), Elizabeth Inghram (Lana), Andy Sandberg (Jimmy), Jay Montgomery (Gino), Lizzie Moore (Brit), Kyra Miller (Flake/Ensemble), Maria Vassallo (Pat/Ensemble), Mimi Bensinger (Older Woman #1), Margaret Goodman (Older Woman #2), Alison Mahoney (Ensemble) and Clarice Mazanec (Ensemble).
Lea Michele, who appeared in the Off-Broadway cast of Spring Awakening at the Atlantic Theatre Company, will also appear in the musical on Broadway later in the fall. Prior to the Broadway transfer of Spring Awakening, she had been set to play Eponine in the Broadway revival of Les Miz. She has also appeared as the Little Girl in Ragtime in Canada and on Broadway, as Young Cosette in Broadway's Les Miserables and as Tevye's daughter Sphritze in the recent Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof.
Katie Finneran earned a Tony in 2002 for the revival of Noises Off. The actress has previously worked for Roundabout on Broadway as Sally Bowles in Cabaret and Off-Broadway in Arms and the Man and You Never Can Tell. Other credits include The Iceman Cometh, Proposals, The Heiress, My Favorite Year the Encores! production of Lil' Abner, the London premiere of Fuddy Meers, on television in "The Inside," "Wonderfalls," "Frasier" and the film "Bewitched."
In Hot and Sweet, it is 1945 and the men are overseas. Who is going to keep Americans dancing back home? The Honeytones, the Chicagoan all-girl swing band, who will risk everything in order to play.Hot and Sweet interweaves the personal stories of these pioneering musicians—their dreams, their loves, their struggles and their bittersweet triumphs.
Barbara Schottenfeld, a 14-time ASCAP Award-winner, wrote the musical’s book and jazz-influenced score. The creative team also includes Fran Soeder (director), Paul Bogaev (music supervisor), Jim Abbott (co-orchestrator), Mike Morris (co-orchestrator), Kay Grunder (costume consultant), Matthew F. Lewandowski II (lighting designer), Jo Lynn Burke (conductor), David Margolin Lawson (sound designer) and Randy Lawson (production stage manager).
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