By Ernio Hernandez
26 Sep 2006
|Photo by Stewart Ferebee|
The new romantic musical comedy which will begin previews at Broadway's Imperial Theatre Nov. 20 toward a Dec. 7 opening opens at Boston's Colonial Theatre Oct. 5 for a run through Oct. 22.
High Fidelity follows the story of record store owner Rob (and constant Top 5 listmaker) who when things in his current relationship go sour revisits his former relationships to find out where he went wrong.
Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole, Kimberly Akimbo, Fuddy Meers) penned the book with music by composer Tom Kitt (Laugh Whore, Debbie Does Dallas) and lyrics by Amanda Green (For the Love of Tiffany, Up The Creek Without A Paddle ).
Jenn Colella will play Laura to Will Chase's Rob. The cast will also include Christian Anderson (Avenue Q, Rent) and Jay Klaitz (The Notebook at Manhattan Theatre Source) as music buffs/record store employees Dick and Barry, respectively. Katy Mixon ("The Quiet") portrays gal pal Liz and Emily Swallow (Measure For Pleasure, Orange Lemon Egg Canary), Kirsten Wyatt (Urinetown) and Anne Warren (Hairspray) play women from Rob's many failed romances with Jeb Brown (Ring of Fire, Aida) as neighbor Ian.
Walter Bobbie (Chicago, Sweet Charity) will direct the new Kitt, Green and Lindsay-Abaire musical take on the Nick Hornby novel. Jeffrey Seller, Kevin McCollum, Robyn Goodman produce the new work along with Live Nation, Roy Miller, Dan Markley, Jam Theatricals and Ruth Hendel/Danzansky Partners.
Christopher Gattelli (Altar Boyz) will choreograph the musical. The design team for High Fidelity features Anna Louizos (set), Theresa Squire (costumes), Ken Billington (lighting) and Acme Sound Partners (sound).
The 2000 film reset the Hornby story in Chicago (rather than England) and starred John Cusack, Jack Black, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lisa Bonet, Tim Robbins and Lili Taylor. The musical will be set in New York's Brooklyn.
Chase has starred on Broadway in Lennon, The Full Monty, Aida, Rent and Miss Saigon. His regional credits include roles in Assassins, Mame, Electra, Son of Fire, Youre Gonna Love Tomorrow and Trask & Fenn. He was also part of the star-studded concert version of The Secret Garden.
Colella scooted her boots on Broadway in the musical version of Urban Cowboy. The actress who starred in the world premiere of the upcoming Broadway Twyla Tharp-Bob Dylan musical The Times They Are A-Changin' at San Diego's Old Globe also appeared in The Great American Trailer Park Musical at the New York Musical Theatre Festival and Slut.
Tickets for High Fidelity at the Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston Street (near Tremont Street) in Boston, MA are available through (617) 931-2787 or online at www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com. For more information, visit the show website at topfivebreakups.com. Broadway tickets can be purchased by calling (212) 239-6200.