McKechnie Will Choreograph Bashor, Gill and Ross in Cross That River at NYMF

By Adam Hetrick
24 Aug 2009

Tony Award-winning actress Donna McKechnie, who recently choreographed Guys and Dolls in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl, will choreograph the Allan Harris musical Cross That River at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in October.



Cross That River, with direction by Andrew Wilk and musical direction by David John Madore, runs Oct. 12-18 at TBG Theatre.

The cast will include Whitney Bashor (Whistle Down the Wind, The Fantasticks), Brandon Gill, Soara-Joye Ross (Tin Pan Alley Rag, Les Miserables), Wendy Fox (Rent), Joseph Melendez (Jesus Christ Superstar), Tony Perry and Charles Wallace (Miss Saigon).

Jazz vocalist Harris penned music and lyrics for the production that has a book by Emmy winner Wilk. Cross That River, which possesses an eclectic country, bluegrass, soul, rock and gospel score, "depicts the sometimes tragic, sometimes humorous life and times of Blue, a run-away slave who escapes to Texas to become one of America's first Black Cowboys," according to press notes.

The NYMF production will have set and costume design by Anne Patterson, sound design by Timmothy Brannigan, lighting design by Matt Frey and projection design by Michael Clark.

Cross That River premiered as part of the Eugene O'Neill Center's Cabaret and Performance Conference. A children's version of the musical was recently featured as part of the Kennedy Center's Distance Learning program that was broadcast to schools throughout the country.

For tickets phone (212) 352-3101 or visit NYMF. TBG Theatre is located at 312 West 36th Street in Manhattan.