World Premiere of Secondhand Lions Musical, By Rupert Holmes and Writers of First Date, Ends Seattle Run Oct. 6

By Adam Hetrick
06 Oct 2013

Gregg Edelman
Gregg Edelman

The world-premiere staging of Secondhand Lions, the new musical by Michael Weiner, Alan Zachary and Tony Award winner Rupert Holmes, ends its Seattle engagement Oct. 6 at the 5th Avenue Theatre.

Based on the 2003 movie starring Michael Caine and Robert Duval, Secondhand Lions has a book by Holmes (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Curtains) and a score by First Date songwriters Weiner and Zachary. Previews began in Seattle Sept. 7.

Last season the 5th Avenue, in association with Seattle's A.C.T., presented the world premiere of Weiner and Zachary's First Date, which arrived on Broadway in July. Holmes is currently represented on Broadway with his stage adaptation of John Grisham's A Time to Kill.

Scott Schwartz (Batboy, Golda's Balcony, Jane Eyre) directed with choreography by Joshua Bergasse ("Smash").



Tony Award nominees Gregg Edelman (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, City of Angels, Into the Woods) and Mark Jacoby (Show Boat, Ragtime, Sweeney Todd) portray the eccentric uncles who are entrusted with their 14-year-old nephew for a summer. Johnny Rabe, who made his Broadway debut last season as Ralphie in A Christmas Story, The Musical, plays Walter – the teen central to the tale.

The cast also features Jason Danieley (Candide, Next to Normal), Kevin Earley (Death Takes a Holiday, A Tale of Two Cities), Kendra Kassebaum (Leap of Faith, Wicked), Jenny Powers (Grease, Happiness), Jared Michael Brown (The Pirates of Penzance), Sophia Anne Caruso (Fly, "Smash") and Justin Huertas (Avenue Q).

The ensemble includes Wendi Bergamini, Scott Brateng, Sydney Buckley, Sarah Rose Davis, Nick DeSantis, Eric Esteb, Lori Ann Ferreri, Jenifer Foote, Matthew Posner, Nick Gaswirth, Fawn Ledesma, Ulyber Mangune Harris Milgrim, Ryah Nixon, Deon Ridley, Indeah Thomaier, Grayson Smith and Kennedy Miller.

Secondhand Lions has scenic design by Eugene Lee, costume design by Ann Hould-Ward, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Kai Harada, hair and makeup design by Mary Pyanowski, orchestrations by Alan Lee Silva, dance arrangements by Sam Davis, projection design by Jeff Sugg and fight direction by Rick Sordelet.

According to the 5th Avenue, "Harkening back to a simpler time, when a boy's imagination was all that was needed to turn a regular summer on a Texas farm into the adventure of a lifetime, Secondhand Lions follows the extraordinary tale of Walter, a 14-year-old boy sent to live with his irascible uncles on their Texas farm for the summer. While there, the tall tales his uncles tell him—stories of hidden treasure and beguiling princesses—lead Walter on a magical odyssey through history and the past."

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