By Carey Purcell
13 May 2014
|Photo by Leon Le Photography|
Presented by the Astoria Performing Arts Center, the production officially opened May 3 following previews that began May 1. It had originally been scheduled to continue through May 17.
Directed by Tom Wojtunik, the cast includes Mark Banik ("Mythos") as Joseph Taylor, Jr., Daniella Dalli (Show Boat) as Marjorie Taylor, Marcie Henderson (The Human Comedy, Ragtime) as Mrs. Lansdale, Crystal Kellogg (Because of Winn Dixie) as Jennie Brinker, Kelly King ("Boardwalk Empire") as Brook Lansdale, Andy Lebon (Oklahoma!) as Dr. Joseph Taylor, Jean Liuzzi (The Human Comedy) as Grandma Taylor, Christopher Milo (Gypsy) as Young Joe, Manna Nichols (Miss Saigon) as Emily West, Jan-Peter Pedross (Blood Brothers, The Human Comedy) Dr. Bigby Denby, Tony Perry (Martin: A New Musical) as Ned Brinker, Fiona Shea (Summer Stars) as Young Jennie and Joshua Stenseth ("Grimm") as Charlie Townsend. Julianne Katz (Fiddler on the Roof) will replace Kellog in the role of Jennie Brinker May 22-24.
Ensemble members include Laura Stracko Franks (Damn Yankees), Julia Freyer (A Chorus Line), Carl James (Hair), Alyssa Malgeri (The Human Comedy, Hairspray), Gilbert Sanchez (Showgirls: The Musical!), Robbie Smith (Hello, Dolly), Toni Elizabeth White (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn) and Matthew LaBanca (Blood Brothers).
Allegro features choreography by Christine O'Grady and musical direction by Julianne B. Merril as well as scenic design by Stephen K. Dobay, costume design by Summer Lee Jack and lighting design by Dan Jobbins.
David A. Thomas is the sound designer, Katie K. White is the props designer, Ben Coleman is the dramaturg, Michael Cassara is the casting director and Kristine Schlachter is the production stage manager.
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