By Kenneth Jones
08 Aug 2012
The 1983 musical rumination on making art (and its toll on an artist's personal life) has music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Lapine. The groundbreaking show won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Performances will play CST's Courtyard Theater on Navy Pier Sept. 26-Nov. 4.
Griffin directed last season's Follies at CST, and staged Broadway's The Color Purple and The Apple Tree. He is associate artistic director at CST.
Carmen Cusack, who toured as Nellie in the Lincoln Center Theater production of South Pacific, will play Dot — Seurat's muse. In Act Two, she is Marie, the American George's grandmother.
Casting was first reported by the Chicago Tribune.
The company will also feature Linda Stephens as Blair/Old Lady, Rachel Cantor as Celeste 1/Naomi Eisen, McKinley Carter as Yvonne/Betty, Derek Hasenstab as Franz/Dennis, Heidi Kettenring as Mrs./Frieda, Sean Fortunato as Jules/Alex, Kevin Gudahl as Mr./Bob Greenberg, Ora Jones as Nurse/Harriet Pauling, Michael Aaron Lindner as Louis/Billy Webster, William Travis Taylor as Soldier/Lee Randolph, Elizabeth Lanza as Celeste 2, Benjamin Magnuson as Boatman/Charles Redmond and Madison Olszewski as the little girl, Louise.
The production's musical director is Brad Haak.
For more about the Tony Award-winning CST, which is under the direction of artistic director Barbara Gaines and executive director Criss Henderson, visit chicagoshakes.com.
Jason Danieley and his wife, Marin Mazzie, are among artists performing on Playbill's Broadway on the High Seas 2 Cruise to South America this December. It's sold out, but a starry 2013 cruise is now booking. Recordings featuring Danieley are available at PlaybillStore.com.