TUTS' Urban Cowboy, Revised Since Broadway, to Star Austin Miller and Brooke Wilson
By Adam Hetrick
"Grease: You're The One That I Want!" finalist Austin Miller will star in the Theatre Under the Stars production of Urban Cowboy: The Musical, which saddles up July 14 in Houston.
Roy Hamlin will direct the production that will run through July 19 at the Miller Outdoor Theatre. Urban Cowboy has a book by Aaron Latham and Phillip Oesterman, and features a score comprised of country tunes.
The Houston run will feature an updated version of the show, which has been revisited by Latham since its brief 2003 Broadway run. The Broadway incarnation featured existing country songs and musical contributions by Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown and Tony nominee Jeff Blumenkrantz. The score to the TUTS production will closely reflect the national tour of Urban Cowboy, which solely used country songs for its musical palette.
Miller will star in the central role of Bud, opposite Brooke Wilson as Sissy. The cast will also include Michelle DeJean (Broadway's Chicago) as Pam, Luisa Amaral-Smith as Sherwood, Ceasar F. Barajas as Wes, Susan Shofner as Aunt Corene and David Atkinson as Uncle Bob.
The ensemble will include Xavier Alcala-Herrera, Patrick Amos, John Berno, Caitlin Cannon, Rebecca Eckert, Lindsey Edwards, Laura Finger Duggan, Tony Guerrero, Brittany Halen, Wes Hart, Brooke Humphrey, Courtney D. Jones, Logan Keslar, Larry A. Lozier, Jr., Eric S. Robertson, Melissa Steadman, Paige Wheat and Cameron Worthen.
Urban Cowboy will have choreography by Paula Sloan, music direction by Andrew Austin, sound design by Dennis Craig, lighting design by Richard Winkler and costume design by Raydelle Robbins.
Based on the 1980 film starring John Travolta, Urban Cowboy "tells the story of Bud, a new breed of cowboy who’s looking for love in the biggest honky-tonk in the world, and his roller coaster romance with local cowgirl Sissy. Their courtship plays out among a Texas-sized setting including oil fields, trailer parks and the infamous Pasadena bar and dance hall, Gilley’s," according to TUTS.
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