Maxwell, Eaves, Wilcox and More Set for Broadway's Coram Boy
By Andrew Gans
Principal casting has been announced for the New York production of Coram Boy, the hit National Theatre production that will begin previews at Broadway's Imperial Theatre April 16.
Adapted by Helen Edmundson from Jamila Gavin's award-winning novel, Coram Boy will officially open on Broadway May 2. Melly Still directs.
Jan Maxwell, a Drama Desk Award winner and a Tony nominee for her work in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, will be featured in the cast as villainess Mrs. Lynch.
The cast of 40 will also boast Jolly Abraham (Bombay Dreams) as Molly, Uzo Aduba as Toby, Jacqueline Antaramian (Julius Caesar) as Mrs. Hendry, Bill Camp (Heartbreak House) as Otis Gardiner, Dashiell Eaves (The Lieutenant of Inishmore) as adult Thomas Ledbury, Xanthe Elbrick as young Alexander/Aaron, Tom Riis Farrell (Dirty Blonde) as Thomas Claymore, Brad Fleischer (Pig Farm) as Meshak, Karron Graves as Isobel Ashbrook, Laura Heisler as Edward Ashbrook, Angela Lin as Miss Price, David Macdonald (Two Shakespearean Actors) as Lord Ashbrook, Quentin Maré (Julius Caesar) as Frederic Handel, Kathleen McNenny (The Constant Wife) as Mrs. Milcote, Cristin Milioti (The Lieutenant of Inishmore) as Alice Ashbrook, Charlotte Parry (The Real Thing) as young Thomas Ledbury, Christina Rouner as Lady Ashbrook, Ivy Vahanian as Melissa/Angel and Wayne Wilcox (Suddenly Last Summer) as adult Alexander Ashbrook.
An onstage choir will also be part of the company. Casting for the choir will be announced shortly.
Set in 18th-century England, the production, according to press notes, tells the tale of "two orphans at the Coram Hospital for Deserted Children: Toby, saved from an African slave ship and Aaron, the abandoned son of the heir to a great estate."
The creative team for Coram Boy includes Ti Green and Melly Still (designs), Paul Constable (lighting design), Adrian Sutton (music), Christopher Shutt (sound design), Constantine Kitsopoulos (music director) and Thomas Schall (fight director).
Coram Boy is being produced on Broadway by Boyett Ostar Productions. The production company has previously imported the London productions of The History Boys, Jumpers, Democracy and The Pillowman.
Tickets for Coram Boy, priced $56.25-$101.25, will go on sale Feb. 18 by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting www.telecharge.com. The Imperial Theatre box office (249 West 45th Street) will open for business March 26.
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