Andrew Samonsky Steps Into Leading Role of Somewhere in Time Musical

By Adam Hetrick
24 Apr 2013

Andrew Samonsky
Andrew Samonsky

Andrew Samonsky has replaced Ryan Silverman in the Portland Center Stage world premiere of the new musical Somewhere in Time, which will premiere May 28 in Portland, OR.

Samonsky (South Pacific, Queen of the Mist) steps into the role of Richard Collier opposite Hannah Elless (Off-Broadway's The Other Josh Cohen, Mamma Mia! national tour) as Elise McKenna; Marc Kudisch (The Apple Tree, Assassins, 9 to 5) as Robinson, the controlling character who manages actress McKenna; and veteran actor David Cryer (Lend Me a Tenor, The Phantom of the Opera) as Arthur.

Silverman departed the production owing to a close family illness, according to representatives. The actor recently starred in the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Passion. He will be featured on the upcoming two-disc PS Classics recording of Passion.

Somewhere in Time, based on Richard Matheson's romantic novel and film of the same title, has music by Doug Katsaros and lyrics by Amanda Yesnowitz with a book by Altar Boyz and Godspell producer Ken Davenport. Scott Schwartz (Jane Eyre, Golda's Balcony) will helm the musical that officially opens June 5 for a run through June 30.



The ensemble will feature Leslie Becker, Giovanni Bonaventura, Erin Burniston, Meggie Cansler, Cory English, Leslie Flesner, Lizzie Klemperer, Erik Liberman, Sharonlee McLean, Jared Miller, Benjie Randall and Tad Wilson.

Somewhere in Time, based on Richard Matheson's romantic novel and film of the same title, has music by Doug Katsaros and lyrics by Amanda Yesnowitz with a book by Altar Boyz and Godspell producer Ken Davenport. Scott Schwartz (Jane Eyre, Golda's Balcony) will helm the musical that officially opens June 5 for a run through June 30.

Here's how the creative team bills the musical: "In Somewhere in Time, young playwright Richard Collier has an encounter with a mysterious old woman on the opening night of his earliest success; she entreats him, to his bewilderment, to 'come back to me.' Several years later, with his life and career in disarray, he seeks quiet and contemplation and checks in to a storied hotel from his youth. But his stay at the hotel turns into the journey of a lifetime as he unravels history-and time-to discover a powerful but perhaps impossible love."

John Carrafa (Into the Woods) will choreograph Somewhere in Time, which will have musical direction by Patrick Vaccariello (West Side Story, Gypsy), scenic design by Alexander Dodge, costume design by Jeff Cone, lighting design by Mike Baldassari and orchestrations by Doug Katsaros and Bruce Coughlin.

The original 1980 film "Somewhere in Time" starred Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour.

For tickets visit PCS.org.

Visit SomewhereInTime.com.