Casting Complete for Broadway's People in the Picture, Starring Donna Murphy

By Andrew Gans
and Kenneth Jones
22 Feb 2011

Donna Murphy
Donna Murphy
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Complete casting has been announced for the Roundabout Theatre Company's upcoming production of the new Broadway musical The People in the Picture, which will star two-time Tony winner Donna Murphy.

The cast of the production, which begins performances at Studio 54 April 1 toward an opening April 28, will also feature Alexander Gemignani (Moishe), Christopher Innvar (Chaim), Nicole Parker (Red), Rachel Resheff (Jenny), Hal Robinson (Doovie, Rabbi Velvel), Lewis J. Stadlen (Avram Krinsky), Joyce Van Patten (Chayesel), Chip Zien (Yossie Pinsker), Brad Bradley, Rachel Bress, Jeremy Davis, Emilee Dupre, Maya Goldman, Louis Hobson, Shannon Lewis, Jessica Lea Patty, Andie Mechanic, Megan Reinking, Jeffrey Schecter and Paul Anthony Stewart.

Roundabout Theatre Company is producing The People in the Picture in association with Tracy Aron. Leonard Foglia (Master Class) directs the original musical, which has book and lyrics by Iris Rainer Dart (who penned the bestseller "Beaches"), music by Mike Stoller (Smokey Joe's Café) and Artie Butler (who wrote the pop standard "Here's to Life"), musical direction by Paul Gemignani, orchestrations by Michael Starobin and musical staging by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (In the Heights).

Alexander Gemignani
photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

This New York City premiere production is billed this way by the producers: "Once the darling of the Yiddish Theatre in pre-war Poland, now a grandmother in New York City, Bubbie [Donna Murphy] has had quite a life. But what will it all mean if she can't pass on her stories to the next generation? Though her granddaughter [Rachel Resheff] is enchanted by her tales, her daughter Red [Nicole Parker] will do anything to keep from looking back. A fiercely funny and deeply moving new musical that spans three generations, The People in the Picture celebrates the importance of learning from our past, and the power of laughter."



The People in the Picture is a limited engagement scheduled to run through June 19.

Murphy won Best Actress Tony Awards for The King and I and Passion. This year, her voice is heard as villainess Mother Gothel in the Disney animated feature "Tangled." She was Tony-nominated for playing Ruth in Wonderful Town and for conjuring Lotte Lenya in LoveMusik. For the Encores! concert series, she starred in Anyone Can Whistle, Wonderful Town and Follies.

The creative team also includes Riccardo Hernandez (sets), Ann Hould-Ward (costumes), James F. Ingalls (lights), Dan Moses Schreier (sound), Elaine J. McCarthy (projections), Paul Huntley (hair and wigs) and Angelina Avallone (make-up).

The People in the Picture will play Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8 PM with a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinee at 2 PM.

Tickets are available beginning Feb. 4 by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300, going online at www.roundabouttheatre.org or at the Studio 54 Box Office (254 West 54th Street). Ticket prices range from $37-$122.