By Matthew Blank
21 Dec 2011
"Having not been home for almost 4 years, and having loved the music of The Secret Garden forever, I jumped at this opportunity," says Brightman. "It's my pleasure to be able to share some of the joy and laughs from our production with Playbill.com. This truly is the greatest 'job' on the planet. Thanks for taking a look and thanks for all those who came to see us!"
Theatreworks founding artistic director Robert Kelley stages the musical that is based on Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic. The Secret Garden was adapted for the stage by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning book writer/lyricist Marsha Norman and composer Lucy Simon. It officially opened Dec. 3 for a run through Dec. 31.
Joe Cassidy (Catch Me If You Can, Next to Normal) plays Archibald Craven, with Patricia Noonan (Carousel, How to Succeed...) as Lily, Alex Brightman (Wicked) as Dickon and Angelina Wahler as orphan Mary Lennox. Rachel Sue plays the role of Mary at select performances.
The cast also includes Charlie Ibsen and Andrew Apy alternating as Colin Craven, Noel Anthony as Neville Craven, Courtney Stokes as Martha, Sharon Rietkirk as Rose, Leanne Borghesi as Mrs. Medlock, Daniel Olson as Ben Weatherstaff, Robert Brewer as Albert Lennox, Adam Theodore Barry as Fakir and Mrigendra "Meb" Steiner as the Ayah.
The Secret Garden has set design by Joe Ragey, costume design by Fumiko Bielefeldt, sound design by Jeff Mockus and lighting design by Pamila Z. Gray. William Liberatore is musical director. Choreography is by Molly Bell.
For tickets phone (650) 463-1960 or visit TheatreWorks.